Washington Redskins Now Just Redskins: Marcus Washington Released

CodyContributor IFebruary 20, 2009

The Washington Redskins have said goodbye to their defensive leader of the past five seasons, as they released nine-year veteran outside linebacker Marcus Washington. This is one of a few moves expected from the Redskins to free up some cap space before the team embarks on what should be an "active" free agency next week. The release of Washington frees up close to $4 million in cap room.

Washington finishes his Redskins career playing in 68 games, accumulating 466 tackles, 19.5 tackles, 1 interception, 10 forced fumbles, and 5 fumble recoveries. But his production over the past four seasons slowly dwindled, as he went from starting 16 games in 2005, to 14 the next, 12, then 10 a season ago.

Washington will most definitely be missed as he quickly became a locker room leader in 2004 after he was acquired via free agency, after playing four season with the Indianapolis Colts.

Washington will most likely be joined by other high-priced veteran teammates like Shawn Springs, Cornelius Griffin, and Jason Taylor, who unless they restructure their contract will likely be given the boot as well.

Now with a hole at linebacker, this position will more than likely be addressed via free agency or the draft. Possible players include free agents, Bart Scott, Freddy Keiaho, or Michael Boley. As far as the draft is concerned, players like Brian Cushing, Aaron Maybin, or Clay Matthews look good as well.

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