Ones That Got Away: 10 Redskins Who Succeeded Elsewhere
No. 10: Brandon Lloyd, Bears/Broncos/Rams/Pats
Lloyd left Washington and signed with Chicago in 2008 after two sub-par seasons in the burgundy and gold. In 2010, while on the Broncos, Lloyd led the NFL in receiving yards and was named a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro for his efforts. He was also productive during stops in St. Louis and New England and is now trying to catch on in San Francisco.
No. 9: Andre Carter, Patriots/Raiders
After unsuccessfully attempting to transition to outside linebacker under Mike Shanahan's 3-4 scheme, Carter was released and picked up by the Patriots. In his first season in New England, Carter had a big year, recording 10 sacks and being named to his first and only Pro Bowl. A respected player during his tenure in the nation's capital, Carter wasn't able to take his trip to Honolulu in a Redskins uniform.
No. 8: Shaun Suisham, Cowboys/Steelers
Shaun Suisham had an up-and-down career in D.C. and was released in the middle of the 2009 season. After a brief stint in Dallas, Suisham signed on with the Steelers in 2010 where he has served as the team's placekicker for the past four seasons. Two years ago, Suisham finished eighth in field goal percentage, and moved up to second last year. Despite being inconsistent in Washington, he's been solid with the Steelers.
No. 7: Chad Rinehart, Bills/Chargers
A 3rd-round pick by the Redskins in the 2008 NFL Draft, Rinehart hardly saw the field during the first two years of his career. But after reviving his career with solid play in Buffalo, Rinehart spent last season in San Diego, where he helped shore up the Chargers interior offensive line and paved the way for running back Ryan Matthews' career year. He recently signed a two-year contract extension as the Redskins continue to search for the right combination on their own offensive line.
No. 6: Joshua Morgan, Bears
Joshua Morgan served as an integral part of the Redskins 2012 playoff run. He made tough catches over the middle, he was the team's best run-blocking receiver, and he constantly played hurt. Unfortunately, Morgan saw his playing time dwindle over the course of the last season and is now in Chicago where he hopes to put everything together. However, Morgan was well liked by his teammates, and he could still reach his very high potential.
No. 5: Laron Landry, Jets/Colts
No one in Washington doubted Laron Landry's physical tools. He had good speed, was an intimidating enforcer in the secondary, and was on the verge of becoming a star safety. Yet, despite his physical ability, he never could seem to evade the injury bug, and the team eventually cut ties with him after five tantalizing but inconsistent seasons. Landry has played in 28 of 32 games since being released by the Redskins, and made a Pro Bowl as a Jet in 2012. He may still have a lot of good years in him, too.
No. 4: Carlos Rogers, 49ers/Raiders
Fans tended to focus on what Rogers lacked during his six-year career with the Redskins instead of what he brought to the table. Rogers was a willing and able tackler, and while he didn't have the best hands, was a good cover corner that seemed to almost always be in the right position. After signing with the 49ers in 2011, he went on to record a career-high six interceptions and was named a Pro Bowler. He is now in Oakland after three good years in San Fran.
No. 3: Graham Gano, Panthers
Much like Suisham, Graham Gano had a very bumpy time while wearing a Redskins uniform. Washington decided to cut him and opted to open the 2012 season with Billy Cundiff as their kicker. Gano, meanwhile, signed with Carolina midway through the 2012 season and had an outstanding season last year, converting all six of his field goal attempts from 50+ yards and consistently sending kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.
No. 2: Lorenzo Alexander, Cardinals
Even though Lorenzo Alexander only played three games last year for the Arizona Cardinals before being placed on injured reserve, Redskins fans know his release before last year was a huge loss, and miss him greatly. From 2006-2012, "The One Man Gang" played offense, defense, and special teams, was named special teams captain in 2010, and earned a Pro Bowl berth for his work on kickoff and punt coverage teams in 2012. Last year's Redskins special teams ranked near the bottom of the league, and Alexander's departure could have played a factor in that.
No. 1: Ryan Clark, Steelers (re-signed by Redskins on March 31st)
The Redskins chose to ink Adam Archuleta before the 2006 season instead of re-signing a young Ryan Clark. After leaving Washington and joining the Steelers, Clark became a Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champ during eight strong seasons as a reliable partner alongside Troy Polamalu. Clark is now back in DC to round out his career and be a leader on a defense that desperately needs one.