Randle El looking for a new team

The Washington Redskins have cut former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El, according to the Washington Post.

Randle El, 30, was the team’s versatile wide receiver and primary punt returner. He played the past four seasons with the Redskins, but as Coach Mike Shanahan installs his new offense, it’s believed he prefers big receivers and Randle El was left with no obvious spot in the new system.

Randle El was also the primary punt returner, though his return numbers slipped dramatically from the early days of his career, much to the chagrin of fans. He was surprised by the team’s move.

“I am a bit shocked,” he said in a phone interview. “I thought that with a new GM and a new coach – I thought you’d be given a shot to show them what you can do. And I figured that with some of the younger guys who still haven’t proven themselves, they would want to keep the veterans around.

“To be honest, I figured they would want to renegotiate and go from there. But at the same time, I had a high [salary] for next season, so this is what they decided to do. But I know I can still play. I just have to find a team that looks at me as an asset and wants me. That’s the next step.”

Randle El had 530 yards on 50 receptions. Last season marked the first time in his eight-year career that Randle El failed to notch at least one touchdown reception. He started only three games and was supplanted as the team’s flanker before the season and moved to the slot.

He earned $1.5 million in 2009 and was due a base salary of $1.375 million in 2010.

11 comments

  1. Randle El had lost his elusiveness and upfield burst, which were his stock and trade. That’s no knock on him, nobody can play forever. Also, this uncapped year is a little goofy and things are very uncertain. I wish him the best. He was a class act in an organization where management could take a cue from their players in that regard.

  2. Im sure he has lost a step but he was the most amazing football player I have ever seen in person. What Im not sure of is that he was ever fully utilized.

  3. Great NCAA football player Also a good NFL guy. Class act and I hope the Bears can pick him up.

  4. Probably a blessing for him..I hope the colts or bears can pick him up or have a place for him. I think he has a couple years left in him of really good playing. Big mistake to land in Washington to begin with.

  5. As a loyal Bears fan, let me be the first to say … please, please, please, please come to Chicago. Jay “Rex Grossman” Cutler needs a target.

  6. Colts could sure use a competent kick/punt returner…

    They let Roby go. Maybe they’ll reconcile by signing another talented IU speedster.

  7. Randel El going to the Redskins was a mistake in terms of him winning games, but it was a boon financially. He got a great deal for sure, which is what the Redskins have been all about with Danny running the show. Unfortunately they have not been able to translate high pay into wins……

  8. His confidence is shot from what I see. They pay him the money and don’t use him like Pitt did and don’t throw him the damn ball. Now they cut him! I bet if he lands somewhere where they use him to the best of his ability…he gets that burst back! My favorite all time IU football player!!! Hope the Colts get him!

  9. The best B10 player I ever saw who was not allowed to win the Heisman. Which was a sports travesty.

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