8 NFL Teams That Will Be Forced to Cut Talented Players in 2012

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8 NFL Teams That Will Be Forced to Cut Talented Players in 2012
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Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, a potential summer cut

Every year, NFL teams make moves that are necessary but tough to swallow by releasing talented players prior to the start of the season, due to a lack of salary-cap room or roster space.

Victims of this last year included Andre Gurode, who was released by the Dallas Cowboys following five consecutive Pro Bowl seasons in order to create cap room, and Laurent Robinson, a preseason cut by the San Diego Chargers who went on to finish last season with 858 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns for the Cowboys.

Which teams could find themselves under the gun to release players with the talent to be valuable contributors for other teams? These are eight teams who are likely to part ways with players with the talent to continue on as significant NFL contributors.

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