The new NFL league year begins on March 17th, and that is when teams need to be compliant with the 2021 salary cap. What is that number? No one knows at the moment, but teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have to find a way to get under whatever cap number is presented to all 32 organizations.
One way of getting cap compliant is to release players who might have inflated salary cap his. For the Steelers, players like Joe Haden, Vince Williams and David DeCastro have been talking points for potential cap casualties, and other NFL teams are having the same conversations as they prepare for the next season.
Already, several teams have let players go, and this is where the NFL Release Tracker comes in. We wanted to have a one stop shop for you to see some big name players who have been released from their team. Be sure to check back early and often to see updates on the latest players who will be looking for a new home.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the new league year, NFL Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.
(Editor’s Note: The updates will come at the TOP of the list, not the bottom.)
Detroit Lions to release CB Desmond Trufant
Lions have informed starting CB Desmond Trufant that he will be released at the start of the league this year later this month, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 4, 2021
Several NFL teams make veteran roster cuts
Seattle Seahawks to release WR Josh Gordon
The #Seahawks have released WR Josh Gordon.
Suspended indefinitely again by the NFL in January, Gordon now will be eligible to reunite with Johnny Manziel and make his planned debut for the Zappers in Fan Controlled Football.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 4, 2021
New York Giants release Golden Tate
Giants released WR Golden Tate, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 3, 2021
Saints release TE Jared Cook and TE Josh Hill
The Saints have officially released TE Jared Cook and TE Josh Hill. The Cook move is procedural, as he was scheduled to be a free agent at the start of the new league year.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 3, 2021
New York Jets release Henry Anderson
The #Jets have released DL Henry Anderson, who was due $8.2M this season. It saved them nearly that against the cap.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 3, 2021
Chicago Bears releasing CB Buster Skrine
Bears are releasing veteran CB Buster Skrine, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2021
Minnesota Vikings release TE Kyle Rudolph
Miami Dolphins to release LB Kyle Van Noy
Houston Texans release DB Brandon Williams and waive DB Mark Fields
The Texans have released veteran DB Brandon Williams and waived DB Mark Fields. Close to another $1.5M in cap space created as Nick Caserio reshapes the roster.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 2, 2021