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Posted at 4:17 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Redskins cut Derrick Dockery

By Mike Jones

The Washington Redskins released left guard Derrick Dockery Tuesday, according to the eight-year veteran offensive lineman.

Dockery, who was owed $3.82 million for the coming season, said that Coach Mike Shanahan informed him of his release Tuesday. The move came a day after the Redskins released running back Clinton Portis.

The move didn't come as much of a surprise, said Dockery, who was coming off a frustrating season in which he suited up for only five games.

Prior to his benching in Week 3 against St. Louis, Dockery had started 111 straight games dating back to his rookie season out of Texas. The Redskins selected Dockery in the third round of the 2003 draft, and he played for the team for five seasons before signing with Buffalo as a free agent. The Bills waived Dockery two seasons later, and Dockery re-signed with Washington in 2009.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Dockery said Shanahan told him he wasn't a good fit for the zone blocking scheme the coach implemented when he came to Washington last season. So Shanahan went with Kory Lichtensteiger, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound natural center, at left guard for the rest of the way. Dockery was inactive for 11 of the remaining 12 games of the season.

"He said I wasn't a good fit for the system, but I know I can play in any scheme, man," Dockery said. "All is well, though. I'm looking ahead to what's next. I'm approaching this offseason and making sure that I'm in the best shape I've ever been. I feel good, I'm healthy, and I know I still have great ball let in me."

Dockery said the Redskins' 2005 playoff run stands out as his fondest memory of his time here.

"Clinton [Portis] had a great year, and we went down to Tampa for the playoffs," Dockery recalled. "I remember us being in goal line, I had a huge block to spring Clinton.

"The Redskins will always hold a special place in my heart. I had a chance to play for some unbelievable coaches in Joe Gibbs and "Buges" [offensive line coach Joe Bugel]. The fans here have always been tremendous. Even when I went [to Buffalo] and would come back they showed me love. I'm going to retire here, this will be my home."

By Mike Jones  | March 1, 2011; 4:17 PM ET
Categories:  Derrick Dockery  
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Posted by: Dirtbag359 | March 1, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Please oh please can Rabach be next

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 1, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to see Doc go, I guess he just didn't fit Shanny's system. I met him his rookie year at the first beach blitz. He was a real nice dude.

Posted by: wireman65 | March 1, 2011 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Seems a tad odd, but none of us here are qualified to argue with Shanny on Oline matters, so... I guess it is what it is.

And if I didn't mention it before, please let Rabach be next.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 1, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Did thatt seem a little repetative? Love Mike Jones but that could have used some editing.

Posted by: wireman65 | March 1, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

he was better than kory lickenballs for sure. too bad shanny simply doesnt like some players. ego maniac

Posted by: skinsfan09 | March 1, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Given that Redskins do in fact have need positions strewn about both sides of the ball (except TE and don't take a RB in the 1st!),

and given that Redskins are lacking some picks in the draft,

It seems to me the best possible move with the ten pick is to take 2 players minimum with the pick.

Trade the ten for "The Player" some team wants. Patsies, for one, would love to get Julio, no? And they certainly have the picks.

Redskins don't need the best guy at ten, they need 4 or 5 guys in the top 96.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 1, 2011 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Mike Jones is 1000% better than JR or JLac.

Posted by: monkeymayonaise | March 1, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

And if I didn't mention it before, please let Rabach be next.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | March 1, 2011 4:27 PM

For some reason, Rabach's teammates seem to really love him. Recall the Rabach was selected as the Skins Offensive Player of the Year one year ago.

Posted by: Alan4 | March 1, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Don't know about that, PFT had this story hours ago. Disliked JLac, Ried was Mr. Cut-n-paste, and so far the jury is still out on Mike Jones. at least his name is cooler than La Can fora

Posted by: Black706 | March 1, 2011 4:43 PM | Report abuse

3.2 million reasons to release him, too bad. Even if he doesn't fit the zone blocking system, it's not like we deep on OL.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 1, 2011 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, if Lichtensteigererer is a natural center than what on God's green earth is Rabach doing here? Lick is a hell of a blocker for a center but I think we could find a better guard for his LG position

Posted by: Black706 | March 1, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Ried's heart wasn't in it.
Jones is better than Ried.
Jasno is still set's the bar, for posts, typos, controversy, and so much more.

Jones is still just getting the hang of it...I think he'll really get this thing cranking by draft time.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 1, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

they need 4 or 5 guys in the top 96.

Agreed.

Posted by: wireman65 | March 1, 2011 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Where are all the clowns who kept saying we could get a draft pick for Dock?

Now do you believe that we will end up cutting most of our undesirables?

Nobody is giving picks away for anyone except MAYBE McNabb and Fatbert.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | March 1, 2011 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Now do you believe that we will end up cutting most of our undesirables?


Posted by: WaitingGuilty | March 1, 2011 4:51 PM

beep-beep's law of trade value: The only ones you can trade for value are the ones you don't want to trade. We could get good value for Orakpo, Landry, Williams. That's it.

Posted by: beep-beep | March 1, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

"For some reason, Rabach's teammates seem to really love him. Recall the Rabach was selected as the Skins Offensive Player of the Year one year ago.Posted by: Alan4"

What do his teammates know? Compared to half-drunk fans watching the game on TV, for instance.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 1, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

"beep-beep's law of trade value: The only ones you can trade for value are the ones you don't want to trade. We could get good value for Orakpo, Landry, Williams. That's it."

Andy Reid seems to locate a sucker, though, doesn't he?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 1, 2011 4:59 PM | Report abuse

That's it.

Posted by: beep-beep | March 1, 2011 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely.

I was talking about the guys in here that keep acting like all we have to do is pick up the phone and we can stock up on mid round picks for guys like Dockery, Carter, Horton, Rocky, etc.

Laughable.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | March 1, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I question the timing of the Portis and Doc releases. Did the Redskins see something at the combine that made this an easy decision or, being in Washington, do they know something in advance about the CBA?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | March 1, 2011 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Now do you believe that we will end up cutting most of our undesirables?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | March 1, 2011 4:51 PM

beep-beep's law of trade value: The only ones you can trade for value are the ones you don't want to trade. We could get good value for Orakpo, Landry, Williams. That's it.

Posted by: beep-beep | March 1, 2011 4:55 PM
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My addendum to your law is that 4-3 players who can't fit in a 3-4 defense still have trade value. Sometimes you can trade up. Look at how well Brad Pitt did when he dumped that Aniston broad.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | March 1, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

"What do his teammates know? Compared to half-drunk fans watching the game on TV, for instance.

Posted by: Samson151"

Who you callin' HALF-drunk?? That's the last Chelada, Samson151..

Posted by: frak | March 1, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Its got to be the cba teams are cutting vets left and right

Posted by: hcicron | March 1, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Suzy Kolber wore a masonic-eye necklace today on NFLLive...Horrifying..

Posted by: frak | March 1, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Its got to be the cba teams are cutting vets left and right

Posted by: hcicron

But also a surpising smattering of signings, so "Abandon All Hope, All Ye Who Enter Here"...

Posted by: frak | March 1, 2011 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Suzy Kolber wore a masonic-eye necklace today on NFLLive...Horrifying..

Posted by: frak | March 1, 2011 5:16 PM

Stop staring at her fun bags.

Posted by: beep-beep | March 1, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Doc cut. Zeke probably thinks we should have gotten a 5th for him.

Posted by: Diesel44

Whatever he might have been worth, he was worth more before the 2010 season than after it.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2011 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Why did Shananigans assume Doc couldn't play zone blocking? Did he give him a real chance? Noooooooo! How did that Rabach thing work out? He's cleaning house now and we will probably have a couple of very lean years. Let's hope he gets better in the personnel department than he's shown.

Posted by: jfoster13 | March 1, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I was talking about the guys in here that keep acting like all we have to do is pick up the phone and we can stock up on mid round picks for guys like Dockery, Carter, Horton, Rocky, etc.

Laughable.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | March 1, 2011 5:01 PM

Before the 2010 season, yeah we coulda gotten some value for those guys. Mid rounders for Carter and Rocky. Not so much for Horton or Dockery

Now, no chance.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Suzy, your wet,sparkly eyes burn a hole in my soul...Where'd I put that bong??..

Patrick Petersen ran a 4.32..BLAZIN'!! At 6'4" 220 lbs, he'd make a fierce ST-Esque free safety..

Posted by: frak | March 1, 2011 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Doc got a fair shake.. he was a victim of the Shana-distortedwitchhunt-hand.

Posted by: iubiquity | March 1, 2011 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Dock might be able to hook on as a backup somewhere, but his starting days seem to be over. He couldn't beat out Lichty, and wasn't even regarded as a backup by Shanny. I think it's nice that he considers DC home though.

I think Lichty will be given the chance to beat out Rabach at center. I would be very surprised if KL starts at guard next season.

Posted by: NYPDee | March 1, 2011 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Dockery was released since last season they just make offical today. For the majority of the games he was on the inactive list. It would of make more sense to release him last year and free up that roster spot or package him in a trade for somepne who could help the team . But Noooo they release him nnow and got nothing for him, Does not make much sense does it, Its not like they have a whole bunch a players. are you telling me no one wanted Carter?

Posted by: Carprin | March 1, 2011 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to you Doc - you were a class act here - Good luck in the future and thank you for the memories

Posted by: junkmail0153 | March 1, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I too beleive Dockery was never given a fair shot at playing in the zone scheme.
I think ShanaMan likes "his" boys, such as LichenGATE, so Dockery was out.
Dockery will land somewhere else and I hope he thrives.

Good Luck!!

Posted by: 72Redskins | March 1, 2011 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Also, the way he made Dockery inactive for all those games was downright COLD.
There is a certain way to do things, and I don't think that was right.
When you treat people wrong, good things don't happen for you, -
Karma,.... "What goes around, comes around."

Posted by: 72Redskins | March 1, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Either Shanny is an excellent talent evaluator or we are doomed. I thought Doc was much better than Lichtensteiger but what do I know.

Good luck Doc.

Posted by: neil64 | March 1, 2011 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Dock will be back. Mark my words. Our OL will crumble to injuries and resign him out of desperation. Maybe it's wishful thinking? Am gonna miss him for sure. :(

Good luck, Dock, whereever you are.. just don't play for the Cowboys!

Posted by: RedCherokee | March 1, 2011 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Good guy. Professional, but clearly not much of a fit for Shanahan's system. Otherwise he'd have been active on more Sundays.

He may have a couple good years left if he finds the right fit/system. He won't be making the kind of money he did on his last two contracts, but he can compete for playing time at a low cap number.

Posted by: csh2000 | March 2, 2011 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Dockery wasn't very good the first time around and should never have been brought back, especially at 25 million for 5 years. It didn't matter what system he played in, he was a huge, slow guy who couldn't block. There's a lot of dead wood on the Redskins roster and Shanahan is doing a pretty good job of identifying and getting rid of those players. Can't wait to see who's next to go, there's so many to choose from.

Posted by: scg1055 | March 2, 2011 1:58 AM | Report abuse

2nd this:
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Redskins don't need the best guy at ten, they need 4 or 5 guys in the top 96.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 1, 2011 4:38 PM

Posted by: hogmeister | March 2, 2011 2:33 AM | Report abuse

No doubt Doc didn't fit into Shanny's scheme, but just like on D, an argument could be made to transition in a way to use the personnel you've got, 'til you've got the personnel you need to fully implement your scheme.

Probably doesn't matter a whole lot either way - in the end, you end up in the same place - zone blocking personnel on O, 3-4 personnel on D - if you stand any chance of success.

Hope we do a better job of accumulating that personnel than we've done in the Snyder era so far...

Posted by: hogmeister | March 2, 2011 2:43 AM | Report abuse


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Posted by: juanamayes123 | March 2, 2011 5:33 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan would have released all of the "Hogs"! Dockery at 6'6 and 325 pounds will be starting for someone next year!

Posted by: oakiedokie1 | March 2, 2011 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Yes the Redskins do have great fans... And I'm one of them ! Hail !

Posted by: yesyall1 | March 2, 2011 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Dockery was nothing special when he was here before. Then he got lucky with the big contract from Buffalo before they quickly realized that he was mediocre at best. Then in typical fashion the skins signed him again for an amount that he certainly wasn't worth, and now he's gone, and should be.

I'm glad to see Carter gone also, and hope that McIntosh, Rabach, Cooley, Moss and McNabb follow.

Posted by: keedrow | March 2, 2011 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Road grader. Not athletic enough for zone blocking. Shame, because he's a good dude.

Posted by: shanks1 | March 2, 2011 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Its not who you let go, its who you replace them with that makes the difference. Shanahan has proven he knows what doesnt work. Now he has to prove that he knows what works. With this team, not denver. This aint the AFC west.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 2, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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