Players come and players go; so is the soap opera that is the NFL. How players leave teams is almost as interesting as how they are acquired. Some are cut. Some get released due to an injury settlement. Others are traded. The more fortunate ones are free to test free agency when their market value is high, in search of that big contract.
It's very likely that the Redskins will not retain a starter or two from the 2015 team. Some of this could be good news, and some could be bad.
Below is a list of players who may or may not be back in 2016 for any number of reasons:
Kory Lichtensteiger - 31 years old, poor knees and undersized is no way to retain your job in the NFL. Lichtensteiger has a check mark next to each of these boxes. The next check mark he receives may be the one stating he has cleaned out his locker.
Alfred Morris - Morris' tenure in Washington could very well come down to two things: 1)his contract demands, 2)how well rookie Matt Jones plays this season. If Jones plays well, and Morris wants too much money, this may be his last year in D.C. We all know running backs are very easy to find and you don't need to overpay for a decent one.
Robert Griffin - Sure the team has picked up his 5th year option, but many feel this is a make-or-break season for Griffin. A poor season or another injury could spell the end for him. A poor finish and high draft pick could also cause Scotty Mac to look in another direction.
Andre Roberts - Roberts had just 36 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns last season. He has a 5 million dollar cap hit in 2016, and his successor may already be on the roster in Jamison Crowder.
Perry Riley - Personally, I like Perry Riley, but he does lack some attributes to make him a complete linebacker. His cover skills are less than desirable and his salary may lead the team to look for younger, more athletic blood.
Terrance Knighton - Pot Roast may be looking for a big pay day. The Redskins may not want to pony up the cash needed to keep him around. His one year deal may be all he gets in D.C.
DeAngelo Hall - For the time being, I'll consider Hall a starter. DeAngelo is signed through 2017, but I don't know if he'll even make it through 2015. He's getting a bit long in the tooth, and the injury couldn't possibly help his cause. If Breeland and Amerson step up their games, it will probably spell the end for Hall.
Darrel Young - Young is set to become a free agent in 2016. Fullbacks are becoming a dying breed. It would be nice to see the Redskins retain Young, but it's far from a sure thing.
Tell us who you feel won't be back with the Redskins next year, and why.