Daily Archives: May 29, 2009

Jansen jettisoned and headed home

A quick note, then some quick thoughts. I’m headed out of town for work this weekend, so aside from a wrap-up of free-agent signings and re-signings since the draft that will go up on Sunday, posting will be dark until the middle of next week. Thanks for the patience… now onto the reason for this post.

The Redskins released long-time offensive Jon Jansen today. Here are some thoughts on that move; you can see how it compares to other post-draft cutbacks in this post.

Jansen was a stalwart of the Redskins’ offensive line for 10 seasons after joining the team as a second-round pick. He started 123 games in that time, almost all at right tackle. He was a physical run blocker who held his own in the passing game as well. He missed most of the 2007 season with an injury, though, and last year he only started 11 games. Although he was never a Pro Bowler, he was generally an asset as a starter until the last couple of years. But declining performance, coupled with a contract that lasts until 2011, made him expendable. The Skins don’t really have a replacement lined up, unless they want to depend on Jeremy Bridges or recent fill-in Stephon Heyer. So they may have to invest in a veteran – someone like a Jon Runyan – to fill in until they get a replacement ready to go.

Jansen quickly latched on with the Lions on a one-year, minimum-salary deal. Like ILB Larry Foote, he’s a Michigan alum who comes home to try to help the first steps of Detroit’s rebuilding process. He might not start, but he provides depth at a trouble spot and should help to mentor ’08 first-rounder Gosder Cherilus. That’s a good deal for the Lions at the vet minimum.

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