The Washington Football Team has waived cornerback Simeon Thomas with an injury settlement.
Before the start of the 2019 season, the Washington Football Team had some major question marks in their secondary. They had a lot of young talent on their roster, but the players they had were unproven. And veteran Josh Norman was in the midst of a massive decline.
As a result, some thought that Washington would add a veteran to help add more experienced depth to the secondary. Instead, they brought aboard Simeon Thomas. The former sixth-round pick of the Cleveland Browns was noted for his 6-foot-3 size and Washington signed him off the Seattle Seahawks practice squad as a potential-packed player with upside and special teamer.
In his first season in Washington, Thomas recorded eight tackles and stuck around for the 2020 offseason. However, Thomas was facing a two-game suspension and it was always assumed that he would have trouble making the roster. Thomas eventually ended up on IR with an abdominal injury and if activated, he would still have had to face the suspension.
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Moving forward, that won’t be Washington’s problem to deal with. According to the team’s official Twitter account, Washington parted ways with Thomas after reaching an injury settlement with the third-year cornerback.
This move was a sensible one. Though Thomas has a good frame and special teams value, Washington simply doesn’t need him. They have six cornerbacks on the current roster in Ronald Darby, Kendall Fuller, Jimmy Moreland, Fabian Moreau, Greg Stroman, and Danny Johnson, and Ron Rivera has been accustomed to carrying just five at the position during his time with the Carolina Panthers.
Simply put, Thomas didn’t fit. Washington could’ve tried to keep him around on the practice squad, but with him facing a suspension and Aaron Colvin serving as the seventh cornerback as a part of the practice squad, it just made more sense to give him a fresh start.
We’ll soon see if someone else takes a chance on Thomas given his tantalizing potential. But Washington won’t miss him either way.