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Skins Save $4 Mil with the Release of LB Washington

The Redskins today saved about $4 million in salary cap space with the release of linebacker Marcus Washington. The move was done as the team gets ready for the start of free agency in a week, and trying to get back CB DeAngelo Hall and guard Pete Kendall.

Washington made the Pro Bowl following the 2004 season, his first with the team, but hamstring and ankle injuries eventually took their toll on the 31-year-old star. Washington missed four games in 2007, six in 2008 and often played hurt. He had no sacks last season for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.

The Skins have some tough decisions to make on some other players on the bubble, including Jason Taylor, who was not the impact player that the team thought they were getting when he came over in a deal with the Dolphins last season.

“As free agency approaches there are difficult choices that have to be made,” coach Jim Zorn said. “This certainly was a hard decision because Marcus played such an important role on our defense and in our locker room.”

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