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123 NFL Cap Casualty and Trade Candidates

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Which positions could get some extra talent added to it in the coming weeks?

Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images

Writer’s Note: I am updating this list as more and more players get released.

I started compiling this list in January and after some procrastination in posting it, I’m ready to — and just in time* too.


This is a list of 123 names in the NFL who I viewed not just as cap casualty candidates, but as players who I believed would be released or traded, if not at least have their contracts renegotiated to stay in town. By now, some of these names have already been released, such as Vegas Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead, let go on Monday.

“But I disagree with some of these names being on here and I also disagree with some of the people who aren’t on here, therefore this is dumb and you’re dumb, you dumb idiot.” - Someone.

Fair enough, I didn’t post this list because I felt it would be 100% accurate. Much like a mock draft, it will probably be wrong a bunch. I’m attempting to use logic in each case and I did carefully examine the rosters and salary cap situations of all 32 teams before arriving at these 123 names.

Some of these players are really only trade candidates, not release candidates, such as quarterbacks Nick Foles, Josh Rosen, and Jacoby Brissett. With Brissett, I’m feeling confident he will be traded. With Foles, I’m mostly just guessing that the Jaguars will leave Gardner Minshew unchallenged for 2020. I don’t mind being wrong and in fact I encourage you to tell me which names here have important distinctions for why they wouldn’t be released, as well as names who aren’t on it.

Because I haven’t kept track yet of all the cuts, there’s also names here who have already been released and if that is the case, please comment below and I’ll update it. Players with an asterisk have already been cut.

I won’t do any individual commentary as that would take too long, but I will address any comments on individuals made by you if necessary. Here they are:


Andy Dalton, Bengals

Joe Flacco, Broncos*

Jacoby Brissett, Colts

Josh Rosen, Dolphins

Nick Foles, Jaguars (Traded to Bears)


Justin Britt, Seahawks

Daniel Kilgore, Dolphins


Mike Person, 49ers*

Ronald Leary, Broncos*

JR Sweezy, Cardinals

Jamon Brown, Falcons

Andrew Norwell, Jaguars

Brian Winters, Jets

Lane Taylor, Packers

Nick Easton, Saints

Ramon Foster, Steelers (RETIRED)

Senio Kelemete, Texans


Bobby Hart, Bengals

Chris Hubbard, Browns

Cam Erving, Chiefs*

Cameron Fleming, Cowboys*

Ty Sambrailo, Falcons*

Russell Okung, Chargers (Traded to Panthers)

Ricky Wagner, Lions*

Tight Ends:

CJ Uzomah, Bengals

Lee Smith, Bills

Jeff Heuerman, Broncos

Maxx Williams, Cardinals

Luke Stocker, Falcons*

Rhett Ellison, Giants (RETIRED)

Geoff Swaim, Jaguars*

Jimmy Graham, Packers*

Ed Dickson, Seahawks

Vance McDonald, Steelers

Delanie Walker, Titans*

Jordan Reed, Washington*

Wide Receivers:

Marquise Goodwin, 49ers

Cole Beasley, Bills

Andre Roberts, Bills

Jarvis Landry, Browns

Sammy Watkins, Chiefs

Albert Wilson, Dolphins

Allen Hurns, Dolphins

Marqise Lee, Jaguars

Quincy Enunwa, Jets

Josh Bellamy, Jets

Jarius Wright, Panthers

Julian Edelman, Patriots

Mohamed Sanu, Patriots

Josh Reynolds, Rams

Adam Humphries, Titans

Taylor Gabriel, Bears*

Allen Robinson, Bears

Cordarelle Patterson, Bears (SPECIAL TEAMS)

Running Backs:

Jerick McKinnon, 49ers

Tevin Coleman, 49ers

David Johnson, Cardinals (Traded to Texans)

Devonta Freeman, Falcons*

Mike Davis, Panthers

Rex Burkhead, Patriots

Brandon Bolden, Patriots

Dion Lewis, Titans*

Kyle Juszczyk, 49ers (FB)


BW Webb, Bengals

Dre Kirkpatrick, Bengals

Terrance Mitchell, Browns

Robert Alford, Cardinals

Pierre Desir, Colts*

Desmond Trufant, Falcons*

Trumaine Johnson, Jets*

Darryl Roberts, Jets

Jason McCourty, Patriots

Brandon Carr, Ravens*

Janoris Jenkins, Saints (EXTENDED)

Patrick Robinson, Saints

Vernon Hargreaves, Texans

Malcolm Butler, Titans

Xavier Rhodes, Vikings*

Quinton Dunbar, Washington (Traded to Seahawks)

Prince Amukamara, Bears*

Justin Bethel, Patriots (Special Teams)


Shawn Williams, Bengals

Micah Hyde, Bills

Morgan Burnett, Browns

Daniel Sorenson, Chiefs

Nate Hairston, Jets

Eric Reid, Panthers*

Terrence Brooks, Patriots

Tony Jefferson, Ravens*

Tashaun Gipson, Texans

Reshad Jones, Dolphins

Tedric Thompson, Seahawks


Todd Davis, Broncos

Denzel Perryman, Chargers

Thomas Davis, Chargers*

Jake Ryan, Jaguars*

Tahir Whitehead, Raiders*

Kiko Alonso, Saints

Mark Barron, Steelers*

Anthony Chickillo, Steelers (Special Teams)

Defensive Tackles/3-4 Defensive Ends:

Tyson Alualu, Steelers

Corey Peters, Cardinals

Brandon Mebane, Chargers*

Tyrone Crawford, Cowboys

Marcell Dareus, Jaguars*

Dontari Poe, Panthers*

Linval Joseph, Vikings*

Shamar Stephen, Vikings

Damon Harrison, Lions*

Defensive Ends/3-4 OLB/EDGE:

Christian Kirksey, Browns*

Melvin Ingram, Chargers

Damien Wilson, Chiefs

Alec Ogletree, Giants

Avery Williamson, Jets

KJ Wright, Seahawks

Leonard Floyd, Bears*

Kareem Martin, Giants

Clay Matthews, Rams*

Cam Wake, Titans

Margus Hunt, Colts

Allen Bailey, Falcons

John Simon, Patriots

Mario Edwards, Saints

Angelo Blackson, Texans