One name fewer to include as you try to predict the Redskins’ 2009 offensive line: Jon Jansen was released by the team today after a meeting this morning with owner Daniel M. Snyder, executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato, and head coach Jim Zorn.
Jansen was the team’s second-round pick in 1999, started at right tackle pretty much immediately, and has played in 126 games for the team since then, including 123 starts.
After the jump, a few quotes from the press release:
Owner Daniel M. Snyder:
“This morning, Coach Zorn, Vinny Cerrato and I met with Jon. I’ve developed a close relationship with Jon and his family over the last 10 years and I have the utmost respect for him as a person and a player. He has been an important part of our organization for the past decade. We wish Jon and his family the very best.”
Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato:
“Decisions like this are difficult, especially with someone like Jon, who has meant a great deal to our organization and community. Jon has been a fixture at the right tackle position for the past 10 seasons. He is a tough football player who played through injuries and displayed a great commitment to his teammates and coaches.”
Head Coach Jim Zorn:
“We really admire Jon and the example that he set as a team leader both on and off the field. He is a professional who was a valuable part of this franchise for a long time. Jon worked hard, laid it on the line each week and on many occasions played with injuries. Though we have elected to move in another direction, we appreciate Jon’s commitment, leadership and dedication to the Redskins organization.”
Offensive Line Coach Joe Bugel:
“I had a great player-coach relationship with Jon. He is one of the toughest guys that I have ever coached. He was a great competitor who prepared well for each and every game. We appreciate his commitment to the Redskins and wish him the very best.”
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