By Adam Stites
Free agency is on the way with the 2018 league year beginning March 14. For most teams, there is plenty of cap space available to make a splash, while a few will need to make a few moves to free up space.
Almost every team has at least one contract that will become a “cap casualty” and get terminated before the new league year begins as a way to clear a little extra space.
Here’s a look at players across the league who could be packing their bags as teams make room before free agency:
Peterson had a hot start in Arizona, but he didn’t score a touchdown in the last five games of the season and was bottled up by most opponents. With David Johnson returning in 2018, the Cardinals can dodge a $2.9 million cap hit by releasing Peterson.
Matt Ryan hasn’t missed a game since 2009, and the Falcons can save $3.25 million by cutting Schaub. A restructure could be a better way to save money and make sure there’s still a reliable backup quarterback in place, though. It will likely depend on how the Falcons feel about Schaub, who turns 37 in June, and whether the team can find a cheaper option to put behind Ryan on the depth...