The Redskins have released five veteran players, including veteran cornerback Walt Harris, the team announced on Friday. The moves, which did not come as a surprise, ensure that the Redskins will be under the $102 million salary cap before the start of free agency.
The players released are as follows:
- Matt Bowen, S
- Walt Harris, CB
- Brandon Noble, DT
- Cory Raymer, C
- Tom Tupa, P
The release of Harris signals that cornerback depth could be a priority this offseason. After Harris, the cornerback on the roster with the most experience is third-year player Ade Jimoh, a restricted free agent this offseason.
Harris, a 10-year veteran, played two seasons with the Redskins. He served mostly as a third cornerback in his first year as a Redskin, then helped tutor rookie Carlos Rogers last season. He started 12-of-13 games last year, recording 68 tackles, one interception and one forced fumble.
Bowen played three seasons in Washington, joining the Redskins in 2003 as a restricted free agent pickup from Green Bay. He turned in his best season in 2003 when he started 16 games and recorded a career-high 94 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. He suffered a knee injury in 2004, forcing him to miss 11 games.
Last season, Bowen played in 13 games, serving as a backup safety and special teams player.
Noble has been hampered by injuries the last few seasons. He did not play a down in 2005, re-aggravating a knee injury and then suffering a series of infections during recovery.
Noble originally signed with the Redskins in 2003. He suffered a serious knee injury in preseason that year and missed the entire season. In 2004, he returned to play in 16 games, with seven starts, and record 38 tackles and one sack.
Raymer, a former second-round draft of the Redskins in 1995, returned to the franchise in 2004 and played in 15 games, with 14 starts, at center that year. His playing time diminished last season after the team signed Casey Rabach.
Tupa joined the Redskins in 2004 and produced a Pro Bowl caliber season, logging a 44.1-yard average. He suffered a back injury in preseason last year and was placed on injured reserve. Derrick Frost took over punting duties for most of the season.