Long before the new league year arrives and the frenzy that is free agency gets underway, NFL teams will need to tinker with their rosters. They will be releasing players and/or adjusting contracts in an effort to secure as much salary cap space as possible.
As a result, the already robust free agent market will be flooded with additional talent, providing teams that many more options to plug holes on their roster.
Here’s a look at five of the bigger names who could be released leading up to the start of free agency.
5. A.J. Bouye, CB, Jacksonville Jaguars
When the Jacksonville Jaguars originally signed A.J. Bouye, he was one of the best up-and-coming cornerbacks in the league. However, over the last three seasons, Bouye has seen a sharp decline in his production, which was capped off with a 58.4 Pro Football Focus score in 2019 after allowing 52 receptions on 80 targets. As things sit, he has two years and nearly $31 remaining on that deal, and there’s next to no chance the Jaguars see that out. Here in 2020, Bouye would account for a dead cap hit of $4 million if released, but that pales in comparison to the nearly $11.5 million in cap savings the Jaguars would receive if they cut their losses. Ultimately, expect Jacksonville to attempt to swing a trade before releasing Bouye outright — assuming they find no takers, of course.