Before I start I know we aren't even halfway through the season but I personally am a huge fan of the draft and free agency process so I thought I would post my thoughts. This isn't a breakdown of the full 53 for next year just my ideas of the main cuts, signings etc.
Shaq Griffin - Hasn't lived up to the big contract and can be cut for a large cap saving.
Rayshawn Jenkins - Same reasoning as Griffin.
Roy Robertson-Harris - Hasn't been terrible but again hasn't lived up to the contract we are paying him. I think this money can be put to better use on other players.
Tyler Shatley - Aging player who is a solid backup but nothing more. Can be replaced for someone cheaper/younger
Daniel Thomas - Not a good backup and again the money we are paying him can go to a better player.
Chris Claybrooks - Same as above.
Shaq Quarterman - Same reasoning as Thomas plus we already have Chad Muma as the primary backup at ILB.
Cutting these players frees up around 33 million in cap space according to Over The Cap. Plus if we can restructure any contracts to free up more then bonus.
Jawaan Taylor - Been a solid tackle this year hopefully this is the turning point for him.
Riley Patterson - Been a good kicker only missed 1 field goal so far worth re-signing unless he has a terrible second half of the season.
Evan Engram - Been a good tight end for us this year I can't see anyone in free agency who would be a huge upgrade over him.
James Robinson - Is a restricted free agent after this year I think pop a 1st or 2nd round tender on him to keep him for another year then sign him to a longer term contract.
Free Agent Signings
Daron Payne - Direct replacement for Robertson-Harris can rush the passer stop the run and is an all around great player.
A'Shawn Robinson - Big space eater and run stopper similar to Fatukasi. A D-line of Payne, Robinson, Fatukasi and Hamilton would be a run stuffing nightmare.
Vonn Bell - Been playing really well for the Bengals, solid tackler and plays the run really well. Better replacement for Jenkins.
1 Quentin Johnston WR TCU
2 Christian Gonzalez CB Oregon
2 (Trade 3rd, 4th 2024 4th) Darnell Washington TE Georgia
4 Calijah Kancey DT/DE Pitt
5 Derek Parish DE/OLB Houston
5 (Trade 6th, 6th) Riley Moss CB Iowa