As free agency looms, teams will continue to make moves to free up cap space before the March 11th deadline, and with just about every team, there are cuts that still need to be made. Some of these cuts are because a player did not live up to his contract value, others are simply cap casualties brought by the market. Here are all 32 teams and the cuts they should make out of their top ten paid players.
Pro Football Focus grades each player at every position. Overthecap.com and spotrac.com provide cap information and where that player ranks among his position in salary. Amount of cap space created from the cut is the difference between the cap hit and dead money.
* indicates the team is likely not to make cuts among their top ten salaries and this player is simply the most likely.
G Daryn Colledge – Cap Hit $7.3 million, dead money $4.6 million
Pro Football Focus positional rank: 39th of 81; Salary Cap Rank: 9th
Colledge arguably had his best year as a Cardinal in 2013, and he was the most consistent lineman of the bunch. He might be saved with his $4.6 million dead money hit, but the team could look to the draft to address the guard position and with the return of 2013 first round pick Jonathan Cooper, Colledge would definitely become expendable.
San Francisco 49ers
CB Carlos Rogers – Cap hit $8.1 million, dead money $3.0 million
Pro Football Focus positional rank: 71st of 110; Salary Cap Rank: 14th
Keeping Rogers would make him one of the most overpaid cornerbacks in the league, and the potential $5.1 million in cap relief the 49ers gain by cutting him is too good to pass up. There are a number of quality defensive backs on the market as well as the draft so it will make this cut easy for the 49ers.
St. Louis Rams
CB Cortland Finnegan – Cap hit $10.0 million, dead money $6.0 million
Pro Football Focus positional rank: 109th of 110; Salary Cap Rank: 8th
If the 49ers Rogers is one of the most overpaid cornerbacks in the league, Finnegan is the most overpaid cornerback. He has never been good since he arrived in St Louis, and it is one of the worst defensive signings the Rams have made. The Rams have plenty of cuts they could look at in their top ten salaries, but Finnegan should be the #1 target.
DE Chris Clemons – Cap hit $9.7 million, dead money $2.2 million
Pro Football Focus positional rank: 42nd of 52 ; Salary Cap Rank: 7th
Before cutting wide receiver Sidney Rice and defensive end Red Bryant, the Seahawks had $50.6 million tied up in five players at two positions, defensive end and wide receiver. The Seahawks will continue to trim their roster to increase the $17.8 million in cap room they have as of today. The team has indicated they have placed a priority on re-signing defensive end Michael Bennett, and they will clear cap room to make that happen.
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