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Breaking down the NFL’s most likely cap casualties

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We looked earlier this evening at the top free agents remaining in the post-franchise tag period.

Due to large forthcoming bonus payments and/or base salaries, the following ten players could be joining them in free agency soon.

1. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning — You already know. Manning is owed a $28 million roster bonus on Thursday, March 8, and the Colts would shock the world if they paid it.

2. Raiders linebacker Kamerion Wimbley — As Mike Florio has explained, the Raiders must decide Wimbley’s fate prior to March 17. If released, Wimbley can expect hot pursuit from teams in need of a versatile, productive pass rusher.

3. Cardinals tackle Levi Brown — Arizona wants to re-sign Brown to a long-term extension, but he’s fully expected to be released before his $6 million roster bonus comes due on March 12. The sides can resume talks after that.

4. Chargers tackle Marcus McNeill — San Diego is actively working to re-sign free agent Jared Gaither because it knows McNeill will be released in short order. The move will clear $10 million in salary cap space.

5. Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma — Likely to be a primary target as the NFL doles out bounty-scandal discipline, Vilma’s on-field performance has declined sharply and he’s no longer worth his $5.4 million base salary.

6. Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman — Owed $5 million in salary and bonuses, the 32-year-old still hasn’t passed his exit physical after three separate knee surgeries since December of 2009.

7. Packers tackle Chad Clifton — Clifton is scheduled to receive a $5.25 million base salary and $203,125 in per-game roster bonuses. He turns 36 before the season and recently underwent surgery on his lower back and hip. Clifton was benched in Green Bay’s playoff loss for ineffectiveness.

8. Rams cornerback Ronald Bartell — St. Louis is expected to be active on the free agent cornerback market, and also has confirmed interest in LSU’s Morris Claiborne. Due a $6.2 million salary and coming off a fractured neck, Bartell could easily be brushed aside in favor of a younger player.

9. Vikings guard Steve Hutchinson — Hutchinson is owed $6.95 million in base pay and a $500,000 offseason workout bonus. After concussions ended his last two seasons, it’s no secret that Hutchinson is in danger of being released.

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26 Responses to “Breaking down the NFL’s most likely cap casualties”
  1. katrinasafterbirth says: Mar 5, 2012 8:37 PM

    What about Terrence Newman? If he’s gone, that’s going to hurt NY, Philly, and Washington who continually burn him…

  2. cardsfann1 says: Mar 5, 2012 8:55 PM

    Get rid of Porter NOW!!! Extend Brown unless they can sign a bookend tackle out there since they won’t bar able to draft one…

  3. footballfanman says: Mar 5, 2012 9:06 PM

    Welcome to Washington Levi Brown.

  4. jets13 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:09 PM

    What about A-Cro, Scott, and Holmes…..oooooo wait, that’s right, the jets gaurntee loud mouths contracts

    FML

  5. bangreggwilliams says: Mar 5, 2012 9:19 PM

    Finally, a list of casualties that soon-to-be-banned Gregg Williams and his soulless Saints aren’t responsible for.

    Or are they?

    Who Dat cheating and injuring?!

  6. coxandreweric says: Mar 5, 2012 9:23 PM

    HELLOOOOOO…where is Bart Scott on this list????????

  7. philvil41 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:24 PM

    McNeil is all done

  8. westampa says: Mar 5, 2012 9:26 PM

    People around Tampa have been speculating that the Bucs could part ways with Faine since they just locked up Zuttah.

  9. nflfollower says: Mar 5, 2012 9:26 PM

    A lotta has beens on this list. We all know who they are…thanks for the entertainment over the years fellas, it may be time to enjoy your retirement rather than be forced out like hines ward or brett favre.

  10. themonster49 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:28 PM

    3. Cardinals tackle Levi Brown — Arizona wants to re-sign Brown to a long-term extension, but he’s fully expected to be released before his $6 million roster bonus comes due on March 12. The sides can resume talks after that.

    The sides can resume talks after that. You had me giving vocal reactions here in my living room! First it was Damn, then it was ouch, then I laughed, then I said damn again, then I kept laughing. Priceless.

  11. fancyleague says: Mar 5, 2012 9:30 PM

    Casey Hampton — 35 year old NT with a January ACL injury and a gigantic salary.

  12. mtheparrothead says: Mar 5, 2012 9:42 PM

    Thought it was worth the gamble when we picked up kampman. Great player, good guy, but time to cut ties.

  13. croghan1919 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:53 PM

    “Manning is owed a $28 million roster bonus on Thursday, March 8, and the Colts would shock the world if they paid it.”

    That’s why I think the Colts (Irsay) will pay the man.

    Stand by for breaking news….

  14. ericn42000 says: Mar 5, 2012 9:57 PM

    Cut Newman bring in Finnegan

  15. ravenution says: Mar 5, 2012 10:00 PM

    Retire your great career Peyton.

    Retire your overrated career Joey Porter. Better yet, sign with the Steelers : the land of the aging overrated linebackers?.

  16. christopher525 says: Mar 5, 2012 10:28 PM

    Carolina, go after Wimbley, and make a major push for Mario, those 2 pieces, and anything we draft on D will just make us that much stronger. (I know, they don’t actually pay attention to this site, but damnit, we need the help.)

  17. mizzouram says: Mar 6, 2012 12:07 AM

    Can somebody explain to me how getting rid of your best CB on an average at best secondary makes ANY sense at all.

  18. itsmebobd says: Mar 6, 2012 12:38 AM

    Would love to see hutchinson come to the bengals, god knows we have the money to spend on him, and Nate Livings has got to be the worst starting left guard in the NFL. That guy is lost on half the plays, and gets beat regularly. Last thing we need to do is ruin dalton like we ruined palmer behind a line that gets the QB killed.

  19. mjkelly77 says: Mar 6, 2012 1:20 AM

    1. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning …

    Swamp Boy is done, done, done.

  20. jimmysee says: Mar 6, 2012 6:04 AM

    re: Aaron Kampman — Ted Thompson called it like he saw it and he called it right.

    Thanks for your time in Green Bay, Aaron — but we’re glad your last pay checks came from Jax.

    Time to come back and retire a Packer.

    Now it appears to be Cliffie’s turn.

  21. JC says: Mar 6, 2012 7:54 AM

    Number 2 on this list has to be Terrance Newman. He is quite possibly the worst DB in all of football and one of the main reasons why Dallas’s defense has been so awful the last 2-3 years.

  22. faulkana says: Mar 6, 2012 7:55 AM

    Joey Porter still plays in the NFL?
    Man, from Arizona you can’t even hear him yapping Kind of like being stuck in outer space.
    It’s awesome.

  23. notdoingwork says: Mar 6, 2012 7:58 AM

    Mcneil is done due brain trama quit before ur a vegtable.

  24. bigvinnyinjax says: Mar 6, 2012 8:10 AM

    Add Kampman to the ever-growing list of bad personnel moves by Jacksonville. He’s a nice guy, but never had an impact.

  25. maddog111 says: Mar 6, 2012 8:42 AM

    ravenution says:
    Mar 5, 2012 10:00 PM
    Retire your great career Peyton.

    Retire your overrated career Joey Porter. Better yet, sign with the Steelers : the land of the aging overrated linebackers?.
    ———————————————-
    P0t-Kettle-Black

  26. cup0pizza says: Mar 6, 2012 9:26 AM

    If somehow Dallas brings back Newman (this is that moron Jerry Jones in the equation), all Cowboys fans just might revolt.

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