ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted a list of players that are likely to cut in the coming days. Here’s a look at some of those players as well as a few more.
ARI – Derek Anderson
It would be hard to imagine that things could have been any worse for the Arizona Cardinals and Derek Anderson this last season. The team passed on pursuing Marc Bulger and elected to sign Derek Anderson to be their starting quarterback but it wound up being a disastrous situation.
Saving the $3.9 million that they would end up paying him if they choose to keep him seems like the right move simply because they can’t be any worse without him.
ARI – Joey Porter
Porter is another guy who the Cardinals were hoping that would fill a void left from losing a great player but just like Derek Anderson, Porter wasn’t able together a productive season. He was able to rack up five sacks during the teams first nine games but nothing afterwards.
He is set to make $5.75 million over the next two seasons so it would make sense for Arizona to use the money on someone that has higher upside.
SF – Nate Clements
The 49ers are in need of help at cornerback so the idea of releasing Nate Clements may seem a little strange but paying him $7.25 million for next season is a bad idea. There still a chance that the two sides could renegotiate his deal so that they could retain him a reasonable price. We’ve already heard some speculation that he could be moved to safety so there are number of decisions to be made in regarding Clements.
MIN – Bernard Berrain
The idea of releasing Berrain has come up from time to time so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Minnesota cut him. Berrain, who is 30 years old, will make a $3.9 million base salary for next season despite very little production over the last three years in Minnesota.
What’s interesting about this situation is that the Vikings will need a wide receiver if Sidney Rice leaves during free agency. Minnesota hasn’t used Berrian as one of their top receivers which makes it hard to gauge his current ability.
PIT – Flozell Adams
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has already said that he would like to have Flozell back for next season but the fact that he is set to $5 million while being 36 years old makes it seem like a bad idea.
In Adam’s defense, he looked much better than he did while in Dallas but he still had issues with penalties this season.