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2021 NFL cuts tracker

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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

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

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

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Lions expected to release slot CB Justin Coleman

Chiefs release OTs Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz

Saints release CB Janoris Jenkins

Another former Rams defensive back on the market.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Vikings release OT Riley Reiff

Dolphins release LB Kyle Van Noy

Giants release G Kevin Zeitler

Titans release S Kenny Vaccaro

Bills release WR John Brown

NFL sets salary cap at $182.5 million

Saints expected to release LB Kwon Alexander

Alexander could be a prime, buy-low target for the Rams.

Saints release WR Emmanuel Sanders

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

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

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

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

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

Finally, the Rams can form the oldest line in NFL history.

Washington releases QB Alex Smith

Would Smith be a consideration for a 49ers reunion?

Chargers will trade or release G Trai Turner

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

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

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

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

Anderson had seven sacks in 2018 but has five other injured or unproductive seasons.