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Transactions roundup: Redskins release Jason Hatcher


The release of Robert Griffin III saved Washington almost $17 million against the salary cap on Monday, but they weren't done yet.


The team also released defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and cut safeties Dashon Goldson and Jeron Johnson, the team announced.

In a post on his Instagram page, Hatcher thanked the Redskins' organization and sounded like someone who was not ready to retire just yet. Hatcher will be 34 at the opening of training camp this year.

He was due more than $6 million in compensation this year.

"I want to take this time to thank Dan Snyder and the entire Redskins organization for letting me stop by to serve the purpose God has on my life for these two years," Hatcher wrote. "I am proud of the way this football team has grown and will continue to grow and I'm proud to have been a part of it. To the fans yall are the best and it was a pleasure to make it a winning season for you guys. Whelp I can't stay on here all day I got to get my (butt) to work and find another damn job ..."

Hatcher appeared in 14 of 16 games this past season in Washington, logging two sacks and 16 tackles. Even at 34, he should have a few suitors looking for a veteran lineman once camp opens.

Here are other notable player transactions from Monday as we head closer toward free agency:

1. The Pittsburgh Steelers announced they have agreed to terms with safety Robert Golden on a new three-year contract. Golden, a Steelers special teams captain, set career highs in tackles (36) and passes defensed (four) last season.

The Steelers also agreed to a deal with wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, per NFL Media's Rand Getlin. Heyward-Bey had 21 catches for 314 yards with two touchdowns this past season, and looks like a No. 4 receiver. He also was an asset on special teams. Rapoport reported on Monday that the wideout agreed to a three-year deal worth $3.8 million, per a source informed of the signing.

2. Offensive tackle Joe Barksdale and the San Diego Chargers agreed to a four-year contract, the team announced.

3. Houston Texans veteran punter Shane Lechler will be back in Houston on a one-year deal, a source briefed on the development told Getlin.

4. Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is expected to hit the free-agent market, sources told Rapoport.

5. The Colts released veteran quarterback Josh Freeman, the team announced.

6. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin has agreed to terms on a new deal with the Seattle Seahawks, the team announced. Rapoport reports the deal is for three years and is worth $12 million.

7. Redskins nose tackle Terrance Knighton announced on Twitter the team will not be re-signing him.

8. The busy day in D.C. continued with ESPN reporting the Redskins cut safety Jeron Johnson. Johhnson played primarily special teams this past season.

9. Shareece Wright will be staying in Baltimore. The cornerback has signed a three-year deal worth up to $16 million with a $4 million signing bonus and $5 million guaranteed, a source told Rapoport. In addition, the Ravens re-signed Pro Bowl long snapper Morgan Cox to a five-year contract, the team announced.

10. The Vikings announced on Monday that they have re-signed safety Andrew Sendejo.

11. The Browns re-signed linebacker Tank Carder.

12. The Saints and cornerback Kyle Wilson have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, a source informed of the deal told Getlin. Rapoport added the minimum-salary contract includes $80,000 at signing, according to a source who has seen the deal.

13. The Panthers announced they re-signed wide receiver Stephen Hill to a one-year contract. Hill missed the 2015 season after tearing his ACL during training camp.

14. The Colts re-signed tight end Dwayne Allen to a four-year deal worth close to $30 million, Rapoport reported.

Indy also restructured Trent Cole's contract, team sources told Rapoport. The defensive end had his salary reduced from $4.5 million to $2 million to stay with the Colts.

15. Miami's offseason continues to have non-stop action. Tight ened Jordan Cameron's contract has been restructured in Miami, Rapoport learned from team sources. He was scheduled to count $9.5 million against the salary cap, but now he's staying with the Dolphins with a lower price tag.


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