It's already happening. The NFL offseason is one of the most fast-paced and wild periods in sports. Insane contracts start flying around, players get cut who you would never expect, and teams can look drastically different in the span of just a few weeks. These five players were once considered the best of the best, but are now staring down the potential of getting cut this offseason.
5. Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin
Maclin didn't have a bad year for the Ravens last season, but he's also not worth anywhere near his $7.5 million cap hit this season. Baltimore could decide to cut him loose and save $5 million while looking to rebuild their roster for a run in 2018.
4. Titans RB DeMarco Murray
Murray's injury at the end of this past season may have fully doomed his future with this team. Derrick Henry finally emerged as the top-tier RB that the Titans hoped he would be. With no guaranteed money left on his deal, the team could save $6.5 million by cutting Murray loose, and turn that cash into a valuable defender or wide receiver for Marcus Mariota.
3. Cowboys WR Dez Bryant
Bryant has been rumored as a potential cut option for a few months now, and those rumors aren't going anywhere. Bryant was a Pro Bowler back in 2016, but hasn't been himself in a few years now. Is he worth a $16 million cap hit in 2018? The Cowboys will have to decide.
2. Packers WR Randall Cobb
The Packers are looking to get younger, which has led them to reportedly consider cutting Randall Cobb or Jordy Nelson. When it comes down to it, Nelson is simply a more reliable option than Cobb, especially when Aaron Rodgers is under center. The team could save nearly $9 million by letting him go, which they may decide to do come the new league year.
1. Broncos CB Aqib Talib
Talib is a solid defender, don't get me wrong, but in no way, shape, or form is he worth a $12 million cap hit going into next season. Denver could try to trade him, but most teams won't be interested in a contract that big. They may be forced to release him if they can't get a restructure of some sorts.