The recent release of veteran tackle Jon Jansen, who had played his entire career for the Washington Redskins, might be a signal that the 'Skins want to do more than simply infuse youthful competition at the right tackle spot. HC Jim Zorn has stated the Jansen had to go in order to allow competition between third-year player Stephon Heyer, newly acquired Jeremy Bridges, and the NFL's version of Jared Fogel: former 1st-round pick Mike Williams, who only a couple of months ago weighed 410 pounds, but has since shed over 30 pounds in an effort to get back on the field after taking two years off.
However, the timing of Jansen's release was very late into the free agency period, and the 10-year veteran himself expressed to the Washington Post that it could have been "better." You would think that even the impulsive Washington front office would have given Jansen, the longest tenured 'Skin since the inception of Snyder's ownership, an earlier release in order to allow him adequate time on the market to court potential suitors. Finally, the 'Skins let go of Jansen despite a critically thin offensive line which has been quite injury-prone in the last few season. Even more puzzling is that Jansen's release will result in a roughly six million dollar cap hit.
With these realities in mind, the 'Skins may be up to something. Perhaps Jansen was deemed expendable in order to create room for a free agent target. With Snyder in charge, you can never count out the 'Skins when it comes to flashy pickups, and there are still a few players left on the free agent market that could make in immediate impact for the 'Skins at need spots. Plaxico Burress is still available and would provide the physical big play threat at WR that the 'Skins have been coveting for what seems like forever . Also, tackle Levi Jones is available as well and would surely compete for a starting job on the 'Skins shaky O-line. Stay tuned.