The Washington Redskins have released veteran center Will Montgomery. The move opens up $1.925 million in cap space, for the Redskins. Montgomery has been a good run blocker for the team, especially in Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. But Montgomery isn’t the biggest of centers, and at times he had trouble in pass protection.
Bigger defensive lineman like new Redskin Jason Hatcher gave Montgomery problems at times, and it seems the team wants to go in the direction of bigger offensive linemen. However, Montgomery’s likely replacement at center, Kory Lichtensteiger is even smaller than he is at 6’2, 284. So maybe at center it’s not about getting bigger, but better.
It’s been reported that free agent tackle Donald Penn is visiting the Redskins on Saturday. Penn, a regular starter at left tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was cut after the team signed Anthony Collins. Penn visited the Oakland Raiders on Friday. but left there without signing a contract.
With the rest of the top offensive tackles already signed, this may be the last chance for the Redskins to get sign a true upgrade at right tackle for Tyler Polumbus. Polumbus had a solid season for the Redskins at right tackle, but was shaky at times in pass protection. Donald Penn is a better pass blocker.