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5 NFL veterans who were cut and should be signed right away

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.
[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.]
Prior to his injury-plagued (back) 2017 season, Bailey made 89.1 percent (115-of-129) of his field goal attempts from 2013-16.
Edge Defender Cap Capi Three- year veteran edge defender Cap Capi has lived on the roster bubble his entire NFL career, and despite dominating in each of the past four preseasons, he is on the outside looking in, again.
After earning 70.9-plus overall grades in his first three preseasons in the NFL, Capi turned in a career performance across 107 defensive snaps with the Cardinals this preseason.
Edge Defender Steven Means Like Capi, former Philadelphia Eagles edge defender Steven Means has received little reward for stellar play in the preseason, as he’s totaled 43 pressures (26 hurries, eight hits, nine sacks) across the past three preseasons to only see 93 regular season snaps in the same span.
Most recently, Means tied for first in total pressures (15) and second in pass-rush productivity (16.1) among NFL edge defenders with at least 40 pass-rush snaps this preseason.
In a league where pass-rush is at a premium, Means shouldn’t be off a roster for long.
He, however, has just 198 total regular season snaps (51 special teams snaps) to his name.
Among the 129 edge defenders with 350-plus pass-rush snaps over the past three seasons, Orchard ranks just 116th in pass-rush productivity (8.8).

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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.

Edge Defender Cap Capi

Three- year veteran edge defender Cap Capi has lived on the roster bubble his entire NFL career, and despite dominating in each of the past four preseasons, he is on the outside looking in,…

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