The Redskins’ player purge during the off-season got underway with the team’s defensive line, as on Friday, DE Stephen Bowen and DT Barry Cofield were released by the team, and many price per head bookies would like to see how this move could affect the team.
This took place a day after DE Ricky Jean Francois signed with the Redskins. The team will be saving $4.12m in space in their salary cap with Cofield’s release from the team. If he would have been on Washington’s roster, $7.7m would have been the player’s cap charge.
Cofield was with the Redskins for four years, mainly at the nose tackle position. The player always featured for the Redskins, and he was in every meeting up until last season, as he had abdominal and groin problems, as well as a sprained ankle. These issues put the player on the team’s short-term IR list, and he was able to feature in eight meetings.
In the first five seasons played in the NFL, Cofield was a DT with the Giants. The player moved to NT in Washington’s 3-4 after he signed in 2011 with the team, ending the time that he spent with the Redskins with a nine-sack combination. In 2013, the player made 2.5 sacks, as well as 36 tackles. However, sources reported that the possibility still exists of Washington acquiring the player’s services later on. But there’s still an issue, as Cofield also has injury problem which has not been revealed.
This season, Washington will be able to save $5.5m in salary-cap space by releasing Bowen. Against the cap, the player was set to count $8.02m, which is a substantial amount for a player who later this month will turn 31. In recent years, the player was struggling with knee problems, and was operated for a microfracture late in the season of 2013.
The DB was on the list of players who were physically unable to hit the field. Price per head bookies saw that he went back to action for the team’s last couple of meetings, even though in that time he was not active on two occasions.
Bowen was also playing with the Redskins for four years – as the team’s starting right end. After he started in all of their 32 meetings during his first couple of years, he had a combination of 18 in his last two played. His career’s first five seasons were spent playing with the Cowboys.