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By PFW staff

The Redskins, in an effort to shed some salary before free agency begins, released FB Mike Sellers and S O.J. Atogwe on Monday.

The 36-year old Sellers has played in 12 NFL seasons — 11 with the Redskins. He played in 12 games last season, with no starts, and had one reception. His role was primarily as a blocker and special-teams player.

Atogwe just completed the first season of a five-year, $26 million contract he signed with the Redskins last summer. He started eight games last season and recorded 60 tackles and three interceptions.

Combined, cutting the two players creates approximately 4.8 million for the team's 2012 salary cap space. Earlier Monday, the Redskins were fined $36 million in cap space over the next two seasons because of violations that took place in 2010.

The way we see it

The Redskins apparently will be revamping their safety position. All signs point to them allowing LaRon Landry walk in free agency, and with Atogwe's release, the team will start fresh. DeJon Gomes might have to step up as the strong safety after a few nice moments as a rookie, but he has work to do to improve. There is no natural free safety possibility after Reed Doughty, a serviceable but limited player. Sellers' release is not a surprise, and his biggest loss will be on special teams, where he wore a variety of hats. After Darrel Young took over the starting FB role, Sellers' work on offense diminished dramatically.

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