Says Yahoo Sports:
Ron Rivera took over the Redskins top job less than 50 days ago, but in no short time, he overhauled the team’s front office and coaching staff.
Yesterday, Rivera went to work on the roster.
The team released veteran cornerback Josh Norman and wide receiver Paul Richardson. The moves create nearly $15 million in cap space, but also deliver two distinct messages.
The first came from the Norman release, and it was obvious. Norman’s play did not validate his excessive salary, particularly in a bad 2019 season, and it was time for both sides to move on. In four seasons in Washington, Norman was largely misused in man coverage when he excels playing zone, but at this point, none of that mattered.
It was time for Norman’s bloated salary off the books, and Rivera made the move that demanded to be made.
In Richardson’s case, the decision wasn’t entirely driven by money. Sure, it’s nice for the Redskins to clear $2 million in cap space by cutting the oft-injured wideout, but that’s not enough money to cut a player. Richardson got released because he missed 15 games in two years and accounted for only 507 receiving yards despite being paid like a WR1.
The decision to cut Richardson was about a lack of production, and more importantly, that the new regime does not need to try to fix previous mistakes.