With less than 48 hours until the start of free agency, several teams on Wednesday were purging their roster of salaries and aging veterans, including a few surprising cuts.
OLB Derrick Brooks was released by the Bucs as GM Mark Dominik attempts to rework the roster to be younger. Brooks, 36, is coming off his 11th Pro Bowl season. One of only 10 players to player in 10 consecutive Pro Bowls, Brooks was also the 2000 NFL Man of the Year. "Our family and the entire Tampa Bay community owe Derrick an indescribable measure of gratitude for all that he has meant over the last 14 years," said Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer. "His play on the field and leadership in the locker room helped resurrect our franchise and we look forward to celebrating his certain enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
OLB Donnie Edwards, 35, was released by the Chiefs. He spent the past two seasons with the team, but was limited to seven games last season due to a nagging ankle injury.
WR Drew Bennett was released by the Rams in a move that will save the team $50,000 against the salary cap. Bennett signed a six-year, $30 million two years ago, but was ineffective in 2007 and playered in only one quarter last season after suffering a broken leg in the season opener.
QB Trent Green was released by the Rams. Green, 38, completed 38 of 72 passes for 525 yards with no touchdowns and six interceptions in three games last season. The move will save the Rams around $1.3 million in salary cap space.
RB Warrick Dunn was released by the Bucs, who let six players go less than two days before the opening of free agency. Dunn, 34, returned to the Bucs last year after spending six years in Atlanta. He spent his first five seasons with the Bucs as well, and is one of only six players in NFL history to rush for more than 10,000 career yards and catch 500-plus passes.
S Will Demps was cut by the Texans. He started five games last season, finishing with 32 tackles. He was the team's starter for the second half of 2007 and the first quarter of last season, but was on the game day inactive list down the stretch.
RB Brandon Jacobs has agreed to a four-year, $25 million contract, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. Jacobs was given the team's franchise tag worth $6.6 million two weeks ago. Jacobs' agent, Justin Schulman, told the paper, ."Brandon is ecstatic to continue his career with the New York Giants."
WR D.J. Hackett was released by the Panthers after one injury-plagued season with the team. He signed a two-year, $3.5 million free-agent contract last offseason, but caught just 13 passes fo 181 yards and lost the No. 3 receiver job to Dwayne Jarrett.
DE Anthony Weaver was cut by the Texans. He finished with 45 tackles last season, but didn't provide enough of a pass rush opposite Mario Williams.
OL Jeremy Bridges was released by the Panthers. He started 28 games in three seasons with the team, but also had multiple off-field issues the past two seasons.
WR Joey Galloway was cut by the Bucs. The 37-year-old struggled through a foot injury last season.
WR Laveranues Coles was released by the Jets after the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract. Coles is believed to be open to returning to the team.
WR Marvin Harrison, unwilling to accept a pay cut, was released by the Colts in an agreement worked out by the team. The move will save the team close to $6 million against the salary cap. Harrison, 36, is second in NFL history with 1,102 receptions, but had just 60 last season.
RB Nick Goings was released by the Panthers. An undrafted rookie free agent in 2001, Goings led the team with 821 rushing yards in 2004, but was primarily a special teams player in his stint with the team. "Nick has been a valuable member of our team since I have been in Carolina," coach John Fox said in a statement. "As a starter or in a reserve role, his versatility and contributions on special teams, along with his unselfish attitude, were important to our team and locker room."
CB Patrick Surtain was released by the Chiefs. Surtain, 32, played in only eight games last season while dealing with a quad injury.
OG Kynan Forney has signed a two-year, $4.8 million contract with the Chargers, according to ESPN.com. He's expected to compete for the starting job on the right side.