When Scot McCloughan took over the Redskins two seasons ago, he promised a roster overhaul and a more competitive 53-man team. So far, he has delivered, as the Redskins have more depth than they have in years and last season won the NFC East. But there is a flip side to that coin - McCloughan's roster overhaul also means some long tenured players will be leaving Washington.
Saturday marks the final cuts from bloated August rosters, and the 'Skins must get from 75 players to 53 by 4 p.m. Names have been trickling out - guys like Lynden Trail and Mike Wakefied - though neither of those guys mean much to fans of the Burgundy and Gold.
Logan Paulsen, however, will be different.
TE Logan Paulsen has been released, source says.— Mike Jones (@ByMikeJones) September 3, 2016
Paulsen played for the Redskins since 2010, playing in 75 games. Known for his blocking and special teams play, Paulsen grabbed 79 catches for 801 yards and six touchdowns in five seasons before missing 2015 on the injured reserve. He was also a constant worker in a locker room with a ton of turnover. Paulsen played under Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, and was part of the team when Shanahan had personnel control, along with Bruce Allen's one season as GM and then McCloughan.
Once the Redskins signed Vernon Davis this offseason, the writing was on the wall for Paulsen. With Jordan Reed's emergence last year, the addition of Davis, and the healthy return from injury of Niles Paul, the Redskins have three strong options at tight end and arguably the deepest position on the roster.
Keeping four tight ends was never really an option, especially with the caliber of Reed, Davis and Paul on the team. But that doesn't mean Paulsen won't be missed.
Dubbed "The Lumberjack" by 'Skins broadcaster Rick "Doc" Walker, Paulsen was a familiar name for Redskins fans.
With improvement, familiarity often changes.