Saturday, February 21, 2009

Farewell, Marcus

(Thanks for the Memories)

Today, the Redskins announced the release of outside linebacker Marcus Washington. While the move was not a surprise to many (myself included), it's still a sad move because Washington is popular amongst Redskin fans and his teammates. Washington joined the Redskins as a free agent in 2004 (along with many other talented free agents in Joe Gibbs' second stint at coaching the Redskins). In that year Washington made the pro bowl (his first and only appearance) and had a career high 107 tackles (87 solo). During his tenure the Redskins went to the playoffs twice (2005, 2007) and with the exception of 2006, the Redskins defense ranked in the top ten each season.

Sadly, injuries limited Washington after the 2005 season and he struggled while playing hurt. His numbers began to decline and Washington had to miss games. With Washington having an injury history and a large cap number, he became a cap casualty in 2009.

Washington is known for his high-energy and his famous jump whenever a big play is made. I personally think he'll be picked up by another team and be able to be either a 3rd down rusher or a quality depth player who can start occasionally (much like Randall Godfrey did in 2007 for the Skins as a backup). Either way, he'll be missed.

Here are some links from that are tribute videos for Marcus made by Redskins fans.

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