1. CB Bradley Roby
One of the most surprising moves from Tuesday's NFL roster cut deadline was the New Orleans Saints decision to release veteran defensive back Bradley Roby, who was penciled in as the team's starting slot corner at the start of training camp.
He was taking all the starter's precautions, including resting during the Saints' preseason matchups and preparing for a significant role with the defense in 2023. So, this decision was most likely made for the Saints to clear salary cap space.
The former Super Bowl champion left the Saints organization with a proper farewell message on his personal Twitter account following the news, wishing his former teammates good luck this season and stating that the fans deserve to be winners.
Roby spent the last two seasons in New Orleans, where he had an interception, 10 passes defended, and two fumble recoveries in 11 starts with the team. Before that, the veteran spent two seasons with the Houston Texans, where he made 75 tackles, three interceptions, and 15 passes defended. But, Roby was most known for his time with the Denver Broncos.
Roby was drafted 31st overall by the Broncos in the 2014 NFL Draft; he would spend his first five professional seasons with the team and even helped win a championship in 2015. During Super Bowl 50, Roby made two tackles and deflected three passes in the Broncos' victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Roby intends to return to the NFL for his 10th season in 2023, but for now, the veteran cornerback must find a new home within a week until the season starts.