- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Washington Redskins began to trim salary Wednesday — releasing linebacker Zach Brown and defensive lineman Stacy McGee in order to free up salary cap space, according to multiple reports. 

The team reportedly had tried to trade both players in recent days, but ultimately failed to find a team willing to take either of them on. By releasing Brown, Washington will save $5.75 million in 2019 — though his release carried $3 million in dead money. 

McGee, on the other hand, was scheduled to carry a $4.6 million cap hit in 2019, but releasing him will save the Redskins $2.275 million. 

Both moves were expected.

Last season, Brown had numerous incidents with the coaching staff. The 27-year-old first blasted his coaches on Twitter in November, a day before the Redskins’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He later lost his starting job to rookie Shaun Dion Hamilton — leading him to tell reporters he saw the “writing on the wall” about his future with Washington. 

Brown’s release comes just a year after the linebacker re-signed with the Redskins on a three-year, $24 million contract. The Redskins initially signed him to a one-year deal in 2017, and Brown was a pleasant surprise that season. He had the ninth-most tackles in the NFL with 127. 

In 2018, Brown had 96 tackles.

McGee joined the Redskins in 2017 as a free agent, signing a five-year, $25 million contract. Last year, he was used mostly in a reserve role — appearing in just eight games. 

Before these moves were made, the Redskins had just $9 million in cap room for next season, according to Over The Cap. 

The moves were first reported by the NFL Network. 

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