Redskins cut Chris Culliver


The Washington Redskins released CB Chris Culliver on Monday, ending his tenure with the team after only one season, GM Scot McCloughan announced.

Culliver, 27, was Washington’s most expensive and high-profile free agent signing of 2015 when he was given a four-year contract worth $32 million. However, Culliver was ordinary instead of superb and then tore the ACL and MCL in his knee on Thanksgiving Day, ending his season and putting his 2016 season in jeopardy. Culliver appeared in only eight games in 2015, recording 16 tackles and zero interceptions. It was Culliver’s second serious knee injury in three years.

Culliver was suspended in the second week of the season due to a traffic altercation before he signed with Washington and that suspension allowed Washington to basically void the rest of the contract. They’ll save $5.5 million against the cap; if they designate it as post-June 1, they can save $8 million.

Pro Football Weekly rated Culliver the second-worst cornerback in the NFL last season.

Culliver became expendable after the team signed Josh Norman to a five-year contract worth $75 million and then drafted CB Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech over the weekend. Washington also has the ascending Bashaud Breeland, as well as veterans Will Blackmon and Greg Toler and youngster Quinton Dunbar, a Cinderella story undrafted free agent from last year.



  • They’d better hope Fuller plays at a reasonably high level relatively soon.

  • My suspicion — based on absolutely nothing — is that Culiver will probably not be ready to start the season and the Skins think Fuller will be. The truth is, Culliver wasn’t good last season. I’m not sure why he regressed so badly from 2014, where he was almost at Pro Bowl level — but he did. And then he got hurt. Remember, as per my story, he blew out the ACL and MCL in that knee. Serious injury.

  • did he get an injury settlement? . . . because if injured they can’t cut him without one right?

  • They’ll save $5.5 million against the cap; if they designate it as post-June 1, they can save $8 million.

  • If he is on the opening day roster as a fully vested vet doesn’t his salary become guaranteed for injury?

  • If they can cut Culliver now who is rehabbing an injury why can’t they cut Roberts?

  • On an unrelated note, I’m perfectly fine with us because I’m eager to see how Dunbar developes with a full offseason to commit to the position and that of course they signed Greg Toler to a one-year contract. So you are five deep right there.

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