We all knew that this free-agency explosion was going to happen the moment the NFL lockout ended. And people were excited about where stars like Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Nnamdi Asomugha, Sidney Rice and others would ultimately wind up.
But the other half of the coin—the releasing of big-name, multimillion-dollar stars—deserves equal time.
Teams all across the league are forced to cut payroll either to afford new free agents, afford incoming traded players, afford their draft picks or simply to make it underneath the new salary cap.
And while restructuring deals is likely going to be a major factor, those players will all find homes, despite being cast off.
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