There were a few players that I liked last year that were released, I was a fan of these guys and will be keeping an eye on them,
Mike Thomas(Detroit Lions)Started off really well and seamed to be a long term solution at the slot role, but then his production declined dramatically after the release of David Garrard, and in my opinion that can be contributed to a number of factors.
Rashad Jennings (Oakland Raiders) A very late round pick out of a small school, that at one point looked like the Gem of Gene Smith's small school "base hits" stradegy, with MOJO rippin things up, he didn't get an enormous amount of carries, but when he did he definately had flashes of greatness. Unfortunately, injuries and the fact that when Maurice went down last year and he finally got his chance, he didn't do anything that would warrant a big contract with guaranteed money, especially due to the fact that its gonna be time to pay Mojo at seasons end. Forsett/Robinson should account for his production, if not more.
Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton(Denver Broncos) Another one of the players that seamed like a staple, at DT he showed great abilty and at one point was on pace to recieve a big paycheck. Regarded as one of the upcoming DT's in the AFC if not the NFL, like Thomas his productivity declined dramatically, along with ongoing weight and conditioning issues. So bad, that he eventually lost his starting position and never was able to regain it, Mike Mularkey was very unimpressed.
Derek Cox(San Diego Chargers) My favorite player let go this offseason by far, Cox was in my opinion along with Eugene Monroe, the only real home run caliber player drafted by Gene Smith. Stepping into a starting CB role oppisite Rashean Mathis, Cox looked like a future shut down corner, future pro bowler, and best CB on the roster. Once again, unfortunately he could never stay on the field and although there were many signs of future greatness, Dave Caldwell decided not to gamble on Cox's health and pay him the big long term deal he was looking for.
Daryl Smith(Baltimore Ravens) Sad sad day when we dont even offer Daryl Smith a 1 year deal to see what he has left after he left all his blood, sweat, and tears on the field for this organization. And from what he showed throughout his career even at 80% he is way better then anybody that we have lining up at OLB, I hope he goes on to finish his great career in Baltimore and can one day sign a 1 day contract with us to retire a Jaguar.
*OFF TOPIC* Just read how Reggie Nelson is doing great and is a important piece of the Bengals defense, how the hell does he go from such a terrible player for us to all of a sudden figuring it out in Cincy? Coaching? Scheme? Weird....