The Washington Redskins have released defensive end Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. Carriker has been injured the past two seasons, and was planning a comeback in 2014, but it will have to be with another team. The Redskins special teams were among the worst in the NFL in 2013, so it comes as no surprise that Rocca was released.
Adam Carriker joined the Redskins in 2010 through a trade from the St. Louis Rams. He was a nice fit in the Redskins new 3-4 defense, and performed well initially. Especially in 2011, when Carriker registered 34 tackles and 5.5 sacks. But Carriker injured his right knee early in 2012, and has not been able to fully recover from the injury.
He carried a cap number of $6.5 million next season, so with no guarantees of his status, the Redskins made the decision to release him. When he was healthy, Carriker was a very good player, and the Redskins could have used him the past few seasons. But they just re-signed free agent Chris Baker, and they will more than likely add depth in the draft too.
Sav Rocca had his lowest punt average last season in his three-year stint with the Redskins. And with the a number of long punt returns, he also had his lowest net average as well. The Redskins already have another punter on their reserve roster in Robert Malone. They will probably add another punter too and have a competition in camp for 2014.