5 big names on chopping block

Big money, limited production may force some to restructure deals or be cut

Updated: February 5, 2014, 8:43 AM ET
By Rivers McCown | Football Outsiders

Chris JohnsonWesley Hitt/Getty ImagesChris Johnson didn't put up bad numbers in 2013, but did they justify his paycheck?

The beginning of the offseason is upon us. NFL teams generally have a good idea of what they are going to do with their rosters at this point, but each step toward improvement comes with sacrifices. For most teams, that means the end of blind loyalty: It's time to find a new salary-cap number or a new home for players who saw an unexpected decline.

Here are five big-name candidates who are likely to find themselves in a new city or with a much smaller contract come August.


Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
Cap number: $10 million

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Rivers McCown is an associate editor for Football Outsiders.