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Need to Know: Examining ripple effects from Monday’s Redskins roster moves

Mar 8, 2016, 5:11 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 8, one day before the start of NFL free agency.

Ripple effects from Monday’s Redskins roster moves

We found out on Monday that four members of the 2015 Redskins were released. Here’s some analysis of the ripple effects of those moves.

QB Robert Griffin III—The Redskins have known this was coming since last August 31 and so the effects have largely worked their way through. The consequence that is the hardest to measure is the most lasting one, the players the Redskins could have acquired with the three first-round pick and the one second they gave up to get Griffin.

S Dashon Goldson—It’s unusual for a player to be a captain in his first year with the team but Goldson got elected after being traded from the Bucs. An odd situation led to him being one and done. The Bucs picked up half of his salary last year when they made the trade. His deal, signed when he was coming off his All-Pro season in San Francisco, called for an $8 million salary, just too much for his level of play. The Redskins picked up no dead cap in the process so they got 15 starts in exchange for a swap of late-round draft picks.

S Jeron Johnson—This one is somewhat puzzling because the cap room saved, $1.1 million, is so low. He’s still fairly young (28 when season starts) and a reasonably good special teams contributor. Johnson could be worth the money even if he never played a snap on defense. The departures of he two safeties puts a lot of pressure on DeAngelo Hall and Duke Ihenacho to stay healthy, on Kyshoen Jarrett to continue developing, and on Scot McCloughan to find another safety or two.

DE Jason Hatcher—He signed a four-year deal in 2014 but with a base salary that jumped up to $6.25 million this year both parties knew that unless Hatcher performed extremely well that the contract would either be revised or terminated after two years. There was talk recently that he wanted to play and would take a pay cut to do so. But it didn’t work out so Hatcher, who will turn 34 before training camp starts, is gone. His sack stats, 7.5 in two seasons, understate his level of play. Hatcher led the D-line in hurries the last two years with a combined 62. And he was a good locker room leader. Still, when you added it up the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze. With Terrance Knight also departing and Kedric Golston and Frank Kearse unsigned the Redskins could be looking for as many as four new players on the defensive line in 2016.


—The Redskins last played a game 58 days ago. It will be about 187 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 1; Redskins offseason workouts start 41; 2016 NFL draft 51

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Mar 8, 2016 at 6:25 AM

    Scot making some good moves!! Yes we have some much needed work in the Dline and safety. Don’t forget Kennan and Riley most likely not coming back either. We are gutting the defense, much needed. Now where will all the replacements come from? We will have to use free agency now, as much as Scot focuses on the draft. But right now after signing draft picks we only have about $15 M for free agency.

    There are others that will add to cap room: Kennan, Riley, pot roast, garçon contract extension and reduction for 2016, maybe even DJax extension and reduction.

    So the question is how much more will be added to the $15 FA cap room we currently have?

    With the $15 M I think we pick up a DL and Safety?

    What other moves will be made to make up more cap room? We still need more room.

    • garg8050 - Mar 8, 2016 at 6:34 AM

      Just aren’t that many safeties available. I think Goldson ends up coming back at a much lower number. Hopefully Jarrett makes a full recovery because I still don’t trust Hall to stay healthy for a full season or actually be the kind of ball hawking FS this team needs.

      I think Long would be a good signing to start to rebuild the DL. Losing 4 DL almost makes it a certainty that they take a DL in either the first or second round. Especially if they resign Foster at ILB.

      They’ll still have more cap room available once Roberts gets healthy and is released. Good start though.

      • sidepull - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:28 AM

        Bengals FS Reggie Nelson

        • colorofmyskinz - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:42 AM


        • Lex - Mar 8, 2016 at 8:48 AM

          Yep a 1 year prove it deal then draft one to be mentored

      • Bryan - Mar 8, 2016 at 8:57 AM

        We save no money from Kennan, or pot roast also long who I think can help if health has never played in 3-4 and is going to be 31 before season. Not really rebuilding dline would be a patch Prolly just kicking tires on both sides because he likes Virginia being from here

    • berniebernard666 - Mar 8, 2016 at 9:11 AM

      the Redskins don’t have anyone name Kennan on their team. Are you sure you are a Redskins fan? I think maybe you are looking at somebody elses roster……

      • Bryan - Mar 8, 2016 at 10:26 AM

        do you have anything else going in your life then to worry about proper spelling of someone’s name really. Auto correct changed to whatever it is. You must be one of those nerdy small guys that wants to act like a tough guy in Internet. So back off As far as a fan believe me there is no bigger. And your right there isn’t someone by that name on this team how I spelled it or how you spell it. So the question is our you a fan

      • Rich Tandler - Mar 8, 2016 at 10:48 AM

        Really? Name spelling corrections? Knock it off.

        • firesnyder - Mar 8, 2016 at 1:14 PM

          Yeah, Rich actually takes offense to spelling things correctly! Come on. :) :) :)

  2. colorofmyskinz - Mar 8, 2016 at 6:36 AM

    Others that should go or expected to go and additional cap room added ($M):
    Culliver $8
    Kory $3.5
    Roberts $4
    Riley $4
    Pot roast $4
    DY $1.3
    Kennan $0.63
    Morris $0.6
    McCoy $1.5

    Total cap room added about $27.5 additional. We would then have $15 from yesterday’s moves, and a total of $43.5 M to shop FA.

    I say do it! Clean the house!

    • garg8050 - Mar 8, 2016 at 6:42 AM

      I just don’t see SM releasing Culliver after one season. He still considers him a #1 CB, which I’m not convinced that he is. The others are pretty much gone, though Kory may still be here unless they can find a better alternative. I know they want McCoy back, but I see him in Dallas, and they still may take a QB at #4.

      • colorofmyskinz - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

        With Culliver, ACL and MCL is completely different than just ACL. Especially for a shifty corner, the MCL is critical for lateral moves. Way too expensive for a major compromise to his performance. It will be interesting to see how they handle it.

        • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

          Can’t cut him til he heals up anyway. Maybe Scot gives him a chance to show in camp. We’ll see what we do in the draft. That’ll tell us how he feels about him coming off the injury.

    • M.Hugz - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:17 AM

      Just to clear things up for you:

      Cap Savings:
      And the rest are free agents already so are already off the books..

    • redskinsfan1982 - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:50 AM

      Your numbers are off a good amount Pot Roast, DY, Kennan, Morris, and McCoy are free agents we wouldn’t realize any cap savings from them. As of right now without any more moves we have around 20-24 million in cap space not 15.

    • Lex - Mar 8, 2016 at 8:49 AM

      Keenan was hurt hes one of our better players why wud u let him go

    • James McFullan - Mar 8, 2016 at 10:19 AM

      Well considering that Pot Roast, DY, Keenan Robinson, Alfred Morris, and Colt McCoy are all free agents, we get nothing for cutting them. The cap space stays the same as it is right now.

  3. rlundy1123 - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    Not sure that I understand releasing Jeron Johnson……did he have an attitude problem? I agree with Rich that he was worth what they were paying him just for his special teams role, unless he was turning into a cancer in the locker room. Even if Goldson would come back at a reduced rate, I would think it would make sense to keep Johnson around.

    • troylok - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:26 AM

      I don’t know if his attitude played into it but usually when a cut comes from out of the blue there is something going on behind the scenes that helped the team reach this decision. You could also view him as an under-sized safety that never became the starter they dreamed of and showed limited development in his time with the team.

      With both Johnson and Goldson gone I wonder if we might see a free agent safety signing in the next few days. I think Rahim Moore is free, although I am not sure he is a good fit.

    • sidepull - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:37 AM

      One thing that is refreshing is Scot moved on from guys he personally went out and got. He made a decision not to hold on to them, gave them a chance, didn’t get the production he expected and cut em loose. I like that he just didnt keep em hanging around. It says a lot. He will provide the opportunities and if the player(s) does not seize it Scot will move on. I know some felt he moved on too quick from Amerson, but basically he is making what looks to be decisive decisions. I certainly dont see him getting in a love fest with any players ala Dan Snyder.

      • colorofmyskinz - Mar 8, 2016 at 7:48 AM

        Lol totally agree and great point about letting players he acquired go. I think he should do the same with Culliver. Culliver will not be 100% this year. Pretty expensive to sit out bench for 3 years.

      • kenlinkins - Mar 8, 2016 at 8:59 AM

        100% agree, this new GM has no problem with correcting his or others mistakes right away. No big song and dance, just cost vs. production. I hope this keeps everyone on his toes in the Redskins locker. Gone are the days of us fans living on false hope with players who are just hanging around trying to cash in one more year on the NFL life style. Also, getting a new contract out of this guy is not going to be easy. T Williams and Kerrigan may want to recheck their numbers. In 2 years their contracts might not seem as great as they do now!

    • ohioskins - Mar 8, 2016 at 8:34 AM

      I think Jeron Johnson just didn’t work out as planned. He was brought in to compete for a starting spot, but he was beaten out by Duke Ihenacho, and then when Duke was hurt in the first game, it was Trenton Robinson the brought in to start, not Johnson. That should tell you something right there…

      • Bryan - Mar 8, 2016 at 9:02 AM

        I think jeron was cut to try and get duke back. If I remember right they cut jeron then right after made 1.5 approx tender to duke. Maybe don’t wanna have multiple safeties making more than than minimum at same spot. It was a surprise to me as well. I would have kept him just for special teams but I’m trusting the process

    • bangkokben - Mar 8, 2016 at 11:12 AM

      One thing is for sure, they will have to find new special teamers. DY and Jeron Johnson were special team stalwarts. DY led the team with 310 special team snaps and Johnson was second with 253.

      I think, in the case of Johnson, is that the team can’t keep a safety on the roster that can’t play safety. He was signed to compete for the starting job, lost it in OTAs to Duke Ihenacho, then was replaced with Trenton Robinison – who was later waived, and then bypassed by DeAngelo Hall (a corner coming back from injury that didn’t even practice the position during training camp). If anything, Johnson might not have the speed to play safety in the NFL.

  4. dcfaninecuador - Mar 8, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    People! It’s KEENAN, not Kennan!

  5. renhoekk2 - Mar 8, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    With all of the roster holes and upgrades that are needed I expect every Redskins draft pick to be up for April Remember 2011 when they kept trading back and trading back and ended up with 12 picks when they started out with 6? I think this upcoming draft will be a lot like that.

  6. berniebernard666 - Mar 8, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Its seems obvious that D.E….. Defensive tackle/… Inside linebacker…. and safety will be top priorities for the draft and free agency. the clues are there. Hatcher and Pot Roast have to be replaced and by not bringing back Mason Foster immediately that tells me that he is an afterthought or is considered a backup.

    p.s. it also appears the Skins are moving more toward a base 4-3 defensive scheme. Bringing in LONG as the first free agent is the clue. He is not a linebacker, but as a 4-3 Defensive End he is a Ryan Kerrigan clone.

  7. zatoichi7 - Mar 8, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    mcloughan made some good moves in the draft, but not so much in free agency. at least he’s willing to acknowledge his mis-steps right away and move on.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 8, 2016 at 10:16 AM

      Agreed. It’s also a reason to expect he won’t go crazy in free agency this year.

      Sure, we’ve got some cap room now.

      But there are several needy teams with much more. The small pool of quality free agents this year are going to get overpaid. It’s not the year to be a yuge player.

    • bangkokben - Mar 8, 2016 at 10:54 AM

      No doubt!

      Jeron Johnson – gone.
      Terrance Knighton – one and done.
      Stephen Paea – lost starting job and ended season on IR
      Chris Culliver – ended season on IR
      Justin Rogers – made roster, placed on IR and released

      So 0-5 on free agents signed during free agency.

      On the other hand, he signed Ricky Jean-Francois in February after his release from the Colts before the start of free agency and picked up Will Blackmon and Mason Foster in September after the season started. All three of these players had positive impact on the defense.

  8. celeoinc - Mar 8, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    there is no way Kory Litch comes back. He is terrible plus I would no be surprised if he was the famous anonymous source that linked dirty laundry to our one and only Jason Reid. So what that he can detect what the defense is going to do. He cannot block anybody. By the way he was terrible against Green Bay. He is gone! It is just a matter of time until they find a new center. I believe S. Lavau is also gone. Andre Roberts is obviously gone. Ob defense Riley is gone and Chris Culliver will have to redo his contract in order to stay, otherwise how will be also gone. Produce or gone, that’s the NFL today!

  9. thirdistheworrd - Mar 8, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised T ll if the plan for Goldson is to let him test free agency, get no strong offers, then pick him up again on the cheap.

  10. cmehustle - Mar 8, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    I hope we dont sign one significant free agent, and then spend the entire draft on defensive personnel. We are so behind on the defensive side of the ball, and Im tired of getting old ass players who dont perform. We need youth on D!

  11. austrianhttrfan - Mar 8, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    I see the following things happening:

    – Roberts getting cut anytime soon
    – Riley should be cut as soon as Foster is signed again.
    – Lichtensteiger, although I say cut him, I think they wont until they have the replacement set.

    If you ask me…now you have a bigger amount of cap space, so you go out there and sign Mack for the center position and let the LG between Long, that Kouj…kid, Lavoau. You sign your own FA with Galette (although as more as I see of him on social media the more I dislike him somehow, seems to be very emotional guy) but no doubt we need those pass rushers.
    And in the draft you mainly focus on defense…which would be a super great feeling to have some high picks and plug them in. Still, how the draft is always going, I really think no matter what, something unexpected will be happening, like taking a RB in the 2nd round or whatever…it´s a dream to think we will pick 3 defense day 1 starters with our first 3 picks…

    And about the safety position…I really don´t know there plan, Hall seems fine to me for now, I think FA and a late draft pick but I could not imagine who…. Archives

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