Former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander was waived by the Redskins today, and defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti has been signed to fill the roster spot. I knew that learning the correct pronunciation of Boschetti’s name would pay off in the end.
Shaun Alexander leaves town with eleven carries for 24 yards and one reception for 9 yards, more or less what you’d expect from a fourth running back who comes into town when your first- and second-string guys are dinged, although less than Alexander’s gaudy past might’ve implied.
The real potential winner in Alexander’s departure is not Boschetti, but injured safety Reed Doughty. Doughty sold his number 37 to Alexander for some undisclosed amount of money, and — even if the amount is reduced by Alexander’s early departure, as is apparently traditional in such deals — this leaves Doughty with an open shot to re-earn the digits once he’s healed up while still turning a profit. It’s especially nice work when you remember that he was able to sell his interim number to DeAngelo Hall as well.
Congratulations to Boschetti and Doughty, and good luck to Alexander in his next stop, wherever that may be.