Yet again we’ve had a season of football fly bye with the conclusion of Super Bowl 50 this past Sunday. With that, it’s now officially the off-season. Teams didn’t waste any time on Monday as we saw the first set of cuts which will get the ball rolling as more veteran players will fall victim to the “cap casualty” label.
The Philadelphia Eagles started things off as they released wide receiver Riley Cooper. Despite appearing in all 16 games this past season, Cooper caught only 21 passes, or half of his targets. Cooper broke out in 2013 as he benefited from Nick Foles’ monster statistical year and even had a productive 2014 campaign. After 2 years of a 5 year deal, the new staff in Philly elected to release the 28 year old – gaining $2.9 million in cap space.
The biggest name in the handful of cuts was six-time Pro Bowler, Jahri Evans. He was one of three cuts made by the New Orleans Saints on Monday. Since being drafted in 2006, Evans has been one of the best guards in the league and one of the most decorated players in team history. The four-time All Pro has seen his play regress in recent years, but there’s no doubt his name and past performance will garner a roster spot in 2016. The Saints escape $3.1 million of his remaining $8.2 million cap hit.
Along with Evans, the Saints also parted ways with veteran linebackers, David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber. The two linebackers combined for nine starts on the year with abysmal play in the front 7. The team is also expected to release Brandon Browner very soon, as reported by ESPN‘s John Clayton earlier in the week.
Atlanta chipped in with some action of their own, release veteran defensive starters, William Moore and Justin Durant. Both players dealt with injuries in 2015 – Moore has missed 16 games the past two seasons. Durant was signed over the off-season and was arguably the team’s best linebacker when healthy. Cutting the two saves Atlanta $5.93 million in cap space.
The Dolphins also cut veteran offensive tackle Jason Fox who struggled mightily at right tackle this past season.
As the off-season rolls on, we’ll stay on top of the latest breaking news. Stay tuned!