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Need to Know: The five oldest Redskins and their futures

Jan 24, 2014, 5:19 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 24, 73 days before the Redskins start offseason workouts.

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Some of the oldest members of the 2013 Redskins are set to become free agents. Here are the five oldest Redskins who are currently under contract and a look at the prospects for their futures in burgundy and gold:

P Sav Rocca (40.2 years old as of today)—The Redskins have signed punter Robert Malone to a futures contract and he will push Rocca hard. Rocca had the worst net punting average in the league last year so he will have to clearly beat out Malone, who will cost some $700,000 less.

G Chris Chester (31.0)—Chester’s performance fell off considerably in 2013 and his cap number of $4.3 million makes him a candidate to be a cap casualty. Ideally the Redskins would like to have 2012 draft picks Josh LeRibeus and/or Adam Gettis to be able to step into the spot but it remains to be seen if they can.

C Will Montgomery (30.9)—His play in 2013 didn’t necessarily scream for an upgrade but the Redskins could do better. His cap number is $3.4 million and a solid veteran center isn’t going to cost much less than that. LeRibeus or Gettis could challenge at his position, too.

DE Kedric Golston (30.7)—If Santana Moss and Reed Doughty are not re-signed, Golston will be the longest-tenured Redskin. He came on board in the 2006 draft. His cap number is a fairly low $1.2 million but he is still subject to being replaced by someone younger and cheaper.

S Brandon Meriweather (30.0)—He may be able to opt out of his contract but for right now he’s the fifth oldest player on the roster. If the Redskins think he’ll be the starter, he’ll stay. If not, his $3.4 million cap number will have to go.

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Timeline

—Former Redskins running back Timmy Smith, who rushed for a Super Bowl record 204 yards in the team’s Super Bowl XXII win over Denver, was born on this date in 1964.

—It’s been 26 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 226 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 26; NFL Free agency starts 46; NFL Draft 104

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  1. kenlinkins - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    You have to wonder just how much house cleaning the new coaching staff has planned. I remember when Coach Shanahan got here he released a ton guys in March (many names shocked Redskins fans), so I guess the new staff has until then to grade players and build the plan for 2014. Once we start seeing the first few moves we will have a better idea of what the new staff has in mind. Many of us were shocked that we keep Haslett and Morris on as coach’s for 2014, IMO some names will shock us once Coach Gruden starts the action plan to get us into the play-offs. Until then, I am just going to play with the Draft Simulators (adding TE to list of things required as Fred Davis fails another drug test) and grade as many Free Agents as I can.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:48 PM

      Remember that there was no cap when Shanahan arrived in 2010 so he could whack a lot of bad contracts. I think that this will take two years, two full draft classes, two free agency cycles. We’ll see Gruden’s stamp on the 2015 Redskins more than this year.

  2. Jordan - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

    Gruden has input in personal moves not control such as shannahan with that said we’ll see a lot of bengals steelers ravens n brown targeted in the offseason I fine with it as long as there young player with ceiling that hasn’t been reached yet

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