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The Best Available Players Who Didn’t Survive Recent NFL 53-Man Roster Cuts

Some productive veterans are now NFL free agents

The 2020 NFL season is about to begin and in order to get ready teams had to trim their once bloated rosters down to the required limit of 53 players. Sometimes these cuts are easy decisions and in other cases it comes down to need and making agonizing choices. One team’s trash can be another’s treasure, and that may be well be the case with these newly available players.

Sean Davis, Safety: The 2016 second-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Steelers missed all but one game last season due to a shoulder injury. However, in his first three seasons he recorded 242 tackles and five interceptions. Having latched on with the Washington Football Team this offseason, he didn’t fit into their plans and was cut. Still just 26 and finally healthy again, he could provide an immediate boost to some team’s defensive backfield.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety: At the age of 27 and with six NFL seasons under his belt, Clinton-Dix is a good, starting-caliber safety who has racked up 522 tackles, 16 interceptions and a Pro Bowl nod. That also means he is pricier than a lot of other players, which contributed to his recent release, as Dallas will save $1.5 million towards the salary cap. Having also appeared in seven playoff games, he will appeal to some team if nothing more than for his valuable experience.

Mohamed Sanu, Wide Receiver: Another salary cap victim, Sanu was recently cut by the Patriots because his bloated 2020 salary could not be justified when he was projected to be just the third or fourth option. He has consistently produced during his eight-year career but never anywhere close to star level. His 403 receptions, 4,507 receiving yards and 26 scores are a nice reminder that he can help you out, but as his salary has risen, he is increasingly replaceable. Now that he is on the open market the 31-year-old should land quickly with someone, likely a contender looking for a sure thing.

Todd Davis, Linebacker: On the one hand, Davis posted a career-high 134 tackles last season (in just 14 games) with the Denver Broncos. On the other hand, his release will save them $6.5 million. Last year was also his best year in terms of coverage. He permitted 55 catches on 71 targets for 433 yards and a lone touchdown. Still just 28, he is an ideal candidate for a team looking to fill a void created by injury and may receive a multi-year deal for his services.

Stephen Hauschka, Kicker: With a dozen NFL seasons to his credit, Hauschka became one of the most dependable kickers in the game. He has converted 85.7% of field goal attempts during his career and notched 1,147 points. The past two years with the Buffalo Bills were solid but a bit below his standards, as he converted 22 of 28 field goals both years (78.6%). He doesn’t have a huge leg but does have the experience of a three-year stint with Buffalo where home games can have adventurous conditions, and six years with the Seattle Seahawks, who play in a typically raucous environment. That in and of itself will make him appealing to just about any team looking to upgrade their kicking game.

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