The Redskins went 8-7-1 last year and finished a half game out of their second straight playoff appearance. Despite that modest success, the organization is undergoing some fairly substantial roster churn that started in the last month or so and will continue right up until the final 53-man roster is set in early September.
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Of the 53 players who were on the 2016 Week 1 roster, these nine will not be back.
- DE Chris Baker (signed with Bucs)
- WR Pierre Garçon (signed with 49ers)
- WR DeSean Jackson (signed with Bucs)
- C Kory Lichtensteiger (retired)
- DL Ricky Jean Francois (released)
- WR Rashad Ross (released during season)
- DL Kendall Reyes (released during season)
- S David Bruton (released during season)
- C Austin Reiter (released and then signed off practice squad)
These four players are unsigned veterans and even if the Redskins do bring any of them back they will have to compete for a roster spot:
- LB Terrence Garvin
- S Duke Ihenacho
- DL Kedric Golston
- CB Greg Toler
That makes a total of 13 players who are unlikely to be on the 2017 Week 1 53-man roster, a 23 percent turnover rate. That initial 2016 roster had 13 players who were new to the organization. It seems likely that the Redskins will surpass that number this year.
There are some other players who were on the roster for a substantial amount of time in 2016 such as S Donte Whitner, DL Cullen Jenkins, and C John Sullivan, who also are unsigned and unlikely to be back. They are not counted in the turnover percentage here but the still represent a degree of roster churn.
Who will replace the departed players? They have signed five unrestricted free agents. Four of them, DL Terrell McClain, DL Stacy McGee, WR Terrelle Pryor, and S D.J. Swearinger, are locks to make the roster. LB Chris Carter was signed but he will have to compete for a spot.
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The team has 10 draft picks and they will sign around a dozen undrafted players. It seems likely that six or seven of the draft picks and one or two UDFAs will be on the final 53 as well.
One other player who is likely to be on the 53 in September is OLB Junior Galette. He spent last year on the non-football injury list. Galette has been on the roster for two years without having played a single snap, preseason or regular season.
Some other roster spots could be filled by players who were on the 2016 practice squad such as DL A.J. Francis.
Still, more than 13 players from last year will be gone come September as there are at least 11 returning players who are on the bubble and vulnerable to having their jobs taken by one of the draft picks, UDFA’s or perhaps by street free agent signees such as CB Tharold Simon or NT Phil Taylor.