September 20, 2019

Washington Redskins Second Day of OTAs Observations

With the media not allowed to attend the second or third days of organized team activities, there was not as much information available to pass along with the current status of the Washington Redskins. However the few bits of information that were reported through knowledgeable sources showed the moving parts that will likely continue going into the upcoming season.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Washington Redskins will release veteran Chris Chester, last year’s starting right guard. Chester was signed in 2011 to a five-year, $20 million contract and would have been a cap hit of $4.8 million this year in his last year under contract before becoming a unrestricted free agent. Chester also had a $100k workout bonus and $400k roster bonus in his contract, which may have played into the timing of release. There will be an $800k dead cap hit, but overall the Redskins have carved out an additional $4 million to work with to possibly bring in another free agent.

The rumored release of Chester tells us that Bill Callahan sees the veteran as not only a non-starter, but also incompetent to be a backup at either guard position, especially at that price. That would seem to be good news for last year’s third round picks Spencer Long and Morgan Moses, 2013 third round pick Josh LeRibeus, and this year’s fourth round pick Arie Kouandjio. Many like Long to be penciled in as the starting right guard for the time being with Kouandjio likely being the main threat to the former Nebraska product.

Currently, I do not see Moses fully converted to an NFL guard’s body type and think he, along with Tom Compton, will continue to back up left tackle Trent Williams and presumable right tackle Brandon Scherff. For those wondering, Trent Williams did get out of the Houston area and is with the team for Day 2 of voluntary OTAs.

According to head coach Jay Gruden yesterday, Tracy Porter also missed a flight into the nation’s capital like Williams because of the Texas flooding. However, it was reported by Washington Post’s Mike Jones that the Redskins will be releasing Porter. Porter signed a two-year, $6 million contract with Washington last offseason including a $2,000,000 signing bonus. In 2015, Porter was scheduled to earn a base salary of $2,250,000 and a roster bonus of $46,875. Porter would have had a cap hit of $3,296,875 while his dead money value is $1,000,000 resulting in the Redskins saving nearly $2.3 million in salary cap.

Porter only played in two games for the team last year and is coming off another major surgery, this time to his shoulder. With the signing of Chris Culliver, the positive strides made by DeAngelo Hall in his hopes to recover from two Achilles tears, and the continued development of youngsters Baushad Breeland and David Amerson, it did not make sense for the Redskins to keep him around to rarely play at his price. Although Amerson showed major regressions at times last season, his just over $1 million cap hit as last year’s second round draft pick is not something worth giving up on just yet.

In two swift moves to get rid of old dead weight, Scot McCloughan and company freed up $6.3 million that he could play with to possibly bring in another free agent that could have a positive impact on the team. Although results might not come right away, it is clear that the Redskins are building momentum from their relatively strong draft class and will attempt to not be the door mat to opposing NFL teams come September.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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  1. […] Gruden to address the other side of the ball as he did with the majority of his responses. With the release of Chris Chester last week, Gruden discussed how they felt comfortable with the depth they had at guard, including […]

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