NFL Rosters: 1 Veteran Each NFL Team Should Part Ways with
Every NFL team has made mistakes that need to be rectified either through the NFL draft or free agency. However, the franchise must part ways with the veteran to make room for his replacement.
But that's not even the first step.
Just like everyone reading this article, the organization needs to identify and acknowledge its misstep before it can move forward.
Hopefully this slideshow will provide the insight they require.
Baltimore Ravens: Anquan Boldin
The Baltimore Ravens spent a long time searching for a No. 1 receiver.
Unfortunately, they should resume the quest as Anquan Boldin hasn't been able to fill the role.
Boldin led the Ravens in receiving yards, but had less than half the touchdowns of Torrey Smith.
Joe Flacco could be the reason and possibly should be the player on the chopping block. However, his 2010 season requires the Ravens to give him another year.
Cincinnati Bengals: Adam Jones
Adam Jones hasn't been in trouble in 10 months, but the Cincinnati Bengals should still look elsewhere.
His judgment is reflected by his July 10, 2011, mug shot. He tried to explain that he wouldn't resist arrest because he was in a neck brace.
The better question is, what he was doing at the bar in said neck brace?
If he was playing at a high level, this would admittedly be a harder decision. The Bengals need to transition to the Andy Dalton and A.J. Green era.
It's time to leave the Bungles behind.
Cleveland Browns: Scott Fujita
The Cleveland Browns need to develop talent in just about every position. There is no need to employ an aging linebacker whose production is slipping.
Furthermore, consider that Scott Fujita will make over $3 million in 2012 and will probably be suspended for his role in the bounty scandal.
There was a time when Fujita was a solid contributor. Those days are gone.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Larry Foote
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to clear all the cap space possible. Mike Wallace has indicated that he won't sign the offer made by the Steelers, so that money has to come from somewhere.
Shedding Larry Foote wouldn't open a ton of room, but it's a necessary move.
Foote is in the last year of a three-year, $9.3 million deal. He doesn't justify the payday anymore.
He contributed 21 tackles in 2010 and added 47 more with 1.5 sacks in 2011.
Steeler Nation appreciates your past contributions, Larry. However, it's time to move on.
Buffalo Bills: Shawne Merriman
The Buffalo Bills no longer need to pretend that Shawne Merriman is the same player he was in his early career. They now have Mario Williams.
The Bills were starved for star power for years. Thus, they acquired Merriman through waivers despite his injuries, declining production and performance-enhancing-drug suspension.
Considering he only contributed six tackles and zero sacks in three games, Buffalo shouldn't have a problem replacing the production.
Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Wade
The Miami Dolphins are taking an interesting approach to accumulating talent.
Basically, they're not.
Jonathan Wade has bounced around the league for a few years and hasn't been able to prove himself worthy of playing time.
Miami needs to reassess their talent evaluators.
New England Patriots: Chad Ochocinco
The New England Patriots were busy this offseason bringing in receiving talent.
The Pats already had Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker. Now they've added Brandon Lloyd, Donte Stallworth and Anthony Gonzalez.
There simply no longer is a need or room for Chad Ochocinco.
Perhaps he knows, since he agreed to drop his salary from $3 million to $1 million. That knowledge won't save him.
Deion Branch was another candidate for this spot. However, he had better production last season and is two years younger.
New York Jets: Mark Sanchez
The New York Jets cannot get out of their own way.
The Jets need to stop taking their cues from the Miami Dolphins.
Sanchez recorded a 78.2 passer rating in 2011 and had 22 turnovers. That simply will not get it done.
Then there is the problem of adding a "Tim Tebow offense" to the mix. This move should effectively erase any confidence that Sanchez may have had.
If a trade market doesn't materialize for the young signal-caller, a large portion of that extension isn't guaranteed. Take the hit and move on.
Houston Texans: Shaun Cody
Shaun Cody is in the last year of a two-year, $5.75 million contract. There really isn't a reason to have him finish it.
The Houston Texans' defense has developed into one of the better units in the league. The scouts can find someone to match his production.
In 2011, Cody contributed 23 tackles and one sack. The year prior, he had 38 tackles and zero sacks.
The scouting department has earned the right to replace him.
Indianapolis Colts: Robert Mathis
This decision was made difficult by the amount of attrition the Indianapolis Colts have suffered this offseason.
Yet, Robert Mathis and the Colts should cut ties.
Indy just signed Mathis to a four-year, $36 million contract. He can still be productive, but Mathis is 31 years old.
The Colts are not going to compete for a title in the next couple years. They should get what they can for the stalwart defensive end and look to the future.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Laurent Robinson
The Jacksonville Jaguars' marriage to Laurent Robinson should not last longer than a celebrity wedding.
The Jags added Robinson to the squad for five years and are going to pay him an eye-popping $32.5 million. This simply won't do.
There is nothing to indicate that Robinson is much more than a one-year wonder. Can he create separation when he doesn't have all of the Dallas Cowboys' weapons drawing attention away from him?
In addition, if he fails, it will be considered Blaine Gabbert's fault. The young quarterback needs talent around him, not additional pressure.
Tennessee Titans: Matt Hasselbeck
The Tennessee Titans were smart to bring in a veteran quarterback last year to give Jake Locker time to learn.
Class is over.
Locker needs to be inserted into the starting lineup and prove he is worthy of his draft position.
Matt Hasselbeck is set to make $11 million over the next two years. That is too much for a 36-year-old signal-caller who delivered an 82.4 passer rating last season.
The Titans saw Locker perform well in spot duty. Now is the time to find out what they have.
Denver Broncos: Knowshon Moreno
The Denver Broncos have taken a win-now attitude by bringing in Peyton Manning. Knowshon Moreno doesn't raise that probability.
Moreno needs a change of scenery himself. He has struggled in Denver and there seems to be little hope that he can turn it around.
In seven games last year, he produced one touchdown. Manning is not going to accept that.
To make matters worse, Moreno tore his ACL and could be placed on the PUP list prior to the 2012 season.
Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Cassel
Matt Cassel has not lived up to his six-year, $60 million contract. He appears to have been a product of the New England Patriots' system.
The Kansas City Chiefs have some nice, young pieces in place to build a winner. Now they need to find a quarterback who can effectively lead the team.
Cassel produced 10 touchdowns in nine games last season. That does not counteract his 14 turnovers.
Additionally, in a year where multiple quarterbacks went for over 5,000 yards passing, Cassel only managed 1,713 in his shortened season.
Oakland Raiders: Carson Palmer
One year of the Carson Palmer experiment was one year too many.
The Oakland Raiders need to move on from their former management's mistakes. And there was no bigger mistake than sacrificing high draft picks for a washed-up quarterback.
Palmer is 32 years old and threw 16 picks in 2011. Furthermore, he will no longer be in "his" offense now that Hue Jackson is gone.
The remaining Raiders can't be thrilled to have a leader who quit on his last team.
San Diego Chargers: Antoine Cason
The San Diego Chargers now know that Antoine Cason is never going to live up to his first-round selection.
In a division that now includes Peyton Manning, the Chargers will need players in the secondary who aren't liabilities. Cason was benched midway through last season because he couldn't be relied on.
Additionally, he doesn't make up for his lack of coverage by forcing turnovers.
At the very least, they need to move him to a nickel or dime role.
Chicago Bears: Earl Bennett
With the exception of his rookie season, Earl Bennett's production has fallen each year.
The Chicago Bears gave the young man plenty of time to develop into a consistent NFL wide receiver. It just hasn't occurred.
The Bears have added Brandon Marshall and could look to bolster the receiving corps through the draft. Perhaps it's time to let Bennett move on to a new city.
Detroit Lions: Stephen Peterman
The Detroit Lions are finally restoring the roar in the mitten state.
Now they need to shed some dead weight.
Stephen Peterman has had a difficult time in Detroit. He has shown flashes, especially early, but these were few and far between.
Fans have been watching him struggle to open holes in the running game and are becoming more vocal. Considering the talent in this year's draft, the Lions could find an upgrade in the first few rounds.
Green Bay Packers: Donald Driver
This is a difficult argument to make considering how much Donald Driver has meant to the Green Bay Packers.
However, it's time for Driver to go.
The Packers have a lot of young receiving talent that needs to be on the field. Driver can no longer beat out the young kids and his departure would free up a valuable roster spot.
Driver would make a fine addition to the coaching staff, though.
Minnesota Vikings: Kevin Williams
The Minnesota Vikings will not be competing for the division title any time soon. Thus, they need to think purely of the future.
Kevin Williams is a productive player (38 tackles, five sacks last year) who still has a few good years left. There is the possibility that he could bring in a decent draft pick or two that the Vikings will use to build talent.
Williams is going to be paid $7 million a year for the next three years. Let a team capable of winning bear that burden.
Atlanta Falcons: Dunta Robinson
The Atlanta Falcons have made quite a few questionable moves over the last few offseasons.
None were as egregious as giving Dunta Robinson a six-year, $57 million contract.
Robinson has produced three interceptions during his two years in Atlanta. It appears that he knows his performance is lacking since he agreed to reduce his pay.
The guaranteed money left on his contract may make this move impossible. However, if Atlanta can find a way to rid itself of this albatross, it needs to be done.
Carolina Panthers: Jonathan Stewart
The signing of Mike Tolbert has created a logjam in the Carolina Panthers' backfield.
There simply aren't enough footballs for DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert.
But hope is not lost.
Stewart is a young running back who will garner plenty of interest from other teams. The Panthers should trade Stewart to add some talent to their struggling defense.
New Orleans Saints: Jonathan Vilma
The New Orleans Saints need to mitigate the effects of "Bountygate." The first step is to show Jonathan Vilma the door.
Vilma's play has been steadily declining over the past few years so the move also makes football sense. In 11 games last year, he recorded only 54 tackles and failed to notch a single sack.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronde Barber
Welcome to the human interest portion of this slide show.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to let Ronde Barber finish his career with a shot at another title. That won't happen if he remains a Buc.
Considering his advanced age, there might not be a ton of interest on the trade market. However, if there is a chance at a late-round pick, Tampa Bay needs to reward Barber for his years of service.
Dallas Cowboys: Felix Jones
Felix Jones is a bit of an enigma. He is still only 24 years old, but has never seemed to reach the potential that he occasionally flashes.
His biggest problem is remaining on the field. Injuries have hampered him since he entered the league.
The Dallas Cowboys only have him under contract for one more year at a little over $1 million. While it wouldn't be a terrible move to keep him, this would certainly up his trade value.
DeMarco Murray is going to remain the feature back in Dallas for years to come. Jones wouldn't be too difficult to replace with a mid-round pick.
New York Giants: Osi Umenyiora
The New York Giants have one of those "good problems."
They have a glut of pass-rushers, which has enabled them to win two Super Bowls over the past half-decade.
The only issue is that Osi Umenyiora only has one year left on his contract and has been dissatisfied for awhile now.
He would likely pull a nice draft pick out of a fringe contender. Considering how well the Giants have drafted defensive ends, they should let the scouts replace him with a younger, cheaper alternative.
Philadelphia Eagles: Asante Samuel
This move is a no-brainer. The Philadelphia Eagles have entirely too much money tied up in cornerbacks and not enough playing time to go around.
The solution is to extract a solid return for Asante Samuel.
While last year was a down year, Samuel has a track record of creating turnovers and providing solid coverage.
Plenty of teams would pay handsomely for his services.
Washington Redskins: Rex Grossman
Rex Grossman has never been shy about stating his opinion. For whatever reason, he actually believed his team would win the NFC East last year.
The Washington Redskins paid a king's ransom for the right to select Robert Griffin III in the 2012 NFL draft.
Therefore, they shouldn't leave Grossman on the roster. He is likely to become a distraction for the team as he will bristle at the attention paid to the rookie.
Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Kolb
The Arizona Cardinals need to get creative to rectify their latest blunder.
They put a large mortgage on the franchise to trade for Kevin Kolb. But their heavy flirtation with Peyton Manning last month sent a statement that they are not enamored with their young quarterback.
The kid's confidence is likely ruined and the fans are going to be quick to turn on him. If they haven't already.
Kolb's contract is a large hindrance, which may make this move nearly impossible. Yet, that's why teams pay so many salary cap specialists.
San Francisco 49ers: Michael Crabtree
The resurgent San Francisco 49ers are building a lasting foundation.
But that future should not include Michael Crabtree. Jim Harbaugh inherited the last regime's headache and he should move swiftly to remove this tumor.
Crabtree was dissatisfied with his draft position and decided to hold out. He has yet to show up.
To be fair, he did have 72 catches last season. However, with the additions of Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, the retention of Crabtree is unnecessary.
Seattle Seahawks: Tarvaris Jackson
The Seattle Seahawks have already sent a message to Tarvaris Jackson with the signing of Matt Flynn.
The epistle read that we do not believe you can lead us to the playoffs.
Jackson started 14 games last year and averaged a paltry touchdown per game. Seattle may not have many explosive weapons, but those numbers are below pedestrian.
Considering he was a captain last year, it's highly unlikely he'll gladly accept a backup role.
St. Louis Rams: Steven Jackson
The St. Louis Rams have a chance to do some good: move Steven Jackson to a competitive team.
The Rams have a long rebuilding road ahead of them. Unfortunately, NFL running backs have short shelf lives and Jackson is already entering his ninth season.
It's been a long time since Jackson was able to celebrate a winning season. The Rams should flip him for a draft pick or two and let the man pursue a title.
Could you imagine him on the New England Patriots?
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