Long rumored, the Redskins have officially parted ways with defensive end Adam Carriker.
The 29 year old Carriker had battled injuries, missing the entire 2013 season. By cutting him loose, the team saves roughly $3 million in cap space. He had recurring quad issues, requiring multiple surgeries since last playing in week two of the 2012 season. Carriker had a $6.5 million dollar salary cap figure for this season.
The signing of Chris Baker to a multi year deal probably sealed Carriker’s fate. The versatile Baker could take Carriker’s place at end, or move inside allowing Barry Cofield to move outside. The ‘Skins may also look to strengthen the defensive line either through free agency, the NFL draft, or both. With the 3-4 scheme employed by defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, they will be looking more to interior types.
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The team also announced the release of veteran punter Sav Rocca. The 40 year old Rocca signed a two year deal prior to last season and was due $1.36 million in 2014. Rocca is coming off a career low of less than 34 yards per punt net average. The team could find a replacement in the draft, more likely an undrafted free agent. Punter Robert Malone was signed to the Reserve/Future list in December and must also be considered an option.
By cutting Carriker and Rocca, Washington clears $3.2 million in cap space. In what is now becoming a moving target, cap space for 2014 is somewhere in the $25 million dollar range. The franchise tag on Brian Orapko had knocked that number down considerably as he is now due just shy of $11.5 million dollars this season. The club does have a bit more than four months to continue negotiating with Orapko in hopes of securing a more ‘cap friendly’ long term deal.
While the team is creating cap space, the “dead money” continues to stockpile, now exceeding $10 million dollars. “Dead Money” is cap space allocated to players no longer with the team. Voiding contracts of Josh Morgan, London Fletcher, Brandon Meriweather and now Carriker and Rocca have contributed greatly to that number.
Tight end Richard Quinn has also been terminated, while running back Jawan Jamison and Davin Meggett were waived.
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