John Keim of ESPN.com offers up some suggestions regarding a Redskins few players who could be on the chopping block in the next few weeks.
First up for Keim is DE Stephen Bowen who currently has a $7.02 million cap figure for the 2014 season.
Bowen, 29, has just two years remaining on his current contract and releasing him would free up close to $2 million.
He underwent microfracture surgery on Dec. 4 after suffering a torn PCL in his right-knee during Week 7, which subsequently landed him on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Keim writes that Bowen would not have made his list had he not suffered this knee injury, but there is a case to be made that he’s not worth his current base salaries.
Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 40 3-4 defensive end out of 45 qualifying players. He particularly struggled at rushing the passer, according to their rankings.
Another notable name on Keim’s list is DE Adam Carriker who has undergone multiple surgeries in last year and half.
According to Keim, re-signing Carriker to a lesser deal remains a possibility as it would at the very least lower his $6.5 million cap figure for the 2014 season. Washington stands to gain $2.98 million by releasing him.
Carriker, 29, had been a reliable player to start his career having missed just one season during his first four years in the NFL, but since then has only played in two games. He also doesn’t excel in one particular area, so it seems likely that his contract will garner consideration in the coming weeks.
Keim writes that if the team expects to target some big name free agents this year, G Chris Chester and has a cap number of $4.3 million could be deemed expendable.
According Keim, the Redskins would $2.7 million by releasing Chester who still has three years remaining on his current contract.
Chester, 31, graded out as a below average player, according to Pro Football Focus, and the team is expected to target offensive line upgrades this offseason, so it’s really not surprising to hear his name get mentioned as a potential roster cut.
As things stand right now, the Redskins are expected to have close to $24 million in available cap space this offseason.