Springs leaving on a high note

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

I've always known Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs was a class act, but he drove that point home after finding out Friday he was being released from the club.

"They did what's best for the team, and I'm happy for them," Springs said in a telephone conversation. "I'm going to miss my friends there, but as long as it makes the team better, I understand. I'm a true fan of the sport."

Now you don't hear that every day. Springs has been a consistent performer and he helped jump-start last season's 6-2 record. His position was sacrificed to make room under the salary cap for Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall, but you can't replace the guy's character. Watching him continue to play while his father, Ron, lay in a coma in a Dallas hospital was pretty remarkable. He did it as a tribute to his father. And now there's an outside chance he could finish his career with his dad's team, the Cowboys.

Financially, the move makes sense for the Redskins. But the Redskins will certainly miss Springs' physical style on the field and his leadership in the locker room. The bond that was formed in the aftermath of Sean Taylor's death is something these players will always have.