Which NFL players are going to become free agents earlier than they expected? I’ll keep a tally of the players who are released, with a focus on those who might be a fit for the Los Angeles Rams.
The list won’t be entirely comprehensive but if you notice a relevant release that should be added to the list, please do put in the comments section. Corrections are welcome!
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Chargers release Casey Hayward
Chargers releasing veteran CB Casey Hayward, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2021
The other LA team appears to be clearing out a lot of money for new head coach Brandon Staley. Will he be attempting to poach any players from his old team?
Friday, March 12, 2021
Chargers release G Trai Turner
Chargers officially have released Trai Turner, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2021
Turner has made five Pro Bowls and is only 27 but struggled in his one season away from the Panthers.
Saints expected to release DT Malcom Brown
I'm told the #Saints intend to release DT Malcolm Brown, per source.— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 12, 2021
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Lions expected to release slot CB Justin Coleman
The #Lions plan to release CB Justin Coleman in the coming days, source said. One of the NFL’s highest-paid slot corners heads back to the market.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 11, 2021
Chiefs release OTs Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz
Chiefs released former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2021
Saints release CB Janoris Jenkins
Saints are releasing veteran CB Janoris Jenkins, per source. The move will save the Saints $7 more million against their salary cap.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2021
Another former Rams defensive back on the market.
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Vikings release OT Riley Reiff
Vikings released veteran OT Riley Reiff, saving about $11 million in salary-cap space.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2021
Dolphins release LB Kyle Van Noy
The #Dolphins have officially released LB Kyle Van Noy after attempting to trade him for a few days.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2021
Giants release G Kevin Zeitler
The Giants have released starting G Kevin Zeitler.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 10, 2021
Titans release S Kenny Vaccaro
The #Titans are expected to release starting S Kenny Vaccaro as a cap casualty, source said. He was due to have a $6.9M cap hit for Tennessee after 83 tackles and 6 TFLs last year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2021
Bills release WR John Brown
Bills have released wideout John Brown, per source. Speedy receiver now available.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 10, 2021
NFL sets salary cap at $182.5 million
Teams are now being informed: The cap is $182.5M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2021
Saints expected to release LB Kwon Alexander
The #Saints are expected to release LB Kwon Alexander in the coming days, source said, a move that saves them more than $13M against the salary cap with no dead money. Alexander is recovering from a torn Achilles, but will be ready for the start of training camp.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 10, 2021
Alexander could be a prime, buy-low target for the Rams.
Saints release WR Emmanuel Sanders
Saints are releasing WR Emmanuel Sanders, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2021
Sanders is another veteran who, at a low cost, makes sense for LA.
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
3-time Pro Bowl G Kyle Long is making a comeback
Three-time Pro Bowl OL Kyle Long is returning to the NFL. He is 315 lbs., healthy, happy, nasty, and shredded, and has signed with Jeff Nalley of Select Sports Group.— Macon Gunter (@macongunter) March 9, 2021
Long, brother of former Rams defensive end Chris Long, has not played much in the last five years. He played in eight games in 2016, 10 in 2017, eight in 2018, four in 2019, and zero in 2020. He is said to be returning next year and he is apparently healthy and ready to go. It will be an interesting signing for any team.
Raiders trade OT Trent Brown to Patriots
It was a disappointing two-year stint for the Raiders and Brown, who returns to New England.
The Browns are releasing DE Adrian Clayborn
Clayborn is another defensive player with a connection to Raheem Morris.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Raiders are releasing DB LaMarcus Joyner
The #Raiders are releasing DB Lamarcus Joyner, source said. He was set to make $9.95M and in this cap environment, that was tough to make sense of. Another starter available in FA.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2021
Joyner played two seasons of a four-year, $42 million contract. He earned $27 million over his 28 games with the Raiders and is a free agent again.
Seahawks release DE Carlos Dunlap
Seahawks are releasing Carlos Dunlap today, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2021
Seattle saves $14 million but their top defensive end at this point might be L.J. Collier or Alton Robinson or Darrell Taylor, a 2020 second round pick who missed his entire rookie campaign.
Bears will let OT Bobby Massie become a free agent
The #Bears are not likely to exercise the option on OT Bobby Massie’s contract, another casualty of the cap crunch, source said. He’ll be a FA, saving them more than $5M vs. the cap & putting a starting caliber tackle on the market in a year when OTs are more valuable than ever.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2021
Massie has started 110 games at right tackle in his career. He will be 32 next season.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Raiders will release G Richie Incognito
The #Raiders will be releasing Richie Incognito because of their salary cap. He is 100% healthy and looks forward to continuing his career there or elsewhere, source said.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2021
Finally, the Rams can form the oldest line in NFL history.
Washington releases QB Alex Smith
The Washington Football Team has informed QB Alex Smith that he has been released as expected, setting free the AP Comeback Player of the Year and closing the door on one of the coolest stories in the NFL last season. Smith is believed to still want to play.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2021
Would Smith be a consideration for a 49ers reunion?
Chargers will trade or release G Trai Turner
Chargers are actively shopping former Pro-Bowl guard Trai Turner, per source. It looks like he will be traded or released in the near future. He’s due $11.5 million this season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 5, 2021
Trai Turner made five Pro Bowls by the time he was 26 but he seems to have been trending downwards for several years now. He’s still only 27 but Turner could be a risk for anything more than a prove-it contract.
Raiders may be forced to release QB Marcus Mariota, if they can’t trade him
I’m watching how the Raiders will handle Marcus Mariota.— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) March 5, 2021
Mariota has the leverage to force the team to release him vs. trade him. Raiders need the cap space. QB’s agent covets the ability to pick his landing spot.
Feels like Mariota gets released, not traded.
Mariota never proved capable of starting in the NFL, so I’m not sure why a team would trade for him because then they’d be taking on his contract. I wouldn’t project him as anything more than a backup, and not for the Rams.
Bengals release C B.J. Finney
We've released C B.J. Finney.— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 5, 2021
Finney got $4.5 million guaranteed from the Seahawks last year and he didn’t play a single offensive snap in 2020 for either Seattle or the Bengals after he was traded to them midseason.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
Giants release WR Golden Tate
Giants released WR Golden Tate, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2021
Tate turns 33 this year and the last time he had over 50 yards in a game was in 2019.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Jets release DE Henry Anderson
We've released DL Henry Anderson.— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 3, 2021
Anderson had seven sacks in 2018 but has five other injured or unproductive seasons.