At this point in the offseason, there are no restrictions on how large NFL rosters can be. Rosters are filled with countless rookies, overpaid veterans, and washed up former starters, and none of them have been cut… yet.
Eventually, these teams will have to cut down their rosters to 53. While the majority of players let go will be undrafted free agents, some bigger names will not make the roster either.
Deangelo Hall has been playing in Washington since 2008, after a trade with the Oakland Raiders. He’s far and away the team’s longest tenured player (some of his teammates from the 2008 squad included James Thrash, Jason Campbell, Fred Smoot, and Santana Moss). With that said, he is also the Redskins’ oldest player (33).
Hall last recorded an interception in 2013, and he has played in just 17 games over the past three seasons. He’s been ineffective for a while now, while the team has two new rookies at the safety position. Gruden would be
Though the team just restricted Hall’s contract, they still would save a significant amount of money by cutting Hall.
Will They Cut Hall? Yes.
If Matt Jones didn’t have a fumbling issue, who knows where he would be. Last year, Jones was by far the most efficient back (4.6 YPC) but Jay Gruden benched him after his third fumble.
Jones skipped OTAs, and his agent requested that the Redskins cut the third year RB. Additionally, he is the 5th RB on the depth chart.
There is 100% chance Jones will be cut, no questions asked.
Nate Sudfeld is in his second year, so he is still eligible for the practice squad. With that said, I doubt the Redskins even think about moving him there. According to coaches (and some fans), Sudfeld has made outstanding strides this offseason and is performing like a “first or second round pick”. Due to his success, allowing other teams to sign him is simply too much of a risk.
If Cousins doesn’t resign, Sudfeld could be the future of the organization. Mccoy is too old to build a team around, and Bruce Allen opted not to draft a QB in the draft.
Sudfeld has potential, and given the toxic situation will Cousins contract the team should not cut him.
With Jordan Reed and veteran Vernon Davis leading Washington’s TE crew, they may be the most talented in the NFL. What separates Reed and co. from every other team is their depth. Yes, they do have Reed who is the best receiving TE in the league. But they also have Vernon Davis who quietly put up his highest yardage total since 2013 and Niles Paul who is a dynamic threat when healthy.
This April, the Redskins’ front office selected Jeremy Sprinkle, a TE from Arkansas, in the 5th round of the NFL draft. Sprinkle stands 6’5 and weighs in at 252 lbs. He has solid hands and also can run a variety of routes from both the slot and on the edge of the offensive line. Sprinkle provides more upside and youth than the alternative, Derek Carrier.
I expect the Redskins to cut Carrier but keep Sprinkle, which would cause them to have four TEs on the roster.