NFL Cuts 2013: Latest Buzz on Future of DeAngelo Hall, Nnamdi Asomugha and More
With NFL free agency approaching, it's no secret that teams are cutting players in hopes of freeing up some money to make a statement. If not that, it's just to free up some salary cap space.
This means that some marquee players will soon find themselves on the unemployment line despite the fact that they may have been key members of their team for a good number of years.
In Washington, a one-time top cornerback in DeAngelo Hall is a prime candidate to be cut. Though he has speed and is a solid athlete, he carries a high price tag that the Redskins may not be willing to pay.
Head north to Philadelphia, and the Eagles could be on the verge of making a move of their own.
The fact is that players are about to be cut at an alarming rate in the coming days, and just what their future holds remains to be seen.
Just What Is the Deal with Jonathan Vilma?
Jonathan Vilma has not been cut from the New Orleans Saints yet, but the financials of his deal suggest that, barring an agreement to a restructured contract, it could happen soon.
The former Miami Hurricane is currently due to make $5.9 million this coming season, but it's a safe bet that team management is not going to want to pay him that much.
As was reported by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports on Feb. 27, New Orleans has offered Vilma a "lesser deal" to stay in the Big Easy. No further development has come of that, but given how long it has been since the offer was made, there really isn't much reason to be optimistic here.
At this point, fans should bet on Vilma playing elsewhere in 2013.
DeAngelo Headed Out of D.C.?
Before we go any further, let it be known that DeAngelo Hall is not a bad cornerback at all. He had 95 tackles and four interceptions last season, and his speed speaks for itself.
However, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the Redskins are still likely to release Hall in the coming days. The team is $3 million over the salary cap, and cutting Hall means freeing up $8 million in salary.
More importantly, the man has not exactly been at his best in coverage as of late, especially in terms of awareness. Just ask Rob Gronkowski.
With the Redskins headed in the right direction and only aiming to get better with Robert Griffin III at quarterback, owner Dan Snyder is going to want to cut any and all dead weight, and that unfortunately includes Hall.
Nnamdi Leaving the Nest?
Last season, Nnamdi Asomugha was just plain awful for the Philadelphia Eagles. Despite his reputation as a top corner, Asomugha had just 55 tackles and one interception in the second year of a five-year, $60 million deal he signed with Philadelphia in 2011.
Since he isn't the type to restructure his contract, it has been reported by Fox29's Howard Eskin that the Eagles will "eventually" release Asomugha.
He still has a reputation as one of the best corners in the league, and teams should definitely line up for him once he is officially on the market. Just the same, Asomugha is 32 years old and starting to slow down with age.
He'll be playing football somewhere in 2013, but it definitely won't be in Philadelphia.
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