The March 4 release of 10 veterans, led by defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin and guard Randy Thomas, would have left the Redskins with $63 million in dead money if there were a salary cap according to ESPN's John Clayton.
--CB Phillip Buchanon has signed a one-year, $750,000 deal with the Redskins, according to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. Buchanon played last season for Detroit and was released earlier this month.
Despite signing running back Larry Johnson, offensive lineman Artis Hicks, blocking tight end Sean Ryan, quarterback Rex Grossman, nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu and punter Josh Bidwell, the Redskins might not be done in free agency.
Washington lacks proven starters at both offensive tackles (Chad Clifton and Tony Pashos visited the Redskins but signed with other teams), No. 2 receiver, free safety, a fourth linebacker in a 3-4 scheme (Joey Porter and Larry Foote visited but signed elsewhere) and has little depth at running back.
1. Left tackle -- With six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels having retired and Chad Clifton having opted to re-sign with the Packers, the Redskins have no one qualified to play here except the marginal Stephon Heyer, and he's the starting right tackle. They might re-sign Levi Jones, but he faded badly last season after Samuels was hurt.
2. Right tackle -- Stephon Heyer is not really a legitimate starter, and newcomer Artis Hicks and returnee Mike Williams are better at guard than tackle. Tony Pashos' decision to spur the Redskins for the Browns was a blow.
3. Free safety -- LaRon Landry,
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--LS Ethan Albright had another fine season at 38. He hopes to return for a 10th year in Washington under a fifth coach.
--OT Levi Jones sparkled in his first start in place of the injured Chris Samuels. However, Jones showed the rest of the season why Cincinnati let him go last offseason.
--P Hunter Smith had a solid first year in Washington at 32. However, he could look for a spot with a contender.
--DE Renaldo Wynn only got into one game after returning to Washington last March. Wynn, who'll be 36 in September, might well be headed to retirement.
--TE Todd Yoder remains a yeoman blocker and he had three touchdowns on just four catches in 2009. Yoder, who'll be 32 next month, remains an important player since fellow tight ends Chris Cooley and Fred Davis are more receivers than blockers.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (*indicates restricted because of uncapped year)
--*QB Jason Campbell (tendered at $3.410M with first-round pick as compensation) had the best of his three seasons as Washington's starter in 2009. Dissed by management last offseason, Campbell will likely return on a one-year deal as new coach Mike Shanahan grooms a rookie behind him.
--*S Reed Doughty (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation) bounced back from back surgery in 2008 to start most of the 2009 season. An overachiever and major special teams contributor, Doughty will likely re-sign for a second straight offseason.
--*DT Kedric Golston (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation) was supposed to be a backup in 2009 after starting in 2008, but nagging injuries to Albert Haynesworth and Cornelius Griffin made him a starter in half the games. Golston could well be the nose tackle in new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett's expected 3-4 scheme.
--OT Stephon Heyer (tendered at $1.684M with second-round pick as compensation) made the team as a rookie free agent in 2007 and finished the year as the starter on the right side as the Redskins surged to a playoff spot. Heyer began 2008 as a starter but lost the job to veteran Jon Jansen. Heyer fought through a knee injury to start most of 2009 but is a marginal player for a team with a solid line. He has the size but is pretty stiff in protection and not an earthmover in the running game.
--*LB Rocky McIntosh (tendered at $1.759M with second-round pick as compensation) had another solid season on the weak side in 2009. McIntosh might test the market, but could also return as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment.
--*DT Anthony Montgomery (tendered at $1.176M with fifth-round pick as compensation) played sparingly in 2009 after being a starter in 2007 and the top linebacker in 2008. Perhaps the new coaching staff will have more faith in the 6-6, 330-pound potential nose tackle.
--*CB Carlos Rogers (tendered at $2.621M with first-round pick as compensation) hasn't played like the ninth pick in the draft as he was in 2005, but he has had some high points during his four seasons as a starter. Now that former defensive coordinator Greg Blache has retired, it's more likely that Rogers will want to return opposite starter DeAngelo Hall.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
--LB Lorenzo Alexander: RFA (had been tendered at $1.101M with no compensation); 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE Phillip Daniels: UFA; terms unknown.
--*C Will Montgomery: RFA: (tendered at $1.101M with seventh-round pick as compensation); terms unknown.
--C Casey Rabach: UFA; $12.3M/3 yrs.
--G/T Mike Williams: UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--LB Chris Wilson: RFA; (tendered at $1.684M with second-round pick as compensation); terms unknown.
--P Josh Bidwell: FA Buccaneers; terms unknown.
--CB Phillip Buchanon: Released by Lions; 1 yr, $750,000.
--QB Rex Grossman: UFA Texans; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--OL Artis Hicks: UFA Vikings; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
--RB Larry Johnson: UFA Bengals; $3.5M/3 yrs.
--NT Maake Kemoeatu: FA Panthers; $7M/2 yrs, $700,000 guaranteed.
--OG Kory Lichtensteiger: FA; terms unknown.
--PK Justin Medlock: CFA FA; terms unknown.
--TE Sean Ryan: UFA Chiefs; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--RB Ladell Betts (released/failed physical).
--FB Rock Cartwright (released).
--QB Todd Collins (released).
--RB Quinton Ganther: Not tendered as ERFA/Seahawks; terms unknown.
--DT Cornelius Griffin (released).
--RB Marcus Mason (released).
--WR Antwaan Randle El (released).
--OT Chris Samuels (retired/released/failed physical).
--DL J.D. Skolnitsky (released).
--CB Fred Smoot (released).
--OG Randy Thomas (released).
--FB Eddie Williams (released).
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