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In addition to the following players being waived/cut, the Redskins traded cornerback Kevin Barnes to the Detroit Lions for a conditional draft pick and right tackle Jammal Brown was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
TE Chris Cooley
After spending all nine seasons of his NFL career in Washington, Cooley was released on Tuesday. Although his $6 million cap hit was said to be a non-factor, one has to believe that it was. Fred Davis is the clear No. 1 in camp and $6 million is a lot to spend on a backup role at the position. You can see Cooley's statement here, from right after the news was handed down.
PK Graham Gano
The Redskins released Graham Gano in order to make room for the recently released Billy Cundiff. While many had questions regarding Gano's inconsistency, it seemed like everyone had answers confirming Cundiff's habit of choking.
This move makes very little sense to me. The Redskins apparently don't see themselves in many games coming down to three points this season. Otherwise, they're in trouble.
RB Antwon Bailey
Even with unexpected injuries hitting the backfield, the rookie out of Syracuse had very little chance of making the roster. Not only was he outmatched in terms of skill during the preseason, but he had a fumble that Mike Shanahan was visibly angry with.
RB Lennon Creer
The rookie from Louisiana Tech was a camp project and long-shot from the beginning.
OL Chris Campbell
After receiver Darius Hanks was released due to injury, the Redskins filled his spot with the second-year man out of Eastern Illinois. Campbell was brought on for the right reasons -- with the offensive line being so thin. But he joined too late to have a legitimate chance.
WR Sam Kirkland
With four spots generally locked at receiver, the position was one of the toughest competitions. Kirkland wasn't enough in practice to warrant him any extra time.
LB Monte Lewis
Although Lewis had upside with his size as a pass-rusher, the rookie from Jacksonville State competed amongst a talented unit. The Redskins linebacking corps is arguably one of their deepest.
OL Nick Martinez
There was a shot for Martinez after some displays during preseason games, but the rookie guard from Oklahoma State will likely land on the practice squad. He has potential with development in the system.
TE Beau Reliford
I was never as high on Reliford as most others, simply because I refused to fall in love solely with his size. At 6'6" and 270 pounds, Reliford could find work elsewhere, or perhaps on a practice squad. But his blocking needs are a big work in progress.
QB Jonathan Crompton
After spending time on the team's practice squad last year, Crompton was in a very tough spot this season. With two rookies that were locks to make the roster and a veteran with experience in the offense, Crompton knew it was only a matter of time.
CB Morgan Trent (injured)
Trent was originally claimed off waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The fourth-year vet had a slim chance of making a thin secondary, but injury and the emergence of Richard Crawford was enough to make Trent a part of first cuts.
CB Lance Lewis (injured)
The undrafted free agent from East Carolina was one of favorite rookies coming into this season. Although not extremely fast or flashy, Lance Lewis has potential in the NFL. It would be nice if Lewis could somehow land on the practice squad.
OL James Lee
Originally joining the team after spending time under Raheem Morris in Tampa, Lee was thought to bring depth to the tackle position. And while the Redskins are in desperate need of help on the right side, guys like Willie Smith and Tyler Polumbus were still way ahead of Lee.
K Neil Rackers
Perhaps the most surprising of releases, the release of Rackers solidifies Graham Gano's place on the roster and role of starting place kicker. The Redskins could still bring in a free agent to test Gano, but it seems unlikely if Rackers couldn't get it done.
OL Tony Moll
Again, adding depth along the offensive line was a free agent's best shot on the Redskins roster. Unfortunately for this seven-year veteran, the coaching staff found talent elsewhere for the interior.