With the free agency negotiation period starting, Scot McCloughan was a busy man as the Washington Redskins made several moves. Between parting ways with players with active contracts, deciding against re-signing in-house free agents, and outside free agents coming in for visits there was a lot to keep up with. Here is everything you need to know from the hectic day.
- With the March 9 deadline approaching, the Redskins have cut Robert Griffin III. With Kirk Cousins already signing his $19.953 million franchise tag it made zero sense for the franchise to also pick up the $16.155 million fifth year option on the 2012 offensive rookie of the year. Washington had hoped to receive a conditional draft pick as part of a trade, which is why the Baylor star was still on the team. For someone who saw is career fall apart in a matter of months, Griffin handled the situation with class that continued with his simple farewell. Griffin did not play a snap during the 2015 season and is now a free agent that will likely be scooped off the street fairly soon.
- Veteran defensive lineman Jason Hatcher had initially discussed retiring after the Redskins playoff loss to the Packers. Jay Gruden made it clear during the Scouting Combine that Hatcher was leaning towards continue playing, but today the former Cowboy was released. The move saves $4.23 million next season, but results in $4.5 million of dead cap that Washington could have saved should the former Pro Bowler have decided to hang it up.
- The moves kept coming with the move that the Redskins will be releasing free safety Dashon Goldson. The move makes sense as DeAngelo Hall is making the transition to safety. The two-time Pro Bowler was traded for eleven months ago for a sixth round pick in the 2016 draft and was voted as the team's defensive captain. At the end of the day the Redskins did not value his leadership enough to warrant his $8 million contract, with no dead cap.
- Two days after Alfred Morris penned a heartfelt thank you to the Redskins organization with the "unknown" coming, Terrance Knighton and Darrel Young also said their goodbyes. After one year it seems that Pot Roast's career in DC as a fan favorite will be short lived as the team looks to get younger in the trenches. For Young, his demise came at the hands of Bill Callahan's power running attack with two tight end sets that make a fullback of little help.
- Another lesser move in the secondary was made with the team cutting ties with strong safety Jeron Johnson. Johnson had signed a two-year, $4 million contract a year ago but was beat out for the starting position by Duke Ihenacho. The former McCloughan draft pick in Seattle will be looking for a new home as the Redskins save $1.07 million during the upcoming season.
- All moves were made official at 4 PM EST on Monday, March 7.
- Former second overall pick in the 2008 draft, Chris Long, will make his first visit to the Redskins on Tuesday after being cut by the Los Angeles Rams.
- Washington is currently working on a contract to bring back inside linebacker Mason Foster -- and Will Compton is imploring his ILB partner to hurry up.
- Redskins and veteran cornerback Will Blackmon have mutual interest in return, according to CSN. That's cool.
- Outside linebacker Junior Galette fired his agent last week. Now he has a new one and can begin talking contract. The new agent? Drew Rosenhaus.
- With all of the turmoil at the safety position, the Redskins have tendered an offer to restricted free agent Duke Ihenacho valued at $1.67 million for one year, according to ESPN. Ihenacho beat out Johnson for the starting strong safety spot before suffering a season-ending injury.
- While many have been called for Andre Roberts' dismissal, it might not happen for a minute. Washington cannot part ways with the disappointing receiver until after he recovers from post-season knee surgery.
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