Notable cuts tracker: Who already has been released?
Hollis Thompson Limited Jersey Free agency has yet to arrive, but that hasn’t stopped NFL teams from trimming the fat.
The first few weeks following Super Bowl LI have seen a handful of notable players cut by their respective teams, as some organizations aim to clear cap space in anticipation of the start of the new league year. Veterans who are suddenly deemed expendable have been released, as have underachieving players who entered the league as high draft selections. We’ve assembled a round-up of the most notable moves so far.
Chance Warmack and Luke Joeckel, offensive linemen
If the Browns got a third-round compensatory pick, they would convey it to the Patriots. The Browns found out that they did get a compensatory pick on Friday, so the 103rd overall pick will be in play for Bill Belichick to use in April. The Patriots now have two third-round picks and two fifth-round picks to go with selections in the first, second, fourth (they acquired one in a trade during last yearâ€™s draft to offset the one stripped by the NFL in Deflategate) and seventh rounds.
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This is the first year that teams have been allowed to deal compensatory picks in trades and the Patriots werenâ€™t the only ones adding a third-round selection to their collection. The Titans will pick at No. 100 with the Rams sending their compensatory pick to Nashville in last yearâ€™s trade for the first overall pick.
The Browns were rewarded with four compensatory picks, but they will only have two come the draft. They also agreed to send a fourth-round compensatory pick to the Eagles as part of Phillyâ€™s deal for the No. 2 overall pick last year. They received two of them and it is believed the higher of the picks â€” No. 139 overall â€” will go to the Eagles.