With Organized Team Activities and Training Camp coming up this season, the Washington Redskins might have to make a few big changes to their roster in order to trim it down to 53 players. Some veterans that have been with the team for a while might have to give up their roster spot to younger free agents and rookies. Below are some players that Redskins fans might have to say goodbye to sooner than later.
This might be an easy one, but Tyler Polumbus might be the first veteran player to go. Polumbus has played at right tackle for the Redskins since 2011, but last year he gave up 12 sacks, six against one player: former New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. With the drafting of Morgan Moses and the free agent signing of Mike McGlynn, it looks like Polumbus' days are numbered. He was an undrafted free agent that was picked up by the Denver Broncos in 2008 and then played for the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2011. At 29 years old, Polumbus does have some years left in him, but his talent has not been showcased very well as a right tackle in the NFC East. He is now entering the last year of his contract and possibly entering his last year as a Redskin.
Another offensive lineman that will probably be gone before the upcoming NFL regular season is Chris Chester. He had a stronger history in the NFL than Polumbus did. Chester was a second-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2006 NFL Draft and played with them until 2010. The Oklahoma product has started 95 games in the NFL, but the 31-year-old offensive guard has slowed down in progress. Also, if Chester gets cut by the Redskins, it would save the team a lot of money. Washington will have an extra $2.7 million in cap space in 2014 and $4 million in 2015. With the drafting of Spencer Long and the free agent signing of Shawn Lauvao, Chester's days are numbered. He might find work as a backup in the NFL, but his days as a starter might be something of the past.
Staying on offense, the Redskins currently have a crowded backfield with the addition of rookie running back Lache Seastrunk. This means that Washington will have to cut one of their veteran players. This could fall to Evan Royster, the former sixth round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Running backs from Penn State have not had a successful transition to the NFL in recent years. Add Royster to that list, who has 416 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the last two years. His ankle sprain in last season's Week 14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs had him placed on injured reserve, making him practically useless for training camp and the preseason. His inability to play on special teams and his lacking of receiving skills will sign his ticket out of Washington. He will be replaced by Roy Helu Jr., who will compete for the backup spot with Seastrunk behind Alfred Morris.
This last one might be a bit surprising, but at the same time probably not. Wide Receiver Santana Moss is making it through the NFL even at the experienced age of 34. The Miami, Florida product has had some great years with Washington, including that Monday night game in 2005 where he single-handedly defeated the Dallas Cowboys with two receiving touchdowns. He had a great year in 2012, averaging 13.9 yards a catch and eight touchdowns, but last season's effort sent him to a one-year contract for this upcoming season. With the signing of DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts and the drafting of Ryan Grant, Moss might be on his way out. He also has to battle with younger veterans like Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson just to get on the field for 2014. Moss has had some great years, but his NFL career has likely come to an end in Washington.Tags: Chris Chester, Evan Royster, Football, NFL, Santana Moss, Tyler Polumbus, Washington, Washington Redskins