Packers: 5 players who could surprisingly still be cut

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Green Bay Packers, Chandon Sullivan
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3. Chandon Sullivan

With Tramon Williams gone, Chandon Sullivan’s role on defense increased last season. According to Pro Football Reference, he played more than twice as many defensive snaps as the year prior, and made 10 starts compared to zero in 2019.

Overall, Sullivan had a solid season as the slot cornerback, making six pass defenses and coming away with a pick-six.

However, his performances last year weren’t so good that he’s locked in as a starter on defense. And the decision to draft Shemar Jean-Charles in the fifth round, a candidate to also play in the slot, perhaps shows the team wants to add some competition for snaps. Jean-Charles is a talented player with the potential to become a key contributor in the secondary for the Packers.

While it would take a lot for Sullivan to not make the 53-man roster at all, it’s possible the team could decide to release him based on his cap hit should Jean-Charles overtake him on the depth chart. According to Spotrac, the team could save just over $2 million by releasing Sullivan. And with such a challenging salary cap situation, every bit of room they can create is a bonus.

If Sullivan is outplayed by Jean-Charles over the summer, perhaps Sullivan could be a surprise cut.