NFL Waiver Wire: 3 Most Surprising Cuts so Far

Justin GoldmanCorrespondent IAugust 28, 2012

NFL Waiver Wire: 3 Most Surprising Cuts so Far

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    The dog days of the NFL preseason are coming to a close as the regular season is a week away, and that means there are a lot of players soon to be cut. However, there have been a few cuts already that have surprised fans, leaving them wondering why a team would let a particular player go.

    But the NFL, at its heart, is a business, and many times players are cut because of money or lack of performance. There is always of a mix of veterans, youngsters and players bit by the injury bug who are let go as the season nears. Many will be signed back to the practice squad, but still a lot of players will be without a job.

    There have been many cuts so far, and I'm going to take a look at the three most surprising.

Danario Alexander, WR

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    Danario Alexander came out of college without much hype, as he went undrafted in 2010. But after rehabbing an injured knee, the St. Louis Rams gave the Missouri product a shot.

    Alexander has immense potential, and he had developed quite a rapport with Sam Bradford during Alexander's time in St. Louis.

    However, on Monday the Rams decided to part ways with Alexander. The receiver couldn't seem to stay off the injury report and he was just too much risk for the Rams to keep around.

    The team may sign him back if he clears waivers, but it is surprising to see a player with as much talent as Alexander getting cut.

    Hopefully, he can stay healthy and catch on with another team because it would be a shame to see the talent Alexander has get wasted. But with five surgeries on his knees, it's not something teams are going to look past.

Terrell Owens, WR

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    Terrell Owens has been one of the most talked-about players heading into 2012. After taking the 2011 season off, Owens was ready to catch on.

    The Seattle Seahawks gave him a chance and, while TO looked to be in fantastic shape, he just wasn't in the plans for Pete Carroll and Co.

    Carroll spoke highly of Owens, however, and he deserves another shot. The wide receiver who has spent 15 years in the NFL will now look for a team that wants a veteran who can still perform. As a future Hall of Famer, Owens has put together a spectacular career.

    In 2010 with the Bengals, his last season in the NFL, Owens showed he could still produce at a high level, amassing 983 yards and nine touchdowns.

    He desperately wants another shot in the league, and a team out there is eventually going to give him a call.

Vince Young, QB

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    Vince Young was a star at the University of Texas where he won a national championship and numerous personal accolades.

    The Tennessee Titans selected him third overall in 2006 and many expected him to be a star in the NFL. But personal issues and a lack of steady performances led to him being demoted to backup, and eventually released by the Titans.

    After a short stint with the Eagles, Young signed with the Buffalo Bills. On Monday, the Bills decided to let the former college star go.

    Young has battled personal issues his whole career and he never lived up to his immense potential. It's a shame to see how such a promising prospect lost his way.

    Another team should give VY a shot as a backup, but nothing is a certainty considering the Bills felt Tarvaris Jackson was a better option than Young.