On Wednesday https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Nick-Perry-Jersey , Acme Packing Company examined the contract for Green Bay Packers tight end Jimmy Graham and what options the team has with him for the 2019 season. Graham falls squarely in the category of potential salary cap casualties this season, along with teammate Nick Perry.Generally, players who are released for cap reasons have a few specific characteristics. Typically, they are playing below the value of their contracts, particularly when the team employing them is not in dire salary cap straits. In addition, the players typically will open up significant salary cap space as a result of their release, due to the structure of their contracts.The Packers are currently projected to have around $40 million in salary cap space. By moving on from Graham and Perry in on specific way, they could free up $5 million immediately and $10 million on June 2nd. Thus, the Packers should not need to make any additional cuts for cap purposes alone, but there are a handful of individuals who could free up additional cap space should general manager Brian Gutekunst need to clear room for big free agent signings.While Perry and Graham are certainly at the top of the list, there are a few additional players under contract with the Packers whose release would open up some significant cap space. We’ll run down a few of them here and why they may or may not makes much sense as candidates for release.The other option with some of these players — particularly the ones who are playing up to their deals — is to restructure their contracts, adding a few years onto the deal by shifting money out of base salary and into a signing bonus.Big savings & injury risk, but still playing at a high levelThe first two players on this list are players whose contracts would allow for big savings. However, both players are still playing up to their contracts — when healthy.DT Mike DanielsIn no way do I expect Daniels to be released this offseason. He’s a critical piece of the Packers’ defensive front, and although he missed six games in 2018 and two in 2017, he had not been held out of a game in the four years previous. Still, Daniels’ contract runs out after 2019, and offers some cap savings.The cap hit on Daniels’ current deal is $10.7 million, which consists of a $7.6 million base salary, $2.4 million in a deferred signing bonus charge, and the rest on active roster bonuses and a workout bonus. Cutting him this offseason would save the Packers a big chunk of money — $8.3 million, as the team would have just the $2.4 million dead against the cap.However Davante Adams Jersey , Daniels’ play appears fully worthy of a contract extension rather than a release. One possibility would be to add another two years onto his contract, taking him through his age-32 season in 2021. By shifting $6 million of Daniels’ base salary into a signing bonus, the team would unload $4 million of his cap hit from 2019 into future years (split up evenly at $2 million per year), leaving him at just a $6.7 million cap number this season.OT Bryan BulagaLike Daniels, Bulaga has one year remaining on his contract and continues to play well when he is on the field. The questions about Bulaga are always about injury, however. He was active for 14 games in 2018, but left a few of those contests with injuries; that came after a preseason injury cost him two games early in 2017 and a torn ACL limited him to just five games total. Bulaga has played all 16 games just twice in his nine-year career, and has appeared in 12 or fewer games in five out of those nine seasons.A Bulaga release would open up $6.75M in cap space for the Packers, thanks to $1.6M in deferred signing bonus money and an $8.35M cap hit for 2019. However, the Packers would likely be unwilling to commit additional years and money to an injury-prone Bulaga at this time, particularly coming off the past season. The problem will be replacing him — can you find a tackle who can provide the same level of play with less of an injury risk for around $7 million? That seems unlikely.One and done?DB Tramon WilliamsThe long-time Packer returned in 2018 after three years away, and his ability to move from cornerback to free safety midseason made him particularly valuable to the team. He is probably penciled in as the starter at free safety for 2019, but the financials could make him expendable, particularly if an upgrade becomes a possibility in free agency or the draft.Williams has a cap hit of $6.375M next season, with half of his $3.25M signing bonus ($1.625M) on the books. That means the Packers could save $4.75M by releasing him. However, they would want to make that decision before the third day of the 2019 league year, as he is due a $1M roster bonus on that date.As with the players above, it seems unlikely that Williams will be released; the Packers’ lack of talent and depth at the safety position makes him effectively critical for one more year, at least.QB DeShone KizerThis is an odd one, but the Packers’ new coaching staff will feel no attachment to Kizer, even if the personnel department does due to him being the primary return in the trade of Damarious Randall. That trade meant that the guaranteed money on Kizer’s deal all went on the Cleveland Browns’ 2018 cap, so he’s in Green Bay for just a $914 Josh Jones Color Rush Jersey ,856 base salary. That all goes away if the Packers decide he’s not a long-term fit or if they draft another quarterback and choose to roll with that player as Aaron Rodgers’ backup.It’s not much of a cap savings, but it’s a possibility that Kizer could be released late this spring.Finally time to move on?K Mason CrosbyKicking in the Lambeau Field conditions is a difficult task, to be sure. However, the worst game of Crosby’s career came indoors at Ford Field in 2018, and he is being paid like an elite kicker despite performing like a below-average one. Crosby’s 81.1% hit rate on field goals was 23rd among 34 qualifying kickers in 2018, and although he was good from 50-plus (5-of-7) he struggled in the 40s (11-of-15).The financials make a strong case for moving on. His contract runs through 2019, and the $5M signing bonus he signed before 2016 means he would count $1.25M on the cap if the team were to cut him. With a cap hit of $4.85M in 2019 — currently scheduled to be second-highest among all NFL kickers behind Justin Tucker of the Ravens — that $3.6M savings could almost certainly be put to better use.Interestingly, Crosby has been clutch in the postseason in his career, hitting on 89.7% of his field goal attempts including a string of 23 in a row from 2010 to 2016. However, his regular season performance has failed to live up to that hefty contract, with a career hit rate of just 80.4%. An overhaul of the Packers’ last-ranked special teams is coming, and it might just end up wiping Crosby away. This next group of five players on our list have all spent at least a year in the NFL and are looking to make a mark on another go-around in training camp.” />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal – WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal – WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShare2019 Packers 90-man roster ranking, 85-81: Holdovers look for another shot at the 53Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsWith veteran free agency behind us, the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster has taken shape. With eight draft picks in the fold, a handful of undrafted rookies under contract, and several new faces arriving via free agency, there are plenty of new faces to get to know on this offseason’s roster.Once again, Acme Packing Company has compiled a composite ranking of the 90-man roster, combining the rankings from several individual contributors. With the first group of players broken down on Monday, we move on from players 90-86 with the next group of five, players 85 through 81.Interestingly, while each player in yesterday’s group is an undrafted rookie https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/David-Bakhtiari-Jersey , this next group consists entirely of players who have already spent a year in the NFL, with most of them landing on practice squads in their initial season or seasons in the league. Combined, they have spent nine seasons in the NFL, but only once has any of these players made an initial 53-man roster out of training camp.85: Tray Matthews, safetyThe Packers acquired Matthews late last season, snagging him for the final month of the season and signing him to a futures contract after the year concluded. Matthews, a 6-foot-1, 213-pound safety from Auburn, signed with the Vikings a year ago as an undrafted free agent before being waived at the end of training camp and later receiving an injury settlement. He had a cup of coffee with the Colts on their practice squad but spent a good portion of the year out of football.However, Matthews has decent speed and good burst for his size, as his RAS suggests. He also had an interception and either a forced fumble or fumble recovery in each of his four years in college football, and racked up some solid tackle numbers as well. He could challenge for a special teams slot and a deep spot on the depth chart with a good summer.84: Mike Tyson, safetyTyson is the newest Packer, claimed on waivers from the Houston Texans on Monday. APC elected to slot him in exactly where Matthew Eaton, the rookie wide receiver who was released to make room for Tyson, had been at the 84th spot.Tyson spent last season with the Houston Texans, earning a call-up from the practice squad and playing in ten games, largely on special teams. His ball skills (five interceptions as a senior at the University of Cincinnati) make him more of a candidate to help out as a deep safety than Matthews, but as with the other safety above, special teams would be his ticket onto the team.83: Deon Simon, defensive linemanThe Packers signed Simon, a big 6-foot-4 Jason Spriggs Jersey , 332-pound nose tackle, to their practice squad twice last season. But would you believe that last year was actually his fourth season in the NFL?Somehow, Simon has been around the league since 2015, when the Jets drafted him in the seventh round. However, he only has 16 games of NFL roster experience, all coming in 2016 with New York. Interestingly, he remained with the Jets organization for a fourth training camp in 2018 before being released and landing briefly with the Titans prior to his stints in Green Bay.However, he’s essentially a big space-eater on the line, with little pass-rush ability to speak of. Given how often the Packers line up with two interior pass-rushing linemen, it’s tough to see him cracking the 53 come September.82: Anthony Coyle, offensive linemanCoyle, a product of Fordham University, signed on with the Houston Texans after their rookie minicamp a year ago but missed out on the 53-man roster after camp. Instead, the Packers scooped him up onto the practice squad in late September and kept him there through the remainder of the season. The college left tackle is listed at guard on the Packers’ roster.Unfortunately for Coyle, the return of Cole Madison and the drafting of Elgton Jenkins in round two puts a further squeeze on the depth players on the interior of the offensive line.81: Eric Cotton, defensive linemanCotton is an interesting prospect; despite being listed at a similar size to first-round draft pick Rashan Gary — Cotton is 6-foot-4 and 272 pounds while Gary is 6-foot-5 and 277 — he is classified as a defensive linemen while Gary got a linebacker designation.Cotton is no stranger to fluid positions, however. He played tight end for two years at Stanford, catching seven passes for 128 yards and a touchdown, before switching to the defensive line. There, he picked up three sacks in his lone year with significant playing time. Projecting as a sub-package interior rusher, it seems that bulking up this offseason in order to find a position on base downs would be critical for his roster chances this fall.Stay tuned on Wednesday as we keep the countdown going with players 80 through 76.
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