Predicting 5 Players the Redskins Will Release This Offseason

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C Kory Lichtensteiger

Assuming the Redskins slap Kirk Cousins with the franchise tag this offseason, they’ll need to make sure they give him all of the tools needed to put together another impressive performance and earn that long-term deal. Adding weapons at running back and wide receiver will be very important, but another key to Cousins’ success will be making sure the offensive line is stable.

One way to do that would be to replace Lichtensteiger as the starting center. While he’s been a mainstay along the Washington front five for the last few years, he proved this past season that it may be time to move on. Not only was he a liability when he was in the lineup, but he ended the year on the Injured Reserve list with a neck injury. At 30 years of age, Lichtensteiger is likely to continue regressing.

His backup, Josh LeRibeus, wasn’t much better when filling in, and chances are he won’t be re-signed this offseason. The Redskins will be looking to upgrade the position after a pitiful showing in 2015, and that’ll all start with giving Lichtensteiger the boot. The move would clear up almost $3 million in cap space.

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