Houston Texas make several moves
The Houston Texans made moves by releasing Arian Foster, Rahim Moore and Garrett Graham. Arian Foster’s release was the biggest news of the day and you can see our response here. Rahim Moore’s and Garrett Grahams, comparatively, were fair smaller shocks. Both players had relatively large cap numbers for players who were getting older but had a limited role and a limited impact this season. Moore signed a 3-year, $12 million contract in March last year but played just 7 games. Graham signed a similar deal in March 2014. These 3 cuts save the Texans $11,818,750 in cap space.
Carolina Panthers part way with three
The second biggest roster move of the day came from the panthers when they cut veteran DE Charles Johnson. Our report on that can be found here. Their other moves were the release of veteran DT Dwan Edwards and OT Nate Chandler. Edwards had been on the Panthers roster for the last 4 seasons and was a a significant piece in their defensive rotation. Chandler on the other hand played for the Panthers in part during the 2013 and 2014 seasons but missed the last part of 2014 and all of 2015 due to injury. These three moves save the Panthers $13.9 million against the cap.
Baltimore Ravens release one and prepare to part ways with another defensive starter
The Baltimore Ravens announced that they have cut ILB Daryl Smith. Smith was signed to a 1-year deal during the 2013 offseason and then to a 4-year, $13.6 million contract in the 2014 offseason. In that time he amassed started 48 games for the Ravens and he led the team in tackles in two of those years (2013, 2015). However, he was being used less and less in passing situations – one of his strengths earlier in his career – so the Ravens probably decided that he was an expensive option compared to his backups. With that said, the Ravens have kept the door open for Smith returning to Baltimore next season with a different contract. By cutting Smith the Ravens save $2.625 million in cap space. The Ravens also announced that they will not be picking up Chris Canty’s 2016 option. Canty made just 19 tackles and 1 sack this year whilst battling through injuries. The Ravens save about $2 million in cap space by cutting him and also give younger players like Brent Urban and Carl Davis the chance to build on impressive flashes.
San Diego Chargers cut four
The Chargers had a big purge of their roster today, releasing 4 players freeing up nearly $5million in cap space. RB Donald Brown – $3.5 mil saved, ILB Kavell Connor – $950,000 saved, ILB Donald Butler – $190,000 saved and LB Chi Chi Ariguzo – spent season on Reserved/Injured list having been waived in preseason. With Safety Eric Weddle also not retained this offseason expect the Chargers to be busy once free agency opens.
Jacksonville Jaguars part ways with two
The Jags parted ways with 2 highly paid veteran contributors, saving a further $9.5m in cap room. G Zane Beadles – $5.5 mil saved and DE Chris Clemons – $4 mil saved, were the players released. Jacksonville now has a staggering $80m (per Spotrac) in cap space. With the rules surrounding minimum spending now in force the Jaguars are going to be forced into making major signings and will be a big player in free agency as few teams will be unable to match the offers the available cap room will give GM David Caldwell the flexibility to offer.
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