The Washington Redskins cut ties with a pair of veteran defensive lineman Thursday, releasing Phillip Daniels and Ma’ake Kemoeatu.
Daniels announced via his Twitter account Thursday morning that he had been released by the Redskins.
“Sad news guys. I just got released. Details coming,” the 15-year veteran tweeted.
Daniels played six seasons for the Redskins, spending last season primarily as a backup after the team switched to a 3-4 seasons. Washington in April drafted Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins with the plan of grooming him as a defensive end.
And the team on Tuesday agreed to terms with sixth-year veteran Barry Cofield, who can play both nose tackle and end.
Daniels was owed a base salary of $1 million and carried a salary cap figure of $1.25 million. Kemoeatu, who spent last season with the Redskins and ended the year on injured reserve, was owed a base salary of $1.5 million this season. The Redskins saved $2.5 million against the cap by releasing him.
Daniels was the second locker room leader of the day to be released by Washington. Earlier Thursday morning, the team informed center Casey Rabach that they would be releasing him as well.
Also on Thursday, the Redskins released running backs Chad Simpson and Andre Brown and reportedly also will cut ties with punter Sam Paulescu, who punted three games last season.
Washington doesn’t have a punter under contract after also releasing veteran Josh Bidwell, who spent much of last season on injured reserve.