Redskins Release Offensive Tackle Jon Jansen

Ryan NotermanCorrespondent IMay 29, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 28:  Jon Jansen #76 of the Washington Redskins reacts on the field during the game against of the San Fransisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 28, 2008 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by: Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins released right offensive tackle Jon Jansen today.

Jansen, at 33 years of age, was the longest-tenured Redskin on the team at 10 years.

The Redskins selected Jansen in the second round of the 1999 NFL draft out of the University of Michigan.

Jansen started at tackle in every single Redskins game between 1999-2003. In 2004 Jansen ruptured his Achilles tendon and missed the entire season.

Since the injury, Jansen started only 43 games, and missed most of the 2007 season with an ankle injury, and was expected to be in a position battle with Stephon Heyer and Mike Williams.

Heyer—who has been with the team since 2007—has played in 21 games and started in 12 of those contests. He is a local boy who attend the University of Maryland.

Heyer will most likely be the expected to start, since he does have the familiarity with the offense and what head coach Jim Zorn wants accomplished.

Williams had been in the league for six seasons, and was signed by the Redskins this past off-season.

Williams spent most of those in Buffalo after being drafted out of the University of Texas, then was on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster for the 2006 season, but did not see any playing time.

Williams has not been in the NFL since that 2006 season.