The Washington Football Team is moving on from its longest-tenured player.
Long snapper Nick Sundberg tweeted Wednesday he won’t be offered a new contract from the team, ending a pairing that spanned 11 seasons. Sundberg, 33, joined Washington in 2010 and appeared in 152 games. He is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Sundberg was also heavily involved in community work off the field. He partnered with the team to launch “Loads of Love,” a charity aimed at providing laundry and clean clothes for schools and youth centers. He was the team’s “Walter Payton Man of the Year” nominee in 2017 and 2019.
He was part of a reliable special teams core that includes kicker Dustin Hopkins and punter Tress Way. Washington re-signed Hopkins earlier this week to a one-year deal.
“Unfortunately Coach (Ron Rivera) informed me that I’m not in the plans moving forward,” Sundberg tweeted. “I understand this is a business but I’m still sad to close this long chapter with the Washington football team. I look forward to the next opportunity in my career, wherever that may be. See you on Sundays.”
Sundberg revealed last month that he played the entire 2020 season with an elbow injury. He underwent surgery after the year and is facing a few months of recovery. Sundberg has battled a few injuries over the course of his career that caused him to miss games, most recently in 2018 when a back injury sidelined him for three weeks.
Sundberg also posted a letter on social media, thanking his coaches, teammates and fans.
“The DMV will forever hold a special place in our hearts, but we look forward to the next chapter,” he wrote.
Sundberg isn’t the only long-time Washington player to move on this offseason. Pass rusher Ryan Kerrigan, the team’s all-time sack leader, is expected to sign elsewhere after playing in a reduced role last season. Kerrigan, who was drafted a year after Sundberg signed as an undrafted free agent, remains a free agent.
Unfortunately Coach informed me that I’m not in the plans moving forward. I understand this is a business but I’m still sad to close this long chapter with the Washington football team. I look forward to the next opportunity in my career, wherever that may be. See you on Sundays. pic.twitter.com/jPbIo6vQXQ— Nick Sundberg (@NickSundberg) March 17, 2021
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