With free agency kicking off last week, teams acquired new players that could very well push out some of their veteran players. Whether these players are getting older, or they are just simply not that good anymore, here is a list of eight veteran football players who will lose their jobs by the end of training camp.
With the addition of Nick Fairley to the Lions' already stout defensive line with Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch, it is without a doubt that some of the Lions' veteran players on the defensive line will be pushed out.
Corey Williams has been with the Lions for quite some time, but has turned 30, and is simply getting pushed aside by younger talent. Even if he stays on the team, he will have very little playing time.
Chris Ivory had a strong season last year with the Saints, but with the Saints acquiring Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles, they already have three talented running backs along with them and Pierre Thomas.
While Ivory may stay on the team, he will very likely be the odd man out and have to go elsewhere.
The Vikings are looking to rebuild their receiving corps after the loss of Sidney Rice, but Berrian has not been a consistent contributor on that offense for quite some time, even with Brett Favre at quarterback in the 2009 season.
The Vikings have acquired Michael Jenkins and Devin Aromashodu, and already have Percy Harvin, Greg Camarillo and Visanthe Shiancoe as a receiving threat at tight end, making Berrian's future with the Vikings quite questionable.
Jimmy Clausen will very likely not be the starting quarterback next year, with Cam Newton getting drafted with the first pick and being seen as the future of the team. While Clausen will very likely lose the starting job, he could even lose his job as a backup.
If Clausen doesn't improve in the preseason, the Panthers may decide to go with a veteran as their backup to mentor Cam Newton, so Clausen could very well not even be on the 2011 Carolina Panthers roster.
Chester Taylor got the short end of the stick in Minnesota when they drafted Adrian Peterson in 2008, automatically making Taylor the backup. Two years later, he signed with the Bears, where he became the backup to Matt Forte.
Taylor had a subpar year with the Bears—even as a backup—and now with the Bears signing Marion Barber, Taylor will have an even more limited role, and may not even be on the team next year.
Jeremy Shockey was signed by the Panthers, but the aging Shockey's numbers have declined in recent years. With the Panthers signing Greg Olsen last week in free agency, this signals that Shockey will have a very limited role.
If he struggles in training camp, he could be cut.
Albert Haynesworth will have a very short stint in New England in which he won't even stick around to see the beginning of the season. While Belichick has been known to bring in troubled players and get them to work for him, Haynesworth may be a lost cause.
Since coming to Washington, he seems to have lost the desire to play football, and has only shown a desire to sign a big contract and do nothing to earn it.
Samuel is a very talented cornerback, but the Eagles' recent acquisition of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie makes Samuel the odd man out. While the Eagles may want to keep Samuel, they may not be able to afford it with all of the free-agent moves they have made this offseason and with DeSean Jackson demanding a bigger contract.
The good news for Samuel is that, unlike many of these other players, he will likely get traded and have a chance at a starting position elsewhere.