Salary Cap Clearing Starts: Redskins Release Vincent
The Washington Redskins released safety Troy Vincent yesterday, the first of what is expected to be several cap-savings measures. Vincent, 35, who was signed midway through the season, suffered injury problems with both Washington and Buffalo in 2006, and releasing him created about $1.3 million in cap space to put toward free agent spending next month.
The team is almost certain to release place kicker John Hall-- Hall said at season's end that he expected as much -- which would create an additional $1.5 million. Wide receiver David Patten and tight end Christian Fauria also are candidates for release. Like Hall, they battled injuries and could be nearing the end of their careers. Veteran defensive linemen Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn carry heavy cap figures as well, but have not been approached about restructuring their contracts, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. They are respected locker room leaders, and team sources said the staff anticipates them being back. Still, one of them could be let go if a younger player develops during the offseason.
Team officials began arriving in Indianapolis yesterday for the combine, where negotiations with several players will continue. The Redskins are weeks into restructuring talks with quarterback Mark Brunell and cornerback Shawn Springs, but to this point have been unable to find common ground. They will likely meet with the agents for both players this weekend. Negotiations with guard Derrick Dockery, a potential unrestricted free agent, are ongoing, with indications pointing to Dockery hitting the open market March 2.
The Redskins have expressed an interest in keeping other offensive linemen -- Todd Wade and Mike Pucillo are eligible for unrestricted free agency -- but sources close to Wade said he is expected to test the market, and Pucillo could return to Washington as a reserve. Tight end Todd Yoder and safety Vernon Fox-- both also potential free agents -- could return; depth corner Ade Jimoh is expected back for close to the veteran minimum and linebacker Jeff Posey's special teams effort could result in another season in Washington.
However, the Redskins are not interested in retaining cornerback Kenny Wright or linebacker Warrick Holdman-- both free agents who started often last season -- team sources said. Tight end Brian Kozlowski is unlikely to return as well. . . .
Matthew Shea was promoted from the video department to defensive quality control coach, and Bill Khayat was hired as offensive quality control coach to replace the departed Coy Gibbs. Khayat's father and uncle played for the Redskins and he spent the last three seasons with Arizona. . . . Washington has until Thursday to make qualifying offers to its three restricted free agents -- punter Derrick Frost, defensive lineman Ryan Boschetti and offensive lineman Jim Molinaro-- and has yet to tender any of the three to retain his rights. When the season ended, special teams coach Danny Smith told Frost that he would be tendered, according to his agent. Boschetti's agent said he was not confident his client would get a qualifying offer. Molinaro, who rarely made the active roster, could be let go as well.
-- Jason La Canfora