5 Washington Redskins Veterans Who Deserve to Be Cut
5 Veterans to Cut
The plan for the Washington Redskins ever since general manager Bruce Allen took office has been to bring in a new and younger group of players. They’ve been trying to build through the draft, ie. Robert Griffin III, and not through free agency except for young talent like Pierre Garçon.
Prior to Allen joining the Redskins a couple of years ago, the common theme on the roster was age. There were plenty of players on the team that, at one point in their careers, were dominant in the NFL. By the time they got to the Redskins, however, they were well past their primes and on their way out of the NFL.
Since Allen took the job as the team's general manager, he has been able to bring in a plethora of young talent and has done a pretty fair job at eliminating some of the older players that didn’t have very many years left in the NFL.
Currently, there are 19 rookies on the Redskins roster. There are 49 players that are somewhere in the 1-5 years of experience range. In today’s NFL, that is about when players will begin to peak in their careers. After that five-year mark, a majority of the will still be productive, but their productivity will begin to decline
The Redskins currently have 21 players that have at least six years of experience in the NFL. A majority of the players on this list will be from this group. There are a few players, like London Fletcher and Santana Moss, that can still play and contribute to the team. But, there are a few that need to be let go. You’ll find them on this list.
Stephen Bowen - Defensive End
Stephen Bowen was an undrafted free agent signing by the Dallas Cowboys in 2006 and was signed by the Redskins in July of 2011.
In two seasons with the Redskins, he has started all 16 games each season. In 2011, Bowen made 41 total tackles including six sacks. It was the best season of his career. In 2012, Bowen’s productivity dropped off dramatically to just 25 total tackles and just one sack.
Brandon Meriweather - Defensive Back
Brandon Meriweather was drafted 24th overall by the New England Patriots in the 2007 NFL Draft. After being released by the Patriots in 2011, he signed with the Chicago Bears that same year. In 2012, he was signed by Washington as an unrestricted free agent.
While Meriweather’s time in D.C. has been very short-lived, it has been cursed by a new injury that first happened in preseason against the Chicago Bears, and then again during the regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles. While he had seven total tackles and one interception before re-injuring his knee, Meriweather has been on the decline since his 83-tackle and five-interception 2009 season.
Keiland Williams - Running Back
Keiland Williams was signed by the Washington Redskins as a college free agent in 2010. In 2011, he was claimed of waivers by the Detroit Lions and once again signed with Washington in 2012.
In 2010, Williams burst onto the scene in Washington after starting the final three games of the season and rushing for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Since then, he hasn’t been the same and with the recent acquisitions of Roy Helu Jr., Alfred Morris, and Evan Royster, Williams now looks more like a practice squad player than a game squad player.
DeAngelo Hall - Defensive Back
DeAngelo Hall was originally selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2014 NFL Draft. He was traded to the Oakland Raiders in 2008 and was waived following the season. The Redskins signed him in 2008 and the re-signed him in 2009.
Hall has become more of a distraction to the team than he’s worth. While his productivity has stayed high, his on-field antics and in-game inconsistency make him a liability in the defensive secondary for the Redskins. When Hall is focused and at his best, he is one of the more dominant corners in the NFL. However, Hall’s emotions often get the better of him and he becomes an easy target to pick on for opposing quarterbacks.
Rex Grossman - Quarterback
Rex Grossman was originally selected 22nd overall by the Chicago Bears in the 2003 NFL Draft. He was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Houston Texans in 2009 before coming to the Redskins in 2010.
When Grossman arrived in D.C. in 2010, many believed that he was the worst quarterback to ever play in a Super Bowl when his Bears lost to Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts in 2007. Since joining the Redskins in 2010, he has only started as many 13 games in a single season. With the Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, and now Pat White on the team, there appears to be no need to have Grossman in the quarterback room.