The Washington Times - August 6, 2008, 12:07PM

Remember when the Redskins made the biggest splash in free agency seemingly every offseason? Was is just two years ago that every player who visited Redskin Park left with a six-year, $30 million deal?

Those days are nearly ancient history. Monday’s release of safety Stuart Schweigert followed the May departure of kick returner Jerome Mathis. And with defensive end Erasmus James, acquired days before Schweigert, still unable to practice as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery, the only Redskin who played a game for another NFL team in 2007 is longshot defensive end Kevin Huntley.

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Speaking of the secondary …

Rookie safety Chris Horton, who starred in Sunday’s preseason opener against Indianapolis, couldn’t practice this morning because he was sick. Rookie cornerback Justin Tryon was sidelined during the session because of sore feet.

So when veteran corner Fred Smoot went down in pain, it looked like a horrific day for the secondary. However, Smoot had only been stepped on by “friendly fire” and was fine. And Tryon said he would on the field this afternoon.

- David Elfin