5 Washington Redskins We Will Not Miss in 2011

JW NixSenior Writer IIJuly 31, 2011

5 Washington Redskins We Will Not Miss in 2011

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    The 2010 season for the Washington Redskins is quickly forgettable.

    From the last-place finish, the lack of offense, and a porous defense that ranked near the bottom of the NFL, the 2010 Redskins quickly faded into the ghosts of past abysmal failures for the franchise.

    The biggest headline of last year for Washington was the way incoming head coach Mike Shanahan and his ne'er-do-well son Kyle treated newly acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb. While McNabb struggled with an inept offense, he quickly bore the scorn of the Shanahans and was demoted to third-string status.

    Now McNabb is with the Minnesota Vikings, and Washington will have to pay for this mistake in the future, having given up two healthy draft picks for his services and getting little in return after trading the Pro Bowl quarterback who still has a chance at induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    McNabb isn't the only one to have been shorn from the current roster. There are a pile of players who will not be back. Productive men like Carlos Rogers and Rocky McIntosh are free agents, which leaves no guarantees they return even if the Redskins want them back.

    Here are five 2010 roster members Redskins fans wouldn't mind not being part of the 2011 team.

Phillip Buchanon

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    Looking at raw numbers, you may wonder why Buchanon is on the list. He has two more passes defended than Pro Bowler DeAngelo Hall, which also led the team, while finishing in a tie for second amongst Redskins in interceptions.

    Sometimes statistics lie.

    Buchanon had a healthy bulls-eye on his back whenever Washington put him on the gridiron, which they had to often after Carlos Rogers missed four games due to injury. While Buchanon was an easy target to pick on in the passing attack, he gave about the same level of mediocrity vs. the run.

    He has spent his career a bit of an enigma. Buchanon was a first-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2002, the year current Redskins general manager Bruce Allen won the George Young Executive of the Year Award.

    After three good years in Oakland, where he also excelled in returning punts, he joined the Houston Texans and his career stalled. Houston dumped him after four games in 2006, so Allen scooped him up again.

    Allen was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager at the time of his picking Buchanon off the waiver wire. After just over two moribund years with the Bucs, Buchanon went to Detroit in 2009 and gave next to nothing despite starting 11 games.

    It wasn't a bad move taking a chance that Buchanon might add quality depth last year, but the cornerback still makes the same mistakes that have followed him throughout his career. Just 30 years old, he has experience some teams like.

    It is just time to pack up his knowledge and take it elsewhere.

Stephon Heyer

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    In reality, signing Heyer as an undrafted free agent rookie in 2007 was a good move for the Redskins. He had hurt his knee in college, which pretty much killed his chances to get drafted.

    Heyer was supposed to be a pinch-hitter type off the bench, but injuries along the Redskins offensive line forced him into action sooner than expected. He ended up starting 33 of the 49 games he suited up over four seasons.

    Playing both offensive tackle spots, Heyer incurred the wrath of Redskins fans often. He did get beat often by opponents, but so was most of the offensive line.

    A fresh start is needed for Heyer, a guy who could add depth somewhere else in the NFL. He is still just 27 years old, so Heyer may have many more years ahead of him in the league.

Clinton Portis

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    If Dan Snyder had a time machine, would he go back to 2004 and nix the trade of Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey for Portis?

    You have to give Portis a lot of respect adjusting his running style under then-head coach Joe Gibbs for Washington in 2004. After averaging 5.5 yards per carry on 3,099 yards and 29 rushing scores in two years for the Denver Broncos, Portis never averaged better than 4.3 yards per carry in any season in Washington.

    He went from a slashing back in a stretch-blocking scheme in Denver to a power back for the Redskins. In his seven years with Washington, Portis exceeded 1,000 yards rushing four times.

    Yet the power running style also wore out his body faster and put him on the shelf often. Portis had just three years where he played in every game. He missed 28 of a possible 64 games the other four years.

    Portis' last two seasons have seen him miss 19 games. While his heart and intelligence still allows him to average over four yards per carry, it is evident he has lost more than a step.

    He is almost 30 years old, prime years for most positions. Yet running backs average careers just over two seasons in the NFL.

    While expressing a desire to return to the Redskins, the team has seven halfbacks and two fullbacks signed already. That includes the recently acquired Tim Hightower, a power back with decent receiving ability.

    Even if Portis looks better on paper than many running backs in Redskins camp right now, Washington has told a few recently cut veterans the team is headed into a youthful direction.

    Though Portis may not be done as a Redskin or NFL player, thanking him for heroically carry the offense for so many years still may not be enough of a show of appreciation for the two-time Pro Bowler. 

Rex Grossman

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    Grossman was here last year because of Kyle Shanahan. When McNabb was benched, Grossman replaced him and promptly coughed up the ball for a defensive touchdown.

    With veteran Kellen Clemens now a Redskin, as well as the fact the Shanahans seem determined to make journeyman quarterback John Beck the starter, Grossman's days as a Redskin seem over to a few pundits.

    Drafted in the first round of the 2003 draft by the Chicago Bears, Grossman has spent seven of his eight years mainly as a reserve. The 2006 year was his only season as the starter, a year the Bears defense carried the team to Super Bowl XLI before losing.

    His work ethic has long been a criticism of detractors, but the Shanahans seemed content enough with him to become a starter in 2010.

    Yet he will most likely find a job carrying a clipboard somewhere in a league so starved for quarterbacks, the NFL has adjusted seemingly every rule possible to make the game easier for them.

Malcolm Kelly

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    You may say, "But Kelly is still on the roster!"

    The Redskins just drafted three wide receivers and signed veterans Donte` Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney, so Kelly appears to have as much chance being part of the 2011 Redskins as a sumo wrestler would playing halfback.

    Drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft, this Vinny Cerrato Special has given Washington 28 receptions with zero scores since. While his height intrigues some, Kelly is slower than some linemen running.

    The Redskins are so loaded at receiver that veteran Brandon Stokely recently backed out of signing with the team at the last second. His agent simply said there were too many wide receivers in camp.

    It is mostly a question of when Kelly gets cut now. He may latch on with another NFL team or head to another league like the UFL or CFL.  Yet most Redskin fans can agree he won't be missed.

    Adios Malcolm, we hardly knew you.