With OTAs already underway and minicamp, then training camp not far off, NFL rosters will soon have to be pared down.
And while undrafted rookies and other "no-name" players will certainly make up a major portion of those players who fall by the wayside, every year, there are a few well-established veterans who are unable to make the roster, either due to nagging injury, another player taking their place or for salary reasons.
Remember last year when the Jaguars cut David Garrard, or when the Patriots cut Brandon Meriweather?
In retrospect, those two players fought for (and lost) their jobs during the 2011 training camps. These 10 will do the same this upcoming summer.
NOTE: Don't take the phrase "fighting for their NFL career" too literally here. I'm not suggesting that all 10 of these players will be forced into retirement and never find another job if they don't have a great...although some will. No, I'm instead suggesting that if they don't have fine camps and are let go prior to the season, it will set them back a great deal, both financially and in terms of opportunities to get on the field.
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