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Redskins Release Chris Chester and Tracy Porter

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The Redskins will have a new RG this year.

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The Washington Redskins have released G Chris Chester.  The move saves the team $4M against the cap.  Chester is still guaranteed $800K.  The timing of this move is odd as Chester was just running with the first-team in yesterday's OTAs.  Does this move indicate second-year G Spencer Long is ready to start?  Could the team start two players with a combined zero starts in their NFL careers on the right side (Long and Scherff)?

Chester (6'3", 303 lbs.) recently turned 32 years old and came to the Redskins in FA during July of 2011 from the Ravens.  He signed a lucrative five-year deal to be a starting G for the Shanahan-led team.  Chester is thought of as a great fit for a ZBS due to his light stature and athletic ability at the G position.  After playing TE during his first three years in college, he converted to G.  The Redskins are moving to a larger, power blocking scheme this year that generally requires bigger, stronger OL.  Due to Chester's age, salary, and size, the cut isn't all that surprising.

The team also cut CB Tracy Porter.  Porter (5'11", 188 lbs.) missed the first day of OTAs and HC Jay Gruden stated that it was because Porter had missed his flight to DC.  The move saves the team an additional $2.3M against the cap.  Porter came to the team just last year, but has basically been hurt his entire time as a Redskin (and a vast majority of his career).  He only played in three games as a Redskin and accumulated a whopping five tackles.  He's best as a nickel-back in the slot and was thought to have a chance to start there this year.  Apparently the team has other plans to fill their slot-CB position.