Cowboys are projected to only have $16M in cap space this offseason with a good chunk of that going to impending free agent DeMarcus Lawrence. Dez Bryant has a hefty $8.5M cap hit and has been held under 100 yards receiving for 22 consecutive regular season games. That’s not good.
Jerry Jones publicly said on Tuesday that he expects Dez back on the Cowboys next season but wouldn’t discuss the possibility of a pay cut.
Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu played all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2017 and ended the year having played more snaps than any other player in the NFL. He’s guaranteed $19M if he’s on the roster at the start of the new league year (March 14). Cardinals are going to ask him to take a pay cut. Mathieu doesn’t have to agree to that, of course, but it stands to reason that there’s a good chance that the team would decide to part ways if no resolution is made.
Derrick Henry is the clear cut RB of the future for the Tennessee Titans. Murray has a $6.5M cap hit if he’s on the roster at the start of the new year and there will be no dead money towards Murray’s current contract if he is cut by the team. This move is fully expected to happen and Henry will finally secure his feature back opportunity.
The Buccaneers gave Doug Martin a very expensive and high-dollar contract following his 1,402-yard explosive campaign in 2015 and finished second in the league in rushing yards. Since, Martin has had a PED suspension and was benched on prime-time and has never gotten it going on the ground. He finished with just 408 rushing yards this past season. By releasing him, the Bucs would save $6.75M in cap space and no dead money. This move is also fully expected to happen.
Jeremy Maclin’s first season with the Ravens was not what fans expected. He struggled with injuries, missing four games and being limited in a couple of others and appeared to be off with QB Joe Flacco and finished the season with just 40 receptions, 440 yards and three touchdowns. Releasing Maclin would save Baltimore $5M in cap space. The Ravens desperately need the cap space because they’re only projected to have $12 million in 2018, which ranks fourth-lowest in the NFL. This is another move that is expected to happen.
We can guarantee you that this will happen. Mo Wilerson has been a mess since getting a 5-year, $86M extension in 2016. And to be honest, it was a mess before he got the extension. In 2015, head coach Todd Bowles benched Wilkerson for a quarter, due to tardiness. Same thing happened in 2016. And then it happened again this season, for the Jets home game against the Chiefs on December 3. And to cap it off, just two weeks after the benching vs KC, he again showed up late to a meeting and the team left him home for their Week 15 road loss to the Saints. With nothing to gain, he was a healthy scratch for the final two regular season games, as well. By cutting Wilkerson, the Jets will save a whopping $16.75M in cap space. Gang Green fans can finally celebrate.
This might come as a surprise for some fans, but a report surfaced late in the season that the Raiders are expected to move on from Michael Crabtree in the offseason. The Raiders can release Crabtree, save $7.7M in cap space and carry no dead money on the salary cap, which is a huge factor in any decision to let him go. That extra space can be used to add a younger No. 2 wide receiver to go with Amari Cooper, and with Khalil Mack next in line for a contract extension soon.
Brandon Marshall had a disappointing first season with the Giants and that one season might be his only one with Big Blue. In May, when Marshall signed with the Giants, he said that he was going to retire after his two-year deal. Marshall is owed a little more than $6 million in 2018, but the Giants can cut him and take on just $1 million in dead cap. With the Giants only projected to have $23M in cap space, this might be the beginning of some major moves by GM Dave Gettleman.
Michael Bennett straight up told reporters after the Seahawks finale that he expects to be released in the offseason. He might be right. His age (32) and contract situation ($8M cap hit) make him a prime candidate to be cut or traded to create salary cap space.
It’s no secret that the Seahawks were testing the trade market to see what they can get for Richard Sherman last offseason. After a torn Achilles ended his season and forced him to miss the final 7 games of the season his trade value has never been lower. With Sherman turning 30 in March the Seahawks could save $11M in cap space by releasing the shutdown corner.
New GM Dave Gettleman will have a tough decision to make with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. While the team doesn’t want to cut him, he does carry a hefty $6.5M cap hit. The Giants are projected to have only $23M in cap space and will likely ask him to restructure his contract but if both sides can’t get something done, it won’t be shocking if he’s out.
Julius Thomas signed a two-year $12.2M contract with Miami after being traded from Jacksonville during last offseason. He was almost invisible in his first season with the team and is unlikely to be back next season. Dolphins would save $6.6M in cap space by releasing him.
Lawrence Timmons left the Pittsburgh Steeleers after 10 seasons and signed a two-year $12M contract with Miami which included a hefty $11M guaranteed. However, in a bizarre turn of events, Timmons went AWOL for Miami’s week 2 game against the Los Angeles Chargers and was suspended by the team. The suspension voided the 2018 guaranteed portion of his contract, leaving the Dolphins with the ability to release Timmons this offseason without a large cap penalty.
No more excuses for Tavon Austin. Even Sean McVay couldn’t utilize Tavon Austin the way the Rams wanted him to when they ridiculously paid him 4-year, $42M. Austin played just 228 total snaps all season, caught only 13 passes for 47 yards and tallied 270 rushing yards on 59 carries. He even lost his returning duties to Pharoh Cooper, who made the Pro Bowl. By releasing Austin, the Rams would save $3M in cap space, which is big considering they have six starters slated set to hit free agency.
If the Broncos want to get Kirk Cousins in free agency they have to open up some cap space. Denver is projected to have $29M in cap space this offseason. Aqib Talib has a $11M cap hit for next season. Talib will most likely be asked to restructure his contract or potentially take a pay cut. Other names with large cap hits include Chris Harris ($6.6M), Emmanuel Sanders ($5.5M) and Demariyus Thomas ($4.9M).
The biggest question of the Buffalo Bills’ offseason is the future of quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Sean McDermott didn’t seem to have his back during the season especially after the sudden benching which resulted in the famous 5 INT game for Nathan Peterman. When McDermott was asked about Taylor on Tuesday, he declined to comment.
Only $1 million of Taylor’s $10 million salary for next season is guaranteed. However, he is due a $6 million roster bonus early in the new league year – Meaning that the Bills will have to come to a decision fairly soon.
The Chiefs jumped up 17 spots to get Patrick Mahomes in last years draft and everyone you speak to around the league consider him to be a future star. With that being said, the expectation is Alex Smith gets traded in the offseason. Notable landing spots include Cleveland, Jacksonville, Denver and the Jets.
Other names that could potentially be on the move: Jonathan Stewart, Ryan Kallil, Mike Mitchell, Allen Hurns, Martellus Bennett.
RamsFanSince82 wrote:This big mouth, punk is talking trash when he's probably not even going to be a Seahawk in a couple of months.
He’s not wrong though.
There has been challenges to their title from the Cards and Niners but they outlived them. Rams put their stamp on the the title of “New King of the Hill” by repeating that performance