While much of talk in the National Football League over the past several weeks has been about the addition of players either through free agency or the upcoming NFL draft, there have been some players headed the other direction, as teams cut salary in an effort to meet Tuesday's deadline to be compliant with the 2012 salary cap. Hence, the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings began what appear to be full-bore roster purges.
And that's not even taking into account a certain four-time MVP quarterback who we'll leave out of this conversation, as he's already the subject of enough speculation to choke a brontosaurus.
Among the players released were several prominent names, including two that could one day find themselves enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Here's a look at where a handful of the top players who have been jettisoned could find themselves in 2012.