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Washington also represents a piece of the Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan regime, which Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have been trying to overhaul ever since taking over last offseason.
While Shepard has two years remaining on his current deal, only $1.4 million of it is guaranteed. The Panthers could save more than $2 million this season alone by releasing him.
The Chicago Bears have endured a fair amount of roster turnover over the last few years as they undergo their latest rebuild. Hroniss Grasu could soon find himself part of that turnover.
The 2015 third-round pick has good size for a center at 6’3 and 301 pounds, and he’s only 26 years old. However, injuries and poor play have prevented Grasu from establishing himself as a full-time starter in Chicago. In three seasons with the Bears, he has appeared in just 14 games with 12 starts.
Cody Whitehair earned the starting center job over the last two years, though he spent some time at guard due to Grasu’s lack of versatility. Injuries forced Grasu into the starting lineup last season, but since he is a center only, Whitehair had to slide over a spot.
Releasing Washington would only save the Bills roughly $470,000 in cap space, but it would spare McDermott the trouble of dealing with a defensive piece he didn’t choose. Dareus, Davis and Ronald Darby are a few similar pieces who Buffalo has already shown the door.
After entering the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2013, Russell Shepard finally broke out with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016, catching 23 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns. During the ensuing offseason, the Carolina Panthers inked him to a three-year, $10 million deal.
Shepard was a serviceable secondary receiving option last season, amassing 202 yards and a touchdown in 15 games. However, the Panthers added a few new receivers this offseason, which could leave him on the outside looking in.
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