2014 NFL “All-Cut” Team

2014 NFL All-Cut Team

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With all the veterans being cut in the past few weeks, I have been inspired, with a little help from the Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly, to create an NFL "All-Cut” team.

A whole team formulated from players cut during the 2014 offseason. Just to be clear, this team features a 4-3 defense. Enjoy.

QB: Jason Campbell

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QB: Jason Campbell

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Campbell was released by the Browns on Wednesday afternoon along with 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden. Since I have to choose between these two and the recently released Kevin Kolb, I'm choosing Campbell, a nine-year veteran, to lead the All-Cut offense. Campbell may have proved that he is not starting material in the league, but he is an above average back-up quarterback who I would choose over Kolb and Weeden any day.

RB: Michael Bush

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RB: Michael Bush

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Bush is my starter as Darren Sproles and Chris Johnson still have the designation of “going to be released” while their teams look to trade them. Bush, who was primarily used as a No. 2 running back in Chicago’s offense, had two years left on a four-year contract worth million.

FB: Vonta Leach

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FB: Vonta Leach

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Vonta Leach had been one of the best blocking fullbacks in the NFL for much of his career, but this three-time Pro Bowler's age (32) and the Ravens moving away from two-back sets on offense made Leach expendable. Releasing Leach provides the Ravens with .75 million in cap space.

TE: Owen Daniels

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TE: Owen Daniels

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Owen Daniels was cut by the Texans on Tuesday. Daniels, who played in only five games last season and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2008, is a well-rounded tight end who can do anything you ask him to. Daniels made his name as an excellent receiving tight end and has racked up 4,617 receiving yards in his eight-year career. The Texans create .5 million in cap space with Daniels' release.

WR: Santonio Holmes

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WR: Santonio Holmes

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This position is absolutely stacked on my team. I’ve got Santonio Holmes and Sidney Rice as my outside guys. Then, I have Jason Avant, Lance Moore and Davone Bess as my slot receivers. This position may not even be complete as Steve Smith is rumored to be the next cap casualty. Oh, throw Miles Austin, cut by the Cowboys Wednesday afternoon, into that rotation. Each of these guys come with warts, but each is a productive player when healthy.

LT: Levi Brown

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LT: Levi Brown

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The longtime Arizona Cardinal was a huge disappointment for the Steelers. The Steelers traded for Brown last October, but he never saw the field due to a triceps injury. Brown was a solid offensive tackle in Arizona for four years before tearing his triceps in 2012 and was also part of a Cardinals squad that went to Super Bowl XLIII. Cutting Brown saves the Steelers .25 million in cap space.

LG: Uche Nwaneri

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LG: Uche Nwaneri

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Nwaneri is the highest rated guard who played at least 1,000 snaps last season. Nwaneri was cut by the Jacksonville Jaguars after being a full time starter since 2009. Nwaneri only missed one game in this stint as a starter with the Jaguars but his play dipped after playing through torn cartilage in his knee in 2012 and dealing with lingering effects in 2013. Cutting Nwaneri saved the Jaguars .7 million in cap space.

C: Samson Satele

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C: Samson Satele

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Satele, the former Dolphin, Raider and most recently Colt, was cut to save the Colts million in salary cap space, which helped in their signing of D’Qwell Jackson. My list of offensive linemen isn't very impressive so far, but since offensive linemen (outside of left tackle) aren't a premium in the NFL, they usually don’t make top dollar. Therefore, linemen usually are let go due to disappointing play. Satele fits this description.

RG: Davin Joseph

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RG: Davin Joseph

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Joseph is a two-time Pro Bowler and also fits the description of disappointing offensive linemen. Joseph signed a huge 7-year .2 million deal in 2011 after his second Pro Bowl. That contract coupled with his deteriorating play made Joseph an easy cut for the new regime in Tampa Bay. Joseph, a first-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, has never been the same after a knee injury kept him out the entire 2012 season.

RT: Gabe Carimi

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RT: Gabe Carimi

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Carimi, who was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in 2014, is my starting right tackle. Carimi was a first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2011, then suffered a knee injury that he never fully recovered from. The QB of this All-Cut team, Jason Campbell, will likely be facing plenty of front-side pressure with Carimi pass blocking for him.

RDE: DeMarcus Ware

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RDE: DeMarcus Ware

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Ware was cut by the Cowboys just before the start of free agency after dealing with the indecision of Jerry Jones on whether or not to cut the player who is widely regarded as one of the best pass rushers in the league when healthy. Jones decided to cut Ware after determining that this elite player wasn’t healthy enough to justify the .25 million which was to be paid to Ware next season.

DT: Red Bryant

Red Bryant
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DT: Red Bryant

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Red Bryant is a Super Bowl champion. Red Bryant also found himself out of a job after the Seahawks released the versatile Bryant less than a month after winning the big game. It didn't take Bryant long to find work, but being cut still allows me to place this 300 pound defensive end, who I view as a 4-3 defensive tackle, onto my All-Cut team.

DT: Letroy Guion

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DT: Letroy Guion

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Guion, a former fifth-round pick out of Florida State, has played in 68 games with the Vikings in his six years with the team. Guion started all 28 games he played over the past two seasons, but the .3 million cap hit that he was set to cost the team was enough for the Vikings to part ways with this defensive tackle, adding him to the All-Cut team.

LDE: Julius Peppers

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LDE: Julius Peppers

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Peppers had two years left on his massive six-year, .5 million deal he signed in 2012 and with the Bears being close to the cap, the move was a no-brainer for a Bears team who wanted to be active in free agency. The move, which was as close to the definition of “cap casualty” as they come, gives my All-Cut team another elite pass rusher. The Bears save over .8 million in cap space with Peppers’ release.

SLB: Larry Foote

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SLB: Larry Foote

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Foote is a two-time Super Bowl champion who was underrated when in his prime. At 33, he is far past that but no respect is lost for this man. Foote was a key part of a Steelers defense which dominated throughout the 2000s. Foote will likely have trouble finding work due to his age and the fact that he missed 15 games last year after tearing his biceps in the first game of the season, but a return to the Steelers hasn’t been ruled out.

MLB: D'Qwell Jackson

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MLB: D'Qwell Jackson

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Jackson has already found a new home in Indianapolis since his release from the Browns. Jackson has had at least 100 tackles in each season he started at least 14 games. Jackson started all 16 games for the Browns last season but new management in Cleveland decided Jackson didn’t fit into their plans moving forward and he was released, joining the All-Cut team as the middle linebacker and leader of this defense which is overloaded with leaders.

WLB: Jonathan Vilma

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WLB: Jonathan Vilma

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Vilma, a 10-year NFL veteran, was released by the Saints on Feb. 12. Vilma was the leader of the Saints’ defense for five years and was one of the best linebackers in the NFL when he helped the Saints win a Super Bowl in 2009. Unfortunately, Vilma has missed 25 games over the past three seasons, 15 of those games coming last season as Vilma struggled to return from a knee injury.

CB 1: Darrelle Revis

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CB 1: Darrelle Revis

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Darrelle Revis, the man who once owned his own island in every NFL stadium, was officially cut by the Buccaneers on Wednesday afternoon, adding more gold to this treasure chest of cap casualties. Revis' release reunites the Jets' old tandem, which used to be the best in the NFL, on my All-Cut team. You'll see what I mean in the next slide.

CB 2: Antonio Cromartie

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CB 2: Antonio Cromartie

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Antonio Cromartie, Asante Samuel, Cortland Finnegan, Carlos Rogers, Dimitri Patterson, Dunta Robinson, Jabari Greer and Champ Bailey have all been cut by their 2013 teams. Of these CBs, five were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and only two haven’t been to a Pro Bowl. Between these players are 26 pro bowls and 226 interceptions. Most of these CBs are on the down-slope of their careers, but you're not throwing on my secondary.

SS: Roman Harper

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SS: Roman Harper

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Harper, who was with the New Orleans Saints for eight years, was a starting safety for the Saints’ 2009 Super Bowl victory. Harper has only missed two games since 2007 before 2013 which was a nightmare season for the safety. Harper appeared in nine games and started only five of those contests.

FS: Thomas Decoud

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FS: Thomas Decoud

Thomas Decoud
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DeCoud, another former pro bowler on this list, had a career-best year in 2012 with six interceptions and the subsequent Pro Bowl selection. DeCoud followed up this impressive season with a very underwhelming 2013 season with zero interceptions, two passes defended and only 64 tackles, all career lows while starting at free safety for the Atlanta Falcons.


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