Putting together this list for the New England Patriots was difficult.
Quite simply, they know how to spend their money. They don't get tied down to players who will pose little value to them in future years. It's one of many reasons they've been so successful for a decade-plus.
Still, there are a handful of albatross contracts for every team.
The Patriots are currently positioned with $18.6 million in cap space for the 2013 season (via ESPN), and more important than the players they might release could be the players they might have to watch walk away in free agency.
They can open up some more money for themselves to lock up the more important players by making these moves.
All salary figures courtesy of Spotrac.