The Washington Redskins released CB Chris Culliver on Monday, ending his tenure with the team after only one season, GM Scot McCloughan announced.
McCloughan announces that the #Redskins have released CB Chris Culliver.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) May 2, 2016
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.