It's the most painful day of the year for NFL players. And one of the busiest for tracking NFL news.
We tracked every single cut as teams reduced their roster to 53 men in our tracker that was updated as soon as the news happened. We also kept a tally of some of the more significant releases right here in our rolling look at the most notable cuts.
Champ Bailey (New Orleans Saints): Careers rarely end on a high note, even for future Hall of Famers. The team cut Bailey on Saturday to make way for younger players like undrafted rookie Brian Dixon. The Saints paid Bailey $500,000 guaranteed this year, but this move wasn't about money.
Michael Sam (St. Louis Rams): The Rams took four players in the seventh round this year. None of them made the team, including Sam. It's a good bet he'll land on a practice squad, most likely in St. Louis.
Stephen Hill (New York Jets): The failed second-round pick of former general manager Mike Tannenbaum didn't even make it to his third season in New York. That is rare. He's bound to get another chance elsewhere. Jets quarterbacks Tajh Boyd and Matt Simms were also cut.
Jerel Worthy, Josh Boyce (New England Patriots): Worthy was a second-round pick by Green Bay who was traded to the Patriots during camp. Now the Patriots don't have to send a conditional draft pick to the Packers. Boyce was a fourth-round pick last year who couldn't make a deep Patriots receiver group.
Kevin Vickerson (Denver Broncos): The defensive tackle started 25 games for the defending AFC champions over the last two seasons. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport notes that the Broncos love pickup Marvin Austin. Vickerson's release is a sign the Broncos are deeper on defense than previous years.
Jeff Tuel and Jordan Palmer (Buffalo Bills): Tuel, Palmer, and Thad Lewis all took cracks at the Bills' backup quarterback job this offseason. None of them are on the roster anymore. It's Kyle Orton's world.
Leon McFadden (Cleveland Browns): The 2013 third-round pick started two games last year. It speaks well for the Browns secondary that they can cut him. It does not speak well for former GM Michael Lombardi.
Connor Barth, Jeff Demps (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): The Bucs moved on from their once-solid kicker. Demps, the Olympic speedster, led the league in NFL.com posts:production ratio over the last two years.
James Harrison: OK, he wasn't a roster cut. But he's a player who was cut at least four times in his career before announcing his retirement Saturday. He had a short peak, but was one of the best defensive players in football for a four-year stretch from 2009-2012.