The Washington Redskins informed center Casey Rabach that he will be released, the 11th-year veteran said Thursday morning.

Rabach, who is 33 and is coming off offseason shoulder surgery, said that he was told the Redskins’ plan is to go younger at the center position.

In March 2010, Rabach, who spent the last six seasons with the Redskins, signed a three-year contract extension $12.3 million -- including a $4.3 million signing bonus. He was scheduled to have a base salary of $3 million this season, and was counted $3 million against the cap. But the Redskins are under the cap, and Rabach said on Tuesday that his surgically repaired shoulder has healed and he was ready to go.

However, Washington has two young players -- Kory Lichtensteiger and Will Montgomery -- who both played guard last season but are natural centers. It’s expected that they will compete for the job.

Rabach, respected by his teammates for his leadership, said this morning that he will look back fondly on his time in Washington.

“The relationships that I made with all the guys on the team and those people in the building [will stand out most],” Rabach said. “But on the field, the season Sean Taylor passed was the year that will always be with me. Those guys that were on the team and coaching staff. There were so many highs and lows. And what we did to get in the playoffs: truly special.”

Rabach was referring to the 2007 season, when safety Sean Taylor was fatally shot, and the Joe Gibbs-led Redskins won four straight games to reach the playoffs.