It’s that time of year again in the NFL. The time where draft picks have been made and veterans find themselves in danger of being cut. Several reasons can have a veteran finding themselves on this list. Past injuries, not producing on the field as they once did, new draft picks taking their place on a starting lineup. One Detroit Lions veteran has found himself on the “Danger of Being Cut” list.

The Detroit Lions received defensive tackle Haloti Ngata via a trade before the 2015 season from the Baltimore Ravens. Once a premier DT, seeing the Pro Bowl five times, Ngata’s production drastically changed in 2016 with only 22 tackles and only 24 the season before in 2015 for the Lions. Ngata has provided very little for the defensive line.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions
Nov 24, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (92) smiles during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. Lions win 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Ngata suffered injuries both in the 2015 and 2016 seasons which put a damper on his production for the Detroit Lions defense.

Should Ngata be released, A’Shawn Robinson and Akeem Spence would see more playing time. This could save Detroit more than $5.7 million.

Other veterans around the league in danger of being cut are Baltimore Ravens TE, Benjamin Watson, New England Patriots RB, Dion Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals CB, Adam Jones, Philadelphia Eagles RB, Ryan Matthews, Carolina Panthers T, Michael Oher, New York Jets WR, Eric Decker, Dallas Cowboys RB, Alfred Morris, New York Jets LB, David Harris, New York Giants CB, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Chicago Bears OLB, Lamarr Houston, Carolina Panthers RB, Jonathan Stewart and Pittsburgh Steelers WR, Sammie Coates.