As exciting as training camp is for fans and teams alike, there is a downside, as franchises must trim their roster to 53. Some of the players cut will be former first-round picks or players in the midst of a multiyear contract. Nevertheless, their recent performance could lead to a release in training camp.
Higher-profile players are often given more chances to succeed because of their talent level. When their salary no longer matches their production, the team must make a difficult decision as to whether they should move on or not. This leads to several surprising releases every year.
Though the public's access to injury information is limited, injuries are often the reason for the surprising cuts. Teams with a tight cap situation are even more likely to cut ties with expensive players, to help ensure future flexibility.
We have found six high-profile players who are at risk of being cut in training camp. Each of these players has been a starter for their previous or current team, but they are no longer justifying their salary. With a bad camp and preseason, each could be released into free agency.