WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The cash-strapped Washington Redskins made a bevvy of moves in recent days as they deal with the second year of a hefty $36 million, NFL-imposed salary cap penalty.
The moves were headlined by the release of cornerback DeAngelo Hall who became the team’s highest-profile cap casualty.
Hall was cut because the Redskins were over the cap due to an $18 million sanction imposed for the way they structured contracts during the 2010 uncapped season. Without the penalty, Hall would almost certainly have remained in Washington.
Defensive end Adam Carriker, an otherwise likely candidate for release, restructured his contract to remain with the Redskins.
Carriker says it’s a shame the NFL opted to penalize the Redskins in that fashion. He added he was willing to do whatever it took to help the team as he continues to rehab a torn quad tendon that landed him on injured reserve early last season.
CB DeAngelo Hall released
DE Adam Carriker restructures contract
OL Tony Pashos signs 1-year deal
NT Chris Baker tendered 1-year deal
OL Kory Lichtensteiger re-signs; 5-year deal
LB Rob Jackson re-signs; 1-year deal
TE Logan Paulsen re-signs; 3-year deal
LS Nick Sundberg re-signs; 4-year deal
FB Darrel Young re-signs; 3-year deal
On the eve of the start of free agency, the Redskins also signed tackle Tony Pashos to a one-year deal and tendered a qualifying offer to restricted free agent nose tackle Chris Baker.
“I talked to a player that has played extremely hard for us the last couple of years and I had to tell him he was released today,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “And that guy has really played extremely hard for us, and that’s DeAngelo Hall.
“He’s given everything I’ve asked him to give. He’s gotten better each year. He’s done the little things the right way and when you have to tell somebody that they’re not going to be on your football team, it’s a little hard, especially when your plan was to take care of the guys that took care of you.”