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Bruce Allen’s Axe Is Long And Sharp, Cuts Five Redskins

With NFL free agency officially opening for business at the stroke of midnight tonight, the Skins made several roster cuts this afternoon. The fellas getting the axe …

  • Rock Cartwright
  • Antwaan Randle-El
  • Randy Thomas
  • Ladell Betts
  • Fred Smoot

Can’t say I’m overly emotional about any of these guys leaving D.C., although you never like to lose a guy with the lateral running abilities of Randle-El, to say nothing of his ability to sometimes successful fair catch the ball.

(Really though, kinda sad to see Rock go — he was our little Rudy out there.)

Update: From Rick Maese, Cornellius Griffin has also been cut. Expect more names to come …

Update 2: These cuts went down after Mr. Irrelevant’s business hours. We’re sure you already know about them by now, but just to have the complete list, they are: Todd Collins, Marcus Mason, Eddie Williams and J.D. Skolnitsky. Pour a little bourbon out for Todd Collins tonight, won’t you?

Todd Collins, Marcus Mason, Eddie Williams and J.D. Skolnitsky

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  1. Julz

    March 4, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Woohoo no more shitty (or shall I say non-existant) punt returns from Randle El! I’m kind of bummed about Betts though.

  2. Matt Lilly

    March 4, 2010 at 6:41 PM

    I am definitely upset about losing Rock

  3. horseydeucey

    March 4, 2010 at 7:29 PM

    Ditto on Betts and Rock. Let the Sproles bidding begin I guess. I liked him a few seasons ago, how old is he? How will he fit in? Does Betts’ release mean Portis is here to stay? Nevermind, stupid question. I forgot to take into account the Shanahan factor.

  4. Chris Mottram

    March 4, 2010 at 7:37 PM

    Chargers slapped first and third round tender on Sproles today, so he’s out of the question.

  5. Julz

    March 4, 2010 at 7:59 PM

    Todd Collins was just released. I was really hoping that they wouldn’t waste the #4 pick on a QB but this is now concerning me.

  6. horseydeucey

    March 4, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    So, are we still backup RB by committee? Now that I’m in UMD/Nats/Caps mode, thinking about last season makes my head hurt. Scratch that, last season is the reason thinking about last season makes my head hurt.

  7. JDP

    March 4, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Incredibly happy to see Randel El is gone. Seriously, Bruce Allen is great in my books

  8. Matt K.

    March 4, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    More please.

  9. Mike Bradley

    March 4, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    more devin thomas on the field as a wr or pr/kr is a good thing.

  10. Matt Lilly

    March 4, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    Collins had to go no matter what their plan is the next month or so. They cut a bunch of olinemen and rbs too because they are positions we need to address.

  11. kip

    March 4, 2010 at 11:29 PM

    if they sign peppers i will be on suicide watch

  12. Tim of the Tribe

    March 5, 2010 at 12:11 AM

    It sucks for me to see Rock and Smoot go, Rock was just a great character guy and Smoot was god damn hilarious. But, I can’t fault any of these cuts.

  13. Terps77

    March 5, 2010 at 12:28 AM

    Is this is the “Caption this photo section”?

    Im on a boat!

  14. Jamie Mottram

    March 5, 2010 at 9:44 AM

    Miss u, Smoot. Todd Collins too.

  15. DC

    March 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Rock Cartwright was a “real Redskin,” and will be missed.

  16. Jeff Vitkun

    March 5, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    I know he isn’t as good as he once was. And I know we’re over paying him. But I question the logic of cutting Randy Thomas before an uncapped year. Beggars can’t be choosers and we are some panhandling mfers when it comes to O-line.

  17. PS

    March 5, 2010 at 1:25 PM

    If it’s not evident this offseason, it will never be: it’s a young man’s game. The best days for each of these guys is behind them. While I admire them, especially Betts and Cartwright, long-tenured Skins, their names alone symbolize a losing era in D.C. Appreciate the effort, but let’s clean house. Start over. It’s the right thing to do.

  18. bradyeckard13

    March 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    what did you guys think about Wale v. Skip Bayless on First Take today?

  19. Chris Mottram

    March 5, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Can’t say I watched First Take today. Or ever.I’m sure he was more insightful than Bayless. Hard to imagine, I know.

  20. Jamie Mottram

    March 5, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Big day for Wale as Comcast SportsNet interviewed him during the Wiz-Bucks shitfest as well.

  21. horseydeucey

    March 6, 2010 at 6:42 AM

    So you’re the one still watching the zards? If everyone ignores them, they might get the message and go away (and depress a whole new market).

  22. Jamie Mottram

    March 6, 2010 at 7:45 AM

    Yes, and it was a truly awful game (lost by almost 30, shot less than 40%, high scorer was 13, only had three guys in double-figures, etc.).

  23. Terps77

    March 7, 2010 at 1:48 AM

    Why is no one interested in the NBA again?

  24. Ben W

    March 8, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Really hate to see all of those guys go but must admit it was time. But overdue for Randle El

  25. Beltwayboy

    March 9, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    I’m glad we finally started getting rid of these overrated bums! We have a few left that need to go as well, but so far I like the new approach of Bruce Allen and Shanny!

  26. DJKleen

    March 10, 2010 at 7:11 AM

    I love what Bruce Allen is doing. Hope to see Westbrook come as third down or just to play when we play the eagles. lol. Gonna miss you Betts.

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