Training camp is the time of the Turk, as hundreds of players across the league get news that their teams are cutting them. In this post, we’ll comment on some of the most prominent players cut during training camp – which we counted as through August 19. For analysis of pre-training camp cuts, check out this post. We’ll add a preseason cuts post just before the season begins.
DE Aaron Schobel, Bills – Schobel was released, but instead of finding a new team, he decided to reitre.
WR Brandon Jones, 49ers – Jones had just one catch last year in San Francisco after spending four years with Tennessee and posting a career-high 41 catches in ’08. He has talent, but his opportunity ran out by the bay after the 49ers added Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn Jr. in recent years. But Jones is good enough to be on a roster somewhere.
C Jonathan Luigs, Bengals – Luigs, a 2009 fourth-round pick, played in eight games as a rookie, but a hip problem plagued him in training camp, and the Bengals gave up on him during camp.
S Marquand Manuel, Lions – Manuel started six games at safety for the Lions last year, but he’s a below-average player at this point in his career. As the Lions seek to get better, they need young players to step up over marginal vets like Manuel.
OG Andy Alleman, Colts – Alleman, who has been a backup in several spots around the league, was one of the guys the Colts wanted to add to make their offensive line more physical in the offseason. But a back injury limited Alleman in training camp, and even before that point he wasn’t even on the second team. That made him expendable.
S Aaron Rouse, Cardinals – Rouse, a four-year vet of the Packers and Giants who was trying to hook on in Arizona this summer, got released after suffering whiplash in a car accident.
LB Nick Greisen, Broncos – Greisen, a seven-year vet who didn’t play at all last year, got a second shot in Denver to fill in as a reserve inside linebacker, but he wasn’t able to carve out a role and was released.