The Redskins haven’t exactly had a multitude of Pro Bowlers since Dan Snyder bought the franchise in 1999. So it’s doubly painful when players leave the club – or are given the boot – and then have Pro Bowl seasons elsewhere. That happened with two ex-Redskins this year and several others in the past decade. A chronological listing:
● QB Brad Johnson (Redskins, 1999-2000): Johnson moved on to the Bucs in 2001 as a free agent – Snyder preferred Jeff George as his quarterback – and helped them win the Super Bowl the following January. He put the finishing touches on his dream season by playing in the Pro Bowl (as an alternate).
● RB Stephen Davis (Redskins, 1996-2002): The Redskins thought Davis was pretty much done after an injury-plagued 2002. So he signed with the Panthers, rushed for a career-high 1,444 yards his first year and also went to the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl.
● MLB Jeremiah Trotter (Redskins, 2002-03): A major disappointment in Washington after getting a big free-agent contract, Trotter returned to the Eagles and had Pro Bowl seasons for them in 2004 and ‘05. He also started for Philly in Super Bowl 39.
● MLB Antonio Pierce (Redskins, 2001-04): Joe Gibbs tried mightily to retain him in 2005, but the Giants made Pierce a better offer. In New York, Antonio was voted to the Pro Bowl in ‘06 and won a Super Bowl ring in ‘07.
● CB Walt Harris (Redskins, 2004-05): Rendered obsolete by the arrival of Carlos Rogers, Harris jumped to the 49ers and intercepted eight passes in ‘06, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl. (Note: No Washington player has had that many picks since Barry Wilburn totaled nine in 1987.)
● WR Brandon Lloyd (Redskins, 2006-07): Lloyd was an even bigger free-agent bust than Trotter was. In his two years in Washington, he caught just 26 passes and scored zero touchdowns. But he blossomed in Denver last season, leading the league with 1,448 receiving yards and making the Pro Bowl.
● DE Andre Carter (Redskins, 2006-10): Carter, a 4-3 end, didn’t fit Mike Shanahan’s 3-4 scheme, so the Redskins released him. Back at his old position in New England this year, he racked up 10 sacks and was elected to his first Pro Bowl.
● CB Carlos Rogers (Redskins, 2005-10): The ninth pick of the ‘05 draft, Rogers dropped more passes than he intercepted for the Redskins, and Shanny opted to replace him at the end of last season. As it turned out, Carlos just needed a pair contract lenses, not a new set of hands. With the playoff-bound 49ers (12-3) this year, he had six INTs and was named to the Pro Bowl.
● Coach Norv Turner (Redskins, 1994-2000): Fired by Snyder with three games left in the 2000 season, Turner took over the Chargers in ‘07 and guided them to the conference title game (where they lost to the Patriots, 21-12.) As a consolation prize, he got to coach the AFC squad in the Pro Bowl.