Arian Foster is coming off another injured season and was due $9 million this season. He also was nearing the dreaded age for running backs as he will be 30 years old this season. So why would this cut be surprising? No one else on the Texans, while he was out, had more than 2 rushing TDs.
In 2012, Mario Williams signed to a $100 contract with the Buffalo Bills. Three years later he was cut. When Williams signed, he was coached by Doug Marrone, but when a new Rex Ryan led staff came aboard, there appeared to be disconnect. Yet, Williams still was productive with 38 sacks in his first three seasons with the Bills.
Marques Colston is a Lifetime Saint in his 10 seasons in the league. The team leader in receptions, yards, and touchdowns played an important role in the rebound of the Saints franchise after Hurricane Katrina- devastated New Orleans. Although Colston is coming off his worst season as a pro, his cut from a franchise he’s done so much for is definitely a surprise.
The 2015 Ravens Defense was decimated by injuries, causing a steep drop in production. However, Daryl Smith didn’t get the memo, as he, for the 3rd straight year, had over 120 tackles. To add on to the surprise, Smith was only owed a small amount of $2.6 million.
Similar to NFC South rival Marques Colston, Charles Johnson has been a staple in the Panthers organization since he has been in the league. He is 2nd in franchise history in sacks with 63.5 in his nine years. While his production has dropped in the past few seasons due to injuries, Johnson is only 29 and has plenty left in the tank.