Expect to see more big veteran names released over the next 48 hours. The reason--workout bonuses.
The new collective bargaining agreement stipulates that teams have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to pay the bonuses which can be hundreds of thousands of dollars in some cases. In order to get under the salary cap teams see older players with these big bonuses as large targets. It's believed that was the case with many of the Baltimore players who were informed they were being released.
One exception to the workout bonus ax will likely be the Jets' D'Brickashaw Ferguson. Since Ferguson is a younger player with solid ability the Jets see him as worth the large bonus, the biggest of its kind in league history. As of late Wednesday night the Jets hadn't informed Ferguson he was being released. He's probably safe.
But other older veterans won't be.
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