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Aaron Smith, DE: Retire/Cut
Smith's time is done. Everyone else on the line is so far ahead of him and he can't stay healthy. He doesn't project as a backup either given the team's youthful depth at the position. I can't believe he won't retire, but if he doesn't, the team cannot afford to keep him around.
Chris Hoke, DT: Cut
Hoke has been a stalwart for years, but his season-ending injury coupled with the play of Steve McLendon, make him expendable. The team doesn't really need Hoke anymore and will likely be replacing him with a rookie heir apparent to Casey Hampton.
Larry Foote, LB: Cut
Foote has been great and stepped in when needed this year, but the team has a ton of linebacker depth and will need to free up roster spots and cash somewhere. Foote's deal, which would pay him $3 million in 2012, is an easy place to start saving.
Jason Worilds, LB: Keep/Trade
This will have a lot to do with what the team thinks of James Harrison. If they feel like he's going to be around a long time, they'll have the opportunity to dangle Worilds. If they are wary of Harrison starting to age, they'll keep him.
Keenan Lewis, CB: Cut/Keep
Lewis will be a restricted free agent, but the team has gotten good production out of William Gay and will need to clear the way for Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen. If they keep Gay, Lewis goes. If they let Gay go, Lewis will probably stay.