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2013 NFL expected cuts, cap casualties: Defense

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Those defensive players who are expected to be released in the coming weeks as teams seek to get under the salary cap. Others just because their current team is looking to move on from them.

Grant Halverson

The great thing about those players who are cut from their current teams is any team who wishes to signed them need not wait until free agency begins on March 12. These players immediately become free agents and can therefore sign with any team.

These players are among those defensive players who the Raiders could see on the market in the coming weeks.

Defensive Line

DE Tyson Jackson, Chiefs

DT Jay Ratliff, Cowboys

DE Osi Umenyiora, Giants

DT Chris Canty, Giants (released)

DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, Lions (released)

DT Ryan Pickett, Packers

DT Tommy Kelly, Raiders

DT Richard Seymour, Raiders (contract voided)

DE Dave Tollefson, Raiders

DE Will Smith, Saints

DE Brett Keisel, Steelers

Linebacker

OLB Nick Barnett, Bills (released)

OLB Quincy Black, Buccaneers

MLB Dan Connor, Cowboys

OLB Michael Boley, Giants (released)

WLB/ILB Bart Scott, Jets

OLB Calvin Pace, Jets

OLB James Anderson, Panthers

OLB Rob Jackson, Redskins

ILB Rolando McClain, Raiders

WLB/MLB Jonathan Vilma, Saints

OLB James Harrison, Steelers

Defensive Back

CB Carlos Rogers, 49ers

SS Donte Whitner, 49ers

SS George Wilson, Bills (released)

CB Champ Bailey, Broncos

CB Eric Wright, Buccaneers

CB Richard Marshall, Dolphins

CB Dunta Robinson, Falcons

CB Corey Webster, Giants

S Eric Smith, Jets

CB Charles Woodson, Packers

CB Chris Gamble, Panthers

SS Roman Harper, Saints

SS Ryan Clark, Steelers

Also see the expected cuts, cap casualties OFFENSE