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Six biggest surprises as NFL teams finalize 75-man rosters

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As with every year on the NFL’s first cut-down day, there are a few head-scratching moves as teams trim down their rosters to the league-mandated 75 players.

Some you’ve seen coming over the course of the pre-season, some you haven’t. Below, read which players are clearing out their lockers and moving on from their former teams.

Logan Mankins

Mankins being traded from the New England Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was obviously the biggest news of the day. In exchange for the six-time Pro-Bowler, the Patriots received TE Tim Wright and a fourth-round draft pick.

On paper, this looks like a win-win for both teams. Even at 32, Mankins is sure to improve the Bucs spotty offensive line. And, with the health of Rob Gronkowski still in question, the Patriots shore up a solid pass-catching tight end.

Jay Feely

When a kicker gets cut, is that considered a surprise? In Feely’s case, probably not. The 38-year old has been on his fair share of NFL rosters and now he can add the Arizona Cardinals to his list of former employers.

Feely struggled in the pre-season, leading to the promotion of undrafted rookie kicker Chandler Catanzaro. Feely still has a chance to land with another team in need of a veteran kicker.

Adrian Wilson

Wilson just isn’t the dominant, physical playmaker he used to be. That became even more apparent when he was released by the Chicago Bears.

Last year, Wilson failed to make the Patriots squad after an unimpressive training camp. At the age of 35, this might be the end of the road for Wilson’s NFL career.

Brady Quinn

Remember when Brady Quinn was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns back in 2007? Since then, Quinn has played on six different teams, including the Miami Dolphins who just cut ties with the former Notre Dame product. Quinn’s tenure with the Dolphins lasted just 15 days.

Dennis Dixon/Thad Lewis

The Bills cut ties with both quarterbacks, leaving Jeff Tuel and recently signed Jordan Palmer to backup starter EJ Manuel. Buffalo is coming off a disastrous pre-season game against the Bucs and were actually booed off the field at halftime. When your offense is downright offensive, changes are bound to be made.  

Victor Butler

Injuries have finally caught up with linebacker Victor Butler.  Butler never played a down for the New Orleans Saints after signing a two-year deal last year.

Coming off a torn ACL, he was due to receive a $1.4 million base salary this year. Butler, 27, was never able to showcase his pass-rushing abilities and is now a casualty of NFL cut-down day.

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