"Dashon Goldson has been a great leader for us all season long," quarterback Kirk Cousins said in January, per Washington Times. "You can tell he's been a part of teams that have won and won consistently. He's been a great personality in our locker room to help from that standpoint, and he's been a great leader for us."

The move largely comes down to money. Goldson joins Robert Griffin III and defensive end Jason Hatcher among players Washington cut Monday, which the team also confirmed. Fullback Darrel Young and defensive tackle Terrance Knighton also tweeted they would not be returning in 2016, so it's clear Washington is undergoing a sea of changes.

Hatcher and Knighton were both key members of an improved defensive line, while Young has been in Washington his entire NFL career. Griffin's departure was the only clear no-brainer, as it was possible the others would have agreed to a lesser salary for a return.

Goldson almost certainly won't be getting anything near the $7.5 million he would have received in Washington on the open market. It's clear he still has limitations in coverage and needs a scheme willing to work around his lack of top-end speed for him to be effective. Still, it's a surprise the two sides couldn't come to a reworked agreement after being such a good match in 2015.

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