Dec 31, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Steven Means (51) reacts after sacking Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (not pictured) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
The NFL’s infamous cut day puts capable veterans out of work every year, and the 2018 season was no different. Teams with stronger overall rosters struggle to fit skilled veterans into their 53-man roster plans, giving the rest of the league an opportunity to add talent off the unemployment list shortly after cut day.
Here, we’ve highlighted five veterans that shouldn’t have to wait long before signing with new teams.
[Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Sunday, September 2 and any transactions after the fact will be added once they’ve been made official.]
K Dan Bailey
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones showed seven-year veteran kicker Dan Bailey the door on Saturday to save $3.4 million in cap space, leaving first-year kicker Brett Maher, a much cheaper, inexperienced option, to fill Bailey’s shoes. Though Bailey is coming off a down season compared to the rest of his career (44.6 field goal grade), he still has plenty left in the tank at just 30 years old to be among the league’s best in kickoffs and field goals.
Prior to his injury-plagued (back) 2017 season, Bailey made 89.1 percent (115-of-129) of his field goal attempts from 2013-16. He also earned 70.7-plus field goal grades in each of the four years, topping out at 80.4 in 2015.