Free agency kicks off Friday, but there will be plenty of headlines before then. Here is a quick look at some of the moves that might be made between now and then:
- Dallas could cut former Pro Bowl safety Roy Williams, a move that would free up $2.18 million worth of salary-cap space. The Cowboys are expected to release veteran quarterback Brad Johnson, which will clear out another $2 million against the salary cap.
- San Francisco will try to complete negotiations at restructuring the contract of former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith, who is scheduled to make $9.625 million this season. That’s not happening. A cap-friendlier deal will. Discussions are ongoing.
- As of last week, Detroit was not convinced it would cut veteran quarterback Jon Kitna. But if it does, it will free up $4 million against its salary cap.
- It’s worth pointing out that if Miami cuts running back Ricky Williams, the team will save $3.5 million against the salary cap. Is that worth it to the Dolphins?
- If New England is looking for salary-cap space, it’s not difficult to see where it would find it. Cutting running back Kevin Faulk would save more than $3.5 million worth of cap space.
- Houston and Minnesota are expected to complete a trade Friday that will send quarterback Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings for a fourth-round pick. The Vikings will have themselves a new candidate to become their starting quarterback, and the Texans will have an added fourth-round pick, the round in which they’ve drafted tight end Owen Daniels, cornerback Fred Bennett and linebacker Xavier Adibi.
- Yet of all the moves, none might be more intriguing to track than the one between San Diego and running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Someone is going to have to give in — or the two sides will be divorcing soon.