As part of an effort to get its roster down to 80 players, the Washington Football Team cut four players and announced linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons would opt out of the season because of novel coronavirus concerns. The team is also expected to sign wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

If Inman passes his physical — all that’s left for the deal to go through — Washington’s roster will be at 80 players, which is important. Teams are not allowed to have more than 80 players in their facility at one time, according to NFL protocols, and the team expects its veterans will report for full-squad conditioning and walkthroughs on Tuesday after taking physicals Monday.

Washington waived defensive end Cameron Malveaux, defensive back Maurice Smith and tight end Caleb Wilson. It released running back Josh Ferguson. If the NFL determines Harvey-Clemons is at high risk of contracting the coronavirus, he will receive $350,000 for this season; if not, he will receive $150,000.

The addition of Inman, 31, addresses an important need for Washington, which has a young, thin group of receivers. Kelvin Harmon will miss the season with a torn ACL, and Cody Latimer, the only receiver on the roster to have more than three years of experience in the league (seven), is on the commissioner’s exempt list following a May arrest on multiple charges. Inman has played more games (65) than every other receiver on the active roster combined (59).

Last season, the seven-year veteran played for the Los Angeles Chargers (four games) and Indianapolis Colts (three). He totaled 12 catches for 181 yards and nine first downs. Inman has good size — 6-foot-3, 205 pounds — and good speed, having run a 4.47-second 40-yard dash. Yet he has struggled to maintain a steady share of reps anywhere since 2016, when he played in all 16 games and caught 58 passes for 810 yards and four touchdowns for San Diego.

The move to sign Inman follows Coach Ron Rivera’s comments last Tuesday that he wasn’t satisfied with the roster’s receiver depth. It gives second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins another weapon in a year when figuring out whether he’s the future of the franchise is one of the team’s priorities. Haskins is competing with former Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen for the starting job, and the two could be joined by Alex Smith if he passes a team physical.

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