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Every NFL team goes through changes in the offseason. Some of those are for the better.

We chose a player from each team that won’t be missed in 2015, whether it’s because they were ineffective, overpaid, a locker room headache, or some maddening combination of the three.

The slides are in reverse order of each player’s 2014 Approximate Value (AV), a stat that measures the seasonal value of a player at any position. A player’s career AV was used as a tiebreaker.

Kansas City Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe

2014 Approximate Value: 8

Career Approximate Value: 57

Bowe has been on a steady decline since his incredible 2011 season, when he led the NFL with 15 TD receptions. Formerly a top vertical threat, Bowe never formed a working partnership with Alex Smith, who didn’t toss a single touchdown to any Chiefs wideout last year. With Jeremy Maclin now in Kansas City, that should change in 2015.

Miami Dolphins: Mike Wallace

2014 Approximate Value: 8

Career Approximate Value: 50

Not only did Mike Wallace somewhat underachieve during his two seasons in Miami, when he never eclipsed 1,000 yards after doing so twice during his final three years in Pittsburgh. He also infamously sat out the second half of his final game with the team, a crushing loss to the division rival Jets.

As part of a makeover to its receiving corps, Miami shipped Wallace to Minnesota. His teammates, who were reportedly upset with his Week 17 act, probably won’t miss him.

New York Giants: J.D. Walton

2014 Approximate Value: 8

Career Approximate Value: 24

Approximate Value does not do a very good job of quantifying the performance of offensive linemen. Despite being graded by Pro Football Focus as the 38th-best center in the NFL last year, Walton’s AV was higher than Pro Bowler Jason Kelce (who was graded 8th by PFF).

The Giants let Walton sign with Miami in the offseason, and their offense should be better off for it in 2015.

Cleveland Browns: Brian Hoyer

2014 Approximate Value: 8

Career Approximate Value: 11

Look, there’s no telling if Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel will be a suitable replacement for Hoyer this season. But the Browns simply had to get rid of Hoyer after he crumbled down the stretch last season, chucking nine picks against just two TDs as Cleveland lost four of his last five starts to crash out of the playoff race and finish 7-9.

Atlanta Falcons: Steven Jackson

2014 Approximate Value: 6

Career Approximate Value: 91

Jackson was once a very good running back. When Atlanta acquired him two years ago, Falcons fans were rightfully optimistic. They know now that like anything related to Atlanta sports, his signing was just a mirage of misplaced hope.

He went on to average 3.6 yards per carry and 46.3 yards per game over his stint with the team. At 32 years old, he is likely finished in the NFL.

Houston Texans: Ryan Pickett

2014 Approximate Value: 6

Career Approximate Value: 83

Pickett had several productive years on Green Bay’s defensive line, but his first (and only) season in Houston did not go well. Out of 81 qualifying defensive tackles, Pro Football Focus graded him as No. 65.

With Vince Wilfork now in tow, the Texans will not rue letting Pickett go this offseason.

Minnesota Vikings: Greg Jennings

2014 Approximate Value: 6

Career Approximate Value: 76

Once Mike Wallace was traded to Minnesota, there wasn’t much motivation for the Vikings to re-sign Jennings, who posted his worst numbers in any full season since his rookie campaign last year.

Washington Redskins: Ryan Clark

2014 Approximate Value: 6

Career Approximate Value: 74

Clark’s second stint in Washington didn’t go as planned. Pro Football Focus graded Clark as the worst safety in the league last season. The team’s new safety, DaShon Goldson, didn’t exactly have a stellar year in Tampa Bay, but the former Pro Bowler is certainly an upgrade over Clark.

Green Bay Packers: A.J. Hawk

2014 Approximate Value: 6

Career Approximate Value: 69

Hawk was a core member of Green Bay’s 2010 Super Bowl championship team, but the 31-year-old has seen his effectiveness drop off significantly since then. Pro Football Focus ranked him 52nd out of 60 qualifying inside linebackers last season.

The Bengals signed him for two years and $3.25 million, a relative pittance considering what Hawk’s reputation was in his prime just a few years ago.

Dallas Cowboys: George Selvie

2014 Approximate Value: 6

Career Approximate Value: 16

I’m admittedly picking at straws here with Selvie, because Dallas had a shockingly sensible offseason. That being said, after a breakout 2013 season, Selvie’s numbers went down across the board last year and he was a below-average defensive end according to Pro Football Focus.

The Cowboys might regret letting him sign with the division rival Giants, but they didn’t need him on their squad any longer.

Denver Broncos: Wes Welker

2014 Approximate Value: 5

Career Approximate Value: 109

Despite a commendable 2013 campaign, Welker didn’t quite live up to expectations in Denver after posting five 1,000 yard seasons in New England.

The scrappy slot receiver totaled 1,060 yards across two years in the Mile High City, but suffered several concussions and missed seven games in 2014. After he totaled just 282 receiving yards and two touchdowns, Denver elected not to re-sign him and will instead let Peyton Manning throw to the several other talented wideouts at his disposal.

New Orleans Saints: Pierre Thomas

2014 Approximate Value: 5

Career Approximate Value: 51

Thomas was a serviceable back for New Orleans for eight seasons, compiling over 6,353 all-purpose yards. But with C.J. Spiller now in town to share carries with Mark Ingram, there wasn’t going to be enough backfield time to go around for Thomas in 2015.

Philadelphia Eagles: Evan Mathis

2014 Approximate Value: 5

Career Approximate Value: 45

Mathis wasn’t satisfied with the $5.5 million he was due to make in Philadelphia, and didn’t seem particularly pleased with how Chip Kelly was running the team. So Kelly cut him this summer. Mathis ended up signing in Denver for just $2.5 million in 2015, but he doesn’t seem to be losing any sleep over it.

The Eagles shouldn’t be, either – having Mathis around might have disrupted team chemistry, something that already seems to be an issue in Philly with the way Kelly treats his players as commodities rather than people.

Indianapolis Colts: Trent Richardson

2014 Approximate Value: 5

Career Approximate Value: 18

Was there ever another choice for Indianapolis here? It’s kind of amazing Richardson secured a two-year contract with Oakland after averaging just 3.3 yards on 159 attempts with the Colts in 2014. Guess that goes to show you how desperate the Raiders are to pick up any sort of talent, but that’s a subject for another story.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Troy Polamalu

2014 Approximate Value: 4

Career Approximate Value: 115

Polamalu is a Steelers legend, but his time as a useful player is long gone. In 12 games, he didn’t record a single interception and had just one pass defensed in 2014.

The 34-year-old will undoubtedly have his No. 43 retired by Pittsburgh in the near future. But for now, his own retirement was the best thing that could have happened for the Steelers. Their fans don’t have to see him in another jersey, and also don’t have to witness him getting burned by younger, faster receivers.

Detroit Lions: Reggie Bush

2014 Approximate Value: 4

Career Approximate Value: 71

Bush had a nice little resurgence by posting 1,000-yard campaigns with Miami in 2011 and Detroit in 2013, but he took a major step back last season with just 297 yards in 11 games.

With rookie Ameer Abdullah in the fold, the Lions won’t miss Bush’s production.

Buffalo Bills: C.J. Spiller

2014 Approximate Value: 4

Career Approximate Value: 34

Spiller’s monster 2012 campaign (6.0 yards per carry for 1,244 rushing yards, 459 receiving yards, 8 total TDs) that resulted in the tailback’s lone Pro Bowl appearance now seems eons ago.

The Clemson product was either injured or ineffective in 2014, totaling 300 yards on 78 carries in nine games. New Bills coach Rex Ryan decided to trade one of his best young defenders, Kiko Alonso, to Philadelphia so he could replace Spiller with LeSean McCoy in 2015.

Spiller signed with the Saints, where he is expected to share carries with Mark Ingram. He’ll probably have better numbers playing against the horrific defenses of the NFC South.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh McCown

2014 Approximate Value: 4

Career Approximate Value: 30

Signing McCown to a three-year, $39 million deal after one good half-season in Chicago (and a decade of mediocrity) didn’t make much sense for Tampa Bay at the time, and it looked even worse when Week 1 rolled around. Aside from throwing possibly the most embarrassing interception in NFL history, McCown looked awful in 11 starts for the Bucs. Releasing him upon drafting Jameis Winston was a no-brainer.

Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham

2014 Approximate Value: 4

Career Approximate Value: 24

For a tight end picked in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Gresham’s output in Cincinnati was pretty disappointing despite two Pro Bowl appearances in 2011 and 2012.

During his last two seasons, Gresham totaled 918 receiving yards on 108 catches for a feeble average of 8.5 yards per reception. The Bengals were ready to move on to 2014 first-round pick Tyler Eifert this offseason, and thus let Gresham walk on a one-year deal to Arizona.

Chicago Bears: Chris Conte

2014 Approximate Value: 4

Career Approximate Value: 19

Conte is an uber-aggressive safety whose hard-hitting style appeared to catch up to him in 2014. He left seven games early due to various injuries, and that was after missing all of training camp due to shoulder surgery.

Even when Conte was on the field, he wasn’t great. Among 87 safeties who played at least 25 percent of snaps last season, Conte ranked 63rd, according to Pro Football Focus.

He signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay during the offseason, even though similarly styled player DaShon Goldson was an utter disaster in Smith’s conservative Cover 2 scheme last year.

San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews

2014 Approximate Value: 3

Career Approximate Value: 39

As soon as Melvin Gordon had his name called in the first round of the NFL Draft, it was clear Mathews would have to find a new home for 2015. A former first-rounder himself, Mathews certainly has the talent to compete in the NFL. He just needed a change of scenery after his injury-plagued stint in San Diego.

San Francisco 49ers: Stevie Johnson

2014 Approximate Value: 3

Career Approximate Value: 34

During his only season in the Bay Area, Johnson posted his lowest marks in receptions (35) and yards (435) since before his breakout season in 2010.

With Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith suiting up for the 49ers this fall, the team didn’t need to spend on Johnson when there’s so many other areas of need. He ended up inking a three-year, $10.5 million deal with San Diego.

Tennesee Titans: Jake Locker

2014 Approximate Value: 3

Career Approximate Value: 16

The Titans needed to completely cut the cord with Locker to fully move onto Marcus Mariota this season, and Locker made it easy for Tennessee by retiring during the offseason.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Cecil Shorts III

2014 Approximate Value: 3

Career Approximate Value: 15

Shorts was a serviceable wideout for four years in Jacksonville, but his yardage had decreased since 2012 as the Jaguars look to reshape their receiving corps. With Julius Thomas, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns already on the roster, Shorts wasn’t going to get many targets if he stayed with Jacksonville.

Carolina Panthers: DeAngelo Williams

2014 Approximate Value: 2

Career Approximate Value: 61

Williams peaked long ago, and hasn’t topped 850 rushing yards since 2009. After posting a career lows in both yards (219) and yards per carry (3.5) last yaer, Carolina rightly decided to cut the longtime Panther during the offseason.

New England Patriots: Kyle Arrington

2014 Approximate Value: 2

Career Approximate Value: 21

A nickel corner who was occasionally asked to do more, Arrington was the weak spot in New England’s defense last season. Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler or newly signed Robert McClain should be able to replace his contribution, if not best it.

Seattle Seahawks: Zach Miller

2014 Approximate Value: 1

Career Approximate Value: 33

Miller is a solid run blocker, but he lacked athleticism and added close to nothing to Seattle’s passing offense. Seahawks fans will be saying “Zach Who?” as soon as they see Jimmy Graham haul in his first pass.

New York Jets: Kyle Wilson

2014 Approximate Value: 1

Career Approximate Value: 14

Despite playing just 320 snaps last season, Wilson became the face of New York’s dreadful secondary. With Darrelle Revis now back in Gang Green, it was an easy choice to cut Wilson loose. He ended up signing with New Orleans, who had major pass coverage problems of their own in 2014.

Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Lindley

2014 Approximate Value: 1

Career Approximate Value: -4

Lindley, Arizona’s third-string quarterback last season, has accumulated a negative AV over his career, which is very hard to do. He was pressed into duty for the Cardinals’ playoff game against Carolina, and the resulting stat line was arguably the worst for any postseason starter in NFL history: 16-for-28, 82 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs.

Predictably, the Cardinals lost while totaling 77 yards, the fewest in playoff history. That’s right, Arizona couldn’t even break into triple digit yardage against a 7-8-1 team with Lindley under center.

You will not be shocked to hear that he was not retained by Arizona. However, he was signed by New England. If he morphs into a competent QB with the Patriots, we will have tangible proof that Bill Belichick can conjure evil demon magic.

Oakland Raiders: Matt Schaub

2014 Approximate Value: 0

Career Approximate Value: 78

Last March, the Raiders traded their sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for Schaub, hoping he could give the team a veteran presence under center. He was promptly beaten out for the starter’s job by rookie Derek Carr, and was paid approximately $15.5 million to ride the pine in 2014.

Money well spent, no?

St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford

2014 Approximate Value: 0

Career Approximate Value: 27

As Chip Kelly’s new play thing, Bradford might be able to find the success that eluded him in St. Louis. Either way, the Rams needed to cut ties with him. The team’s fans were tired of being strung along by the promise of the oft-injured top pick.

Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Cody

2014 Approximate Value: 0

Career Approximate Value: 14

Cody’s free fall from useful starter during Baltimore’s Super Bowl run to useless backup accused of 13 counts of animal cruelty was sad and swift. As a result, the Ravens took the odd step of announcing Cody’s release during Super Bowl week. They simply couldn’t cut ties with the former top prospect quickly enough.

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