"This morning, Coach Zorn, Vinny Cerrato and I met with Jon,” Redskins Owner Daniel M. Snyder said. “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.”
Jansen originally entered the league as a second-round draft pick of the Redskins in 1999. He played in 126 games, with 123 starts, over the last 10 seasons.
“Decisions like this are difficult, especially with someone like Jon, who has meant a great deal to our organization and community,” Redskins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato said. “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.”
“We really admire Jon and the example that he set as a team leader both on and off the field,” Redskins Head Coach Jim Zorn said. “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.”
“I had a great player-coach relationship with Jon,” Redskins Offensive Line Coach Joe Bugel said. “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.”
Jansen had three years left on his contract with a base salary of $1.35 for 2009. According to a league source, Jansen had over $6 million in prorated bonus money left on his contract that will be accelerated into this year's salary cap. Jansen also was due a roster bonus of $1 million for this season, but it's not known if it was paid already or was due soon.
Third-year OL Stephon Heyer is Jansen's likely replacement in the starting lineup.