Breaking down Tuesday's roster moves

Breaking down Tuesday's roster moves
March 5, 2014, 9:00 am
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The Redskins released five players on Tuesday. What effect do the moves have on the depth chart and do they tell us anything about other transactions that may be coming?

—The biggest name and owner of the biggest cap number of the five was Adam Carriker. He hasn’t been on the depth chart since September 16, 2012, the day he suffered a torn quad during a game in St. Louis so there really aren’t any effects there. The team doesn’t really need to look for a replacement for him. Last year the Redskins, working with an $18 million salary cap penalty, decided to keep Carriker around despite a cap number of $2.8 million. His release this year saved nearly $3 million against the cap.

—In light of that cap penalty, a year ago many wondered why Mike Shanahan gave punter Sav Rocca a two-year deal that carried a cap number of $877,500 last year and $1.2 million this year. The job could be done for much less. The critics proved to be right as he ranked 29th in gross punting average and 32nd in net. The writing was on the wall for Rocca when the Redskins signed Robert Malone in January. The 26-year-old has punted in 31 games including 18 with the Jets under new special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica. His career average is 44.5 yards per punt. The team could decide to bring in some competition for Malone.

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—Shanahan made another head-scratching decision when he used two of the team’s seven 3013 draft picks on running backs when there already were three fairly young backs on the roster. Jawan Jamison was the seventh-round pick, an undersized back at 5-7, 203. He showed very little in training camp and started the year on the practice squad. Jamison was moved up to the 53-man roster for the last three games of the season. Although he was on the game day active roster all three weeks he didn’t play, not even on special teams. Jay Gruden and company apparently decided they had no use for a backup running back who couldn’t even get on the field for the team’s highly challenged kicking units. He wasn’t really on the depth chart but the team will almost certainly bring in other running backs via veteran or undrafted free agency.

Richard Quinn was with the Redskins briefly in 2011, appearing in one game. His stay this time was even shorter; he had been signed to a future contract after this past season.

Davin Meggett joined the practice squad in November of last year and was signed to a future contract on December 31.