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7 NFL Stars Who Could be Surprise Cap Casualties

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NFL free agency forces teams to evaluate their rosters top-down in an effort to land that shiny new superstar. Here are seven NFL stars that could end up getting cut to save their current team some cap space.

7. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles

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The Philadelphia Eagles have the second-lowest cap space figure entering 2019. They will need to make cuts, and Nelson Agholor is a likely target. Agholor is in the fifth year of his rookie deal and is due just over $9 million. The Eagles would save all of that money if they were to cut him before June 1. Even if they don't resign Golden Tate, Agholor hasn't produced enough to earn that sort of money.

6. Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings

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The Vikings were an all-around disappointment in 2018. New QB Kirk Cousins struggled, but the defense didn't lead the way like it did the previous season. Everson Griffen was sent home from practice multiple times and ultimately missed five games after being forced to undergo mental health evaluations. Griffen is now 31 and the Vikings could release him and save over $10 million. While it may be difficult to let go of an edge rusher still in his prime, there are serious concerns about where his head is in relation to football.

5. Marcell Dareus, Jacksonville Jaguars

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The Jaguars are dead last in available cap space and will need to move on from some players. Their defensive front is arguably the strength of the team, but it is also expensive. Malik Jackson, Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell are all eating at least $10 million each. Dareus is the most likely cut candidate as the Jags could move on from him with no dead money. They would save $10.5 million and could find a cheaper option in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

4. Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars

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The locker room issues were on full display in Jacksonville while the Leonard Fournette situation unfolded last season. The Jaguars suspended him for conduct detrimental to the team and even stripped the guarantees from his contract. This would ultimately make it free to cut the former first-rounder. If the two parties can't patch things up, Fournette will likely be on his way out, saving the Jags close to $8 million in 2019.

3. Andrus Peat, New Orleans Saints

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Saints guard Andrus Peat has not lived up to his first-round expectations. He has been oft-injured and when he has been on the field, he's been eaten alive. This was on display in the Saints' playoff run this past season, as Peat didn't stand a chance against Fletcher Cox or Aaron Donald. Peat is in his fifth year of a rookie deal and is due $9.6 million. The Saints can avoid that charge and let him test the open market while eating no dead money. This scenario seems more than likely as he has been the weakest link on the team's O-line for some time now.

2. Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

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Emmanuel Sanders is 32 and is coming off of a late-2018 torn Achilles. That does not inspire confidence, as we have seen Achilles injuries just decimate the careers of older wideouts than Sanders. The Broncos, who selected four receivers over the last two NFL drafts, could move on from Sanders and save $10 million against the cap.

1. Lamar Miller, Houston Texans

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The Texans are on the short list to sign Le'Veon Bell and they have plenty of money to do so,. But it wouldn't make sense to keep Lamar Miller on the payroll as a back-up running back, costing $7 million. The Texans can upgrade him and save $6 million against the cap while eating only $1 million in dead money. Whether they land Bell or not, the Texans' prized 2015 free-agent acquisition will likely be receiving handoffs from a different quarterback in 2019.

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