The Washington Redskins have made their mandated roster reduction to get down to the mandated 75 p[layer active roster. There are a few veteran cuts included. Here are the cuts: LB Perry Riley Jr, DE Stephen Paea, and WR Reggie Diggs. Additionally, the Redskins placed TE Derek Carrier on the Physically Unable to Perform list and placed RB Keith Marshall on Injured Reserve with an elbow injury he suffered during week two of the preseason.
The surprise here is DE Stephen Paea. He is by far, the most disappointing signing of the Scot McCloughan era, thus far. He was part of McCloughan’s initial 2015 free agent spending spree. At that time, Paea signed a four-year deal worth $21 million. With his release, the Redskins will incur $3.75 million cap hit, of which, $2.5 million can be deferred to next season. Paea simply never got into the groove in Washington, ultimately losing his starting position to Chris Baker, just one week into the season. He ended last season with a foot injury. During this pre-season, Paea split time with the second and third units and never made it into the first unit rotation.
As for Riley, he fell from graces due to injury. Riley actually led the Redskins defense in tackles during the 2012 and 2013 season, but missed the last part of least season with a broken foot. With the injury, Mason Foster stepped into the starting role last year and pleasantly surprised the Redskins. He initially split reps this off-season with Riley with the starting unit, but ultimately, he was imply outplayed by Foster. Riley’s case was also hurt when the redskins selected LB Su’a Cravens in the second round. Cravens has done nothing but impress the redskins coaches in camp and during preseason games. Terrance Garvin also leaped over Riley due to special teams play. Essentially, they just have no room for Riley. The salary cap savings makes it a bit more amendable as well, as the Redskins saved $4 million by cutting Riley.
DON’T FORGET, the NFL changed the Redskins final preseason game against Tampa Bay to tomorrow evening, due to inclement weather expected on Thursday.