Notable NFL Players Who Could Be Cut Before the Regular Season

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Notable NFL Players Who Could Be Cut Before the Regular Season
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Devin Hester shouldn't be safe in Chicago.

Every year, teams have to cut their rosters down from the 90 players they get for most of the offseason to the 53 players that comprise the regular-season roster. Nearly 1,200 players will lose their jobs, and the dream to play in the NFL will die for some.

A select few young players will beat out veterans for a job, which usually results in the abrupt termination of veterans who have proven they can play in the league. If they have proven they can play at the NFL level, it’s usually notable when a team opts to send them packing.

As with any business, NFL teams are constantly trying to maximize production and minimize cost. Veterans are usually cut because of some combination of performance and pay. Why pay $5 million when you can get similar production for $1 million? Most of the decisions are simple economics for these teams. 

*All salary and cap figures via Spotrac.com unless otherwise noted.

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