Why some players have been released and others left behind

The Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons have all been among the teams to release players since the start of the 2017 season.

Here are a few players that have been let go. 2.

Reggie Nelson, WR Reggie Nelson was the first player to be released by the Detroit Lions in 2019.

He was released by Detroit on Oct. 7, 2019, after an 11-game suspension that included the final game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens.

Nelson spent the first six seasons of his career with the Lions, recording five 1,000-yard seasons.

He finished his career in 2016 with 1,059 yards and four touchdowns.

He also added 586 receiving yards and three scores in 17 games with the Seattle Seahawks in 2016.

Nelson had a strong rookie season with six 1,600-yard receiving seasons and five 1 (1,000) rushing seasons.

2.

Anthony Barr, DE Anthony Barr was released from the New York Giants on Aug. 25, 2020.

Barr, who had two 1,800-yard rushing seasons, signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Detroit Tigers in 2017.

Barr had eight career 1,400-yard games, including a 2,000 yard performance against the Miami Dolphins in 2016 and a 2.4-yard performance against Kansas City in 2016 as well as two 1 (200) rushing touchdowns in 2016 before suffering a knee injury against the New Orleans Saints in 2016, and had a 1,200-yard season in 2017, which included two 1-yard touchdowns.

3.

D.J. Swearinger, LB D.D. Swearinginger was released on Oct, 7, 2020 by the Atlanta Falcons.

Swearsinger had seven 1,300-yard campaigns, including two 1s, two 1½s and two 1.5s, and added one sack, one forced fumble and two forced fumbles in 2016 (two tackles for loss).

He had four 1½ sacks in 2016 that were a career high.

4.

Michael Brockers, CB Michael Brocker was released Nov. 15, 2020 from the Indianapolis Colts.

Brockers had three 1,100-yard career seasons with the Indianapolis and New England Colts and three 1½, 1½ and 1½ sack seasons with New England.

5.

Justin Gilbert, WR Justin Gilbert was released Sept. 26, 2020, from the Detroit Falcons.

Gilbert, who signed a three-year $20 million contract in 2018, signed with the Houston Texans in 2017 after spending four seasons with Jacksonville, including one season with the Jaguars.

He had one 1,900-yard campaign and five receptions for 66 yards and two touchdowns in 2017 as well.

6.

Jonathan Casillas, OT Jonathan Casilla was released Aug. 11, 2021, by the Cleveland Browns.

Casillas had two 2,400 yard seasons with Cleveland and Houston in 2017 and 2016.

7.

Andre Caldwell, RB Andre Caldwell was released Oct. 21, 2021 by the San Diego Chargers.

Caldwell, who spent five seasons with Miami and Miami Beach in 2017 before being released, was released in December 2019 after he was arrested for DUI and resisting arrest in April 2019.

8.

Josh Sitton, CB Josh Sinson was released Dec. 1, 2021 from the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sitton spent five years with the Cincinnati Browns and played one season for the Philadelphia Eagles.

9.

Nate Ebner, DE Nate Ebninger was traded to the Detroit Red Wings on Aug 15, 2021.

Ebner was released at the end of the 2018 season after he had five 1½-sack seasons and six tackles for losses in 2016 in Detroit.

10.

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J Hill, DT J. J Hill was released March 20, 2022 from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Hill spent six seasons with Tampa Bay and Tampa Bay Bay City.

He played one year with the Tampa Bears in 2016 after spending two seasons with St. Louis, but spent one season in St. Petersburg in 2015 before being traded to Tampa Bay.

11.

Tyrell Williams, CB Tyrell Johnson was released July 1, 2022 by the Buffalo Bills.

Johnson was traded by the Houston Oilers to the Cleveland Indians on Oct 19, 2022 for a conditional third-round draft pick.

12.

Jonathan Stewart, WR Jonathan Stewart was released Feb. 22, 2023, from Green Bay Packers.

Stewart spent six years with Green Bay and played three seasons in Buffalo before being selected in the fifth round by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2018 draft.

13.

DeMarcus Walker, DT DeMarcus Nelson was released April 1, 2024 from the Dallas Cowboys.

Nelson played three years with Dallas and two years with St Louis.

He has two 1¼ sacks in 2017 with the Rams.

14.

Kevin Vickerson, DE Kevin Vickers was released Jan. 22 of this year by the Tennessee