Plenty of talented veterans will be available in the current 2018 NFL free agency pool. But those players will soon get some big-time company on the open market from notable names cut by their teams to help save money under the salary cap. For some teams, cutting a former Pro Bowler or two make sense; other such moves do not. Here's predicting who among those players will and will not be released this year as teams prepare for free agency and the NFL Draft. (Note: Cap hit equals a player's salary cap number minus dead money. Information from OverTheCap.com.) Dez Bryant, WR, Cowboys Cap hit: $8.5 million Dez and Dallas might appear to be headed for a breakup, but they need each other more than they will admit. Bryant stays as an appeased wideout with a restructured deal to continue trying to help Dak Prescott. Richard Sherman, CB, Seahawks Cap hit: $11 million Given Sherman has a pretty smart and flexible agent — himself — he will make sure he stays in Seattle. With its secondary in flux, the team will keep its constant into his age-30 season. The question is whether Sherman gets an adjusted deal to keep him from becoming a free agent as scheduled in 2019. Michael Bennett, DE, Seahawks Cap hit: $2.175 million Bennett is 32, and although he played another full season in 2017, age and injuries caught up to him a little. Regardless of the limited cap savings, he's headed for a break-up with the Seahawks. Adrian Peterson, RB, Cardinals Cap hit: $2.88 million With David Johnson ready to take over feature duties again, Peterson won't be retained coming off a season-ending neck injury. He'll be looking to stick with another team as he turns 33 in March. Marshawn Lynch, RB, Raiders Cap hit: $5.935 million The thought was this could go either way under new coach Jon Gruden. So far, there are positive vibes that Beast Mode will remain in Oakland for his age-32 season after a productive finish to 2017. Aqib Talib, CB, Broncos Cap hit: $11 million Talib turned 32 this week, and Denver needs to cut him in order to save a good chunk of salary-cap space. Look for one of his former teams, New England or Tampa Bay, to be his next landing spot. Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers Cap hit: $10.2 million The Packers wouldn't cut Aaron Rodgers' go-to guy as he returns healthy for a full season, would they? Nelson does carry a big number and turns 33 in May. Look for Green Bay to try to restructure and keep Nelson around for one more season. He becomes a free agent in 2019. Brandon Marshall, WR, Giants Cap hit: $5.156 million Marshall turns 34 in March, and before his season-ending ankle injury in October, he was hardly active or effective in the Giants' passing offense. Under new coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator MIke Shula and cost-conscious GM Dave Gettleman, Marshall won't be back.
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