The Redskins have a core of solid performers and a few talented playmakers ticketed for free agency.
Davis is one of the best young players at his position in the league and veteran tackling machine Fletcher is the unquestioned leader of the defense.
Players like Carriker and Montgomery are high-effort athletes who perform important functions in the Redskins schemes.
The Redskins are also in the fortunate position that they can afford to wave goodbye to under performing or often-injured veterans like Buchanon, Hightower and Lichtensteiger.
Fred Davis: $5-6 million (estimated)
This value is arrived at based on the assumption that the Redskins will put the franchise tag on Davis. ESPN.com reported that if the team does franchise Davis, they will owe the productive tight end around $5.4 million in 2012.
Davis is a potent weapon in the Redskins offensive scheme. If he can put the disciplinary issues which led to a four-game suspension for failing drug tests behind him, he should be able to build on last season's impressive numbers.
London Fletcher: $3.5 million (estimated)
Spotrac shows that Fletcher made $4,900,000 in base salary for 2011. As much as Shanahan and Allen want Fletcher back, they are unlikely to be willing to pay as much again to a 37-year-old.
But Fletcher's numbers on the field command respect and a figure in the $3.5 million region would reflect that.
Adam Carriker: $1.5 million (estimated)
Adam Carriker made $1,420,000 in 2011. After his best pro season, the 27-year-old is unlikely to settle for anything less. His smooth transition to the 3-4 merits an improvement in terms.
Only the fact that he plays an unheralded position and the presence of Jarvis Jenkins threatening his place, makes the rise in pay slight.
Will Montgomery: $640,000 (estimated)
Will Montgomery is a steady player who has filled in well as the anchor for the Redskins front five. But his lack of elite skill and the need to retain the likes of Fletcher and Carriker means that if he is brought back, Montgomery is likely to receive the same financial terms as he got in 2011.
Feb. 25, 2012: The Washington Post has reported that the Redskins have re-signed center Will Montgomery for a further four years.
Tim Hightower: $750,000 (estimated)
It's difficult to imagine veteran runner Tim Hightower receiving the same money he did last year. The ex-Arizona Cardinal was on $1,200,000 in 2011. But his season-ending injury presented opportunities for rookies Roy Helu and Evan Royster.
Both youngsters posted impressive numbers and will lead the ground game next season. If Hightower is brought back to complement the youthful duo with his experience and pass-catching ability, it will be on reduced terms.
Look for Shanahan to draft another late-round runner instead of retaining Hightower.
Rocky McIntosh: $640,000 (estimated)
In the unlikely event that the Redskins choose to retain Rocky McIntosh, it won't be for anything more than a small base value. McIntosh has endured a tough transition to the 3-4. He still seems physically ill-equipped to handle the responsibilities of taking on interior offensive linemen and attacking downhill.
Rex Grossman: $700,000 (estimated)
Rex Grossman's future in D.C. presents an interesting dilemma for the Redskins. The mistake-prone passer certainly failed to convince as the starter in 2011. But the team could definitely use some veteran insurance for whoever is under center next season.
What is clear is that if Grossman returns for a third season in Washington, there will be no question about his role as a backup. That will mean a reduction in salary.
Kedric Golston: $600,000 (estimated)
Kedric Golston is another player who faces an uphill battle to return to the Redskins for next season. If Jarvis Jenkins is healthy, he will immediately become a key member of the three-man line rotation. Golston still seems better suited to a 4-3 scheme.
Sean Locklear: $500,000 (estimated)
It's difficult to imagine Sean Locklear being back with the Redskins next season. He was acquired to fill gaps along the line. But Locklear couldn't beat out rookie free agent Willie Smith when Trent Williams was suspended. The 30-year-old struggled mightily on the few occasions he did see the field.
Donte' Stallworth: $640,000 (estimated)
Donte Stallworth didn't provide the Washington offense with true big-play potential. He was overshadowed by fellow veteran pass catcher Jabar Gaffney.
The 31-year-old flanker doesn't seem to have a definite place in the Redskins offense and should only be presented with a 'take it or leave it' reduced deal.
Sav Rocca: $685,000 (estimated)
Sav Rocca did a respectable job in his first season handling the punting chores for the Redskins. Favourable field position is a good way of supporting the burgeoning defense. Rocca is as capable as most other punters in the league and should be back at his 2011 salary.
Doug Worthington: $96,900 (estimated)
The only way Doug Worthington will be back next season is if injuries strike again to ravage defensive-line depth. The former Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad member would only receive a minimum deal.
Keyaron Fox: $700,000 (estimated)
Keyaron Fox is a decent special-teams contributor but offered little as a reserve for the linebacking corps. If Fox is brought back, he will be consigned to special-teams duty on a reduced deal.
Phillip Buchanon: $810,000 (estimated)
Buchanon hasn't satisfactorily proven he is the way forward at nickelback. But he is a veteran corner and Jim Haslett may trust his experience in the Redskins' cover schemes. Buchanon wold be unlikely to top his 2011 salary and would probably have to settle for less.
LaRon Landry: $1.2 million (estimated)
LaRon Landry represents the most intriguing free-agency scenario for the Redskins. His ongoing injury concerns and refusal to have surgery make him a huge risk on a long-term deal. But Landry is a key component in the style of defense Washington attempts to play.
The Redskins could very well play it safe and opt to bring him back on a one-year deal in the hope that he can finally prove his fitness.
Kory Lichtensteiger: $927,000 (estimated)
Lichtensteiger's injury problems make him a risk on anything but the lowest possible tender offer. He is capable when healthy and has good knowledge of Shanahan's zone blocking schemes.
But Lichtensteiger is unlikely to be in high demand, so it wouldn't make sense for the Redskins to offer more.
Willie Smith: $927,000 (estimated)
Willie Smith proved to be a capable reserve towards the end of the 2011 season. He has the athleticism to be active in space and has the potential to develop well in Shanahan's schemes. Smith certainly justifies a small investment to ensure he remains in Washington.
Evan Royster: $1.2 million (second-round tender, estimated)
2011 sixth round draft choice Evan Royster finished the season strongly and proved to be an effective change of pace runner in Washington's offense.
The 24-year-old, 6'1", 213-pounder rushed for over 100 yards against both the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles to close out the Redskins campaign.
The team should tender him at a second-round value and ensure he and Helu can split the carries again next season.
Aldrick Robinson: $927,000 (estimated)
It's seems unlikely that young wideout Aldrick Robinson will contribute next season. The Redskins might choose to bring him back for training camp but would only tender him at the lowest possible amount.
Byron Westbrook: $927,000 (estimated)
The same rules that apply to Robinson are also applicable to Byron Westbrook. He has not managed to break into the nickel and dime packages on a regular basis, and his future appears to lie elsewhere.
Graham Gano: $927,000 (estimated)
Kicker Graham Gano continues to be plagued by wild inconsistency, and that continues to cost the Redskins points. In the unlikely event the team doesn't seek an alternative, Gano would be retained at the lowest value possible.