Both were signed to sizable contracts in 2011. Cofield signed a six-year, $36 million contract that lured him away from the New York Giants. Bowen inked a five-year $27.5 million contract after five seasons in Dallas.
Cutting Cofield will save the Redskins about $4.12 million on the salary cap, while clipping Bowen saves $5.5 million.
Similarly, Bowen played in just eight games (starting three) after beginning the season on the PUP list after a 2013 knee injury that required microfracture surgery.
Cofield currently sits at No. 88 in Around The NFL's Top 101 free agent list. He should have no trouble finding an eventual landing spot this summer in a league in constant need of hole-pluggers.