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Posted at 4:19 PM ET, 12/30/2010

The end is near, finally

By Evan Bliss

Sunday’s match-up against the New York Football Giants marks the final contest of the season for our Washington Redskins, and perhaps the final contest of the year for the Giants. It will most likely be the last time we associate certain players with burgundy and gold. Get your tissues ready to say some goodbyes.

Likely notable departures (by notable I’m referring to players who play and impact games):

Albert Haynesworth – Hasta la vista you big baby. I hope his speed boat runs out of gas in the middle of the Caribbean, it starts raining, and he only packed three sandwiches.

Donovan McNabb – He can say whatever he wants but it’s all too easy picking through his rhetoric. Sure he wants to stay in Washington as a starter, but he’d want to start anywhere, and anywhere will probably be in Minnesota.

Clinton Portis – I’d love for Clinton to stay, but in order for it to happen he’d probably have to accept second-string money to stay here. Ryan Torain earned the starting job and the upcoming NFL draft is short on talent at running back leaving Portis as a third down back. I’ll be sad to see him go, but I’ll be his biggest advocate when he wants to be a commentator or analyst for CNN.

Derrick Dockery – Clearly doesn’t fit in with Shanahan’s running scheme. Fine by me, he should’ve never left for Buffalo/Toronto. That’s what disloyalty gets you Doc: benched with your best years behind you in Buffalo.

Casey Rabach – Been a terrific Redskin, but he’s been getting a bit banged up, and when he’s in the game he’s getting beat frequently.

Andre Carter – Haslett’s 3-4 defense sadly has no place for Mr. Carter. He’s a great bull rusher, but not great against the run, not laterally quick enough to defend receivers. His terrific fashion sense doesn’t help unfortunately.

Possible notable departures (by notable I’m referring to players who play and impact games):

Chris Cooley – If Shanahan is using the last three games to evaluate his personnel, I’d say Cooley’s performance against the Jaguars earned him a one way ticket to Dumpsville. Having Davis and Cooley on the roster is a waste of a space, and I don’t believe a two tight end formation actually exists or we’d have seen it by now.

Santana Moss – The Skins don’t have a true #1 receiver and letting Moss go allows them to go and get one. Moss is entering the later stages of his career and wants to be on a winner, which the Skins probably won’t be for at least a couple years.

Carlos Rogers – Los is always in the mix whenever turnover is mentioned. He’s a good compliment to Hall on the other side of the ball, but he couldn’t catch a beach ball. Good reasons support both keeping him or letting him go.

London Fletcher – He’s getting older, but he’s still playing every defensive down. I’d be surprised if the Skins let him go because he’s still got gas in the tank, but stranger things have happened.

Chris Horton – Been on IR twice already. Early fan favorite from his rookie year, but hasn’t done anything on the field since. Luckily he doesn’t cost much against the salary cap, but his roster spot is valuable.

Congratulations to DeAngelo Hall for his Pro-Bowl nod, although he should boycott it since the Skins got the shaft again (Dallas sending four players – come on now!!!). Congratulations to Graham Gano for earning Special Teams Player of the Week, or was it Weak? Have a terrific and safe New Year’s Eve, and we’ll talk more Skins next year/week!!!

By Evan Bliss  | December 30, 2010; 4:19 PM ET
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Shanahan just stated to Sonny J. & Larry Michaels that Haynesworth is still under contract to the Skins.."He will be on the roster next year." So I'm putting a pin in it..2) I'm still taking a wait & see for McNabb next year too.. I think he'll be here next year as well.
2) Are you serious about Mr. Portis? He wants MORE money..
Are you serious? CNN analyst or commentator?????

Posted by: McleanVa09 | January 1, 2011 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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