Buckle up, NFL fans.
With the new NFL year less than a month away (free agency begins on March 9), things are about to get quite interesting.
Which players will be cut to free up salary cap space for impact free agents? Which players will restructure contracts? Who will refuse a pay cut? Will the Eagles have a salary cap purge? Will the Jets move on from veterans like Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker?
How will Victor Cruz's release from the Giants impact the rest of the sport?
As the next few weeks unfold, we'll track every major cap casualty around the NFL, update the projected salary cap space for each team and look ahead to what it will mean when the league year opens.
NFL free agency rumors
In Philadelphia, the Eagles appear set to bring back left tackle Jason Peters. But he'll have a cap hit of $11.7 million, meaning the Eagles will have less cash to spend on playmakers to surround quarterback Carson Wentz.
In New York, Cruz's highlight-filled and star-driven tenure in blue is over--signaling the end of an era. Will the Jets cast off any veterans making significant money to rebuild the right way? And how much of that money will they then turn around and sink into a new quarterback?
Follow along with every NFL salary cap release as we count down to free agency. Consider this the calm before the real storm.
[&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="//storify.com/nj_sports/2017-nfl-salary-cap-cuts-tracking-players-released" target="_blank"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;View the story "2017 NFL salary cap cuts: Tracking players released before free agency" on Storify&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;]&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;h1&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;2017 NFL salary cap cuts: Tracking players released before free agency&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/h1&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;h2&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Which NFL stars will be released for salary cap purposes? &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/h2&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Storified by &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a href="https://storify.com/nj_sports"&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;NJ.com Sports&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;middot; Fri, Feb 10 2017 03:17:59 &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;The big names have started to receive the pink slips.&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;The @Colts release veteran Linebacker: https://t.co/1SQgXnxgAS https://t.co/liioto7xOWNFL&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;If Jason Peters refuses a pay cut, will the Eagles release him?&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/div&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;div&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;Keep or dump? 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