Welcome back, football. We've complained, argued and have been completely frustrated with you. But that doesn't mean we gave up our love for you. The love is in fact still there.While everyone is high 5ing the NFL's return, the downside of football is the business side of it. Not long after the lockout was lifted, teams already started making plans. While cuts aren't official until Thursday and free agency to start thereafter, teams are already starting to inform their players they will be cut.The Ravens made surprising announcements yesterday, citing that they have informed RB Willis McGahee, NT Kelly Gregg, TE Todd Heap and WR Derrick Mason that they would be cut. All 4 players are in the 30 and over club. Heap, McGahee and Mason all had over $4 million owed to them in 2011 before being cut.There is speculation that the Ravens will attempt to bring back Mason, Heap and Gregg, but some believe they are clearing cap space for something bigger and better via free agency. We shall see what happens.
According to Josina Anderson's Twitter, The Broncos have informed RB Correll Buckhalter that they would be releasing him, though they expect to bring him back for a lesser deal. One player not expected to come back? Kyle Orton, who Denver would like to unload ASAP. Tebow Time is officially on the clock once Orton finds a new home.
The Eagles have lifted the transition tag on K David Akers, making him a free agent. Akers has been with the Eagles since 1999 and one of the most reliable kickers in Eagles history. The Eagles are preparing to unload QB Kevin Kolb, due to the resurgence of Michael Vick.Day One of the lockout lifted, and we have yet to begin to see the half. Teams dealing with cap issues include the Cowboys and Steelers. With free agency ready to get rolling and undrafted free agents finding out who their new homes are with, this looks to be an interesting week. Buckle up, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.