In some ways, the 2016 season was a success for Duke Ihenacho. It was the first year he was able to consistently stay on the field as a Redskin since joining the team in 2014 (he played just four games combined in 2014 and 2015 due to serious foot and wrist injuries) and at times, he displayed some serious physicality as a run-stopping safety.
But in other ways, it was another frustrating campaign in Washington for the 27-year-old. As CSNmidatlantic.com's Rich Tandler has written before, coaches didn't like the fact that Ihenacho freelanced at times, which would explain why, despite being healthy, he never had a total grip on a starting spot in the secondary.
And now, according to some tweets from Ihenacho that were posted on Saturday, it appears that he'll be moving on from the franchise this offseason:
No hard feelings. Everything is business.— Duke (@DukeIhenacho) March 16, 2017
I would play anywhere, but I would looooove to stay in LA and play. #BringMeHome— Duke (@DukeIhenacho) March 18, 2017
The Redskins have yet to make anything official, but judging by what the San Jose native is saying, it seems as if he'll be on a different roster in 2017. In his five-year career, he has yet to record a sack or an interception, but considering he's still young and certainly isn't afraid of contact, he should find himself in the mix for playing time somewhere else.
With the recent acquisition of DJ Swearinger and the anticipated move of Su'a Cravens back to safety, Ihenacho's departure makes sense. The Redskins thought they had landed a potential up-and-comer after claiming him off waivers in August 2014 from the Broncos, but unfortunately, he never really found a rhythm in the Burgundy and Gold.
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