As the preseason winds down to its final week, we take a look at some notable names that may not make final rosters.
There is just one final preseason game to be played in the NFL preseason. While most of the players seeing action this weekend are those looking to make one final push to secure a roster spot, there are some namely vets and youngsters that may not be as safe as once thought.
When the turk comes-a-calling, there will be more than just undrafted rookies and journeymen receiving pink slips. There will be quite a few recognizable names that end up not making their respective team.
In 2016, we saw all-pro offensive guard Josh Sitton, running backs Ronnie Hillman & Justin Forsett, as well as cornerback Dee Milliner get pushed out the door.
Here are a few higher-profile names that could end up on the outside-looking-in once cutdown day arrives.
Cleveland reportedly already has the 2-time pro bowler on the trade block. He’s owed over $34M over the next 3 years, so it may be hard to find a taker. If they can’t, it may be Haden’s last days as a Brown.
At this point, it may not be a shocker for Osweiler to be released. However, he’s a bigger name who seems to be running out of chances to prove himself as a viable starter in this league.
Cushing, the former first-round pick, has lost a few steps over the years and has become a liability in coverage. Young ‘backers Bernardrik McKinney and Zach Cunningham may make Cushing expendable.
Fluker was brought over in free agency from the Chargers, but has failed to establish himself as a force this preseason.
Ngata is 33 and entering his 11 NFL season. He is no longer the dominant force he once was and may near the end of his rope.
McNichols was a 5th round pick of the Bucs this year. Plagued by mental mistakes during the preseason, he has drawn the ire of head coach Dirk Koetter. He’s now a longshot to make the roster.
Hall is entering his age 34 season and is now a an overpriced safety. He also is gets injured far too often and may not be ready for the season, as he is currently on the PUP list.
Just two seasons ago, Houston was the Bears’ prized free agent signing. He proceeded to tear his ACL while celebrating a sack in a blowout loss. Then he tore it again last season. He hasn’t been the same since. May be time to move on.