Now that the offseason is here, teams can begin releasing players who they deem to be cap causalities. Tennessee Titans guard Steve Hutchinson could be one of them, as he’s due a $4.5 million base salary in the second year of a three-year deal, and the future hall-of-fame lineman is coming off a serious knee injury that put him on IR, and he may be ready to retire.
Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham and runningback Michael Turner are also candidates for release. The Falcons could save $10.4 million by cutting both of them.
The Detroit Lions have waived disgruntled WR Titus Young. Starting DE Kyle Vanden Bosch could also be released, but that would be due to his $10.7 million cap hit.
Oakland Raiders DT Tommy Kelly is considered one of the top candidates to be released this offseason. His cap number for 2013 is over $11 million.
Talk about injury to insult. After suffering a heartbreaking 34-29 loss in the Super Bowl, San Francisco 49ers DE Justin Smith will undergo surgery on his torn left triceps this week, which will require three months of rehab.