If we’ve learned anything about the first seven weeks of the 2021 season, it’s that major changes are coming for the Washington Football Team.
Accountability has been a theme of Ron Rivera’s recent press conferences, and the franchise responded by cutting longtime kicker Dustin Hopkins. That’s not the kind of move we were campaigning for, but it’s a start.
Washington will have to wait until the offseason to reshuffle their underachieving roster, but the trade deadline offers an opportunity to acquire rentals/pieces for the future and unload some deadwood that are likely to leave after the season anyway.
Since we’ve already highlighted a couple of players we’d like Washington to target leading up to the deadline, let’s take the opposite route and single out some players that must be moved off the roster by the Nov. 2 cutoff.
3 players Washington should unload at trade deadline
3. Antonio Gandy-Golden
This one hurts. A lot.
We’re just tired of seeing Antonio Gandy-Golden keep bouncing around the practice squad and active roster. In all honesty, this marriage should’ve ended when Washington released him leading up to the 53-man deadline.
Surprisingly enough, Gandy-Golden went unclaimed on waivers, and the Football Team signed him back to the practice squad. He’s been active for the last three games with Curtis Samuel and Cam Sims sidelined due to injury, but has barely seen the field.
Gandy-Golden is arguably eighth in the WR pecking order. Think about it. He’s behind Terry McLaurin, Samuel, Sims, Dyami Brown, Adam Humphries and DeAndre Carter, who hardly has any experience at the position.
Washington spent a fourth-round draft pick on Gandy-Golden last year, so it’ll sting unloading him for what will likely be a seventh-rounder. However, there’s just no point keeping him around as an emergency option.
At 6-foot-4 and 223 pounds, there will be teams who view Gandy-Golden as a reclamation project. Given a real chance in the right system, the 23-year-old could make a nice career for himself in the NFL.
Unfortunately, it won’t be in Ashburn.