Contract: Six-year, $36 million deal in 2011.
A serviceable and durable player in his tenure in Washington, Barry Cofield is here because he was given a contract he'd never live up to.
After starting his career as a member of the New York Giants' vaunted defensive line, Cofield's play has waned as the talent around him as decreased.
Despite seeing more playing time with the Redskins, Cofield has yet to reach the heights he set in New York.
He hasn't come close to surpassing his career-high mark of 54 tackles in 2010 and hasn't tallied more than three sacks in any season.
Ask CSNWashington.com's Rich Tandler, and Cofield's production can be tied to an improper fit.
With his best skill being rushing the passer, Cofield doesn't fit the mold of a 3-4 nose tackle who's job is to clog up running lanes.
Owning a cap number of $7.67 million, the Skins would only save $1.44 million if they cut Cofield.
So while the best course for Washington would be to try and restructure Cofield's contract, his lack of fit in the Skins' 3-4 defense could make him reluctant to do so.
Furthermore, with Cofield being a rotational player at his best, the Skins would be hard pressed to find many trade suitors.
Therefore, releasing Cofield and eating his hefty contract may be Washington's lone option here.