5 Washington Redskins Who Shouldn’t Be Back in 2014

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5 Redskins That Should Be Cut

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This offseason is the first with Jay Gruden at the helm for the Washington Redskins. Gruden enters with plenty of cap room, just over $33 million, and can certainly make some upgrades through free agency and the draft.

Just as there are players that should be signed, there also players that should be let go. Just because they've been on this team for a long time doesn’t mean they still deserve a spot on this roster. For the Redskins, there are a number of players that fall into that category.

Releasing existing players can do a team good. If they are bad for team morale, then getting rid of them can help improve the play. If they don’t fit well into the coaches system, then cut them and find a player who can adapt to fit in. Showing players the door can also save some cap space or create more. Doing so would give the Redskins more options in what they can do in free agency.

On the following five slides you’ll find five players that the Washington Redskins should cut between now and the 2014 season. These players have been picked based on past performance, their hit against the cap and available replacements on the market and in the draft. Keep in mind that this excludes players that are free agents. This list is only for players that are currently still on the Redskins’ books.

Have any players on your own list that should be shown the door? Let me know and spark the debate in the comment box below.

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5. Evan Royster - Running Back

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With Alfred Morris and Roy Helu Jr. playing as well as they have and Chris Thompson expected to play a role, there is no place for Evan Royster on this team anymore. In 2013, the third-year back only carried the football twice and for no yards. Releasing him would only give them a little over $500,000 on the cap, but some is better than none.

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4. Jarvis Jenkins - Defensive End

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A second-round pick in 2011, Jarvis Jenkins hasn’t really panned out to anything in his two years of experience. He was suspended in 2013 to start the season, so he missed the first four games. Should the Redskins bring back Brian Orakpo, Jenkins becomes more than expendable with Ryan Kerrigan book-ending the defensive line on the other side. Jenkins would give the Redskins roughly $1.1 million in cap space.

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3. Josh LeRibeus - Offensive Line

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Josh LeRibeus spent the entire 2013 season on the inactive list. If the Redskins aren’t even going to use him, why pay him? He’s currently being paid to sit on the bench. Cutting the dead weight in LeRibeus would bring them $764,081 in cap space. When you combine that with Royster, that means Washington will have added over $1 million in cap space. Hey, every little bit helps.

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2. Kory Lichtensteiger - Offensive Line

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As a whole, the offensive line has played terrible. However, Kory Lichtensteiger has nowhere near lived up to his five-year, $17.5 million contract. Fortunately, he was only guaranteed $2.750 million of that money. By cutting him, Washington would save themselves $3.3 million in cap space. That would also allow them to pursue a guard on the free agent market like Chad Rinehart.

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1. Logan Paulsen - Tight End

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Logan Paulsen gives a good effort, but he could end up being the odd man out in this situation. The Redskins already have two tight ends in Niles Paul and Jordan Reed, and it should be interesting to see if they re-sign Fred Davis. If Davis comes back then Paulsen could be shown the door. He’s been a solid tight end for the Redskins, but he’s not irreplaceable. Washington would save a little over $1.3 million in cap space.


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