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The moves have already started, with several teams sending players to the chopping block.
With negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement restarted, a deadline for teams to meet the salary cap limit has been delayed yet again, this time until 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday. Teams have until 9 p.m. ET Wednesday to waive players.
Given the uncertainty surrounding negotiations, players already waived, including those cut on Sunday, could be recalled by teams. ESPN.com's John Clayton reports that the Rams and Jets have decided to stick with their cuts of WR Isaac Bruce and C Kevin Mawae, respectively. Despite earlier indications, the Raiders have not cut QB Kerry Collins. Without a new deal, a cap limit of $94.5 million could force many teams to cut big-name players to comply with salary limits.
Bruce's release came after an all-day negotiating session that failed to produce a reduced salary for the long time Ram. He was scheduled to make $6.5 million and had a $1.5 million roster bonus due in the next couple of days. No deal was reached Sunday night, so the Rams placed him on the waiver wire and saved $8.1 million of cap room.
• Redskins' Arrington to become free agent: LaVar Arrington will become a free agent after agreeing Sunday night to forfeit over $4 million in deferred money the Washington Redskins owed him to get out of his contract with the team, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. As part of the deal, the Redskins have placed Arrington on waivers.
A team source said that the move would have been made irrespective of any delay in the waiver deadline Sunday evening.
Arrington was due $5.668 million in deferred cash for the remainder of his contract, but he agreed to forfeit $4.4 million of that in order to become a free agent. The Redskins will still pay Arrington the balance of $1.268 million on April 1.
• Jets release C Mawae: The Jets have released center Kevin Mawae, the team announced Sunday. Mawae, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, played in New York for eight seasons.
Mawae has played in 180 career games, starting 177 of them. He has also played in seven postseason games.
Glover, a 10-year veteran who signed with the Cowboys as a free agent in 2002, was cut Thursday. Glover made his sixth Pro Bowl last season, finishing with 26 tackles and three sacks.
Nguyen, an eight-year veteran out of Texas A&M, led the Cowboys with 172 tackles in 2001, his first full season as a starter. He was slowed by a neck injury last season, playing his last game Thanksgiving Day against Denver.
• Steelers release two veterans: Nine-year veteran quarterback Tommy Maddox, who resurrected his NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers but lost his starting job to then-rookie Ben Roethlisberger in 2004, was released on Friday, as the Super Bowl XL champions continued to make moves to get under the 2006 salary cap.
The Steelers also released 13-year veteran cornerback Willie Williams. The two transactions, which created $1.585 million in additional cap space, had been anticipated since the end of the season.
• Falcons release DE: Brady Smith's six-year tenure with the Falcons ended Friday when the team waived the former starting defensive end.
After injuring the ball of his right foot in a Week 7 win over the Jets, Smith was inactive for the next nine games. Though he had no realistic chance to play again, the Falcons continued to list him as questionable on the injury reports they filed to the NFL through Week 16.
In five games, Smith had 11 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble.
• Chiefs cut four veterans: The Chiefs started their salary cap purges Thursday by terminating the contracts of four veteran players -- cornerbacks Eric Warfield and Dexter McCleon, linebacker Shawn Barber and linebacker Gary Stills.
• Seattle releases Dyson, Sharper: The Seahawks decided to release two of their main free agent acquisitions of last season -- linebacker Jamie Sharper and cornerback Andre Dyson. The release of Sharper and Dyson frees up $4.36 million of cap room, but puts the Seahawks possibly in the market for a starting cornerback.
Dyson was scheduled to receive a $3 million roster bonus Friday. Instead of giving him the bonus and keeping his 2006 cap number at $4.26 million, the Seahawks released him, leaving Kelly Herndon and Marcus Trufant as the starting cornerbacks.
• Raiders release three: The Raiders, who entered Thursday as the team most over the salary cap, released three players to save $8.8 million of cap room.
The Raiders released defensive tackle Ted Washington, guard Ron Stone and cornerback Denard Walker in the first wave of releases. The Raiders were $23.6 million over the cap. Now they still have to shave $14.8 million of cap room before Sunday night at midnight, the new extended deadline to comply.
The Packers drafted Diggs out of Ohio State in the fourth round of the 2000 NFL draft. He played in 84 games, including 80 as a starter, and recorded 541 tackles (390 solo).
Diggs struggled with injuries last season, playing in only nine games for Green Bay.
• Rams cut one: The Rams went one for two in their gambles to improve the linebacker position in 2005.
Though they plan to keep Dexter Coakley, they have released Chris Claiborne, whom they signed to be their starting middle linebacker last season. Claiiborne's release saves the Rams, who are under the cap, $1.5 million of cap room.
• Panthers cut linebacker Short: Brandon Short, who signed with the team in 2004 after spending four years with the Giants, was released. Short played in 32 games, including 18 starts, at outside linebacker for the Panthers.
• Broncos save almost $15 million: The Broncos shaved $14.99 million of cap room Wednesday, but it came at a big price for talent.
• Panthers release three veterans: The Panthers cleared $4.64 million of cap room Wednesday by releasing three veterans -- running back Stephen Davis, running back Rod Smart and defensive tackle Brentson Buckner.
Davis was expected to be released because of his age and his injuries. His release saved the team $2.8 million. Smart, a good backup running back and solid returner, was a little bit of a surprise. Buckner is one of the team leaders on defense but he's played 13 years and is 34 years old.
• Bills cuts Adams, Milloy: The Bills, who entered Wednesday $2 million under the $92 million salary cap, made their second major cut of the offseason by releasing former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sam Adams.
Safety Lawyer Milloy and tight end Mark Campbell also were released in moves that saved the Bills an estimated $9.1 million in salary cap space. The team has not determined whether to release veteran receiver Eric Moulds, who rejected the Bills' offer to restructure his contract earlier this week.
• Dolphins release Madison, three others: Forced to slash contracts in order to get under the salary cap for 2006, the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday released four veterans, the most notable of which was four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Madison.
The moves saved the team $14.4 million in cap room, but cost the Dolphins some key contributors, and three members of their secondary. In addition to Madison, the team released fellow cornerback Reggie Howard, safety Tebucky Jones and offensive tackle Damion McIntosh.
Hopkins' release will save the Titans $4.6 million of cap room. The team entered Wednesday $18.7 million over the salary cap.
Hopkins' release wasn't a surprise considering he's 35 years old and he had an $11.1 million number that had swelled because the team kept using cap relief deals to keep him on the roster.
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