15 NFL Players Headed for Release During Training Camp

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15 NFL Players With a Solid Chance of Being Released

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As NFL teams across the league prepare to kick off training camp, focus will now shift back to the players on the field. After months of front office moves and retooling rosters, it's finally time to see the product on the field. There will be many position battles and many players battling just to make rosters. There are very few guarantees in the NFL. Beyond the elite top-tier of players, everyone else is scrapping to hold their spot and stay employed.

The unfortunate part for lots of training camp invitees is that the final roster will shrink to 53 in just a few short weeks. It's with that in mind that we'll look at 15 players that could be headed for release. These are not unproven guys trying to make their first roster, for the most part, this list is comprised of veteran players trying to hang on or fit in with new teams.

Age is probably the biggest factor teams look at when evaluating some of these players. Many of them are well past their prime and there's just not a lot of value in giving a roster spot to someone who figures to play a limited role for a short amount of time. Ideally, younger players take up the reserve spots to sit and wait for their chance to breakout.

Of course with training camp casualties it's not always about age or long-term value, sometimes there's simply only room in town for one guy at a position. Getting released is often times just a part of losing a position battle, but those players usually can land right back on their feet.

So with all the reasons why veteran players get released in mind, let's take a look at 15 who could possibly be cut in the near future:

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Jerome Simpson

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Simpson is skating on thin ice after a terrible 2012 campaign with the Vikings, but he was brought back on a one-year deal. If No. 81 still can't hold on to the ball in camp, he'll be gone.

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Chris Spencer

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The Titans seriously beefed up their offensive line by signing G Andy Levitre and drafting G Chance Warmack and both players figure to start in 2013. Spencer will be battling for a backup spot in camp and at 31, he might not be part of the team's future plans.

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Nnamdi Asomugha

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After a failed run in Philly, Asomugha got a break and landed with the defending NFC champs. But with a roster already loaded with defensive talent, many are speculating that Asomugha won't make the final cut in San Fran. He'll be going into his 11th season and it appears his best football is behind him.

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John Carlson

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After signing a five-year/$25 million contract a year ago, Carlson delivered only eight catches for 43 yards in 2012. The Vikings have already restructured his contract for this season and if he's still not right by the end of training camp, he could be headed down the road.

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Michael Robinson

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Not that Robinson isn't a solid football player, but he might not be worth his $2.5 million salary in 2013. The former receiver turned fullback isn't exactly known as a great blocker, plus the Seahawks now have sixth round draft pick Spencer Ware to potentially take his spot.

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Michael Jenkins

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The Patriots decision to ink Jenkins was an odd one and now with their release of the much younger Donald Jones, Jenkins could be next. The Pats are said to be shifting their focus to young talent at receiver and that's certainly not Jenkins.

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Plaxico Burress

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Burress is going to be 36 by the time the season starts and he's coming off a year in which he caught only three balls. The Steelers lack of depth at wide out could be the only thing that saves him in 2013. If Burress just don't have it anymore, he'll be headed for a release.

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Tim Tebow

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Tebow's release won't be the least bit surprising. There are already reports that he's a long shot to make the team and that he's only at camp to compete for the backup QB spot. Ryan Mallett will easily win any competition with Tebow, so he's a very good candidate to be sent packing this August.

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Michael Vick

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While this probably sounds crazy to some fans, the Eagles could very easily release Vick if they trust Nick Foles. If Foles is their guy, there would be no good reason to keep Vick lurking on the sidelines. If Vick doesn't earn the starting job, he could be looking for his third NFL team.

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Devin Hester

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Hester's name has been kicked around in release rumors for months now. He's expected to focus nearly all of his attention on returning kicks this season and if the Bears don't think he has his mojo anymore, it wouldn't be a complete shocker to see him shown the door.

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John Jolly

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Jolly has returned to the Packers for the first time since 2009. He's been out of football due to legal issues and he's now 30-years old. He's going to have an uphill battle to make the final roster.

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Chad Henne

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If the Jaguars decide to go with Blaine Gabbert, they could easily kick Henne to the curb to show support for their new starting QB. I believe Henne is too valuable to release, but it's certainly within the realm of possibility.

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LeGarrette Blount

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The Patriots won't hesitate one second to release this guy if he's not up to snuff. You'd think Blount was brought in solely to be a short-yardage back, and if he doesn't prove to be very effective at that role by the end of camp, he could be looking for yet another team to pick him up.

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James Starks

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With two new rookie running backs in town, Starks is really going to have to prove his worth to the Packers. If he does make the final cut, his role figures to be diminished in 2013.

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Santonio Holmes

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After suffering the worst type of Lisfranc injury early in 2012, Holmes isn't sure when he'll be ready to go in 2013. It sounds like he may have a ways to go before he gets back on the field, and with the Jets rebuilding, Holmes could be a candidate for release. New York already restructured his contract to pay him $3.5 milllion less this year, but he's still owed a guaranteed $7.5 million in base salary. Guaranteed money could be the only thing between Holmes and the free agent market.


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  • Dickfor

    Mike Rob is the captain of special teams? Doubt he’s released.

  • mandinka

    Tebow will be the Pats #2

    • SportsGenius705

      False. Ryan Mallet.

  • Jason Brower

    This is the worst article that I have seen in quite a while. Were just a bunch of names picked out of a hat? First, if the niners release Asomugha, who do they have left among DB’s? And……the Seahawks releasing Robinson? He has been solid in the past, and they won’t be replacing him with a rookie 6th round pick, not this year. Now, the Eagles bring in Chip Kelly, and you think they are going to release Michael Vick? At Oregon, Chip liked fast mobile QB’s…….thats Vick. I even doubt that Tebow is released, I think they will keep him for two years minimum to see how he progresses in hopes that he can replace Mallett, who will be ready soon to be a starter (not for the Patriots) and make the big bucks. There are a lot better choices than these for upcoming releases.

    • John Curwen

      Vick is actually one of the names that is going to be a true release on this list. But, I think he has a better chance of get traded.

      But this article is terrible. 6 or 7 are just going to be free agents. They don’t have “to be released” to be on the open market. Did this guy just wake up and say I’m going to write about the NFL today? Is there no one who know football looking at this first. That’s what i get for reading a link for a sports article from weather.com.

  • Ablings

    This article is BS! Mike Robinson not known as a great blocker? He’s blocked for Beast modes two best years of his career and was a Pro-bowler. And get your facts straight he was a QB in college.

  • bamaguy

    People always talking down on Mike Vick and Chip Kelly is no where near better than Vick. HAHAHA I LAUGH AT YOU ROOKS

    • SportsGenius705

      You laugh at “rooks” because people talk down about Vick? Uhhhhh.

      Then realized you’re an Alabama fan, sigh.

  • Biddy

    This is one of the worst articles I’ve seen… You have no basis for believing any of these players will get cut. Tebow would’ve been cut already if he was getting cut. The Bears will not cut Devin Hester. This is just mindless nonsense.

    • SportsGenius705

      False. Hester could get cut. And so could Tebow. Just a little too early to determine.

    • Farva55

      As a Bears fan, I’d be shocked if Hester is on this years squad. He’s worthless if he’s not returning anything- which he hasn’t done in years.

  • Guest

    Andrew Fisher is and has always been and idiot. He has no concept of team need and he comes up with pure bullshit so he can stick his name on an item that is so starkly stupid you read it just to see how idiotic he can get. He’s a fool with no knowledge of the game and no understanding of the positions he pretends to write about. He’s a New York Jets contributor so what is he doing writing an article on the Patriots?

    • SportsGenius705

      Says the guy who says “has always been AND idiot.”

      If you learned how to talk, maybe other readers/users would care what you say.

      • Lawrence Vaccarelli

        he didn’t say anything…he wrote it..

        • SportsGenius705

          It’s the same thing. Writing is talking on the internet. Grow up.

          • toadrw

            Writing and talking are the same thing now? Next time I have to pay a bill I’ll just talk a check to them. Since “writing is talking on the internet” you should just talk the next post you want to write I guess because it is all the same. Just talk what you want to write and record it onto an mp3 and upload it where you want to post. I’ll just open up your mp3 in notepad and read it. Because after all, you are a sports genius and “WRITING IS TALKING ON THE INTERNET”. Thank you for edifying us sports genius.

          • SportsGenius705

            No probably. Glad I could help.

    • Farva55

      “Guest” has and always has been an idiot. Comments with nothing but troll like words. Get a job, lib.

  • MayaAyala

    I’m willing to bet that Tebow will NOT be released during training camp. Of course, Andrew Fisher’s “knowledge” is based upon reading the words from other talking heads, right?

    • Farva55

      Whether he is or he isn’t, he’s not going to see the field as a QB. Plain and simple.

  • MrNewCastrati

    I think Belichick has plans for Tebow that don’t include playing QB.

    • SportsGenius705

      I would hope so. Otherwise Tebow is a waste of space.

      • G.Frazier

        I tend to disagree…I lived in Dallas, TX, when the idiot (Jerry Jones) bought the team, fired Landry, hired Johnson and drafted Aikman, who was so green you wouldn’t know what to do with him.
        Johnson paid a lot of attention to him, showing him the difference between college and professional football (something nobody has done, with Tebow) and made a champion, who won three Super Bowls, out of him.

        If someone would do that, with Tebow, instead of shipping him from team to team, every other year, it might help.

        • SportsGenius705

          Yeah, except for the fact he’s a terrible passing QB.

  • carlc2210

    Asshat author – I would been completely surprised if this fool had NOT included Tebow on his list. These anti-Tebow jerk-wads just never give up.

    • SportsGenius705

      And these Tebow homers never give up either.

    • Farva55

      Tim Tebow sucks. Feel free to go cry on the Dr. Phil show.

  • Craig McHugh

    Vick may stick around. Depends on the maturation of Barkley.

    • SportsGenius705

      Give him a year to learn. No reason to throw him in the fire.

    • Mentallect

      Vick will stay around because he is an NFL starting caliber quarterback unlike Tebow who is an NFL caliber fullback.

  • Frodo28

    Tebow won’t go anywhere , simply because he sells tickets. In the end , it’s about the money.

    • Mentallect

      They sell tickets without Tebow…every game sold out last 10 years.

  • Lawrence Vaccarelli

    Andrew Fisher’s always good for a laugh…I wonder how much he has to pay them to put his tripe online.

  • Mentallect

    Anyone who believes Tebow is an NFL caliber starter directly disagrees with John Elways, and every team in the NFL.

    • http://www.shamelesspeople.com/ ShamelessPeople.Com

      Production is what disagrees with both Elway and every other NFL team. Unless are you now going to tell us that Joe Flacco hasn’t been an NFL caliber QB also.

  • mtblaze

    Not only is Michael Robinson an ex-quarterback (not receiver), but he is also a great blocker. You may be right that he’s gone.

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  • John Curwen

    A lot of these guys are just going to be free agents. Not released. Please stop writing until you learn the difference.

  • http://scratch.mit.edu/ teh boss

    i am willing to have peyton manning in camp because tom braady sucks

  • glblank

    The Pack resigned Starks in the off season and he has shown no drop off. I wager not.