- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007

The Washington Redskins yesterday cut veteran safety Troy Vincent.

Defensive ends Renaldo Wynn and Phillip Daniels await their fates as the Redskins try to clear salary cap room for the start of the free agent signing period.

The Redskins saved $1.54 million by cutting Vincent but still remain slightly over the $109 million salary cap each team must be under by March 2. Vincent said late last night that he was not surprised by his release since he expects the Redskins to instill a youth movement on defense.

The Redskins want to re-sign guard Derrick Dockery, but, after last year’s 5-11 season, they also want to pursue such free agents as cornerback Nate Clements and middle linebacker London Fletcher-Baker. Signing either will necessitate the removal of many more millions from the cap.

Daniels’ production dropped during an injury-riddled 2006 season, and he turns 34 a week from Sunday. Daniels is due to make $3.27 million this season. Wynn lost his job on the opposite end to newcomer Andre Carter last season and turns 33 in September. Wynn will count $4.03 million against the cap this season. Releasing Daniels and Wynn now would save Washington $2.5 million apiece.

Neither Daniels nor Wynn has heard from the Redskins this offseason. Team officials, meanwhile, don’t speculate on possible cuts.

“I’m looking at it like no news is good news,” Daniels said.

Perhaps, but neither player has been approached about renegotiating and extending his contract in order to lower cap costs in 2007. The Redskins did so in January with backup receiver James Thrash, who turns 32 in April.

“I don’t know what to think,” said Wynn, the Redskins’ union representative. “But I’ve got to be realistic. I know what might be coming.”

Indeed, the Redskins last March cut linebacker LaVar Arrington, who had made three straight Pro Bowls before suffering a series of injuries that began in 2004. A month later, quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who had opened the 2005 season as the starter, was traded for a mere sixth-round draft choice.

“I’m willing to work with the Redskins on my contract,” Daniels said. “I want to help us do what it takes to win like we did two years ago.”

The Redskins would like to add some cap space by redoing the deals of such stalwarts as offensive linemen Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas. But Daniels and Wynn could well be luxuries the Redskins can’t afford. A defense that crashed from third in 2004 and ninth in 2005 to 31st in 2006 needs to get faster and younger.

That Daniels (both ankles and right wrist) and Wynn (right elbow) had four surgeries between them last month doesn’t exactly enhance their value, though both will be ready to work out full-bore soon.

“They had to roll me out of there,” Daniels said when asked how he walked out of the hospital after having surgery on both ankles at the same time. “But I’m already moving so much better than I was the last part of last season.”


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