The days leading up to the NFL's new year can be a cruel period of time for players whose salaries are perceived as roadblocks to a franchise's future prosperity.
Throw emotional attachments out the window; feelings are rarely spared when a player is released. The memories of front office executives are short when the focus shifts towards finding younger, more productive players in free agency. Past accolades—team or individual—are often meaningless if they interfere with the bottom line.
It's not personal though, just business as usual in the NFL.
Let's examine the situations of some high-profile players—currently under contract—who could be playing in another city in 2014. Feel free to add to this list in the comments section.
Cap savings courtesy of overthecap.com.