The Washington Redskins announced their roster cutdowns on Monday, and at their off-season goals summit on Thursday, owner Dan Snyder offered a brief response to a question about an eventual roster contraction.
Asked by SiriusXM Radio radio host Geoff Schwartz about Snyder's comments about there not being room for stars in today's NFL, Snyder responded, "It's kind of hard to focus on anything when you're losing and the headlines are almost not even football-related. So I think we have to be focused on evaluating our team and players individually and collectively."
Snyder’s quotes are noteworthy because he has consistently insisted during his 11-year reign of ownership that the Redskins could always fill any room that had been vacated by free agents or departed teammates. While the Redskins are expected to sign receiver Pierre Garcon to a four-year contract worth $31 million with $22 million guaranteed, they also released wide receiver Paul Richardson Jr. and cornerback Josh Norman on Monday, both potential options for outside contract talks.
Richardson finished second in the NFL in 2016 with 16.5 catches per game and won the league’s Madden “MVP” Award. But Richardson was seen as overpriced, especially given that he had just eight interceptions in his four years in the league.
Washington also released Norman, a Pro Bowl cornerback who started each of the last three seasons but was injured last year and unable to defend Seattle’s Tyler Lockett during the playoffs. Norman has been labeled one of the NFL’s top slot cornerbacks by some but labeled a thug by others. On Friday, he said, “I don’t really care about the ‘ugly.’ ”