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12 Notable NFL Players Released Today

dockett49ersm15Darnell Dockett: This was a stunner because the 49ers gave him a guaranteed $2 million dollars when they signed the longtime Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman in the off-season. To essentially flush that money down the toilet is a strong statement from San Francisco that it believes Dockett’s career is over. An underrated starter for much of his career, Dockett should have an on-air career or one as a professional tweeter if he’s no longer playing football.

Steve Weatherford: One of the league’s most well-known punters was let go in a cost-cutting move. While he should get another job elsewhere, the Giants saved $2.2 million in salary-cap relief by letting go of the nine-year veteran.

Kourtnei Brown and EZ Nwachukwu: It’s always tough to see Hard Knocks favorites get released. These are especially painful. Brown made a number of big plays in the preseason, and it was touching to see how much a game ball meant to him after a preseason touchdown. But his up-and-down play ultimately got him released from a sixth different NFL team.

Nwachukwu was a likable presence throughout the show, especially when he was visiting NASA. He could be a candidate for the practice squad.

Da’Quan Bowers: Given another chance to revive his career by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bowers just couldn’t regain his college explosiveness. The Buccaneers are desperate for pass rushers, so it’s a bad sign Bowers couldn’t make the team.IKEnemkpali

IK Ememkpali: The Bills released the defensive end who earned infamy by punching Jets quarterback Geno Smith in the face.

Quentin Groves: Another Bills cut at defensive end, but this one is less surprising.

Philip Wheeler: The 49ers released the former Raiders and Dolphins linebacker.

Matt Simms: The Bills are parting ways with Simms, who never was more than an extra in the Tyrod Taylor, EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel quarterback derby.rex-grossman

Rex Grossman: The Atlanta Falcons have released the veteran quarterback.

T.J. Yates: The Falcons also released the former Tar Heels and Texans quarterback.

Josh Freeman: The Miami Dolphins released the former Kansas State quarterback, a ’09 first-round draft pick.

More than 600 players will lose jobs by Saturday afternoon when rosters need to be cut down to 53 men.


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