Thursday, January 23, 2014

Possible Cap Casualties - NFC East Edition

Justin's Current 2014 Mock Draft
Possible Cap Casualties - AFC East Edition

2014 Projected NFL Salary Cap: $126.3 Million

Dallas Cowboys
2014 Projected Salary Cap: $143 million
Projected released players:

Dallas is in horrible shape cap-wise entering this offseason.  What makes it even worse is that there are not many players who can provide the Cowboys with salary relief.

DeMarcus Ware (Team saves $7.4 million)

Before I continue, no, I do not think Dallas is releasing Ware, but they do need to restructure his contract.  His cap number is $16 million, something Dallas is going to be desperate to fix.

Kyle Orton ($1 million)

Dallas will need to explore a cheaper alternative for their backup quarterback, likely through the draft.

Mackenzy Bernadeau ($1.4 million)

Bernadeau's salary escalates significantly this season and could force the Cowboys to make him expendable.

New York Giants
2014 Projected Salary Cap: $117 million
Projected released players:

Chris Snee ($7.3 million)

Snee just turned 32 and is coming off of a season ending hip injury.  It may be more likely that Snee restructures his contract, especially when you fact that Snee is married to head coach Tom Coughlin's daughter.

Brandon Myers ($3.3 million)

Over the past few seasons, the Giants have had a revolving door at tight end.  Myers did not have a stellar season in New York last year and with the salary relief he provides, the team could look for a new safety valve for Eli Manning.

Philadelphia Eagles
2014 Projected Salary Cap: $124.5 million
Projected released players:

Cary Williams ($3.1 million)

Williams was awful last season in Philadelphia.  The Eagles need some salary relief to he could be an easy option to release.

Brent Celek ($4.1 million)

Celek's high cap number along with the addition of Zach Ertz last season make him expendable.  Celek has no guaranteed money in his contract.

Jason Avant ($3.3 million)

Avant has a high salary for a guy who is the no. 4 receiver on the team.  Avant is expendable, especially if the Eagles draft another wide receiver early.

Arrelious Benn ($1 million)

Benn has an unreasonably high salary for a no. 5 receiver who only caught four passes all season.

Washington Redskins
2014 Projected Salary Cap: $115.9 million
Projected released players:

Josh Morgan ($6.3 million)

Morgan failed to reach the end zone last season and only averaged 10.7 yards per catch.  With a salary as high as his, it is unlikely he returns to Washington.

London Fletcher ($4.1 million)

Fletcher already announced his retirement, so this is just to announced the team's salary relief.

Brandon Meriweather ($2.2 million)

Meriweather has a penchant for being a dirty, overrated player.  Under Jay Gruden, the team may look to move on and find a new strong safety.

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