Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 25, 15 days before the start of the new league year and free agency.
Expect more turnover
Even though the Redskins won the NFC East title last year, they still have some work to do before they can be considered serious Super Bowl contenders. And in the NFL vernacular, “work to do” often means roster turnover.
Ten players who were on the active roster at the end of the season may not be signed to return:
- Jordan Black
- Chris Cooley
- Kedric Golston
- Cedric Griffin
- Kory Lichtensteiger
- Tyler Polumbus
- Sav Rocca
- Madieu Williams
- Chris Wilson
- Brandon Banks
There is a chance that some in this group, like Lichtensteiger and Polumbus, will be brought back. Others like Williams, Wilson, and Banks will almost certainly be playing elsewhere if they are playing at all.
Pre-Shanny Redskins becoming scarce
If Cooley, Golston, and Wilson are allowed to walk the roster will be down to nine players who were with the organization when Mike Shanahan came to town in January of 2010. That number could shrink if free agents Rob Jackson, Lorenzo Alexander and Fred Davis sign elsewhere and if the Redskins and DeAngelo Hall can’t come to an agreement on a reduced salary.
The futures of some of the other five pre-Shanahan Redskins are less than rock solid. London Fletcher has still not said if he will return for a 16th NFL season. The Redskins’ salary cap issues could force the Redskins to part ways with Santana Moss and Reed Doughty. So that leaves just two players who were in Washington for the Jim Zorn era, Brian Orakpo and Will Montgomery, who are certain to be on the roster when the season starts.
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Days until: NFL Draft 59; OTA’s start 79; training camp 150