The Redskins made a few roster moves after yesterday’s rookie camp practice. Only two of them involved a player who has an NFL game appearance on his resume.
One was the release of safety Jose Gumbs, who was signed during training camp last year—literally. While he was stretching on the field prior to his first practice he was brought some papers to sign, presumably his playing contract. He was a surprise inclusion on the final 53-man roster. Gumbs was active for eight games and played 82 snaps on defense. When Brandon Meriweather was suspended for the game in Denver against Peyton Manning’s Broncos it was Gumbs, not draft pick Bacarri Rambo, who got the start.
But Gumbs was injured early in that game and Rambo finished. He didn’t see the field on defense any more until the Redskins were eliminated from playoff consideration in December.
The Redskins did not draft a safety so it seemed that Gumbs would get a shot to hold on to his job so his release is something of a surprise.
The other veteran move was the signing of defensive lineman Frank Kearse, a 2011 seventh-round drat pick who has played in a total of 16 NFL games, 14 with the Panthers in 2011-2012 and two with the Cowboys last year.
The Redskins also shuffled around some undrafted players. They signed cornerbacks Courtney Bridget (Hampton) and Blake Sailors (Georgia) and safety Ross Madison (Toledo), all three of whom were tryout participants during the first two days of the rookie camp.
Released were nose tackle Chris Davenport (Tulane), tight end Kevin Perry (UTEP) and quarterback Tommy Rees (Notre Dame).
The Redskins could make some more moves after today’s final rookie practice. They are at the roster limit of 90 so if they decide to sign any more players they will have to release an equal number.