7 Former NFL Pro Bowlers Who Could Be Cut This Offseason
By Zach Brunner
The NFL offseason is here, which means teams are looking at every little detail about themselves and figuring out how they can put the best possible product on the field next season. This means that players will be both be brought in or removed from the team, and nobody is safe from these potential cuts.
Here are seven NFL Pro Bowlers that could be cut before next season begins.
1. Jimmy Graham, TE, Green Bay Packers
To say that Jimmy Graham has not lived up to the contract the Green Bay Packers gave him would be an understatement. He has put up just over 1,000 receiving yards in his two seasons in Green Bay, and with just one year left on his contract, the Packers may decide to move on sooner rather than later from the five-time Pro Bowler.
2. Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr improved in his second season under Jon Gruden, but it might not be enough to save his job. There are plenty of rumors linking the Las Vegas Raiders to a veteran quarterback like Tom Brady, and Gruden would likely have to cut (or trade) Carr in order to to make a move of that magnitude. There are also a ton of talented signal-callers in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Carr certainly isn't a surefire bet to be back under center next season.
3. Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Andy Dalton is a three-time Pro Bowler, but it looks like his time with the Cincinnati Bengals could be coming to an end. Most analysts seem to believe Cincinnati is targeting Joe Burrow with the No. 1 overall pick, and that would make Dalton the odd man out. A trade might be a bit more likely, but the Bengals can cut Dalton without incurring a penalty this offseason.
4. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
David Johnson took a massive step back in 2019, rushing for just 345 yards. Injuries had a lot to do with his regression, but that has become a worrying trend for Johnson. Before the 2018 season, Arizona signed its Pro Bowl RB to a three-year, $39 million extension. Financially, cutting Johnson might not be the most sound decision, but if Arizona makes retaining Kenyan Drake a priority, nothing is off the table.
5. Marcell Dareus, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars
Marcell Dareus has been a terrific player in this league, but he has underwhelmed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In three seasons (30 games played) with the team, he has totaled just 65 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He will be in his final season of his contract in 2020, but Jacksonville could elect to move on this offseason and target a cheaper defensive lineman.
6. Dontari Poe, DT, Carolina Panthers
The two-time Pro Bowler has been solid for the Carolina Panthers, totaling 4.0 sacks, 22 tackles and 7 tackles for loss this past season, but he certainly is not what he once was. With a new coaching regime in town, the Panthers could elect to cut the soon-to-be 30-year-old, in favor of a more cost-effective option.
7. Janoris Jenkins, CB, New Orleans Saints
Janoris Jenkins is another Pro Bowler that simply is not what he is used to be. He has a cap hit of $11 million this season, but the New Orleans Saints could get out of the deal without much of a penalty this offseason. With the news that Drew Brees is coming back, New Orleans could look to move on from Jenkins and spend that money elsewhere.
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