I just got off the phone with Robert Henson, linebacker and good friend of Hogs Haven. Earlier today, he was informed by Mike Shanahan that he would be waived by the team.
"Coach Shanahan told me that right now I was mostly kind of seen as a special teams contributor and that by releasing me now, I would have the chance to try and go somewhere else with enough time to catch on."
The move was a little unexpected, but given the resigning of Rocky McIntosh, and the presence of Lorenzo Alexander, it was likely going to be between Henson and H.B. Blades for the last spot in what will be an interesting competition throughout camp (and let's not forget about Perry Riley.)
I asked Hen if he thought coaches meant it when they say they are cutting you early to give you a chance to go somewhere else, or if it is just one of those things they say.
"That's a good question. I was thinking about that. I do believe they mean what they say though. Drew [Rosenhaus] has already heard from six to eight teams. I am pretty sure I am going to have an opportunity to make a team, but we don't know where yet. Coach told me it wasn't a question about whether I could play--he knows I will be playing somewhere this year. I think it was just about an already crowded field of competition and they had to make a decision about maybe not putting me into that competition at this point."
We wish you the best of luck Hen. As long as it isn't in Dallas, we will root for you in any jersey (you know what...try and steer clear of Philly and New York too, OK?)