The Redskins have released defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca, the team announced today (via Twitter). In addition to parting ways with those two veterans, the club has also cut tight end Richard Quinn and running backs Jawan Jamison and Davin Meggett.
Carriker, who signed a four-year deal with the Redskins in March of 2012, has missed the majority of the last two seasons due to knee and quadriceps issues. He had a cap number of about $6.51MM for the coming season, which will be reduced to $3.52MM in dead money, creating $2.99MM in cap savings for Washington. Rocca, the Redskins’ punter for the last three season, would have seen his base salary bumped up to $1.2MM, but instead the club will save that amount in cash and cap space.
Carriker expressed optimism last week about returning to the field in 2014, and was hopeful the Redskins would give him a chance. If the team had shared that optimism, perhaps a restructure or pay cut would’ve been a possibility. However, it looks like the 29-year-old will have to sign elsewhere to have a chance at a comeback in ’14.
As for the other three players cut by the Redskins, Quinn, Jamison, and Meggett were all on minimum-salary contracts and weren’t expected to be contributors to the club in 2014.