NFL Rumors: Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth, Who Else Could Be Cut?

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2011

NFL Rumors: Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth, Who Else Could Be Cut?

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth are sure to be released this offseason—will get into that later—but who else could join them? There are a number of veterans who have worn out their welcome with their current team or just haven't performed well.

    When a veteran gets the ax it generally comes down to three things: a lack of production, money and or the player is disruptive in the locker room.

    Looking into my crystal ball I've come up with a list of players who could find themselves looking for a new team this offseason. 

    Here we go.

Bernard Berrian

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Bernard Berrian #87 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on prior to the start of the game against the Detroit Lions at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    In three seasons with Minnesota, Berrian never topped 1,000 yards receiving and his numbers have progressively gotten worse. Berrian finished with 252 yards on 28 catches this season making him largely expendable.

    It doesn't help Berrian—who has a salary close to $4 million next season—that the dollar amount on his contract increases with each passing year. The Vikings will be focused on re-signing Sidney Rice this offseason, and if they do so, a combination of Rice and Harvin should be good enough going forward. 

    Unfortunately, for Berrian, his days in Minnesota appear to be numbered.

Chad Ochocinco

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    CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 21:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals watches the final minute of the Bengals 49-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills at Paul Brown Stadium on November 21, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    It may be time for Ochocinco and Cincinnati to both go their own way. Ochocinco seems more interested in his brand than playing football on Sundays. Marvin Lewis agreed to a contract extension with the Bengals and now that he has more power he could very well jettison Ochocinco.

    Ocho is due $5 million next year, but money isn't the reason why the Bengals would be letting him go. His production is down from a year ago and he doesn't have the explosiveness he once possessed.

    As mentioned earlier, it's time for both sides to split.

Roy Williams

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    MINNEAPOLIS - OCTOBER 17:  Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the field during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on October 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    Continuing the trend of receivers is Williams. The Dallas receiver has never lived up to expectations with the Cowboys and it doesn't seem he ever will.

    Williams has only had one season in which he topped 1,000 yards—with Detroit—and it's not like the Cowboys need help at the receiver position. Dez Bryant and Miles Austin are perfectly capable of carrying the load.

    Getting rid of Williams, who is often delusional about how good he is, may be the best thing for the Cowboys going forward. Dallas would have to eat some of the guaranteed money he's owed, but in the end it would be worth it.

Donovan McNabb

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Mike Shanahan doesn't have McNabb in his future plans going forward despite the monstrous contract extension he was given mid-season. Instead of hanging onto McNabb, Washington will eventually release him and only have to pay him a little over $3 million to do so.

    It's been a tumultuous season for McNabb, who was benched in favor of Rex Grossman at the end of the season. There's no doubt that McNabb will find a new home it just won't be in Washington.

Mark Tauscher

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    CHICAGO - DECEMBER 13: Mark Tauscher #65 of the Green Bay Packers runs off the field during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 13, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. The Packers defeated the Bears 21-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty
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    Tauscher has long been apart of Green Bay's offensive line, but that looks to end during the offseason. The offensive tackle has been unable to stay healthy and Bryan Bulaga has filled in admirably.

    With Tauscher owed $4.1 million next season, it would be absurd if the Packers chose to keep him around. It wouldn't be surprising if Tauscher called it career once he's released from Green Bay. He's had a successful run with the Pack, but injuries have gotten the best of him the past few seasons.

Bob Sanders

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    HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Bob Sanders #21 of the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    When Sanders is healthy, there isn't a better safety besides Troy Polamalu in the NFL. Staying healthy hasn't been easy for Sanders, though. In the first game of the season, he tore his biceps, which cost him his entire season. 

    Over the course of his seven-year career, he has only played more than six games twice. Sanders is a terrific player, who has had unfortunate luck. Despite being a good guy, Indianapolis is going to have to let him go to avoid paying the combined $12.5 million he's owed over the next two years.

Derek Anderson

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12:  Quarterback Derek Anderson #3 and Ben Graham #5 of the Arizona Cardinals stand attended for the National Anthem before the NFL game against the Denver Broncos at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glenda
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    Anderson's biggest contribution to Arizona this season was his entertaining press conference after a blowout loss to San Francisco. On the field, Anderson was bad again making it likely that he will be released in the offseason.

    Anderson's got a lot of run off of his one good season in Cleveland when he threw for 29 touchdowns to 19 interceptions. His time as an NFL quarterback could be up if the Cardinals do decide to release him. 

Shaun Rogers

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    CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #2 of the Carolina Panthers is hit by defensive lineman Shaun Rogers #92 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on November 28, 2010 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
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    Rogers is due $5.5 million next season and his production isn't at the level it was years ago. Injuries, off the field issues and ineffectiveness could lead to the next coach of Cleveland to decide to part ways with Rogers.

    He hasn't lived up to the six-year, $42 million contract he received in 2008 and a change could be good for both parties involved. Throw in the gun incident he was involved with last year and it makes sense for the Browns to let him go.

Jake Delhomme

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    ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 12:  Jake Delhomme #17 of the Cleveland Browns readies to pass against the Buffalo Bills  at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 13-6. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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    Things have continued to go miserably for Delhomme ever since his disastrous performance against Arizona when he was with Carolina. Delhomme started only four games this season for the Browns making it unlikely they would bring him back considering he's owed $5.4 million.

    Even if Colt McCoy isn't the future at the QB position for Cleveland, neither is Delhomme. And there are better backup QBs available at a cheaper price.

    This could very well have been Delhomme's last chance to have a serious chance at being a starting QB. It's hard to imagine any team bringing him on next season to compete for a starting job.

Albert Haynesworth

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    GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 02:  Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth #92 of the Washington Redskins stands on the sidelines during preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona
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    Shanahan handled the Haynesworth situation about as poorly as it could have been, but Haynesworth didn't do himself any favors either by putting forth a poor effort. If Shanahan is going to kick McNabb to the curb you can bet that he will do the same with Haynesworth.

    Cutting Haynesworth would hurt Dan Snyder's pocketbook, although it would certainly help out morale in the locker room. If Washington does decide to let Haynesworth go, it would easily catapult his signing as one of the worst free agent decisions of all-time.

    But who knows, maybe Shanahan works out his issues with Haynesworth and he returns to a dominant force on the inside. Ah, who am I kidding?