Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Redskins trim the roster/We'll miss you, Cooley

Sadly, Chris Cooley, formerly the longest-tenured Redskin player (9 years), was released. He may have wanted to go somewhere he might find a starting job, but the writing was pretty much on the wall with his 3.8 million dollar price tag this season. Still, as unsurprising as the move is, it's a big disappointment. He was a great Redskin, and I held out hope that we'd hang onto him or he'd accept a pay cut. He'll get picked up by another team, and I wish him the best there. RG3 had a lovely tweet thanking Cooley for his work and helping teach him.

This does make my purely speculative talk of Alfred Morris as a potential HB/FB hybrid more feasible. Cooley was acting as the backup FB, and since I doubt Dorson Boyce makes the roster, it would probably be between a halfback like Morris or presumptive 3rd string (blocking) TE Logan Paulsen to back Darrel Young up.

This also pretty much assures Niles Paul of the roster spot, as I've suspected all along, and Paulsen probably retains the 3rd TE and blocking specialist role he held last season. I may write up a prediction for the final 53 man roster soon.

Other notable cuts include Neil Rackers followed the next day by Graham Gano, signalling an unceremonious end to the kicking competition between the two in favor of Billy Cundiff, whom the Ravens just cut. It looked like Gano was probably going to beat Rackers out and, as much as he's improved and as strong as his leg is, I won't miss worrying about Gano missing wide on any given field goal try.

Kevin Barnes was traded to the Colts for an undisclosed (undoubtedly later round) draft pick. Sad to see a UMD product and Redskins draft pick go to Indy, but he'll probably fit their scheme better, and it's nice that we got something for him. Unfortunately, Cedric Griffin is probably the strong favorite for third corner duties now, and he's been atrocious this pre-season.

Other than that, the only significant moves were putting the recently surgered Jammal Brown on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which will allow us to activate him after 4 to 6 games or move him to IR, and the cutting of offensive linemen Tony Moll and James Lee.

I'll miss you, Captain Chaos.

1 comment:

  1. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000055744/article/six-teams-that-could-show-interest-in-chris-cooley

    Link to Cooley announcing his release.