After winning the NFC East in 2012, the Washington Redskins have revamped expectations for this coming season. However, they need to get under the NFL salary cap before they do anything. Along with other aging veterans who have big paydays coming their way, Santana Moss should be released by the Redskins sooner rather than later.
Turning 34-years-old this June, Moss is no longer the 1,000 yard receiver he was in 2010 as he has barely reached the 500 yard plateau in each of the last two seasons. Moss was great for rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III last season as the 12-year veteran hauled in eight touchdowns–this is the most times Moss has reached the end-zone in seven years.
The Redskins have Moss on the books for a $4.15M in 2013 with a roster bonus of $250,000 and a $100,000 workout bonus. While this may have been a steal a few years back, this is simply too much money for a Washington team that is definitely cap-strapped this offseason. I’m positive the ‘Skins will pull the trigger as releasing the wideout would save the team $4.5M in cap space that they desperately need.
Moss was a vocal leader for a young Redskins team last year, however with Alfred Morris and Griffin heading into their second-seasons, I’m sure head coach Mike Shanahan will find leadership from somewhere else in 2013-14. Surely Moss will be missed as he was the Redskins leader in receiving touchdowns by a landslide and was second to only Pierre Garcon in yards. Garcon missed six games in 2012 and was key to this team’s success with 63.3 yards per game.
If Moss wants to come back to Washington it will have to be at a fair price. The cap-crunch by the Redskins all but ruins the hopes of him returning to the team under these contractual situations.