The Washington Redskins had a busy day of cuts Thursday, releasing seven players to clear cap space and reshuffle the roster.
Among the cuts was 38-year-old defensive end Phillip Daniels who had become a fan favorite over his six seasons with the team.
Daniels spent his offseason strength conditioning and was reportedly stronger and more motivated than ever heading into his 2011 campaign after finishing last season on injured reserve.
The 15-year veteran was kind and humbled in a statement posted in Twitter after he received news of his release.
“Thank you to the Redskins organization for (seven) great years,” he wrote. “It’s tough to say goodbye when you have bled burgundy & gold for so many years. . . I want to keep playing football and proud of what I have accomplished as a Redskin.”
Also released Thursday was fellow defensive lineman Ma’ake Kemoeatu who wasn’t a true fit for Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defensive scheme.
Kemoeatu appeared in 14 games with 12 starts and recorded 29 tackles in his only season with the team.
The 32-year-old also posted comments on Twitter, albeit of a much shorter variety than Daniels.
“Thank you redskin nation you guys been Great,” he wrote.