Former Colts cornerback Walt Harris and punter Tom Tupa were both informed that they would be part of the free agency pool for the 2006 season. The Redskins cut a group of five players -- including backup safety Matt Bowen, reserve offensive lineman Cory Raymer, and defensive tackle Brandon Noble -- to get under the salary cap in time for the start of free agency on Saturday.
Our Redskins affiliate on the network had this to say about Harris' release:
"Harris was inconsistent and often allowed way too much cushion. His professionalism will be missed. But the Redskins can easily upgrade this position. A young veteran would be good in this role."
And in regards to Tupa, they noted that his release really wouldn't have an impact on the team since he missed the 2005 season due to an injury. But, they also said that, "Tupa's consistency would be welcomed, but you have to wonder if his career is over."
Harris will be 32 years old this summer. He spent two years with the Colts, playing in 31 games with 2 interceptions and 27 passes defensed. But over the past two years with Washington, he had 3 interceptions but just 12 passes defensed in 29 games. Harris shouldn't have any trouble landing with another team even though he's entering his 11th season in the NFL.
If Tupa doesn't retire, he'll could land with his eighth team. Over the last eighteen seasons, he hasn't stayed with one team longer than four years, and that was with his first team, the Cardinals.
Tupa started in the league as a quarterback, and that's the reserver role he assumed with Indianapolis back in 1993. He saw action in three games and threw one touchdown pass for the Colts in relief of Jeff George. Tupa, who just turned 40 last month, averaged 44.1 yards per punt in 2004 for Washington and was a Pro Bowl alternate. But he was placed on injured reserve in August, 2005 after injuring his back.
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