Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 10, 49 days before the NFL Draft.
Five Redskins who are still on the bubble
The Redskins released four players on Monday. But not all of the holdovers who remain under contract are assured of staying on the roster when training camp rolls around in late July. The statuses of Perry Riley and Andre Roberts have been well discussed. Here are some more players who could be on the bubble.
C Kory Lichtensteiger—His future could hinge on the draft. If the Redskins find a center they are confident can start they could decide to part ways with Lichtensteiger and his $3.8 million cap hit. But I wouldn’t count him out. While that cap number is a touch high for a backup he is versatile and that could help him survive.
ILB Adam Hayward—He has had two serious season-ending injuries in each of his two years with the team. A torn ACL suffered in the preseason cost him all of last year. He’s still under contract for this year with a cap hit of $885,000. After losing special teams stalwart Darrel Young there would be some reasons to hang on to Hayward. But if they don’t think he can stay healthy he could be gone.
OL Shawn Lauvao—This could be a tough call. He suffered a left ankle injury in Week 3 and he was out for the remainder of the season. The veteran also had to have surgery on his right foot, a procedure that was done just before the Redskins’ season ended. Lauvao has a $5 million cap hit and the younger and cheaper Spencer Long showed some promise playing in Lauvao’s left guard.. And for depth, the coaches are high on Arie Kouandjio, who was picked in last year’s draft. The handwriting could be on the wall but nothing is certain.
TE Derek Carrier—Here is another player who ended the season on injured reserve with a torn ACL. If Niles Paul is good to go for OTAs as he said he would be you have to wonder if there is a spot for Carrier. With Paul and Jordan Reed, the Redskins have two pass-catching tight ends and a third one would be of questionable utility. Carrier could go to make room for more of a blocking TE.
One thing to keep in mind is that these players, including Riley and Roberts, may not get cut immediately. Last year they waited until OTAs to release Chris Chester and Tracy Porter. And some could be around until a training camp competition.
—The Redskins last played a game 60 days ago. It will be about 185 days until they play another one.
—Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 39; 2016 NFL draft 49; Redskins training camp starts 149
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