Scout.com contacted several NFL sources this week and through
discussions, we've put together the following list of AFC players who could be
on NFL's version of the unemployment line or traded away for future
Derek Anderson/Cleveland Browns - After a disappointing training camp, his spot on the final roster is up in the air. Anderson came on late last season and many around the team thought he would eventually beat out fellow third-year signal caller Charlie Frye, but that doesn't appear to be the case. But Anderson is seen as having the better value around league circles which is why there's a better chance that he gets dealt by Saturday's roster deadline than Frye.
Andrew Walter/Oakland Raiders - It's pretty much been decided that either Daunte Culpepper or Josh McCown will start opening day. So either Walter or McCown, if he loses the job, will likely be dealt.
Shaud Williams/Buffalo Bills - After the team selected two backs in this year's draft, his job security took a hit. And with second-year RB Fred Jackson showing improvement of late, Williams could be on the outside looking in come Saturday evening. Williams has two years left on his deal at $525,000 for 2007 and $650,00 for 2008.
Jerome Harrison/Cleveland Browns - This one could be a surprise for those who don't follow the team closely. But Harrison had a poor rookie season and is being pushed by rookie RB Chris Barclay who performed well in NFL Europa earlier this year. Barclay also is a good special teams player.
LaBrandon Toefield/Jacksonville Jaguars - With a healthy return from injury of FB Greg Jones, the team doesn't seem to have the need for a power back such as Toefield.
Kelley Washington/New England Patriots - Currently, the team has six viable candidates for probably five spots on the depth chart at the position, and that's not taking into consideration WRs Troy Brown and Chad Jackson who are on the PUP list. The underachieving Washington's main competition for work are veteran WRs Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell who led the team in receiving last season. Gaffney had a terrific second half last season including the playoffs.
Andre Davis'/Houston Texans - The speedy veteran wideout's job could come down to him beating out fellow veteran WR Keenan McCardell. What gives McCardell the advantage is the team could use a solid and dependable possession receiver on third downs. Davis is more of a speed receiver and the team is getting that from rookie Jacoby Jones.
Craphonso Thorpe/Indianapolis Colts - If the team decides to keep five receivers, he's likely out of a job as the coaches are very pleased with the development of rookie WR Roy Hall. The former Ohio State receiver probably would be a risk to place on the practice squad as he has enough upside to attract attention from other teams. He has good speed for a big receiver.
Justin Gage/Tennessee Titans - With the development of third-year WRs Courtney Roby and Roydell Williams during training camp practices, Gage's short tenure with the team could be over.
Alvis Whitted/Oakland Raiders - He has some how outlasted three coaching staffs while producing few results. With the rapid development of rookie WR Johnnie Lee Higgins who runs even faster than Whitted, the 10-year veteran could be out of a job.
Chukky Okobi/Pittsburgh Steelers - There has been a ton of speculation that his job is in jeopardy as it appears that free agent signee Sean Mahan will be their starting center this season. And don't discount the development of second-year C Marvin Philip.
Okobi is on the books for $2 million this season and $7 million over the final two years of his contract. That's a lot of money to pay a projected backup. But according to a league source, he hasn't been asked to take a pay reduction...yet.
Kenny Wright/Cleveland Browns - With rookie CB Eric Wright almost a lock to start opening day opposite Leigh Bodden, the journeyman defensive back might have to find another team to latch on with soon. And also keep in mind the team is very pleased with the progress of second-year CB Daven Holly plus Wright missed most of camp with a groin injury. What might keep the nine-year veteran on the team is a lack of veteran presence at the position.
Dexter Wynn/Houston Texans - He was slated to handle special teams returns before the team selected WR Jacoby Jones in this year's draft. And with the return of oft-injured WR Jerome Mathis, Wynn's job is probably in jeopardy.
Kelly Herndon/Tennessee Titans - With the team promoting rookie CB Michael Griffin to the first-team defense last week and with the solid development of second-year CB Cortland Finnegan, Herndon's roster spot could be in jeopardy.