The Redskins released a pair of six-year veterans on Thursday morning, cutting ties with center Casey Rabach and defensive lineman Phillip Daniels.
Rabach had signed a three-year contract that was supposed to have paid him $12 million last March. He started all 16 games in five of his six seasons in Washington, missing just one game back in 2007.
Daniels, 38, was set to embark on his 16th NFL season. He played in 14 games in 2010 before suffering a season-ending injury, tallying 21 tackles and two sacks. A full-time starter when healthy during his first five campaigns in Washington, Daniels was one of the Redskins’ most outspoken and revered leaders.
When reached via text message shortly after his release, Rabach said that the Redskins “want to go younger and have enough depth.” That’s likely the same reason they decided to move on without Daniels, who was hoping to return for a second season in Washington’s 3-4 scheme.
Incumbent interior linemen Kory Lichtensteiger and Will Montgomery could compete or Washington’s starting center spot, although it’s not out of the question that the team could still upgrade the position via free agency.
As for the spot in the defensive end rotation that Daniels is vacating, second-round selection Jarvis Jenkins is expected to sign a rookie contract and report to training camp any day. Additionally, the Redskins will still look to add depth to a defensive line that ranked 26th in the NFL against the run last season.
Both of the subtractions were immensely popular players in the Redskins’ locker room, and with the teams local media.