Re: Why cut Hampton?
I think it's easier than what you're making it out to be. The NT position has changed over the last few years and guys like McLendon can be big and athletic enough to generate pressure and still command double-teams. I think that's the most important part and in my opinion, he has outplayed Hampton every time he was on the field. He crashed and collapses offensive lines and on the flip side, Hampton has a few good snaps a game. He isn't worth the 2.5 million we'd pay him and he can take his services elsewhere.
I'd rather get a young Ta'amu snaps than an older Hampton that hasn't been generating constant pressure and/or double-teams for a couple years now.