By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on July 11, 2014
NFL training camps are on the horizon, and battles for starting jobs, roles and roster spots will start.
Some veterans will have to establish themselves under new coaching staffs, or simply put talk of a decline in skills on the back burner as they try to fend off younger players.
Here are 15 veterans around the league that will be released during training camp.
Palmer has not taken a regular season snap since 2010, and the Bears now have rookie David Fales behind Jay Cutler. Even if they carry three quarterbacks into the season, finding an upgrade from Palmer should not be difficult.
The Vikings owe Ponder $1.8 million in guaranteed money this year, and releasing would create over $3 million in dead money. Still, moving on from a failed 2011 first-round pick may be worth the financial hit for a year.
Stocker missed most of last season with a hip injury, and Tampa Bay's drafting of Austin Seferian-Jenkins knocks him further down the depth chart.
Gibson is working his way back from a torn patella tendon, and if he's not 100 percent in time for training camp he'll have a hard time winning a roster spot over rookie Jarvis Landry.
Lloyd would be a nice story after sitting out all of last season, but the odds he stands out enough to stick around through training camp are very long.
Dreessen had just seven catches in 13 games last season, and he's now had three surgeries on his left knee in less than 18 months. With a $3.1 million salary cap hit for this year, Dreessen may be one of the first players on this list to be let go.
The Bears signed Morgan in April, and then he was arrested on an assault charge soon after. Any legal ramifications don't seem likely to lead to a suspension, so Morgan's talent level will be what leads to his release more than anything.
Leshoure had just two carries in three games last season, despite no known injuries. He will battle Theo Riddick for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart during camp, and if he is let go Leshoure is still young enough (24) to find a new team fairly easily.
Talent has never translated to on-field production for Meachem, and with plenty of competition around in New Orleans it's worth wondering if his career is close to being over.
The top issue with Rice is always health, and as he works his way back from a torn ACL his status for the start of training camp is up in the air. The Seahawks released him in February before re-signing him in April, and I expect the former to happen again before Week 1.
Bowers has been a bust since being drafted in 2011, with just 5.5 sacks in three seasons. He's not off to a good start with a new coaching staff, with a report he showed up to offseason workouts out of shape, so he enters camp with a very tenuous hold on a roster spot.
The Steelers signed Heyward-Bey to a one-year deal in April, but he has an uphill climb to even break camp with the team.
2010 (1,177 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns) surely seems like a lifetime ago for Hillis, and now it may take an injury or two for him to win a roster spot during Giants' camp.
The Bengals drafted Jeremy Hill to replace Green-Ellis, at least in theory. Cutting him would save Cincinnati $2.5 million in cap space, and Green-Ellis wouldn't have too much trouble finding a new team.
Moss is aging (35), hasn't had 50 catches in a season since 2010 and the Redskins added DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts this offseason. Not a recipe for a guaranteed roster spot.
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