3 Packers Who Could Be Traded or Cut if the Salary Cap Drops in 2021
By Zach Brunner
There have been some discussions that the NFL could actually see a salary cap reduction in 2021, due to the difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will put teams in difficult situations, where they may have to cut or trade players to get under the cap for the 2021 season.
This especially affects top teams, like the Green Bay Packers, who made it to the NFC Championship last season. These are three Packers players who could be cut or traded, if the salary cap does indeed drop in 2021.
1. Mason Crosby, K
Mason Crosby is the all-time Packers scoring leader by over 500 points. He has had highs and lows in his career, but Green Bay has stuck with him and awarded him a big contract this offseason. However, there is a potential out after this season, which would save the team a whopping $6.9 million. If the salary cap drops, cutting Crosby would be an obvious, though unfortunate, move.
2. Ricky Wagner, RT
Ricky Wagner is another free agent the Packers signed this offseason. He was brought in from the Lions in an attempt to replace Bryan Bulaga at right tackle. Wagner has struggled recently, being graded at 59.0 from Pro Football Focus last season. Should he continue to struggle creating running lanes, his time in Green Bay could be short.
3. Preston Smith, OLB
Preston Smith was one of the big linebacker signings last season season, and he performed admirably for Green Bay last season, proving to be worth the money. However, his contract is back-loaded and there is a potential out in his contract next season. Cutting him early wold save the team $20..5 million over the two years and $8 million next year alone. It may be an unpopular move, but it would save a lot of money.
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