The Washington Redskins announced their final cutdown yesterday, releasing 18 players with little surprise.
The most notable name on the list was kicker Jeff Hall, a sixth-round draft choice who helped the University of Tennessee to last year's national championship. Hall missed badly on his only chance with the Redskins -- a 23-yard field-goal attempt in the first preseason game -- and never appeared in another exhibition game.
Hall became the third player in former general manager Charley Casserly's last draft to be cut this preseason, joining linebacker Nate Stimson, a fourth-round pick out of Georgia Tech, and wide receiver Tim Alexander, a seventh-round choice from Oregon State. The Redskins' first two selections from the 1999 draft, Georgia cornerback Champ Bailey and Michigan offensive right tackle Jon Jansen, are scheduled to be starters.
In addition to trimming their roster, the Redskins acquired defensive tackle Barron Tanner from the Miami Dolphins for a sixth-round draft pick in 2001. Tanner, a 6-foot-3, 312-pound run-stopper, is a third-year player with just one career start and will back up Dan Wilkinson and Dana Stubblefield.
The other players released were defensive tackles Troy Bailey and Rod Walker; linebackers Chester Burnett and Antwaune Ponds; safety Wendell Davis; running backs Chad Dukes and Norman Miller; offensive linemen Mike Edwards and Juan Porter; defensive ends Derrick Ham and Rahmaan Streater; tight ends Kevin Pesak and Robert Tardio; cornerbacks Tyrone Smith and David Terrell; and wide receivers Derrius Thompson and Nigel Williams.
Williams, a Canadian Football League veteran, had his chances of making the team severely decreased when the Redskins lured Irving Fryar out of retirement on Aug. 19 and eventually lost the battle for the final receiver spot to Chris Thomas.