With the deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) approaching and a lockout imminent, many teams are making moves while they can.
Both the New Orleans Saints and New England Patriots have made recent additions, Shaun Rogers and Marcus Stroud, respectively, and other free agents are visiting teams on a daily basis. The Redskins have already hosted free-agent safety OJ Atogwe and are expected to meet with recently released Houston wide receiver Andre Davis this week.
So far this offseason, the Redskins have been surprisingly quiet. Many analysts across the NFL assumed Washington would make a big play at nose tackle Shaun Rogers, but it didn't happen.
In fact, instead of aggressively pursuing available free agents and making early splashes like years past, Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen are actually doing the opposite.
Within the past two days, three long-tenured Redskins have been sent packing. Clinton Portis, the second-leading rusher in team history, was cut on Monday. Derrick Dockery and Andre Carter were set free yesterday. All three were due a lot of money next season and didn't have the production in 2010 to match.
It's clear that the Redskins are trying to cut ties with some of their aging players, hoping to free up some cap space for 2011 and beyond.
The upcoming offseason is a bit of an unknown. Assuming a new deal isn't reached between the players and the owners anytime soon, teams will not be able to trade players, and the free agency race will be nonexistent.
In the meantime, however, the Redskins can continue to trim down their roster with a brighter, younger future in mind.
So who else needs to go? Here are a few guys I think the Redskins should move on from:
From the "No-Brainer" Department
Donovan McNabb, QB
2011 was disastrous for McNabb and the Redskins. Not only did he not play very well at all, but he was also humiliated and exposed. He couldn't get along with the Shanahans and this is clearly a marriage that just won't work. Hopefully, once the CBA is ironed out, they'll be able to trade him for a third or fourth-round pick in 2012.
Albert Haynesworth, DT
Reports came out yesterday that the Redskins would rather hang on to Haynesworth for another year, hoping for a trade, rather than cut him outright. Either way, I don't think this guy will ever wear a Redskins jersey again. Maybe Bruce Allen will be able to trick the Lions or Titans into taking him off our hands for a fourth or fifth-round pick.
Graham Gano, K
I don't think he'll do it, but Mike Shanahan needs to part ways with Gano. For whatever reason, Shanahan showed extreme loyalty to the troubled kicker in 2010, despite the fact that he was the worst in the league. See my Mock Draft to find out who I think they should replace Gano with.
From the "It's Time" Department
Casey Rabach, C
Ndamukong Suh has the Redskins to thank for his DROY win in 2010. He clearly had his way with the 'Skins interior line when they played last season. Rabach, who turns 34 in September, got pushed around by Suh as well as other defensive linemen throughout the season. His play has declined steadily over the past few years, and it's time to go younger and stronger at center.
Mike Sellers, FB
Perhaps Clinton Portis was right when he asked coaches to bench Sellers. The longest tenured Skin, Mike has had a very good career in D.C. and has been a great locker room guy. Not too bad for a guy out of Walla Walla Community College in suburban Seattle.
Unfortunately, Sellers, who will be 36 in before the 2011 season starts, seems to have lost a step. It'll be sad to see him go, but necessary. Darrel Young proved to be a serviceable fullback last season, and the Redskins could also look to add another young guy heading into 2011.
Phillip Daniels, DE
There probably isn't a stronger guy on the Redskins roster than Phillip Daniels. In fact, during the offseason, he regularly competes in (and wins) power lifting competitions. However, his production on the field hasn't been quite as impressive.
Daniels, who turns 38 this week, is due $1,000,000 in 2011. That's not a ton of money in the NFL world, but his aging body doesn't provide a whole lot of impact on the Redskins defensive line, even in a backup role. Jim Haslett needs to go younger up front, and it might be time to replace Daniels with a guy who satisfies that need.
Kedric Golston, DE
Mr. Golston is a free agent in 2011 and the Redskins should let him walk. He's only 27, but he simply hasn't performed and doesn't seem to fit in the 3-4 scheme.
Vonnie Holliday, DE
See above. Jim Haslett brought Holliday in to provide some experience in the 3-4, but he made very little impact. He's 35 years old and due $1,000,000 next year. Time to move on.
Roydell Williams, WR
He was brought in along with Joey Galloway, Willie Parker and Larry Johnson, who were all cut. Might as well complete the circle. Williams added very little in 2010. The Redskins should try to get Anthony Armstrong, Brandon Banks, Terrance Austin and Malcolm Kelly on the field and send Roydell packing.
From the "You're on the Bubble and MIGHT be Worth Keeping Around as a Backup" Department
Chris Horton, S
Reed Doughty, S
Kareem Moore, S
Stephon Heyer, T/G
Artis Hicks, G/T
H.B. Blades, MLB
So there it is. It's not the happiest part of the NFL business. Sometimes, you just have to send guys on their way. The Redskins are a team that desperately need to go younger. They need to add depth. They need to change the culture. Unfortunately for these players, that process starts with their departure.
Please check out my Mock Draft to see who I'd like to replace these guys with.