BCS:BraveCaringSoul Posted February 22, 2002 Share Posted February 22, 2002 A ton of info here guys.<br /><br />Originally posted by Yomar at CPND.<br /><br />From ESPN<br /><br />For many veterans, it's restructure<br />or relocate <br />By Ryan Early <br />Friday, February 22 Updated 9:42 AM EST <br /><br />This year's free-agent class has been called the worst since free agency began nine years ago. But hold on, a whole bunch of players who are currently under contract are going to be joining this year's class come March 1st. For veteran players with cap numbers in the millions, these two weeks are the worst of the year. Players coming off a good year will be asked to restructure their contract or extend it to give the team more cap room. If they've had an off year, the choice is to take a pay cut, or be cut from the roster. Four teams, the Broncos, Colts, Dolphins and Vikings, have already begun to release players.<br /><br />The following is a list of players, by position, who could be searching for a new team in a couple weeks and why:<br /><br />QB<br />Charlie Batch, Lions - Has already been told he'll be released in June.<br />Jeff Blake, Saints - He's being offered as trade bait, but it looks more likely he'll be released.<br />Drew Bledsoe, Patriots - Can the Patriots really afford to keep him if they can't trade him?<br />Chris Chandler, Falcons - Needs to take a pay cut of more than $3M to stay with the team, as a backup.<br />Rob Johnson, Bills - He's been asked to take a pay cut. If he's released, the Bills will save over $6M against the cap.<br />Neil O'Donnell, Titans - He's one of the highest-paid backups in the league, but not for long. A pay cut looks more likely than a roster cut.<br />Vinny Testaverde, Jets - He's due a $6 million bonus in June, and the Jets need to get rid of that money in a new deal if they want him back for next season.<br /><br />RB<br />Jamal Anderson, Falcons - If Atlanta thinks he can return at 100 percent he'll be asked to lose at least $3M in salary. If not, he'll be released.<br />Michael Bates, Redskins - Primarily a kick returner, now in his 30's.<br />Tshimanga Biakabutuka, Panthers - The team has already announced that he will be released.<br />Dorsey Levens, Packers - Took a pay cut last year to stay with team, not this year.<br />Fred McCrary, Chargers - Wasn't nearly as effective last year and was exposed in the expansion draft.<br />Joe Montgomery, Giants - Already released, has missed too much time with injuries.<br />James Stewart, Lions - The Lions were horrible without him, but that doesn't mean they like his $5M cap figure.<br /><br />WR<br />Derrick Alexander, Chiefs - Is refusing a pay cut, and the Chiefs will thus refuse him a roster spot, but not until after June 1st.<br />Reidel Anthony, Bucs - Showed plenty on the practice field, but almost nothing in games.<br />Troy Edwards, Steelers - Makes starter money, but he's a nickel receiver on a running team.<br />Antonio Freeman, Packers - After three subpar seasons, he still thinks he's worth his millions.<br />Terry Glenn, Patriots - His chances of staying with the Pats are about the same as his winning his lawsuit.<br />Jeff Graham, Chargers - Dropped more passes in '01 than any other player in the league.<br />Matthew Hatchette, Jets - Doesn't cost a lot against the cap, but he's fourth on their depth chart.<br />Shawn Jefferson, Falcons - Would complete the total overhaul of the team's receivers.<br />Kevin Lockett, Redskins - The fact that he was exposed in the expansion draft and that the Texans didn't take him says plenty.<br />Terance Mathis, Falcons - The best receiver in Falcons history will finally be given the chance to begin anew.<br />Keenan McCardell, Jaguars - Mr. Consistency has always had to prove his worth.<br />O.J. McDuffie, Dolphins - You'd think the Dolphins would realize it would be cheaper to come to an injury settlement with the veteran receiver and then release him.<br />Chris Sanders, Titans - It's surprising he lasted this long with the team.<br />Troy Walters, Vikings - Already released, too small to be anything more than a punt returner.<br /><br />TE<br />Kyle Brady, Jaguars - His $4.3M cap number could send him team hopping.<br />Greg Clark, 49ers - Missed last two Olympics with injuries.<br />Ken Dilger, Colts - Already released, he was almost hit with the franchise tag two years ago.<br />Jackie Harris, Cowboys - He's not getting any younger and he's due $400K on March 1.<br />Hunter Goodwin, Dolphins - Already released, Miami will try to upgrade the position.<br />Freddie Jones, Chargers - No tight end is worth $4M against the cap no matter how good they are (including Gonzo).<br />Shannon Sharpe, Ravens - Wants to return to the Broncos, but will they take him?<br />Wesley Walls, Panthers - Another year, another injury. Plus, he's due $1M on March 1st.<br /><br />OL<br />Tom Ackerman, Saints - Bad blood between veteran and Saints' front office; was exposed in expansion draft.<br />Brad Badger, Vikings - The Texans didn't take him, needs to accept backup money.<br />John Fina, Bills - He fell apart at left tackle this past season, but it would actually cost the Bills $2.7M if they cut him because he's signed through 2006. He could agree to a pay cut and move to guard.<br />Heath Irwin, Dolphins - Already released, didn't play up to expectations.<br />Roman Oben, Browns - Lost his job to Ross Verba and will be sent packing.<br />Glenn Parker, Giants - He's 35 years old and starting to play like it.<br />Willie Roaf, Saints - Has asked to be traded or released. The Saints won't pay the $2.4M bonus he's due on March 20th.<br />Mark Stepnoski, Cowboys - Dallas is looking to replace him and would save $1M if they release him before March 1st.<br />Ryan Tucker, Rams - Replaced late in the season and has a cap number over $3M.<br /><br />DT<br />Sam Adams, Ravens - Has a cap number over $8M but could still return.<br />Tim Bowens, Dolphins - Is due a $1M roster bonus on March 1st and has a $7M base salary for 2002. Negotiations with agent Drew Rosenhaus are continuing.<br />Santana Dotson, Packers - Had another injury-riddled, poor season to go with a $3.3M cap figure.<br />Shane Dronett, Falcons - Teammate Travis Hall has already restructured. Dronett isn't as expensive but will still be asked to take a new deal.<br />Sean Gilbert, Panthers - They might want to get rid of that huge contract now, but it will cost the Panthers millions upon millions to do it.<br />Ellis Johnson, Colts - That he hasn't been released yet is promising, but his $6M cap number is not.<br />Leon Lett, Broncos - Already released, huge (as in overweight) free-agent bust from last year.<br />Reggie McGrew, 49ers - A former first-round bust who rarely saw the field at all last season.<br />Orpheus Roye, Browns - More likely to be released after June 1st.<br />Mike Wells, Colts - Already released, the Colts purged most of their high-priced defenders.<br /><br />DE<br />Michael Boireau, Vikings - Already released, missed all of last season with unusual eye condition.<br />Rob Burnett, Ravens - Doesn't want to take a pay cut and will thus be released by the cap-strapped Ravens.<br />Stalin Colinet, Vikings - Already released, was a surprise cut as he wasn't that pricey.<br />Michael McCrary, Ravens - Has been asked to restructure his deal, but he doesn't fit into the ideal role of a 3-4 lineman, if the Ravens do end up making that defensive switch.<br />Willie McGinest, Patriots - Will have his contract restructured for the fifth time in as many years.<br />Kavika Pittman, Broncos - Never took the big step up in his game that the Broncos thought he would.<br />Tracy Scroggins, Lions - His downward slide in play has been going on for a couple years now.<br />John Thierry, Packers - Iffy to return. Was exposed in expansion draft but not taken.<br />Jay Williams, Panthers - The team would like to upgrade the position in the draft.<br />Renaldo Wynn, Jaguars - His impending release is set in stone.<br /><br />LB<br />Elijah Alexander, Raiders - Al Davis just got a couple high draft picks to use to upgrade his team.<br />Jessie Armstead, Giants - Still making the Pro Bowl on reputation, but certainly not by his play.<br />Donnie Edwards, Chiefs - He is expected to void his contract and become a free agent on his own.<br />Scott Galyon, Dolphins - Already released, will be replaced by youngster.<br />Kevin Hardy, Jaguars - His release is definite as it will single-handedly put the Jaguars under the salary cap, thanks to the Texans taking three players in the expansion draft.<br />Mark Fields, Rams - St. Louis may have changed their mind about keeping him after they lost LB Brian Allen in the expansion draft.<br />Ted Johnson, Patriots - Halved his pay last year to stay with the team, will be asked to take another pay cut.<br />Mo Lewis, Jets - Had an off year under new coach Herm Edwards, who now see Lewis as a cap liability. Ed McDaniel, Vikings - Already released, lost his starting job last season.<br />Hardy Nickerson, Jaguars - The team's poster boy for excess spending.<br />Bill Romanowski, Broncos - Already released, wouldn't accept pay cut.<br />Darrin Smith, Saints - Could be brought back at a lower salary to be a veteran backup.<br />Dean Wells, Panthers - Slowing down but still wants to play.<br /><br />CB<br />Michael Booker, Titans - Will some team give another chance to this former first rounder?<br />Jeff Burris, Colts - Already released, Colts trying to get cheaper as well as better.<br />Doug Evans, Panthers - Has a cap number above $7M.<br />Corey Fuller, Browns - Cleveland exposed him in the expansion draft but they'd rather keep him under a restructured contract.<br />Jimmy Hitch****, Panthers - Plays well without any ACLs in his knees, but isn't worth his current $4.3M cap number.<br />Ken Irvin, Bills - Counts $3.3M against the cap and lost his job to Nate Clements.<br />DeRon Jenkins, Titans - Was picked on by opponents all season.<br />Alex Molden, Chargers - GM John Butler is batting .500 in finding good corners in free agency for San Diego.<br />Terrance Shaw, Patriots - Collected more penalties than any other Pats DB despite his limited playing time.<br />Robert Tate, Vikings - Will be pressured to take a pay cut to stay.<br />Dave Thomas, Giants - His team underwent a youth movement at the position last year.<br /><br />S<br />Blaine Bishop, Titans - It is unknown whether he'll accept a big salary reduction to stay.<br />Ronnie Bradford, Falcons - Probably played his last day as a starter.<br />LeRoy Butler, Packers - No immediate decision will be made, but the Pack is anxious to see how his shoulder responds.<br />Chad Cota, Colts - Already released, didn't fit into Dungy's designs.<br />Sam Garnes, Giants - He's becoming a liability in pass coverage.<br />Victor Green, Jets - The Jets could have four new starters in the secondary if he and Robinson don't take pay cuts.<br />Mike Logan, Steelers - Was signed away from Jaguars last year but failed to win starting job.<br />Brock Marion, Dolphins - Miami wants him back but doesn't want to pay him a $2M roster bonus on March 1st.<br />Damon Moore, Eagles - Had a breakthrough season in '01, but a blown knee in the playoffs means he will not be back in Philly.<br />Marquez Pope, Raiders - Benched halfway through the '01 season.<br />Damien Robinson, Jets - Was a disappointment and is scheduled to receive a $2.6M roster bonus.<br />Kurt Schulz, Lions - Detroit is looking to get younger and faster.<br />George Teague, Cowboys - Dallas won't release him unless they can re-sign Darren Woodson.<br />Orlando Thomas, Vikings - Already released, may not catch on elsewhere.<br />Rod Woodson, Ravens - Can only return to the Ravens for a deal near the veteran Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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