Top Ten NFL Players Who Have Been Released in 2015
Which Key NFL Players Are Already on the Market in 2015?
2015 NFL Offseason
Yesterday, we looked at some of the top free agents who could become available this NFL offseason. We’ve since learned that at least a few of those guys (notably, Justin Houston and Dez Bryant) will definitely receive franchise tags. Ndamukong Suh, on the other hand, will be cut if the Lions are unable to reach a deal with him by March 10. Today, we’re going to break down the top ten veteran NFL players who have already been released in 2015.
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1. LB A.J. Hawk, who has spent his entire career with the Green Bay Packers, was one of the first players to be officially cut this offseason. Overall, Hawk has been a solid player, but hasn’t quite reached the ceiling that he was expected to have when he was drafted. Hawk is certain to find a home elsewhere, but it’ll be strange to see him out of the green and gold.
2. RB Reggie Bush, who will turn 30 this year, is looking for his fourth NFL team after being released by the Detroit Lions. Bush played just two season in Detroit, both of which were injury-riddled. While I don’t see Bush remaining unsigned, the fact remains that he’s an aging back who has had recent struggles. Could lead to a tough market.
3. The Arizona Cardinals cut DT Darnell Dockett this week after he missed the entirety of the 2014 season with a torn ACL. The Cards saved some pretty serious cash by cutting Dockett; he was owed $6.8 million in 2015. Dockett may not have to wait long to find a new home, as he’s already set to meet with the San Francisco 49ers.
4. Former Atlanta Falcons RB Steven Jackson was released by the team as new head coach Dan Quinn builds his regime. Jackson has racked-up over 11,000 yards over the course of his career and still has plenty of power left at 31-years of age. Reportedly, the Chicago Bears have expressed interest in Jackson, who would be an excellent complement to Matt Forte.
5. The Miami Dolphins cut WR Brian Hartline, despite his 298 catches and 4,243 yards in six years with the team. The ‘Phins simply couldn’t handle the $6 million Hartline would have commanded in 2015. Hartline isn’t likely to remained unsigned for long. The Cleveland Browns should be considering him (whether or not they are is another story) and there’s even been some talk of Hartline returning to the Dolphins’ roster.
6. Veteran WR Ted Ginn, Jr. was released by the Arizona Cardinals after just one year with the club. Ginn is now looking for his fifth NFL team, which may not take too long. Ginn’s good friend Donte Whitner is lobbying for him to come to Cleveland. Not a bad plan.
7. Former Baltimore Ravens WR Jacoby Jones has wasted no time in trying to find his next NFL home. Jones has already set meetings with both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Tennessee Titans. Look for the 30-year-old to get a new contract in short order.
8. 32-year-old OG Todd Herremans was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, but the 10-year NFL veteran has no plans to fade into the sunset. Herremans could find landing spots at either the Kansas City Chiefs or the Indianapolis Colts (start praying now, Colts Nation) due to his history with both Andy Reid and Ryan Grigson.
9. DE Mathias Kiwanuka, who played for the New York Giants during both their 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl runs, was cut by the team last week. Kiwanuka’s release wasn’t a surprise (he only remained on the roster last year after agreeing to a fairly significant pay cut), but that doesn’t make it any easier to be on-the-hunt for a spot on a new team’s roster.
10. OG Justin Blalock was cut by the Atlanta Falcons last Friday after spending his entire career thus far with the team. Blalock, at 31-years-old, still has at least a couple of good years left in him. The veteran lineman is sure to find a contract somewhere, but as of yet, Blalock hasn’t set any official meetings.