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Need to Know: Five Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2016

Oct 31, 2015, 5:35 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 31, 8 days before the Redskins visit the New England Patriots.

5 Redskins who are unlikely to return in 2016

We’re approaching the halfway point of the season and while the Redskins still have plenty to play for this year, the offseason comes at you fast in the NFL. Here are five players who could be playing their final nine games in Washington over the next two and a half months.

WR DeSean Jackson—Yes, he’s talented but Scot McCloughan undoubtedly is unhappy with him suffering what will add up to a two-month hamstring pull after taking too long to recover from a shoulder sprain early in training camp. Releasing him would create a net cap savings of $6.75 million.

OL Josh LeRibeus—His rookie contract is up and he was drafted by Mike Shanahan—two regimes ago. He is getting some playing time at center with Kory Lichtensteiger out but unless he makes a big push in the coming weeks the team may not have much interest in re-signing him.

CB DeAngelo Hall—He still has some ability left in him but he is going to turn 32 next month and it appears that injuries are starting to catch up with him. It was the Achilles that cost him the final 13 games of last year, he had assorted injuries that sidelined him during training camp, and now he about to miss his fourth straight game with a toe injury. That is not good value for a cap hit of $5.1 million.

DL Jason Hatcher—Technically, he signed a four-year deal when he came to the Redskins in 2014 but in essence it was a two-year deal. His salary shoots up from a reasonable $2.75 million this year to $6.25 million in 2016 and it seems that he is developing chronic knee problems. It will cost over $4 million in dead cap to let him go but the team might need to do it.

RB Alfred Morris—This is a tough one but the odds are that he will go elsewhere when his contract is up at the end of the year. His strength is running behind zone blocking and the Redskins are moving towards more power blocking. Morris would be worth more to a zone-based team, meaning that it’s likely he could get a better contract elsewhere.

Update: I did not include Robert Griffin III on this list because I figure it is obvious that he won’t be back. However, judging from the comments here and my Twitter timeline, it’s not as obvious as I thought.

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Today’s schedule: Bye week

Days until: Redskins @ Patriots 8; Saints @ Redskins 15; Redskins @ Panthers 22

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  1. warpath1 - Oct 31, 2015 at 8:49 AM

    The most glaring name missing is RG3. It seems that he is not in the plans for the future, and it will cost 16 million to keep him. Give him a chance to go somewhere else and prove that he can be an nfl quarterback… and stay healthy… and be… ill stop there

  2. colorofmyskinz - Oct 31, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Completely agree with all of these. I think we need to add Andre Roberts. And what happened to RGIII? Why is he not in this list? Are you suggesting they will pay him $16 to ride pine? Or are you thinking he takes a prove it new contract with us?

    Not sure about pot roast and his prove it contract. Has he proven anything? I don’t really think so. To me the only thing he has proven is that he can only play 10-20 snaps per game because he is not physically fit. Most likely why Denver, a quality team, let him go.

    Not sure about Riley either.

    I know you only had room for 5 nut there are many more on the list I think.

    • Rich Tandler - Oct 31, 2015 at 9:12 AM

      I know RG3 is unlikely to be back; I said that in my depth chart post yesterday. Think it’s pretty obvious at this point in time.

      • brucefan1 - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:27 PM

        “RG3 is unlikely to be back; I said that in my depth chart post yesterday”

        Uh-oh … you ASSUMED that we would make the connection between yesterday’s article and today’s article (or even that we all read yesterday’s article! LOL). Dicey move, Rich.;^}

        But even if it does go without saying, I’m gonna re-say it once again another time, to the point of being repetitively redundant (because stating the obvious makes for a slightly lesser chance of being wrong) ; RD3 is first and FOREMOST to be off this roster as soon as the Skins last came is played this season.

        Mosta the rest are good guesses … except DJax, maybe. If those up close to the situation see that he is doing all he can to get better and is not in any way dogging it, or especially slow to heal, why wouldn’t they take another shot at him. But. if they feel just the opposite, then odds are DeSean has gotta go.

        (Btw, depending on what Perry’s cap hit/gain would be, but I might put him in the “highly possible” category.)

        • brucefan1 - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:32 PM

          Now let me go back and read yesterday’s article.

        • brucefan1 - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:47 PM

          JUST read it!

          And you know what?? NONE of the guys you listed above were on your projected 2016 depth chart! (Not JUST RG3, btw … fwiw.)

          How did we miss those clues to your 2016 cuts, when you made them so obvious yesterday? LOL

        • Rich Tandler - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:47 PM

          Jackson is, indeed, doing what he can to get back on the field. Nobody thinks he should have recovered from this injury earlier.

          The problem is why he got the injury and why it was as serious as it was. He had a mild shoulder sprain in early August and parlayed that into missing all of camp and all of the preseason. By his own admission, his five weeks of relative inactivity contributed to his injury.

          Add in some missed OTAs to do his BET reality series and you have a player who doesn’t set the veteran example that Scot McCloughan has repeatedly said he thinks is important. And you have a player who doesn’t seem to get the concept that a player who is approaching the age of 30 (he’ll be 29 on Dec. 1) can’t coast, he needs to work harder, to stay on the field and be productive. Is it smart for the Redskins to spend $9 million on a player who could be in decline and isn’t approaching that situation with the proper sense of urgency?

          Nothing is set in stone and certainly no decisions have been made about his future. Like all of the look-ahead posts I’ve written in the last few days, this is an “if the season ended today” viewpoint and the best information I can have at the moment. If you want to to get out the imaginary casino chips now, I’ll put $75 on Jackson being gone in the spring and $25 on him being back.

        • brucefan1 - Oct 31, 2015 at 3:01 PM

          “If you want to to get out the imaginary casino chips now, I’ll put $75 on Jackson being gone in the spring and $25 on him being back.”

          Sorry, can’t take you up on that, RT — I am not a betting man. Especially on things that I, in actual reality, know very little about — such as how Jackson is perceived by the team’s decision makers. If the perception you mention above holds sway in the Skins F.O., then maybe Chip Kelly was right to get rid of him after all! Yikes.

    • Rich Tandler - Oct 31, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      Knighton has averaged 29 snaps per game, about right for a nose tackle who, by design, comes out in passing situations.

      • abanig - Oct 31, 2015 at 10:49 AM

        Knighton is horrible, I hope we can upgrade him in the offseason but if we can’t he may be back. He should be gone based on performance in though, our run D is getting gashed, he’s making little plays out there. He’s out of weight and has little impact on the game.

        • Skulb - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:26 PM

          He eats a lot of double teams because that´s his job. I think the problem is the rush and, lately,. the ILBs missing tackles and gaps. Knighton´s job is to create space for them but they need to make use of it.

    • James McFullan - Oct 31, 2015 at 1:31 PM

      As Pot Roast has said before, his job isn’t to make 10 tackles and 3 sacks a game, he gets double teamed every play, which makes it easier on the rest of the d line and linebackers to make plays

      • abanig - Oct 31, 2015 at 7:46 PM

        Guys. Pot toast isn’t playing well. If he was playing well, when he took on those double teams the ILBs would be able to penetrate and make plays. They aren’t. Pot toast is easily getting blocked – many times by one player – and he’s getting pushed behind the play. He’s guessing at times instead of being stout at the point of attack.

        These are all things that you can see when you watch the game, they are also things Cooley had mentioned in his film breakdown of Pot toast the last month – or every game the Redskins defense has played like trash against the run!

  3. cowboyhater - Oct 31, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    Great post Rich….I think if Dashon Goldson doesn’t take a major pay cut he will be gone too. Also, at his age I’m not sure if it will serve the skins well to have another aging FS. We have suffered with this experiment for the past 4 years. I think it’s time to either find a FS in his prime in FA, or in the draft. We need to get young a that position. NO MORE AGING VETS!!!! As you said the rest of the players outside of your top 5 are obvious.

    • abanig - Oct 31, 2015 at 10:46 AM

      Goldson should be gone but he’s a McCoughan fave from San Fran, I think McCloughan drafted him. He should be home but don’t be surprised if McCloughan brings back one of his faves.

  4. abanig - Oct 31, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    I’d bet Garcon is gone or restructured before Jackson.

    When Jackson returns, the offense will be more explosive and McCloughan/Gruden will see they can’t let him go but they’ll know they have to cut Droperts and either cut or hopefully restructure Garcon.

    • darcrequiem - Oct 31, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      I disagree. Jackson’s inability to stay on the field is what’s going to get him let go.

      • abanig - Oct 31, 2015 at 7:30 PM

        Yet, when he plays our offense is night and day.

        You’ll see it when he returns after the bye week.

        • goback2rfk - Oct 31, 2015 at 9:13 PM

          If he returns after the bye week. I will believe it when I see it.

    • goback2rfk - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:20 PM

      One trick pony Desean “The King of the 2 Month Hammy” is a goner man. I don’t care is he catches a few deep balls to finish out the season he will still be gone. He is not worth the salary. We need a big tall brute WR that can work the field more. Jackson is a great deep threat but he is pretty one dimensional.
      I hope they work Ross into the passing game more. Give the young talent some time and he will be beast.

      • abanig - Oct 31, 2015 at 7:34 PM

        Hamstring injuries are impossible to predict. Many players miss months with them.

        Djax’s main part of his game may be speed, but that speed allows him to be one of the biggest playmakers in the NFL. He had more 20 and 40 yard plays last year than some teams.

        I’d love to find this magical/tall redzone playmaker that everyone dreams up. Let me know when you find one that’s available and we can cut the barely above average Garcon and replace him.

  5. Stephfan - Oct 31, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Pot roast isn’t horrible by any stretch of the means. Second I’m gonna laugh if alf and griffin are here still. And finally gruden will be one of the redskins gone.

    • warpath1 - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:11 PM

      and youll laugh when we suck for another 4 years?

      • Skulb - Oct 31, 2015 at 2:44 PM

        Steph wants the Skins to lose. He´s an RGIII supporter, not a Redskins supporter.

        • Kb - Oct 31, 2015 at 10:20 PM

          Why the Griffin hate? He’s just as good or better than the other two. I guess you SUPER FANS only believe Gruden and his ever WISDOM. SMH

        • Skulb - Nov 1, 2015 at 8:09 PM

          He´s not just as good. That´s why he´s not active on game day.

    • abanig - Oct 31, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Pot roast has been a major disappointment. He’s not good at the point of attack. He’s hardly had any plays.

      Usually with NT’s you can point to then stuffing the run up the middle or with Cofield you could point to him making plays with pass rushing at times, I watched Pot roast in person on Sunday. He’s a disgrace.

  6. smotion55 - Oct 31, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Garson will go if not restructured, Roberts, Riley because they stink- I would not be shocked if GM gets rid 1/2 the team all old people. cheaper free agents and draft

  7. DMon - Oct 31, 2015 at 1:25 PM

    No speak of Robert??

    • smotion55 - Nov 1, 2015 at 8:39 AM

      WHAT SHOULD WE SAY= GOODBYE. 16,5 million for injury prone. [ backup at best ]. all the RG3 people WAKE UP I did, right after injury in 2012 Baltimore game and confirmed in Seattle game 2012. he refused to learn how to slide and or get down or go out of bounds.

      • abanig - Nov 1, 2015 at 10:52 AM

        I didn’t see Kirk Cousins slide last week, does that mean he can’t play in the NFL?

        Griffin will move on to another team – hopefully in the AFC – and he’s going to silence all the doubters in time. Everyone forgets he’s two years younger than Kirk Cousins and Griffin is only in his second season as an NFL drop back passer.

        Griffin is only going to improve over the next year or so as a drop back passer. Add that to his athletic ability and playmaking ability and eventually it’s all going to click for Griffin. Whomever has him as their qb at that time is going to be pleasantly surprised.

  8. colmac69 - Oct 31, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    Quite possibly all five could b away…..Roberts u would think could b
    As for Knighton prob not played as well as last yr (perhaps he had better guys playing behind him)….

    As poster said his job in 3-4 is to allow two inside guys (Riley. .robinson)to clean up…btwn backers and safeties being out position..horrible angles is biggest reason run defense is struggling…..

    Galette bn big loss esp for Kerrigan…benefit he would have got is double team galette would undoubtedly get leaving him in lot one on one situations (as pointed out during camp galette was guy who was beating Williams quite few times one on one)….imo and I agree with albanig here is that Kerrigan is gd player but isn’t in echelon of top pass rushing outside guys….Yeh makes few big plays but lots games over his career he a non factor…his numbers would improve with real threat opposite him (best 3-4 defenses last ten yrs bn pitt..baltimore and San fran)….look at nose tackle..outside backers those teams had alongside guys like Willis. .lewis…farrier inside….that’s level redskins would like to get to and imo what their lacking is outside guy…safety and possibly an inside backer

    These teams stopped run first and foremost to put teams into passing situations where there outside guys had pace and power to create havoc…cause turnovers and give ball back to offense….safeties like reed and polamalu made sure anything over middle was trouble for offense….

    I’m sure the gm will keep things moving in right direction….with gd salary cap space then it could b gd times ahead

  9. utraa - Oct 31, 2015 at 4:45 PM

    Personally I think Jackson WANTS to be let go it’s not that he can’t play but he doesn’t want to play at least not for this organization. The Skins are going to find it hard to get quality players, at least Veterans.

  10. JOHNNY B - Oct 31, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    I can’t see cutting Djax over Roberts or seeing both of them gone. Hall and Hatcher yes because of age or bring them back for depth . Definitely not sold on Alf being gone yet. He has been too dependable for us. No injuries to speak of no drama and hard working. Get the holes opened back up for him and he will prove that he is not done.

  11. Travis - Oct 31, 2015 at 5:50 PM

    What about Garcon? He will be very overpaid next season. I agree with your choices. I hope Riley is #6! We need an ILB behind pot roast!

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