- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Washington Redskins plan to move Kory Lichtensteiger to center, so the next logical move was to cut the man already in place. That is what they have done, releasing center Will Montgomery, according to a team source. Montgomery later texted ESPN980's Chris Russell to confirm the news.
The move will save Washington $1.93 million against the salary cap. Montgomery had started every game at center the past three seasons for Washington. But the Redskins struggled with interior pressure and wanted to upgrade at the position.
Also, the Redskins signed former Cleveland guard Shawn Lauvao on Tuesday. There is a chance the starting guards could be Lauvao and Chris Chester, with Lichtensteiger sliding inside. Both Chester and Lauvao played right guard last season, but Lauvao has played both sides in the past. At 285 pounds, Lichtensteiger was light for a guard, but his quickness made him a good fit in Mike Shanahan’s outside stretch zone system.
Though the Redskins plan to use the same run-game blocking, they still wanted to get a little bigger at guard. Both Lauvao and Chester are about 310 pounds. Lichtensteiger still plans to add about 10 pounds.
Montgomery was a local product, having played at nearby Centreville (Va.) High School and then Virginia Tech. He’s played with Washington since 2008, working at both guard and center until taking over in the middle full time. Montgomery also spent time with Carolina and the New York Jets.