Today, NFL teams will be forced to cut a substantial portion of their players as they finalize their regular-season rosters. Teams have until 9 p.m. ET tonight to have trimmed their rosters down to 53 players.
In the wake of this necessary step, we will see some notable names leaving clubs and heading for the purgatory that is NFL free agency. Some teams will take advantage of players being cut to pick up a player rather than trading for him. Others will wait for the inevitable injuries to take place, and then sign a replacement from free agency.
The majority of players will not receive phone calls right away for a variety of reasons (talent, injury history, salary demands, etc...). Those that will receive calls will likely have to wait until the regular season begins next week.
Here, we will examine four players who have the talent to make a final roster but will have to be patient if they hope to suit up this season.