Yes, the Redskins named Orakpo their franchise player, but if another team wanted him it could sign him and trade two draft picks. That's a rather big longshot; it's one thing to shell out big money and it's another to do that and surrender picks. Still, technically, he's free. And he's not among Polian's best available free agents.
In fact, the former Indianapolis general manager, and current ESPN NFL Insider, gave 14 players a grade of at least a B-plus. No Redskins received higher than a B (Orakpo). Perry Riley received a B-minus while Reed Doughty was given a C-plus.
Those were the highest three grades Polian and a group of ESPN analysts, including Gary Horton, Matt Williamson and Field Yates, gave the Redskins players.
Pittsburgh's Jason Worilds was the highest-rated outside linebacker with a B-plus. Seattle defensive end Michael Bennett was the top player overall. Bennett and three others received an A: Indianapolis safety Antoine Bethea, Cleveland center Alex Mack and Houston nose tackle Earl Mitchell.
Here's what Polian had to say on some key Redskins:
- "Orakpo has excellent size with good first-step quickness and good rush instincts. He is a power rusher more than a speed rusher. He is decent at the point of attack. All in all, a solid starting 3-4 OLB."
- "Riley is instinctive, tough and skilled as an inside linebacker. He could have more punch at the point of attack."
- "Doughty is a strong safety who is very smart and instinctive, which earns him the plus. He has excellent recognition and reaction against the run and pass. He is a productive tackler but lacks punch and does not have ideal range over the top."
- There will be a lot of rumors circulating this weekend, based on who the Redskins have contacted during this open negotiating period. But it’s not as if these are all meaningful discussions.
- Nobody can be signed and just because they talk to someone early Saturday afternoon, it might not mean much come Sunday night or Monday morning or, especially, on Tuesday. An agent can use that first negotiating call to get better offers from another team later in the weekend. Of course, he can always go back to the original team.
- The point is, it will be tough to get a handle on a lot of what takes place this weekend. Some teams might be reluctant to say too much for fear that their initial talk will be used as leverage for other teams.
- General manager Bruce Allen can contact an agent, ask what they want, find out it’s several million more than they’re willing to pay and then move on. But the agent can tell the media that, yes, Washington contacted us about this player. Doesn’t mean the interest is legit.
- The Redskins contacted some players early in this period a year ago and that was their only discussion. Not having cap space prohibited them from doing much, but they could have gone in different directions had they wanted or opted not to re-sign almost all of their own free agents. Still, they lacked the money to reach out to some high-profile players. It's hard to imagine they would sign someone such as Buffalo's Jairus Byrd, but they should at least make contact just in case. Along with that, they'll call the agents for players such as safety Mike Mitchell and corner Aqib Talib. Perhaps they'll find out they can sign those two at a price tag close to what it would cost to sign Byrd.
- It’s good business for agents if they can somehow spread the word that X number of teams are interested in their client (some teams more so in particular because of their desire to spend).
- In some ways, it’s akin to bringing in a number of players before the draft. Clearly you’re not going to draft all of them, but it’s part of the so-called due diligence. But this period does allow teams to shape their lists and prioritize come Tuesday. Keep in mind, though, what an agent asks for this weekend could change quite a bit once his client sits on the market unsigned in a week or two.
- This is a feeling-out period and by Monday night we should be able to have a better handle on what will happen starting at 4 p.m. Tuesday when free agency begins.
- You can’t schedule a visit during this weekend (wink, wink). And if they do schedule a visit, you’re certainly not going to let people know. The NFL wouldn’t like that.
- Players can’t talk to teams or visit teams during this period and if you represent yourself, then you can’t talk to a team until free agency begins. Also, restricted free agents can’t be discussed until free agency starts as well.
- Among the names you might hear this weekend in relation to the Redskins: defensive lineman Linval Joseph, safety Mike Mitchell, linebacker Joe Mays, linebacker Jon Beason, linebacker Brandon Spikes, linebacker Daryl Smith, safety Malcolm Jenkins, corner Aqib Talib, receiver Hakeem Nicks, receiver Golden Tate, receiver Kenny Britt, corners Sam Shields and Walter Thurmond. I don’t know about the offensive line, but there are some solid centers available other than Alex Mack. I don’t know how many of these players the Redskins will actually target, but they either make sense for them or I’ve heard their names discussed. And I know there are players not on this list who will be contacted (or, rather, their agents will be).
- Obviously higher-profile free agents such as safeties Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward would be attractive and you need to do due diligence on them as well. But the cost might be too much.
Why it’s a need: The Redskins have only two corners under contract capable of playing a lot in an NFL game in Hall and David Amerson. The Redskins need to find someone who can play in the slot as neither Hall nor Amerson is best suited for that job. Hall played there two years ago, but it was a struggle. I used this stat a couple weeks ago, but it’s indicative of what a team needs: Amerson, as the No. 3 corner, played 67 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers are free agents. I can see Biggers returning, but not Wilson.
In-house options: Maybe Chase Minnifield improves and can help and maybe Richard Crawford shows that he’s healthy after his knee injury and will contribute again. But, for now, both are question marks. Crawford showed good improvement last summer, particularly in the slot where his patience enabled him to mirror the receiver well. Minnifield showed tenacity in press coverage during the summer, but struggled when in zone or off-man coverage. It takes time to learn for some players. I have a feeling one of them will be able to be a solid fourth or fifth corner.
Free-agent options: The one player who could be intriguing is New England’s Aqib Talib, if the Patriots somehow let him get away. Talib has remained close with Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris, so if he decides to leave, and the money is right, then perhaps he’d come to Washington. Talib would give the Redskins versatility, with an ability to play inside or out. The Redskins could use another quality corner in a league where three is a must. Biggers is an option, but he’s best as a fourth corner, but would provide good depth. I also like Carolina’s Captain Munnerlyn to a degree, but only if he’s asked to play inside (he did both in Carolina but worked a lot in the slot. At times he’d get off-balance, but was overall solid inside). He’s small and at some point the Redskins need to find a bigger corner.
Draft options: It’s a good draft for corners, so even if the Redskins sign one in free agency, they could be tempted to select another one in Rounds 2-4. Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner and TCU’s Jason Verrett are two possibilities, though both are small. It’s OK to draft a smaller player if he’s that good. But the ideal would be around 6-foot and both of these players are around 5-foot-9. Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste is a bigger corner, but he’ll have to learn to play off, too. It’s not as if the Redskins will only use press man. Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller is likely a first-round pick, though he could sneak into the second. Overall, there are probably 15-20 corners who could go in the first four rounds.
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Thursday: Defensive line
Key free agents: LB Brian Orakpo (franchise), LB Perry Riley, WR Josh Morgan, WR Santana Moss, S Brandon Meriweather, S Reed Doughty, LB Rob Jackson
Where they stand: The Redskins have about $23 million of cap space available, even with the franchise tender to Orakpo, so they will be able to upgrade defensively for the first time in a couple years. The problem is, Washington has so many holes to fill defensively. The Redskins need two starting safeties and must replace retired inside linebacker London Fletcher. If Riley leaves -- they would like him back, but they are not yet close to a deal -- then it creates another spot. They could use more help along the defensive line. Offensively, their holes are fewer, but they need another receiver -- or two -- and an interior lineman. Moss and Doughty -- as a backup -- could return at small deals; it’s tough to see Morgan coming back. He just wasn't productive enough. Meriweather wants to return, but the Redskins need an upgrade over his 2013 performance.
What to expect: A much more eventful period than last year, when the Redskins could only re-sign their own players and added no one of significance in free agency thanks to the second year of their $36-million cap penalty. But the question is, Can Washington pursue someone such as safety Jairus Byrd while having so many other needs? It will be difficult, but he would solidify the deep middle. They like safety Mike Mitchell as well. Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph is another possibility. Brandon Spikes, a liability in coverage, or Daryl Smith would fill a hole at inside linebacker. What the Redskins should not do is try and fill every need with a free agent and use up all their cap space. With several prominent players up for new deals in the next couple years, they need to also have an eye on the future.
So I thought I’d take a look at four players who have been in the news lately, which prompted a round of questions:
CB Champ Bailey: Loved covering him early in his career in Washington and also watching him play. But what does he have left? The assumption is he could move to safety. However, in doing that he’d have to learn a new defense and a new position. That’s a lot to ask. Denver’s decision to release him is not about money, it’s about where his game stands. Perhaps if that Lisfranc injury heals well this offseason he’ll regain some of that lost explosiveness. But the team that knows him best did not think that would happen. It’s a tricky injury. He liked playing in Washington. He definitely tired of the organization so it’s debatable if he’d even want to return.
CB Cortland Finnegan: The Redskins likely would have pursued him in 2012 had the salary-cap penalty not been applied. This is why free agency is dangerous: Finnegan never came close to living up to his five-year, $50 million contract in St. Louis. Just remember that next week. Injuries cost him nine games this past season – three because of a hamstring issue; he was then placed on injured reserve because he fractured an orbital bone behind his left eye. But he was playing poorly before the injury. Last year, he had a nagging hamstring injury that left him mostly as a nickel corner (though he played in every game). He’s considered good in the locker room. At 30, once corners start breaking down it’s hard to trust them. And, at 5-foot-10, 180 pounds a move to safety is probably not the best idea. St. Louis apparently wants him back. If I’m the Redskins, I stay away from an aging corner coming off injuries who is smaller and doesn’t know my defense.
CB Brandon Browner: Unlike the other two, he already was an unrestricted free agent. But I’m including him here because of his recent reinstatement, so he became a popular one to ask about. But as part of his return to the NFL, he’ll have to sit out the first four games of 2014. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he’s big and physical. That style works great – when you have a pass rush like Seattle to match. But he’ll also turn 30 before the season and he’s limited as to his style of play. What they don’t need are more aging defensive players. And when physical corners age, if they can’t get their hands on a receiver, they struggle. However, Browner was well-liked in the Seattle locker room. I’d consider him more for safety than corner at this point.
KR/PR Devin Hester: Another player who already was a free agent. But, like Browner, Hester was in the news when the Bears confirmed they would not be re-signing him So ... there were questions. I would definitely consider him because it’s clear he’s still good. Hester averaged 27.6 yards on 52 kickoff returns last season (with four fumbles) and 14.2 on punt returns. He returned a punt 81 yards for a score against the Redskins. Shocker there, I know. Of his 18 punt returns, four went for at least 20 yards -- that’s three more than the Redskins had in 35 returns.
Hester counted $2.98 million against the salary cap in 2013. The Bears do not want to pay a return specialist that kind of money and it’s hard to blame them when they have other areas to fill. His lack of versatility hurts – he was tried at other spots and never produced. Do not fool yourself into thinking it would be different elsewhere. He’s a bit of a luxury and for a team with bigger holes, should he be signed even for, say, $2 million a year? But he has averaged at least 14.2 yards per punt return in three of the past four years.
Why it's a need: The Redskins need to generate more push out of their nickel pass rush, which means finding a lineman who likely can play end and then shift inside in passing situations. The Redskins need more depth here, with Adam Carriker cut and Stephen Bowen uncertain after microfracture surgery. It's hard to imagine Bowen sticking around at his current cap number ($7.02 million). Even if one or both come back later (Carriker said he'll have a shot in June to prove if he's healthy), the Redskins need more help.
Free agency: There are some good options available and my hunch is that the Redskins will sign someone up front. The New York Giants' Linval Joseph is a candidate and could make the switch from a 4-3 tackle to a 3-4 end. He often left the field in rush situations, but that's partly because the Giants liked to add speed in the middle and would drop their ends inside. But Joseph has a good reputation in New York as a hard worker and likable kid. The Giants feel they have some depth up front so might be willing to let him walk. I've liked him for a couple of years. If the Redskins just wanted to find someone to help in nickel situations, they could pursue Houston's Antonio Smith. He's small for a 3-4 defensive end, but he can help as a rusher. He's a good locker room presence, too. But he's also 32 and should only be signed to a small deal. Here's what ESPN scout Matt Williamson told our Titans reporter, Paul Kuharsky, about Smith: "Smith is a penetrating 3-4 end that is one of the better interior pass-rushers in the league. However, he is up in age and his best football might be behind him."
Baltimore's Arthur Jones plays with power, using good leverage and long arms to be effective. He can play end in a base package and inside in a nickel. He's played both end spots -- he also had a sack last season against Cincinnati. Jones has a combined 8.5 sacks the past two years, but pass rushing is not his strength. Seattle's Red Bryant could probably play a 3-4 end, but he's a run-stuffer so if they want a pass-rusher, he's not the one.
The draft: I don’t like this for the Redskins. Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt could go somewhere in the 20s or fall to the early part of the second round, so he might be available at 34. That's tough to see. Minnesota’s Ra'Shede Hageman is another who could go late in the first round. South Carolina’s Kelcy Quarles is a possibility in the third round. There are a couple other options in that third to fourth round range, but I really think free agency is the option this offseason.
Polian also touched on several other matters during a conference call Wednesday that pertain to the Redskins and free agency:
Retaining your own players: “Free agency in and of itself is an overpayment situation. That said, if your own players are quality players and you believe they can help you win then it’s better off to pay them because they’re as good or better as you can find in the market and you know them better than you know a player from another team. You’re paying a premium, but you put it into a player you know and believe in. He has no adjustments coming into your system. It’s pretty seamless. When you have good players, when you’ve drafted well, it follows that the more you can keep the better off you are. That’s the right way to go rather than trying to get someone else’s players.“
My take: That’s partly why they placed the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo. And it’s why they’d like to re-sign Riley, albeit not at the price he’s currently asking. Look for a few others to return, notably guys like Santana Moss and probably a Reed Doughty.
Free agency in general: “The dangers are you don’t know the player as well as you know the player coming out in the draft and certainly not as well as your player. The best players are [already] signed. These are 'B' players whose agents are looking for 'A' money. That in itself is not the best of buys. You recognize that as a general manager. When the player changes teams and changes systems and changes local, he’s going to have an adjustment period. That is something that is missed by most analysts and most fans. Football is not a seamless transition. Basketball is; baseball is. Football is not. Systems change. People have a difficult time adjusting to begin with and then if the system changes or technique changes, it’s even worse. You typically find a player doesn’t play to his maximum in a new situation. It may take a year to get adjusted. That’s a year you lost but paid big money for.”
My take: There is more homework done on players entering the draft than on free agents. One benefit Washington had during the lockout three years ago is that it gave the front office more time to research free agents they wanted. But one reason you talk to so many potential draft picks is to have a book on them for when they do become free. Still, four years is a long time and things change.
Better to find a receiver in free agency or the draft: “Our philosophy was to build from within with those kind of players. You can add one or two special skill sets through free agency, but keep in mind the best players are not in free agency. They are tagged or signed. By definition you’re getting a guy who’s not someone else’s No. 1 and you’re probably overpaying for him. If you don’t have anybody it usually helps to get a veteran who can fill a hole in the short run in free agency. Then the question becomes how much do you pay for that player, how much tread is left on his tires and what kind of person is he?”
My take: It’s hard for young receivers to contribute immediately. The Redskins have enough holes here that they could sign a veteran (Hakeem Nicks, perhaps, for a medium- or low-end deal) and then draft one to develop. Again.
Signing offensive linemen: “The offensive line is the one area where maybe free agency can benefit you, or maybe you need to try and make it benefit you if you have a lot of spots to fill. Free agency is a good place to get specific veteran players who fit your parameters and who are a reasonable cost. You can find pretty good buys -- I put that in quotation marks because it’s all relative.”
My take: The Redskins need some help in the interior, but they also have some young options -- guys we really don’t know how they’d perform (though obviously the coaches have a good idea). But after three years, this is when one or two of them should be ready. So the Redskins have three option here: free agency, the draft or in house.
March 8-11: It used to be that teams could not legally contact players until free agency began. But that was a sham so now they have a legal window to talk to players. The Redskins talked to numerous players during this period last year, but with no room against the cap they didn't sign anyone. It was akin to colleges recruiting players before offering a scholarship. But deals can't be struck during this time. It gives teams and agents a good idea on what to expect when free agency begins. Not everyone likes this format. Teams are sometimes reluctant to say exactly how much they'll pay a player, fearing they're just doing another team's negotiating. This causes teams to be more vague, which, in turn frustrates agents.
March 11: Free agency begins at 4 p.m. Teams must be in compliance with the salary cap by 4 p.m. (this is also when the rule of 51 begins and only the top 51 contracts count toward the cap). This won't be an issue at all with Washington. The Redskins will have approximately $30 million in cap space and plenty of needs. The shopping list includes two safeties, another cornerback, at least one inside linebacker, a defensive lineman and perhaps receiver and an offensive lineman. Other than that, they're all set.
What to watch: How aggressive will the Redskins be? They were forced to be prudent the past two offseasons. But with more cap space, that will change -- but how aggressive will they be? General manager Bruce Allen has done a good job of setting a price for guys and sticking to that figure. But will that change with the desire to rid themselves of last year's 3-13 stench? They need a safety and the best one out there is Buffalo's Jairus Byrd, whose ability to cover deep middle would open up this defensive scheme. Byrd might be too expensive, but he can't be ruled out of course. Also, New York defensive lineman Linval Joseph could be a target among others. Other names to watch: Carolina's Mike Mitchell and Giants' receiver Hakeem Nicks. They also apparently like Houston free-agent linebacker Joe Mays, as much for his special-teams ability. They talked to him during training camp
March 23-26: NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla.
What to watch: Will the NFL expand the current playoff format? It's working rather well the way it is, but Redskins coach Jay Gruden will meet with the media for about an hour during this trip. If there's a big free-agent signing I'm sure he'll talk beforehand, but this is always a good chance to delve into other topics.
April 7: Because the Redskins have a new coach, they can begin their offseason workout program. Teams without a new coach must wait two more weeks.
What to watch: For the first two weeks of the offseason workouts, players can't work with their position coaches. They can only do strength and conditioning or rehab. Quarterbacks can throw the ball to receivers, but not against a defense. In the second phase, which lasts three weeks, coaches are allowed to be on the field to provide instruction and run drills. But there's still no offense vs. defense. And in the final phase, there are no individual drills pitting offense vs. defense, but you can do a full-team drill that way. This is also the first time players can wear helmets in the offseason (no pads of any kind however).
The Redskins also get an extra minicamp this spring because they have a new coach and that's what will be more revealing publicly. Last year, for example, you could see Josh LeRibeus did not have a good offseason just by how he looked physically: out of shape. During Washington's minicamps, we'll get a chance to see how Griffin is throwing the ball -- will he be more consistent? The problems he had throwing the ball were evident last summer, so we'll get some clue as to his improvement. There's a long way to go of course, but it will be the first measurement and it will come after he's had a month or two of good training. Will the brace be on?
Why it’s a need: Well there were some issues as you might have heard. But along with that their main starters, Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty, are free agents. Even if one or both are re-signed, the Redskins will still have a need at this position. Doughty is still best used as a backup and key special teamer -- I'd bring him back for that season -- while Meriweather should only be a short-term solution.
In house options: That’s the problem; the Redskins lack a strong alternative. I liked where Phillip Thomas was headed as a rookie, though I don’t know if he would have become a starter. The problem is, he had Lisfranc surgery and that can be difficult to overcome. Will he be able to push off with the same power? It’s an injury that can be tougher for skill position players because of how they must cut. He’s a smart player, but it’ll be tough to expect him to be able to start. Bacarri Rambo showed that he’s not ready to start. Jose Gumbs will return, but he’s a special teamer.
Free agent options: The top safeties available are Buffalo’s Jairus Byrd and Cleveland’s T.J. Ward – who play free and strong, respectively. Byrd is terrific, thanks to his ability to read quarterbacks so well and anticipate plays. He broke up passes from spots that I haven’t seen any safety break up here in a while. Byrd is excellent in the deep middle and rarely played up near the line of scrimmage, as much a function of scheme as ability. He’d allow the Redskins to use a lot more eight-man fronts and man coverage. Buffalo won’t re-sign him and he will be expensive. Ward is more an in-the-box safety, but he can play deep as well. Cleveland ran the same 3-4 style of defense Washington uses, so Ward would be a good fit if the Browns let him walk. Carolina’s Mike Mitchell is on the Redskins’ list. He’s not as accomplished as the other two, but is coming off his best season. The Panthers’ defense played better when he was moved to free safety. But was last year a fluke or the start of something; at times he can get too high on his tackles. He also was fined five times last season for hits and can be a bit talkative. But the Panthers consider him a priority to re-sign.
Draft options: Finding a veteran is a must because of what’s needed to learn about this position in the NFL. It’s a tough transition for safeties, especially those chosen after the first round. But there are good options for a team that could use a good young safety. My favorite (without doing a ton of draft prep) for the second round is Northern Illinois’ Jimmie Ward. I like how he runs through players when he tackles. He’s aggressive with good coverage skills; that versatility always works well. Other safeties who should be around in the middle rounds: Virginia Tech’s Antone Exum; USC’s Dion Bailey (who played some strongside linebacker in college) and Baylor’s Ahmad Dixon, a physical in-the-box player. I don’t know if he’d be able to play both safety spots, however.
In case you missed it:
- The Redskins did not release Adam Carriker with the intent of re-signing him to a lesser deal, a team source said. But as ESPN980’s Chris Russell first reported, there’s also the chance of Carriker getting another look in June. Yes, I’ve heard that, too, from Carriker himself.
- Carriker said he was told that to get fit and get healthy and he would get another chance to see if he was worth another shot in June. That does not mean he’ll be re-signed at that time, but he’d at least get a workout. “I’m optimistic,” Carriker said.Carriker
- Carriker still has his fans at Redskins Park; they know his work ethic and they don’t want to count him 100 percent out. I think the feeling is that this remains more of a longshot than anything, but just in case.
- And I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some at Redskins Park who aren’t as optimistic, which is why they don’t think ultimately he’ll be back. I think if the organization was overly optimistic about his chances, he’d be signed back much sooner. But this is a way to show respect to someone whose work ethic you value. Carriker will continue to pour himself into getting better and if things look good in June, then his situation will be reconsidered. If not? Then he came much closer than someone in his situation ever would have. The way he works makes it easy to root for a comeback and that's why Carriker still has fans at Redskins Park.
- Sav Rocca’s release wasn’t surprising either. At 40 years old, he’s not going to become a more consistent punter. The Redskins have some options, in case they don’t like Robert Malone. New special teams coach Ben Kotwica was Malone’s coach for two games with the New York Jets last season (Kotwica was the assistant special teams coach in 2012 when Malone lasted all season). But the Redskins signed Malone before Kotwica, so I’m not sure what he thinks of him. But considering the Jets released Malone...
- And, for the first time this offseason, I actually watched a punter. Malone had a 46.3-yard average in his two games last season, which is pretty good. However, in the game I saw him punt (Week 2 against New England), he was too inconsistent. Four of his nine punts had a hang time of less than 4.0 seconds. I only timed seven punts because two were inside-the-20 attempts, which is not as much about hang time. On those two kicks, one was for only 21 yards to the 20. So of his seven punts that required good hang time, only three were good (and they were all around 4.5 seconds, which is excellent). That explains a net average of 37.1 for the season and 37.8 for his career.
- For what it’s worth, Malone punted in Tampa Bay in 2010 under Raheem Morris. He, too, got rid of Malone, though it's common for punters to take time to mature in the NFL.
- Malone is only 26 so one day perhaps he will find that consistency. Leg strength is not a problem here. But I’d keep looking for another punter. Pat McAfee and Donnie Jones will be free agents next week. McAfee had a net of 38.5 last season (46.0 gross); Jones had a 40.5 net (44.9 gross). Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was with Jones in St. Louis.
- Jawan Jamison's release was not surprising. I just never saw anything from him to suggest holding onto him another year. At least Chris Thompson offers something because of his speed. That always gets you a longer look. And I liked Jamison’s film at Rutgers; he was a good fit in this system and he did a good job in protection. But he did not show up to camp with an NFL body and he just never offered reason to believe he could help.
Adam Carriker was confident in his recovery from surgeries that might have sidelined others long ago. But if he plays this season, it'll be at a much lower price.
The Washington Redskins released Carriker and punter Sav Rocca, freeing up more cash a week prior to the start of free agency. Washington also released its seventh-round draft pick from 2013, running back Jawan Jamison.
Carriker's release wasn't a surprise, considering the defensive end missed all of last season as well as the final 14 regular-season games in 2012. He tore his right quadriceps in Week 2 of 2012 and needed three surgeries to repair the injury. Carriker was released with a failed physical designation.
The Redskins will not seek to re-sign Carriker, according to a team source.
The Redskins contemplated releasing Carriker before last season, saying privately that few players could return from such a scenario. But his work ethic persuaded them to keep him.