The Redskins have released veteran right guard Chris Chester, a move that creates cap space but more importantly clears the way for 2014 draft pick Spencer Long to take over as the starter.
Chester, 32, started every game at right guard for the Redskins from 2011-2014. By releasing him now, the Redskins will save $4 million against the 2015 cap.
The move does not come as a big surprise.
Chester’s age coupled with a decline in effectiveness and the cap savings made it hard for the Redskins to justify keeping him on the roster, particularly after the team spent a third round draft pick on Long a year ago. Long, at 6 foot 5, 311 pounds, is bigger, eight years younger and a likely better fit than Chester in the power scheme new offensive line coach Bill Callahan is implementing.
Assuming Long is the new starting right guard, the Redskins could potentially have two inexperienced players on that side of the ball because Long would potentially line up next to rookie Brandon Scherff, who took all the first team reps at right tackle during Tuesday’s OTA session. The rest of the offensive line appears to be Kory Lichtensteiger at center, Shawn Lauvao at left guard and three-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams at left tackle.
The departure of Chester also creates a need for a backup center. On Tuesday, a handful of players, including fourth rounder Arie Kouandjio, worked on snapping the ball to quarterbacks off to the side.
The move was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Caplan.