The first roster cut of the new NFL season took place on Tuesday. Teams were required to trim their rosters down to 75 players before the final cut takes place after the final preseason games are played this week.
Cut days are the biggest business days before the regular season begins. Teams must figure out whether or not to release a player from their roster while considering many factors. Some of these released players may still have bright futures in the league if picked up by another club, while older players who have been released either look to catch on with another team or consider retirement. As an experienced player, once cut it is very hard to reach the peak of performance once again.
The biggest names from the first cut day are listed below:
Da'Rick Rodgers - Wide receiver
Rodgers was a rookie hopeful striving to make the Buffalo Bills roster. A former star for the Tennessee Volunteers in college, Rodgers transferred to Tennessee State after being suspended from the former. Rodgers went undrafted but looked to have a bright future with the Bills. Out of the players released, Rodgers has the best chance to be signed by another team.
Devin Aromashodu - Wide receiver
Aromashodu was the biggest name from the Chicago Bears to be released. He has been on five teams in his seven year career. At the age of 29, Aromashodu still has what it takes to remain in the league for a few more years. As teams make their final cuts, Aromashodu may find himself another team to sign with.
Havard Rugland - Kicker
Yes, Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland was released by the Detroit Lions. Rugland gained instant fame when he posted a video of himself making a series of difficult kicks. The Norwegian was signed by the Lions in March and competed for the starting job. Hopefully, another team decides to make use of his talents in the future.
Braylon Edwards - Wide receiver
Edwards is in his ninth year as a player and has seen time on four different teams, twice with the New York Jets who released him Tuesday. Edwards was drafted in 2005 by the Cleveland Browns and showed great promise as a young player. After time with the Jets, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks Edwards' career looks close to being at its end. The 30-year-old has yet to play a full season since 2010.
Josh Cribbs - Wide receiver
The 30-year-old wide receiver/kick returner was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday. Cribbs, who was picked up by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2005 held seven Browns franchise records for kick returns. Once regarded as one of the league's best returners, Cribbs is also tied for three NFL records. The Raiders cut Cribbs after a poor preseason.
Lawrence Okoye - Defensive end
The British Olympian was waived by the San Francisco 49ers after suffering a knee injury in the last preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings. Okoye has the size to make a NFL defensive end, however he lacks experience thus making him a long-shot to make an NFL roster. The 49ers may resign him when he is healthy, but doing so is unlikely.
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