NFL Cuts: Who Got Cut Around The League?

Igor Olshansky #99 was one of the many cuts made as teams cut their rosters down to 53. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The Chargers weren't the only team making cuts on Saturday. A number of other teams had to make some hard choices as well. Here's a few names you might recognize along with some notes about each of them.

  • Brandon Meriweather, S, NE
    Former Pro Bowler. After some arguments about whether he deserved any Pro Bowl appearances, the Patriots settle it once and for all. Signed by Bears.
  • Tommie Harris, DT, Ind
    3 time Pro Bowler who was once was key part of Bears' top defenses. Couldn't catch on with Colts. Career could be over after only 7 years.
  • Justin Gage, WR, Ten
    Former #1 WR for Titans proves to be expendable.
  • Brodie Croyle, QB, Ari
    Former KC starter couldn't win the backup job for Cardinals.
  • Larry Johnson, RB, Mia
    Former Pro Bowler with Chiefs is seeing his career coming to an end.
  • Chester Taylor, RB, Chi
    Once a reliable 3rd down back, now he's getting up there in years. Signed by Cardinals.
  • Sammy Morris, RB, NE
    Was a great role player for Patriots and had a number of big games, but age and an influx of youth at RB cost him a job.
  • Lito Sheppard, CB, Oak
    Longtime Eagles starter had been reduced to a role player. Couldn't beat out the speed merchants on the Raiders.
  • Mardy Gilyard, WR, StL
    2010 3rd round pick for Rams, thought to be a "steal" at the time. Signed by Jets.
  • Donnie Avery, WR, StL
    2008 2nd round pick for Rams, thought to be competing for starting job. Never impressed the new coaching staff that came in last year.
  • Desmond Clark, TE, Chi
    Used to start for Bears. Mike Martz' offense doesn't use TE much.
  • Jacob Ford, DE, Ten
    Flashed ability to get sacks as a starter a few years ago.
  • Tavares Gooden, ILB, Bal
    Former starter, caught up in U of Miami scandal. Signed by 49ers.
  • Perrish Cox, CB, Den
    Lots of talent, returned kicks and started some last year, of–the–field problems cost him in the draft, and now a roster spot
  • Myron Rolle, S, Ten
    Rhodes scholar cut after one season
  • Kyle Moore, DE, TB
    Former starter last year with Buccaneers.
  • Stylez G. White, DE, Min
    Former Buccaneers starter, 24 sacks in 4 years.
  • Damione Lewis, DT, Hou
    Former Rams and Panthers starter (23.5 career sacks) and 2001 1st round pick. Very experienced, but that also means he's get old.

Former Chargers

  • Igor Olshansky, DE, Dal
    Solid, but replaceable player. Even if the Chargers had an opening I doubt he'd return.
  • Buster Davis, WR, Buf
    Anyone surprised?
  • Fred Bennett, CB, Ari
    Emergency acquisition last year, could be that again?
  • Gartrell Johnson, RB, Atl
    Chargers wasted draft pick can't make a team.
  • Cyril Obiozor, LB, Ari
    Emergency acquisition last year, could be that again?
  • Adam Terry, OT, Ten
    Emergency acquisition last year, won't be that again.
  • David Nixon, LB, Mia
    Former PS member, probably won't return.
  • Dedrick Epps, TE, Mia
    Another wasted pick by Chargers that can't make a team.
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