9. Bryan Bulaga, RT, Green Bay Packers
Serving the Packers with solid play at right tackle for nine years, the end might be coming soon for Bryan Bulaga in Green Bay. Bulaga hasn’t been able to stay on the field consistently over his nine-year career, as he has played a full season just twice.
Bulaga is graded as the 20th-best tackle in the NFL per Pro Football Focus, but the Packers might be intrigued by the thought of cutting ties with Bulaga without a dime spent in dead cap. Per Over The Cap, Green Bay could save $5.8 million by cutting Bulaga.
One might wonder, why they would do so? The idea sounds good, but the likelihood is slim. If the Packers decide to groom someone else as his replacement, though, the Texans should be the first to call Bulaga’s agent.
8. Carlos Hyde, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Not only are the Jaguars cap-strapped, but they have a contending roster without an experienced quarterback to lead it, meaning the Jacksonville Jaguars will need to make some moves to bolster their offense in free-agency.
Carlos Hyde failed to gain momentum in Jacksonville after his mid-season trade from the Cleveland Browns. He still offers teams ferocity as a downhill runner unafraid of battling in the trenches.
The Jaguars might see that as a redundancy with Leonard Fournette. If Tom Coughlin doesn’t see Hyde as a part of the future behind Fournette, they could cut ties with him for zero dollars against the cap. They could also save a total of $9.7 million over the next two years, per Over The Cap.