Redskins bring back Rocca, Golston
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Redskins had a quiet first day of NFL free agency on Tuesday, using some of their meager salary cap dollars to bring back punter Sav Rocca and backup defensive lineman Kedric Golston.
The Redskins agreed to a two-year deal with Rocca, the 39-year-old former Australian rules football player who has played two seasons in Washington.
Golston gets a three-year contract worth a maximum of $5.2 million, including a $360,000 signing bonus. He's one of the Redskins' longest tenured players and will return for an eighth season in Washington.
The Redskins are traditionally an active player in free agency, but they have little money to spend because of a $36 million salary cap penalty imposed by the NFL for the way they structured contracts during the 2010 uncapped season. The second half of the penalty took effect Tuesday at the formal start of the new league year.
The Redskins cut cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Monday to get under the cap and have renegotiated the contracts of defensive end Adam Carriker and receiver Santana Moss.
Those moves helped, but the team will struggle to be competitive as it searches for needed help at cornerback, safety and right tackle. The Redskins also set to lose Pro Bowl special teams player Lorenzo Alexander, whose agent tweeted late Tuesday that Alexander would be signing with a new team.
Alexander said in a text message that he'll announce his decision Wednesday.