Punter Tom Tupa, safety Matt Bowen, cornerback Walt Harris,
defensive tackle Brandon Noble and center Cory Raymer were released
as the team met the midnight deadline to get under the NFL's new
$102 million salary cap.
The cuts saved the Redskins more than $7 million under the cap,
and all were expected. Tupa, Noble and Harris have been beset by
injuries, while Bowen and Raymer have lost their starting jobs over
the last two years.
The Redskins also saved $4.4 million earlier this week in the
deal that made linebacker LaVar Arrington a free agent and have
reworked contracts of some returning veterans.
That leaves enough money for the Redskins to be active when free
agency begins Saturday. The team will be shopping for a receiver,
linebacker, defensive back and backup quarterback.
There was also enough money to re-sign versatile backup
Cartwright to a four-deal contract. Cartwright's 22 special teams
tackles ranked third on the team last year, and he ran for a
career-high 118 yards against St. Louis when second-team back
Ladell Betts was hurt.
The Redskins also confirmed that they have tendered three
restricted free agents: guard Derrick Dockery, cornerback Ade Jimoh
and linebacker Chris Clemons. The team has the right to match any
offer the three players get from other teams.