Reporting Grant Paulsen
The Redskins continued downsizing their roster and shedding salary on Tuesday by releasing two more veterans.
Left guard Derrick Dockery and outside linebacker Andre Carter were both waived. They join Clinton Portis, cut Monday after a seven-season run in DC, as newly established free agents the Redskins have decided to move on without.
Dockery played in five games, starting two, this season. Originally drafted by the Redskins, his release ends a two-year, second tenure in Washington. He’s spent six of his eight NFL seasons in DC.
“I enjoyed my time here,” Dockery told ’106.7 The Fan’ when reached for comment on his phone. “This is the best organization to play for. The fans are outstanding.” Listen to the interview with LaVar & Dukes.
Carter, a 2006 free agent addition, never missed a game in his five seasons with the Redskins.The 31-year-old, pas rusher registered double-digit sacks twice in Washington. In fact, his 34 sacks in the last half-decade are a team high.
“I appreciate everything they did for me, Carter told ’106.7 The Fan’ via text message on Tuesday.
Neither of the players the Redskins released on Tuesday was an ideal fit for the schemes the Redskins decided to run when Mike Shanahan was hired as head coach.
Carter came to Washington to avoid having to play in a 3-4 scheme in San Francisco. Four years later the Redskins decided to run one. At his best as a down defensive-end, he was asked to play outside linebacker. The role didn’t suit his skillset and his ability to impact games declined.
Dockery is a big lineman (6-6 and 325) who relies on his strength. Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme demands quickness and mobility from linemen.
A starter his entire career, Dockery was splitting duties with Kory Lichtensteiger when the season began. He was relegated to the bench by the end of September and even deactivated on several occasions.
“There are no hard feelings,” Dockery said. As for what Mike Shanahan told Dockery when informing him of his release? “He just wished me the best. He said he really appreciated how I handled everything.”
Despite losing their starting jobs this fall, both Dockery and Carter were scheduled to earn starting-caliber money in 2011.
They’ll now have a chance to find new homes this offseason. Perhaps where they can once again seize starting roles.