Five potential salary-cap cuts

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Will Smith offering little return on investment

Originally Published: January 22, 2013
By Khaled Elsayed | Pro Football Focus

Ryan FitzpatrickStephan Savoia/AP PhotoRyan Fitzpatrick had a subpar year for a disappointing Buffalo Bills team.

As the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens start their preparations for Super Bowl XLVII, 30 other teams are left turning their attention to next year. For some that means finding ways to spend the oodles of cap room they have. For others it means making amends for past mistakes, trimming the fat from rosters, and cancelling overpaid contracts. For a few it will mean letting a good player leave -- as the Houston Texans did with Eric Winston last year -- because they simply can't afford to keep him on.

Here are five players who may not seem obvious candidates to be salary-cap casualties, but who could find themselves on the chopping block anyway.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills ($10.4 million)

When Buffalo GM Buddy Nix looks back on his career, his signing of Fitzpatrick to a long-term deal won't be viewed as one of his masterstrokes. The faith showed in Fitzpatrick was misplaced, but despite the upcoming cap hit, Nix at least had enough foresight to ensure cutting Fitzpatrick wouldn't be a tricky maneuver.