Redskins release Adam Carriker

Updated: March 4, 2014, 5:00 PM ET
By John Keim | ESPN.com

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.

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Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY SportsAdam Carriker has missed almost two full seasons while dealing with three surgeries on his right quadriceps.

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.

Carriker's release saves the Redskins $2.98 million against the salary cap. He was scheduled to have a cap number of $6.5 million this season. Carriker recently said he was optimistic about returning.

"I understand how the NFL works. [But] there's no doubt in my mind they want me around," Carriker said. "They like a lot of things about me. They know I can play. They know I know the defense very well. Even if you bring a guy in, unless you see him in your exact scheme, it's hard to know if a guy will work.

"They know I can do it. Plus I've been battling every day for a year and a half. I think they like and respect that. They've also seen the progress. It's just a matter of me getting back to full speed and getting 100 percent back to normal. Without a doubt, they want me back."

Carriker recorded a career-best 5.5 sacks in 2011 as the starting left defensive end. The first-round pick by St. Louis in 2007 was traded to Washington in 2010, switching from a 4-3 end/tackle to a 3-4 end. He was a good fit and it showed with his anticipation skills in 2011, making more plays behind the line.

Rocca's release saves the Redskins $1.2 million against the salary cap. Rocca, 40, averaged 42.0 yards per punt, and his 33.8 yard net average was a career low, a function of bad coverage and some untimely short punts.

Jamison, a seventh-round pick from Rutgers, spent most of the season on the practice squad. The Redskins also released tight end Richard Quinn and running back Davin Meggett.

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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