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Chris Samuels most likely will retire

UPDATED (7:05 p.m.):

Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels has decided to sit out the remainder of this season and most likely will retire because of a severe neck injury he suffered about two weeks ago, league sources said.

Samuels, who earlier this week traveled to California to consult with a specialist, has shared his decision with some at Redskins Park. The 10-year veteran has not played since suffering the injury during the Redskins' first possession in a 20-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 11.

A source close to Samuels said he will not make a final decision on retirement until December or January.

By Jason Reid  |  October 23, 2009; 7:12 PM ET
Categories:  Jason Reid  
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Comments

FIRST to say WTF?

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 23, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

let me be the first to say mr samuels that you are a beast and will always be remembered, hail

Posted by: BMACattack | October 23, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, did the Post just bury a blog to save embarrassment?

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 23, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Chris. You've been great. Godspeed. And God have mercy on Jason and Todd and whoever the QB is the rest of the season. This season is becoming Shakespearan--a tragedy (or farce) of epic proportions.

Posted by: boothintexas | October 23, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

When you fail to prepare you prepare to fail, thanks Dan and Vin...

Posted by: The_Spear | October 23, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

It's not like Chris Samuels had all that many years in the tank left. How long did Dan and Vin expect him to last?

Posted by: The_Spear | October 23, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

We thank you Chris,,,,

Posted by: dashriprock | October 23, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Ok. We'll always remember you, Chris Samuels. You are a legend, even in the Snyder era.

Now, JReid's chat blew donkey. Seriously, he completely did not even try. Can't wait 'till he moves on. A little more effort, huh? Is that too much to ask?

Then again, if they give the beat reporting to someone pushing 60, I guess things haven't gone as planned for Mr. Reid, so that might explain the lack of effort. Just giving up, I guess.

Posted by: hithere1 | October 23, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

The word hero is used a lot these days . . .

Chris was a Redskins warrior and I am truly, truly, sorry we never achieved glory while he was here. He deserved it.
FUNNY CHRIS SAMUELS STORY:
bummed a cigarette off me outside of Strike! bowling alley in bethesda. after brief conversation, he gave me his phone number with a promise that we would "smoke a blunt together." needless to say I called repeatedly and his voicemail just said "you know who this is." Chris, now that youre retired, lets smoke that blunt!

Posted by: SkinsInSichuan | October 23, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Well, that's sad. He certainly gave his all even when playing nicked up. Never complained AFAIK; just showed up.

Thanks Mr. Samuels. You should be very proud of your career.

Posted by: SteveMG | October 23, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

What happened to my post?

Posted by: jm220 | October 23, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

he gave me his phone number with a promise that we would "smoke a blunt together."

when i was in high school, living in Ashburn, I worked at the Food Lion next to Redskins Park. Samuels, Chad Morton, Stephen Davis, Lavar, all of 'em used to come in an buy blunts and phillies regularly. But Albert Connell would come in nearly everyday

Posted by: saltine182 | October 23, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

lots o' comments go a-deletin

Posted by: sugarstreet | October 23, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Chris,

You don't have anything more to prove. Playoffs, superbowl ... you can still do those as a coach. Both you and Randy Thomas are two of the best of the best. Its best to retire now. You've done your service.

This is a case where it would have been nice if football were a bit more like baseball and guys like Samuels could have been traded, perhaps just for the playoffs, to other teams that qualified.

Posted by: periculum | October 23, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

What happened to my post?

Posted by: jm220 | October 23, 2009 7:37 PM |

What happened to all the RI posts between 5:30 and 7:00? All of our heartfelt "best wishes" posts to a Redskins legend wiped out, just like that! As if things weren't bad enough as it is, RI goes brain dead at the wrong moment. Sheesh.

Posted by: LibertyValence | October 23, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I just have one thing to say thank you Chris

Posted by: joevick | October 23, 2009 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Saltine! Priceless. I always knew Albert Connel was high as a hippie, god bless him

Posted by: SkinsInSichuan | October 23, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

So we've had the headline "Samuels to Retire", now we have "Samuels most likely to retire", what's next..."Samuels maybe will retire" or how about "We have no idea what Samuels will do next".

Posted by: d-35 | October 23, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Better thought control through deleting and beeping; courtesy of wapo and the "fficial cable network of the redskins"....

Posted by: Realness1 | October 23, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, did the Post just bury a blog to save embarrassment?

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 23, 2009 7:20 PM

Looks that way.

Posted by: Realness1 | October 23, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Saltine! Priceless. I always knew Albert Connel was high as a hippie, god bless him

Posted by: SkinsInSichuan | October 23, 2009 7:54 PM |

Did you know that Al Toker is on the Weather Channel now?

Posted by: LibertyValence | October 23, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I just want to say that Chris Samuels has been the one constant on this team for years now. With all the turnover and free agent garbage that goes on in the NFL these days its nice to know there is still some guys that are committed. He gave his all through injuries, drama, coaches, Danny Wuerful, and all the others. I hope it doesn't take long for the Skins to do something right and put together some sort of a tribute for this guy.

Posted by: daniel_estepp | October 23, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

But Vinny said it was just "mental"! No one retires for a mental injury, right?

Vinny would NEVER lie to us!

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | October 23, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

LOL @ Redskins Insider and the WashPost...other news outlets definitevly said.."Samuels WILL retire" yet the WashPost and RI sayin "most likely to retire"...

Cmon Man!! This is why I watch espn, fox, cbs sports, nbc sports and do NOT read washpost...

Ya'll a joke....

Good luck to Samuels tho...no need for him to get injured...he gave the Skins over 9 years of service...hope is given a well earned send off....being able to walk is a hell of a lot better then the alternative.

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan | October 23, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Chris Samuels is one of the best Redskins of the last 20 years! Thanks for your service Chris. Good health is no joke. I applaud your forward thinking.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 23, 2009 8:08 PM | Report abuse


Seriously, did the Post just bury a blog to save embarrassment?

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 23, 2009 7:20 PM

Looks that way.

Posted by: Realness1 | October 23, 2009 8:01 PM |

Even more embarrassing is that ESPN is quoting RI, a notoriously unreliable source, on this. Heh, heh.

From ESPN:

"Washington Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels will retire because of a severe neck injury he suffered in Week 5, according to a report.

League sources told The Washington Post that the six-time Pro Bowler shared his decision with some members of the team after consulting a specialist in California."

Of course RI itself is basing its story on the old "league sources" shti.

Posted by: LibertyValence | October 23, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to Chris for being one of the few bright spots this decade. At this point the only smart decision was to retire. He made good money so it best to retire and move on with his life. No point hanging around here with this team.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | October 23, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Hip, hip, hooray for cap space!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 23, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN:

"And does anyone know what happened to Stacy Andrews? Everyone assumed that he would be the full-time right guard, but the guy can't even beat out Jean-Gilles."

Dude can shore beat out girfy though.

Posted by: LibertyValence | October 23, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

But Vinny said it was just "mental"! No one retires for a mental injury, right?

Vinny would NEVER lie to us!

Posted by: diesel_skins_

Vinny should retire due to mental injury.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | October 23, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Hip, hip, hooray for cap space!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 23, 2009 8:18 PM

Cap space? This is bad news. We're going to take a giant hit next year. Just hope that it's an uncapped year.

Posted by: League-Source | October 23, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Should Chris Samuels retire, thanks for 10 years. You're one of the best tackles the Skins have ever had along with Jim Lachey & Joe Jacoby.

Posted by: JinxMan | October 23, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Cap space? This is bad news. We're going to take a giant hit next year. Just hope that it's an uncapped year.

Posted by: League-Source | October 23, 2009 8:36 PM

Why would Samuels retiring give us a giant cap hit?

Posted by: will_ga | October 23, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

i dont think u get penalized for retirements.. that would be stupid..

Posted by: cocodc1 | October 23, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

From PFT, looks like Samuels has a "waiting and seeing" statement.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/category/rumor-mill/

Posted by: chrislarry | October 23, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Best for Chris Samuels. Better retire than to try to play through this horrible season. There is no playoff or Superbowl payoff at the end of the season. Better than risk permanent injury, it's best to retire now. End of the season is going to be a circus and another Snyder joke fest with all the head coaches he will be parading and flying around in his little toy airplane.

Posted by: skinfannomore | October 23, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

He was a good player in his early years, but injuries caught up to him. I wish he could have stayed healthy to see how great he could have been over the next few years. He was reliable and consistent, I hope he will mentor our younger players!!!!

Posted by: jcrabbe1 | October 23, 2009 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Why would Samuels retiring give us a giant cap hit?
Accelerated cap hit -- his signing/option/guaranteeed performance bonuses are prorated over the length of his contract.
A quick glance at one site's breakdown of Samuels' contract is that he has $12M base salary and $16M of signing and option bonuses through 2015. The $12M is not guaranteed, so has no cap ramifications.
When he retires, the $16M will be added to the dead cap space for that year. If he retired today, We would be $16M - (let's assume $5M free space) = $11M over the cap. This would be a huge problem -- the team by rule cannot be over the cap, so there would be some release of people in order to reduce cap space. But if those contracts for released players have cap hits, you can really get into this lose/lose situation. The logical extension of this would be that the team would be unable to field a team -- they could not sign anyone -- even at league minimum!
So, that would never happen. Samuels will go on IR, and retirement will take place next league year when either there is no cap, or the dead cap hit can be managed. But it's $16M of a $130M salary cap -- so it would have a pretty substantial impact on the team's plans. Particularly if Thomas retires/is released as well.
Essentially, the team is increasingly in the position where the uncapped year has to happen.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

saw the skins on greatest 4th quarters on NFL network last night. We lost 27-25 to the eagles in '03. Wow, ramsey, betts, a healthy samuels and Jansen, spurrier, mccants

Brad childress and john harbaugh assts for the eags. Trotter int returned to the 1. Mcnabb getting a really favorable spot. Last minute td pass from ramsey to mccants, just missed the conversion.

We were 3-1, WTF that team had heart at that point in the season. Ramsey applauded for his toughness by aikmans and collinsworth. Thank you NFL network.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 23, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

dont think u get penalized for retirements.. that would be stupid..

You get penalized for losing players due to homicide.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Vinny on his radio show this AM:

"You know, the thing about it is, what's funny about that is, actually this summer, Jim and his wife were in Aspen with Dan [Snyder] and his wife, vacationing together," Cerrato said. "It's a beautiful house, and they're biking every day and going to dinner and all that."

Life can sure change quick on you when you lay an egg with a no show O, can't it!

Posted by: LibertyValence | October 23, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

If the league didn't close the loophole of retirement, everyone would do what the Skins do -- backload the contract, extend every year or two, then let the player retire. Player is happy -- got all the bonus cash up front; team is happy -- keeping decent players; league is unhappy -- Buffalo gets beaten like a drum every weekend.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Congrats on a great career, Samuels. You deserved better than the team the Skins assembled around you.

Vinny and Dan, you deserve to lose your starting left tackle. You had no one on the roster capable of backing him up, so this is an apt punishment. It's like leaving the house without an umbrella... guaranteed downpour.

FIRE VINNY!
FIRE VINNY!
FIRE VINNY!

Posted by: drischord | October 23, 2009 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Why would Samuels retiring give us a giant cap hit?

Posted by: will_ga | October 23, 2009 8:49 PM | Report abuse

i dont think u get penalized for retirements.. that would be stupid..

Posted by: cocodc1 | October 23, 2009 8:54 PM

Because all the bonuses that he was paid were supposed to be spread out over the length of his contract for cap purposes. Once he retires all the bonuses that have not yet been scored against the cap are a hit against the cap in the year he retires.

Since Samuels had the biggest contract, he was always the one they re-structured to gain cap space. Now we'll take a big hit. This is another example of how badly the franchise has been managed, hoping that players like Samuels, Jansen, and Portis will play forever.

Posted by: League-Source | October 23, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

true..

Posted by: cocodc1 | October 23, 2009 9:36 PM | Report abuse

This is another example of how badly the franchise has been managed...

unless there's an uncapped year, in which case their plan is brilliant.
Well, except for giving the juicy contracts to the right players.
And except that players with juicy contracts become uncuttable, and their motivation might be affected.
Hmm.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

unless there's an uncapped year, in which case their plan is brilliant.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 9:37 PM

I guess I would have said "lucky" not "brilliant."

Posted by: League-Source | October 23, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

tom-ay-to, tom-ah-to.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 9:48 PM

Damb the torp-ay-dos and full speed ahead.

So I'm guessing that "gonna decide after four months" at LEAST means injured reserve and an open roster spot, right?

Posted by: dcsween | October 23, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Yep, Anthony Alridge is back in the building. Or maybe another DL. Or Deion Branch. Or Joey Galloway. Or, they're holding it open for Zorn in case they want to throw him in there if Monday night becomes another body bag game.

Posted by: daggar | October 23, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

... I applaud your forward thinking.

Posted by: chrislarry | October 23, 2009 8:08 PM

So it turns out he's had a spinal stenosis since ... this entire time ... and after 8 (9?) years, the developmental depth behind him has been ... umm ... I'm not even going to remark on the quote I pasted.

Isn't there a farstriker comment code that covers the category about ignoring the offensive line in the draft (and the plash phase of free agency)?

Posted by: dcsween | October 23, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

hithere1,


I agree about the chat...it was offensive for the fans and readers. The Mayor's one word answers sucked and Cindy and the gang better rein him in before he becomes Jason "Giggles" La CanTfora. Seriously, JReid, you sure as hell make more than me, how about answering a few questions. Or are you like Snyder and feel the fans will read your work no matter what?

Posted by: duh2mag | October 23, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Peace Out Chris.

Thanx for the years.

I'll be surprised if he is not inducted into the HOF. O-linemen are hard to predict.

Posted by: Vicc | October 23, 2009 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh my good Lord. Listening to Vinny Cerrato - the poor man cannot speak English. It is painful to listen to him. He's a complete idiot. I would be embarrassed.

Posted by: sugarstreet | October 23, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

One of those two LBs they just drafted is an inside guy ... but the likely successor to Fletcher is supposed to be Blades. The next critical draft need (other than guys to replace Thomas, then Samuels*) is running back. Portis, Betts, and Rock all left school at the same time. As soon as the wheels start falling off one of them, the other two will quickly follow. As a position, RB is going to be a mess for a few years in the post-Portis period.

* Drafting means thinking a few years out. Only first and second round guys should be expected to start in their first year out (some variation depending on position ... you'd have thought a punter in any round would be ready to start). Rinehart was drafted to replace Kendall (not Thomas ... that Dockery became available was a fluke). There was no planning about what might happen when Jansen was done, and definitely has been none re: Samuels. I think the FO just thinks these guys can play forever (or at least just one more year ... for several years in a row). Only one guy can play for 18 seasons ... and he's been labelled a waste of a roster spot up here.

Posted by: dcsween | August 11, 2009 5:14 PM

Sheesh, and on August 10th, this same guy said that Randy Thomas likely wouldn't make it through the season (though about Thomas' cracked vertebrae rather than his knee ... or tricep ... or whatever ... so we'll call that one a push).

Posted by: dcsween | October 23, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

Man, I had to go to the Skins blog for some REAL news ... Mike Williams shaved his head bald and Stephon Heyer CUT OFF HIS DREADS ... not even Steinbog caught that.

Posted by: dcsween | October 23, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

So, if a tree falls in a forest and Jason Reid deletes a post / thread to cover his premature reporting, did the tree ever fall?

Posted by: isnadd | October 23, 2009 10:43 PM | Report abuse

"...the poor man cannot speak English. It is painful to listen to him...."

Posted by: sugarstreet


`
What's wrong? Listen to Rap Music lately?

Those are rhetorical questions and do not require a response.

Posted by: Vicc | October 23, 2009 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Peace and Best wishes..That was anchor work on an unstable offensive line, thanks to management..The Skins are the kings of the meaninglessly loud , usually negative headline under Snyder..He's burning his positive karma at a record rate, all in the name of public attention (that maybe mom or dad never gave.)..The thing about Darwinian evolution is that the tendency of bloody tooth and claw favored the more sensitive, more intelligent and loving mammals, Earth steered towards creating us humans...So be sure to kill each other, as soon as possible..

Posted by: frak | October 23, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for giving it your all, Chris Samuels. You're a heck of a football player.

I assume the team will put Chris on IR for the rest of the season and will be shopping for more depth at offensive tackle.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 23, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

isnadd,


Welcome to America..

Our mind is already made up!

I personally think that predicting the inevitable--such as Chris Samuels AND Randy Thomas getting injured AND eventually retiring--has given them a swollen brain more than a..well..let's jus say she prefers the latter.


`
Very Interesting Though.

Posted by: Vicc | October 23, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back 'frak'

you've been missed.

Ladies and Gentlemen if you are new to the blog and-

YOU ARE NOT A LAME WHO CHANGES HIS/HER bLOG-NAME-frequently

read 'fraks' comments.

Posted by: Vicc | October 23, 2009 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Have to agree w/Vicc here, more frak!

Posted by: chrislarry | October 23, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

3-4 ?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | October 23, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

RSH, agreed on the assumption that the Skins will put Samuels on IR for the rest of the season... but I have a hunch they'll be shopping for more depth at, say, WR. You know, a position of need.

Bear in mind that they already took care of the O line depth by signing Levi Jones. Try to keep up, okay? Vinny's got this covered, okay? Stop saying we ignored the O line, okay? We brought back friggin' Derrick Dockery and cut Pete Kendall loose, even though Pete was arguably our best O lineman last season, because on paper he seemed like the least likely guy to make it through another season, okay? We've drafted like three O linemen in the past five years, and that doesn't even count the UFAs we've picked up, okay? YOU CAN'T PLAN FOR INJURIES. EVEN WHEN GUYS ARE OLD AND HAVE INJURY HISTORIES. Vinny is really, really good at his job. He's a genius, he totally knows how to

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 23, 2009 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Any chance the organization might decide it's time to start drafting O-line?

Posted by: Alan4 | October 23, 2009 11:50 PM | Report abuse

NateinthePDX,
Easy there Nate. You've just had what is commonly referred to as a Cerratism. It's what happens when your natural logic centers in your brain shut down and you are overcome by bullshti. Put on some Pink Floyd and drink a six pack of your favorite brewski and that should be enough to jump start your logic centers. If that does not work, not all is lost. You just may have a future in the Redskins front office...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 24, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, RSH. Funny enough, I had already gotten a head start on that six pack before I read your post. Shocking coincidence, I know. But instead of Pink Floyd, I'm vegging out with sitcoms on Hulu...

I appreciate the vote of confidence, I really do, but I'd have to get in line behind the many Redskins Insider blog commenters who have already thrown their hats (the old school polyester ones Gibbs I used to wear on the sideline, I hope) in the ring for the front office position(s) that will almost certainly be opening up soon. Most of whom are far more qualified than I will be, unless the qualifications include beer drinking, time wasting and jibba jabba.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | October 24, 2009 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: freakzilla | October 24, 2009 2:10 AM | Report abuse

from Jerome Bettis at SI

Maybe the toughest one of those was the year we started 2-4 and we kind of knew our head coach, Chuck Knox, was going to get fired eventually. That really became an everyone-for-themselves situation for the second half of the year. There was no team mentality; guys were out there doing whatever they wanted. You can get lost as a player.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 24, 2009 3:34 AM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=jaworski_ron&id=4588518


A lot has been said about the play calling for the Washington Redskins this year. Sherman Lewis has been brought in to handle these duties so Jim Zorn can concentrate on all the other things an NFL head coach has to deal with. To me, that's an overreaction. There is nothing wrong with the play calling in Washington. The problem is execution.

Quarterback Jason Campbell is not playing well. He is missing open receivers. Campbell right now is not able to clearly see what is happening when he looks over the line of scrimmage. It's a deadly situation for an offense when the QB is not able to read and react effectively. I've seen a lot of dropped balls, too.

Another problem is the regression of running back Clinton Portis. The offensive line is making good blocks and getting Portis to the second level of the defense. The old Portis would make an initial 3-yard gain into an explosive 20- or 30-yard play. He's not doing that anymore, so Washington's running game does not scare anyone, making it harder on Campbell and the passing game.

Lewis has been away from pro football for five years, and this is a game that changes weekly. To solve a defense week in and week out, you have to be intimately aware of your own offense's strengths and weaknesses. Lewis simply has not had time to even learn his own team. I don't see how his play calling will be significantly better than Zorn's. I see this whole thing ending badly.

Zorn is not blameless. The Redskins have talent and are a good team. But they are not playing good football. I watch the coach's tape each week for all the teams and see all 22 players on every play. Many Redskins players do not give a maximum effort. That is something to be laid at the feet of the head coach. I'd take him to task for that, not the play calling.

Posted by: leevi98 | October 24, 2009 4:12 AM | Report abuse

I miss jalaca. Washpost should have him do a guest post of I told you so. As unbearable that used to be it'll still be the best post ri has seen since he left.

Get better Chris!!! I'm glad you're choosing wisely. Atleast it seems like u didn't marry a gold digger.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 24, 2009 5:16 AM | Report abuse

Get better Chris!!! I'm glad you're choosing wisely. Atleast it seems like u didn't marry a gold digger.

Posted by: dealer1 | October 24, 2009 5:16 AM

CHRIS SAMUELS RESUME:

1. University of Alabama.
2. 10 Years, NFL, multiple Pro Bowls.
3. Didn't marry a gold digger.

Great start for a 32-year-old. Chris Samuels' pockets are straight.

Posted by: League-Source | October 24, 2009 5:51 AM | Report abuse

LOL @ Redskins Insider and the WashPost...other news outlets definitevly said.."Samuels WILL retire" yet the WashPost and RI sayin "most likely to retire"...

Cmon Man!! This is why I watch espn, fox, cbs sports, nbc sports and do NOT read washpost...

Posted by: TampaBayareaRedskinsfan

Then what the hell are you doing posting here on RI? You don't read the Post but you post on the Post? Sure.

This is why FARK.Com has an entire category of doofusness under the heading "Florida."

Posted by: TheCork | October 24, 2009 7:03 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Chris. Your injury may be a blessing in disguise. Been lots of articles lately about footballers suffering early dementia and Alzheimer’s-like symptoms. Let’s hope you’ve gotten out with your marbles intact and with your body in relatively (for a 10 year pro vet) good physical condition.

Your fans wish you Godspeed and convey upon you the highest compliment a Redskin offensive lineman can receive.

You sir, were a great Hog.

Posted by: TheCork | October 24, 2009 7:09 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for the memories Samuels. Your talent was such that yours was the only position we fans have not had to fret about over the last decade. Left tackle? We got Samuels. Sorted. You were a mountain, and the Redskins landscape will never be the same without you. For me, you were the best tackle we've ever had, more talented than Grimm, better feet than Jacoby and more durable than Lachey. Hail, brother, we will sorely miss you.

Posted by: SammyT1 | October 24, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Chris for being a very good Redskins. Good luck in your future endeavors.
---------------------------------

Zorn is not blameless. The Redskins have talent and are a good team. But they are not playing good football. I watch the coach's tape each week for all the teams and see all 22 players on every play. Many Redskins players do not give a maximum effort. That is something to be laid at the feet of the head coach. I'd take him to task for that, not the play calling.

Posted by: leevi98 | October 24, 2009 4:12 AM

One of the byproducts of having another coach who is experienced in the WCO is the ability to communicate to the players the attention to the details of the play design. The one fault I see in the composition of the offensive staff is that Zorn was the only coach with any experience in the WCO.

Posted by: TWISI | October 24, 2009 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to Chris Samuels and congrats on a great career. He's been one of the few and perhaps maybe the only Skin during the Snyder era of ownership that actually has been a consistently great performer.

Posted by: moseley_brian | October 24, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Good luck to Chris Samuels and congrats on a great career. He's been one of the few and perhaps maybe the only Skin during the Snyder era of ownership that actually has been a consistently great performer.

Posted by: moseley_brian | October 24, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Smart move, Chris. No need to sacrifice your body any more than you already have. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Original_etrod | October 24, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Hip, hip, hooray for cap space!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | October 23, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Harsh, but funny! Thanks for the great service Chris, it's time to think about the rest of your life.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | October 24, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Shame no one has been covering Danny Boy's meeting with Cali officials to include Arnie! You think he wants to open a Johnny Rockets location in LA or maybe a 6 Flags?

Posted by: vaherder | October 24, 2009 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Godspeed Chris Samuels. You gave us a lot of good years. The image I will remember most of you is not that of a specific block you made successfully but how animated you were whenever anyone had any success against you. When the team gave up a sack, I can picture you now clenching your fists and doing a short jump in frustration. You were obviously a great player but what I really liked about you is how competitive you were--I always felt Chris Samuels stepped on the field to win--not just to play. Unfortunately, this is a quality that does nto seem widely held on this particular squad, but you were a great example of it.

Posted by: Cookie4 | October 24, 2009 9:50 AM | Report abuse

Shame no one has been covering Danny Boy's meeting with Cali officials...

Posted by: vaherder | October 24, 2009 9:44 AM

He's in Colombia? Maybe he's going to import drugs from Cali? Or get some drug lords to invest in his next scheme?

Posted by: League-Source | October 24, 2009 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Best case scenario 2009-2010 OL-

RT- Robert Wagner
RG- Levon Helm
C- Andy Williams
LG- Glen Campbell
LT- Robbie Robertson

Posted by: ElYeah | October 24, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Jason Reid is a hack. Quit making up stories.

Posted by: BiggeeC | October 24, 2009 1:49 PM | Report abuse

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