DE Jason Hatcher isn't retiring, but he's no longer with the Redskins; Dashon Goldson released

With cap savings in mind, the Redskins cut ties with two defenders and locker room leaders.

Robert Griffin III's release is clearly the headline story locally, but the quarterback isn't the only player now known as an ex-Redskin. 

The thought was defensive end Jason Hatcher would join that club if the 33-year-old turned hints of retirement into reality. Instead, Washington told Hatcher his services would no longer be required. 

Same for starting safety Dashon Goldson and reserve defensive back Jeron Johnson. The team announced all four moves Monday afternoon. The news leaked earlier.

Hatcher, who signed a four-year, $27 million contract in 2014, posted the following on his Instagram account which makes it sound as if he wants to keep playing, but that it won't happen in Washington.

According to, Hatcher's cap hit for 2016 would be $8.7 million. That's a high number for a lineman with only two sacks in 15 starts including 14 games. He will count $4.5 million against the cap in 2016, thus a $4.2 million savings.

Washington is expected to target defensive linemen in the early rounds of the draft and free agency, though general manager Scot McCloughan has stated he doesn't plan on spending on high profile free agents. One report surfaced Monday that former Rams defensive end Chris Long will visit Washington Tuesday.

The Redskins added Goldson last season and the veteran helped solidiify the safety spot. The primary issue for 2016, as Chris Russell discussed last month, involved Goldson counting for $8 million on the salary cap. With DeAngelo Hall making the move to safety, the Redskins aren't in position to keep two veteran safeties at relatively hgh costs. Clearly hope of a restructured deal didn't happen.

The Redskins signed Johnson to compete for the strong safety job last offseason, but it never worked out. ESPN's John Keim reported Monday that Washington released Johnson, a somewhat surpising move in that it won't save tons of cap space ($1.07 million). Johnson lost the starting spot last season to Duke Ihenacho out of training camp. But even when Ihenacho suffered a season-ending injury, Johnson rarely made an impact on defense, though he helped on special teams.

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