Gregg Rosenthal did a great job with his comprehensive list of cap-casualty candidates in the NFC. Now let's take a crack at AFC veterans on the roster bubble.
Candidates for release
1.*Champ Bailey, Denver Broncos, cornerback:* The potential Hall of Famer's decrease in speed was noticeable in Super Bowl XLVIII when Doug Baldwinzoomed past him for a 37-yard reception. If Bailey returns to Denver, it will have to be at a much lower rate than his current $9 million salary. Don't be surprised if he begins transitioning to safety.
2.*Antonio Cromartie, New York Jets, cornerback:* Cromartie was susceptible to big plays last season and carries a $14.98 million salary-cap charge. A healthy Cromartie would still be the best player in a thin secondary, but he'll have to take a massive pay cut to return.
4.*LaMarr Woodley, Pittsburgh Steelers, linebacker:* A disappointment since signing a lucrative contract extension three years ago, Woodley is scheduled to count roughly $13.6 million against the salary cap. The Steelers might have to choose between keeping Woodley or re-signing Jason Worilds. The latter played better in 2013. Working for Woodley is the $14 million in dead money that would trigger at his release.
8.*D'Qwell Jackson, Cleveland Browns, linebacker:* A better fit in the middle of a 4-3 defense, Jackson isn't a natural for Mike Pettine's multiple scheme. The bigger problem is a cap charge approaching $10 million for an inside linebacker on the wrong side of age 30. Jackson's $4.1 bonus in March will likely spur action. -- The Browns announced Jackson's release Wednesday.
13.*Jonathan Martin, Miami Dolphins, offensive tackle:* If ever there was a player in need of a fresh start in a new locale, it's Martin. The Dolphins will send out feelers around the league, but any interested teams will likely wait until he's released to make their move. With Stanford alums on their rosters, the Colts and 49ers make sense as landing spots.
Potential surprise cuts
2.*Vince Wilfork, New England Patriots, defensive tackle:* The anchor of the Patriots' defense prior to tearing his Achilles tendon in 2013, Wilfork is now an aging run-stuffer coming off major surgery with a cap charge near $12 million. He's a candidate for a Terrell Suggs-style extension entering the final year of his contract.
3, 4, 5 & 6.*Leon Hall, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Rey Maualuga and Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals:* Hall is coming off his second ruptured Achilles. Green-Ellis, Gresham and Maualuga were outplayed by Giovani Bernard, Tyler Eifert and Vincent Rey, respectively. Working in the quartet's favor is the Bengals' relative largesse under the salary cap.
Other potential cuts
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