NFL teams had to make their final roster cuts to trim down to 53 players for the 2021 season by Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
While Sporting News is tracking all the players released by team, here are many of the standout familiar names who are now free agents looking for jobs to extend their careers — or facing the end of the line, as either veterans or rookies:
Notable 2021 NFL cuts
Cam Newton, QB, Patriots
The Patriots chose to clear Newton out of the way for rookie first-round Mac Jones, settling on Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham as the backups instead.
Michael Jordan, G, Bengals
The former starting right guard was displaced by Xaiver Su’a-Filo in front of Joe Burrow.
Breshad Perriman, WR, Lions
The Lions decided to go with a combination of Tyrell Williams, Kalif Raymond, rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown and Quintez Cephus as their top four wideouts for Jared Goff.
Karl Joseph, S, Raiders
The Raiders’ disappointing first-rounder from 2016 couldn’t make it during his second go-round with the team.
Bernardrick McKinney, LB, Dolphins
Miami acquired McKInney in a trade with Houston but felt the 2018 Pro Bowler was expendable, given their linebacker depth for Brian Flores.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, 49ers
The 28-year-old former Packer, Washington Football Teamer and Bear couldn’t stick with San Francisco, much like his offseason time with Dallas last year.
Trevor Siemian, QB, Saints
The former Broncos starter wasn’t needed as a backup behind Jameis Winston with Taysom Hill and rookie Ian Book making the team.
Garrett Gilbert and Ben DiNucci, QBs, Cowboys
Cooper Rush won the top backup job behind Dak Prescott.
Travis Fulgham and John Hightower, WRs, Eagles
It was a bit of a surprise that neither Fulgham nor Hightower made the team in the remixed receiving corps, especially considering J.J. Arcega-Whiteside did.
Desmond Trufant, CB, Bears
The former Falcons Pro Bowler has faded fast at age 30.
Michael Badgley, K, Chargers
Tristian Vizcaino won the job for Los Angeles.
Nick Folk, K, Patriots
Quinn Nordin won the job for New England.
Nick Mullens, QB, Eagles
The former 49ers fill-in starter was doomed once the team traded for Gardner Minshew.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Saints
So much for the Saints cutting Latavius Murray in favor of Freeman behind Alvin Kamara.
Peyton Barber, RB, Washington
Barber was trimmed off the roster as undrafted rookie Jaret Pattterson impressed enough to make it with Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic.
D’Onta Foreman, RB, Falcons
The Falcons are going with Qadree Ollison as newcomer Mike Davis’ top backup.
Travis Benjamin, WR, 49ers
The former Charger wasn’t electric enough for San Francisco’s dynamic receiving corps.
Jacob Hollister, TE, Bills
Hollister flashed in Buffalo, but it stuck with Dawson Knox and others.
Corey Clement, RB, Giants
The former Eagles key backup wasn’t needed behind Saquon Barkley with Devontae Booker in the mix.
Lamar Jackson, CB, Jets
It’s back to only one Lamar Jackson in the league after New York cut the undrafted player from Nebraska.
Rasul Douglas, CB, Texans
Houston passed on keeping someone who started a combined 17 games for the Eagles and Panthers the past two seasons.
Jaylen Samuels, RB, Steelers
The tight end hybrid got crowded out of a new-look backfield, led by first-round rookie Najee Harris.
Will Grier, QB, Panthers
The 2019 third-rounder was an expected cut in favor of P.J. Walker behind Sam Darnold.
Jordan Berry, P, Steelers
He lost his job to the exciting Pressley Harvin III.
Ito Smith, RB, Vikings
Minnesota made the judgment he was superfluous behind Dalvin Cook.
Riley Ridley and Dazz Newsome, WRs, Bears
Neither Calvin’s brother nor the North Carolina rookie could do enough to make a thin receiving corps.
Laquon Treadwell, Phillip Dorsett and Collin Johnson, WRs, Jaguars
The Jaguars dumped two veteran first-round flyers and a once-promising big target from Texas.
Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Titans
The Titans’ run-heavy offense didn’t keep the rookie fourth-rounder.
Antonio Gandy-Golden, WR, Washington
The second-year fourth-rounder couldn’t make the final roster, even with Washington’s loaded passing game.
Sheldon Day and Marvin Wilson, DTs, Browns
The respective Notre Dame and Florida State stars weren’t needed in Cleveland’s underrated line rotation.
Dexter Williams, RB and Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Packers
Speaking of Notre Dame, this pair of Fighting Irishmen were squeezed out of Green Bay.
Ryan Izzo, TE, Texans
The 25-year-old former Patriot couldn’t make it work with Nick Caserio again.
Jake Luton, QB, Jaguars
Luton followed Minshew out the door in Jacksonville with C.J. Beathard winning the top backup job behind Travor Lawrence.
Matt Skura, C, Dolphins
Last but not least, Skura wasn’t the least bit obscure after starting four seasons for the Ravens. Michael Dieter will man the middle for Miami.
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