With the NFL getting ready for the regular season by cutting their rosters to the appropriate size, many players will find themselves relegated to the practice squad or fighting for a spot on a different team.
There were several big names that hit the free agency pool that shocked many NFL fans and experts alike, but others were more than expected.
Whether it was Father Time or just depth at the position they were going for, all of the following big-name stars find themselves as free agents after the latest round of cuts.
After being signed in the offseason as the potential backup for starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, veteran Vince Young seemed all but locked into the spot after spending a year in Philadelphia.
One Tarvaris Jackson trade later, and Young is tweeting his goodbyes to the fans.
Young hasn’t been effective since 2009, and his slow spiral into irrelevance has taken its final descent. The former Texas star will get tryouts with other teams, but his NFL career is likely over.
After missing a field goal that would have tied the AFC Championship game in 2011, Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff knew trying to make the team again in 2012 would be very difficult.
What he didn’t count on was the emergence of a rookie like Justin Tucker, who challenged for the starting job and won it outright.
It made the Ravens’ choice to cut Cundiff much easier.
Cundiff has a long history in the NFL, but his inconsistency has kept him from clinging to a team for very long. While there is no doubt he will find a new team, it will not be an organization on the cusp of contending for a Super Bowl or even a playoff berth.
In what has become the common trait of players reporting their own cuts, Terrell Owens would not be left out of the action when the Seattle Seahawks decided they would not be needing his services right now.
That doesn’t mean Owens won’t find a team in 2012, though.
Owens showed great speed and movement at times this preseason, so as injuries start to stack up across the NFL, teams will start to consider the veteran star as long as he is staying in shape.
That won’t be an issue.
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