The Washington Times - November 8, 2008, 02:00PM

When Dan Snyder was growing up in Bethesda rooting for the Redskins, coach George Allen made a point of signing union reps, who had been let go by their previous teams in part becaise of their work on behalf of the Players Association.

Let’s hope the opposite scenario didn’t occur yesterday on the Redskins. Snyder, now the team’s owner, has contributed to Republican campaigns. Cornerback Leigh Torrence was very vocal about his support for Democrat Barack Obama, covincing teammates to register and vote and at times sporting an Obama T-shirt at Redskin Park.


So a conspiracy theorist would have a field day with the Redskins’ decision to make room for newly-signed corner DeAngelo Hall by cutting Torrence instead of putting ailing rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly on injured reserve — as coach Jim Zorn has been publicly contemplating — or waiving either of two little-used rookies: corner Justin Tryon and defensive end Rob Jackson with the expectaion of placing him on the practice squad.

Torrence’s misplay was critical in the Redskins’ upset loss to then-winless St. Louis four weeks ago, but he was a solid No. 3 corner in the second half of last season and a usually reliable No. 4 corner this year on defenses that ranked in the top 10. He was also a major contributor on kick coverage.

A less political conspiracy thought is that front office boss Vinny Cerrato, embarassed at having already cut one member of his ballyhooed rookie class, punter Durant Brooks, didn’t want to remove another from the roster. Torrence, signed off the street by Washington in December 2006, has so such claim on anyone’s reputation.


— David Elfin