A week before the start of free agency, the Redskins cleared some cap space by releasing five players, including veterans Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca.
Carriker started 33 games at defensive end for the Redskins but had been sidelined since Week 2 of the 2012 season due to a quad tendon injury. After a setback and three surgeries, the 29-year-old had hoped to return in 2014.
The NFL transactions list said "Failed Physical" under the announcement of Carriker's release.
Rocca, meantime, ranked 30th in average yards per punt (42.0) and 33rd in net (33.8). The 40-year-old also struggled with consistency and had a few ill-timed shanks, including a 15-yarder in Denver that helped the Broncos seize control in the fourth quarter.
The Redskins also announced that they’ve waived running backs Jawan Jamison and practice squader Davin Meggett. Jamison was the team’s seventh round pick in 2013, but he got off to a slow start after reporting to camp out of shape. He was signed from the practice squad in December but never appeared in a game.
The team also cut tight end Richard Quinn, who was signed to a futures contract on Dec. 31.
Tuesday’s moves will add about $3.3 million to the Redskins’ available cap space, according to CSN’s cap guru Rich Tandler. There are cap savings totaling almost $4.8 million with the releases of Carriker ($2.99 million), Rocca ($1.2 million) and Quinn ($570,000). Those savings, however, are offset by the addition of three players making $495,000 each moving onto the Redskins’ cap calculations.
The bottom line is that the Redskins now have just under $22 million of cap space. Free agency opens March 11.
The flurry moves arrive a day after the Redskins used the franchise tag on outside linebacker Brian Orakpo, who will earn $11.5 million in 2014 if he accepts the tag.