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Now that the 2019 NFL Draft and the undrafted free agent signing period has come to a close, several veterans around the league face the very real possibility that they will be headed out the door. A number of well-known names could see their usefulness with their current franchise come to an end. Which players are primed to be released or traded?
LeSean McCoy, RB, Buffalo
This is the final year of McCoy's five-year, $40 million deal. The 11-year vet is set to make $3.3 million this season, but the Bills have invested heavily at the running back position in 2019. Buffalo signed Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon during free agency and then the Bills drafted Devin Singletary in the third round of this year's draft. If the Bills aren't in playoff contention by the time the trade deadline rolls around, look for the team to dangle McCoy as trade bait.
Tyreek Hill, WR, Kansas City
It's no secret that Hill is in some serious trouble. The release of damaging audio evidence in a child abuse situation has left the Chiefs and the league in difficult spots. Kansas City left no doubts that they are prepared to replace Hill. The Chiefs selected Mecole Hardman, a wide receiver out of Georgia who is cut from the same mold as Hill. Hardman ran 4.33 in the 40 at the NFL Combine and can double as a dangerous punt and kick returner. Look for Hill to be released at some point prior to the 2019 season.
The experiment is over. Now a fourth-year veteran, Jones was the big, strong-armed passer that led Ohio State to a national championship. Despite starting just 11 games in college, Buffalo took a chance on Jones then traded him to the Chargers in 2017. The Chargers waived him but then signed him to their practice squad last year. The front office signed veteran Tyrod Taylor, a proven starter and backup, and spent a fourth-round draft pick on North Dakota State QB Easton Stick. At some point before the start of the season, expect Jones to be cut.
Tavon Austin, WR, Dallas
Austin's career in Dallas likely depends upon the health of WR Allen Hurns, who suffered an ankle injury during the postseason. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are the Cowboys' top two receivers and Dallas picked up Hurns' fifth-year option sending a signal that Austin may be out. The Cowboys also drafted Memphis speedster Tony Pollard who returned seven kickoffs for touchdowns in three seasons. If Austin makes the roster as a fourth or fifth receiver, could he be trade bait?
Colt McCoy, QB, Washington
Dwayne Haskins. That's really all that needs to be said. When the Redskins drafted Haskins with the 15th overall pick of the draft, it crowded the quarterback situation in Washington. With Alex Smith, Case Keenum, McCoy, and Haskins; something has to give. Smith might never return from injury. Keenum started in Minnesota two seasons ago and led the Vikings to the playoffs. He started last year in Denver. He might be the Day 1 starter for the Redskins. Unless it's Haskins. Either way, the writing is on the wall for McCoy.