NFL Free Agency 2013: Michael Turner, Champ Bailey potential cap casualties

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

We take a look at which players could potentially be cut as teams try to get under the salary cap before March's free agency period.

With the 2012 NFL season concluded, teams now turn their attention to the offseason. The free agency period doesn't officially begin until 4:00 ET on March 12, but teams still need to get under the salary cap before then, and there are a number of veteran players who could be either cut or have their contracts restructured.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora has a list of players that could potentially be looking for new teams in a month. Let's go over the biggest names on his list:

Michael Vick - Philadelphia Eagles

A month ago, Vick was one of the most obvious candidates for release--he had yet another season riddled with injuries and turnovers and is making a prohibitive $15.5 million in 2013. However, the hiring of Chip Kelly means that Vick may suddenly be a fit in his innovative up-tempo offense. He won't be coming back at that price, though, and will likely have to take a big pay-cut if he wants to be wearing an Eagles uniform in 2013.

Current projection: Contract restructuring

Carson Palmer - Oakland Raiders

Palmer is due $13 million next year, and La Canfora's sources say "there is no way Oakland is going to pay him that kind of money". Palmer was actually the least of the Raiders' problems in 2012, and they have little else at the position unless they want to commit to Terrelle Pryor. I see them trying to at least mitigate the damage done by former coach Hue Jackson's misguided trade.

Current projection: Contract restructuring

Michael Turner - Atlanta Falcons

Turner is just about out of gas, turns 31 in March and is due to make $6.9 million. I don't see him sticking around Atlanta next year. The Falcons need a real upgrade in the running game if they want to get over their playoff hump.

Current projection: Cut

Bart Scott - New York Jets

Scott is due $6.9 million even though he's a shell of his former self. The problem is that, as La Canfora notes, his release would trigger an $8.7 million cap hit. The Jets are in a messy payroll situation, which is why they hired cap guru John Idzik away from the Seahawks to sort this out.

Current projection: Cut

Champ Bailey - Denver Broncos

This is an interesting choice by La Canfora. Bailey got burned in the playoffs and is due $9 million, but he still played at a high level for most of the season. I'll be shocked if he gets cut, but I'll also be shocked if he enters his age-35 year with that price tag.

Current projection: Contract restrucruting

Charles Woodson - Green Bay Packers

Woodson is owed a combined $11 million between salary and roster bonuses, but as an injury-prone 37-year-old, his production simply doesn't justify the price anymore. Expect the frugal Packers to free up this money as they aim to lock up Aaron Rodgers, whose contract expires in two years.

Current projection: Cut

There are many more players on La Canfora's list, and you can check them out here. Who do you think will be a cap casualty this offseason?

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