P Tim Masthay
Cap hit: $1.54 million
Dead money: $240,000
Savings: $1.3 million
It may seem harsh to cut a player who just set a franchise record for net average, and his defenders will use this fact. But with Masthay the Packers need to look past the numbers and realize he really didn’t have a great season. Competition was brought into camp after a disappointing 2014, but Masthay easily won the battle as Mason Crosby did following a poor 2012 season.
While Masthay improved, he too often shanked punts at critical times. His biggest mistake came in the divisional round loss to Arizona. After the Packers’ first possession, Masthay’s punt was fielded at the Arizona 46-yard line and returned to the Green Bay 42. The Cardinals went onto score a touchdown and take a 7-0 lead. A better punt could have made a huge difference in the game.
Many of Masthay’s punts were made to look better by some outstanding work by Jeff Janis as the gunner. His speed and strength helped him burn down the sideline and reach the returner before having a chance to escape.
The Packers would save $1.3 million in cap room by Masthay. In an ideal world they would bring him back to camp, but saving the cash and moving on makes sense.
Projected cap room after cuts: $18.4 million
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