5. Calvin Munson
Bill Belichick values special teams contributions more than maybe anyone else in the NFL, but there are still only so many roster spots that can be earned based purely on special teams ability.
There are a ton of specialists unlikely to contribute on defense who are vying for those jobs, and Calvin Munson just doesn’t offer enough to lock one of them up for another season.
He saw some run on specials when active over the last two seasons, but we have more talent available this year including a new breakout in Ameer Speed.
Munson would probably need to make the roster over Chris Board or Brenden Schooler, and I don’t see him replacing either one.
Munson was already on the roster when Bill brought in Board, who has played a special teams snap rate of at least 80% for each of his last two teams. And Schooler played a huge role in 2022.
We’d need to see some upside as a depth linebacker to make Munson worth keeping, and the 28-year-old has not shown that to us in his six-year NFL career.