The Redskins cut several players today, all of them once integral parts of the team.
WR Antwaan Randle El, RBs Rock Cartwright and Ladell Betts, DT Cornelius Griffin and CB Fred Smoot were all shown the door today, following Chris Samuels' retirement announcement.
All those players had been on the team for multiple seasons. Thomas had been in DC since the Spurrier days. Randle El was a huge disappointment returning punts while Cartwright was slowing down on kick-off returns.
Griffin was aging and Smoot wasn't the same in his second stint with the Redskins. Betts' contract was huge (like those of Thomas, Randle El and Smoot) and he was coming off of a season-ending knee injury.
All the moves were solid ones. None of the players who were cut fit into the Redskins' long-term plans nor were they very productive last season.
CB Carlos Rogers, who was tendered yesterday, declared his displeasure with the team after they blocked his path to free agency.
"That's why I'm saying, there's just so much stuff that they done done that I just ... you think about you want a new start," Rogers said. "It's not even Coach [Mike] Shanahan's fault. It's not the fault of any of these new coaches. It's just previous things. It's a lot of things."
So should no team sign Rogers to an offer sheet (which is unlikely given his first-round tender), then Washington will undoubtedly shop Rogers for a mid-round selection in this year's draft. It doesn't appear Rogers will be back.
Look for the Redskins to consider bringing in CBs Lito Shepperd or Leigh Bodden to bolster the depth at corner.
Speaking of free agents, Redskins Insider mentions the possibility of the 'Skins pursuing Karlos Dansby. That, in my opinion, is the player in free agency the Redskins most need.
Also, OL Will Montgomery was tendered today. I have yet to hear how high his tender was.