Welcome to the silly season.
Now that the free agency frenzy has officially commenced, here's a quick look at some of the bigger names released, as teams chopped down rosters and dumped salaries to prepare.
» Nnamdi Asomugha, cornerback, Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles cut Asomugha on Tuesday after two disappointing seasons. He was slated to make $15 million in the 2013 season and will still cost the team a $4 million cap hit. Signing a five-year, $60 million contract, the hope was Asomugha would give the Eagles a shutdown corner. Instead, he was a bystander in an Eagles defense that plummeted to 24th in the league last season.
» Kellen Davis, tight end, Chicago Bears: Davis, the Bears' starting tight end over the past two seasons, has been cut, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times. The move was expected after the Bears agreed to terms on a four-year deal with former New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett on Tuesday.
» Bernard Pollard, safety, Baltimore Ravens: Despite playing most of the season with broken ribs, the Ravens parted ways with the veteran on Wednesday, a source informed of the team's plans told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Pollard later tweeted that he had been released: "Well Raven Nation it's been fun. My time in Baltimore is done... Thank you!"
» Antoine Winfield, cornerback, Minnesota Vikings: Due to earn $7.25 million in 2013, Winfield refused to take a pay cut and was released Tuesday. "It's financial," agent Ashanti Webb confirmed to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. A Vikings coach spoke highly of Winfield, telling Rapoport, "Winfield is a valuable contributor, an excellent leader. Someone will be lucky to have him."
»*James Harrison*, linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers: The 34-year-old pass rusher was released by the Steelers on Saturday. "Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!" Harrison tweeted after starting 95 of 131 games and racking up 64 sacks to rank fourth in team history. His best days are behind him, but Harrison still can impact a defense, and there should be plenty of interest in his services.
» Dan Connor, linebacker, Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys cut Connor, a source close to the player told NFL Network's Albert Breer. Dallas is trimming its cap numbers with a raft of restructure and releases of lesser players. This is unlikely the last item of news from Jerry Jones' team in the next 48 hours.
»*Adrian Wilson*, safety, Arizona Cardinals: Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, spent the past 12 seasons in Arizona after the Cardinals made him their third-round pick in 2001. At 33, his starting days might be over, but it's not implausible that Wilson -- now part of a strong group of free-agent defensive backs -- will catch on with another club.
»*Chris Gamble*, cornerback, Carolina Panthers: The team announced the move Friday. Gamble's release saves Carolina $7.9 million against the salary cap, according to reports. Gamble turns 30 on Monday ... Happy Birthday?