…have done nothing while many teams around us have done lots.
And that’s ok. For a change, we’re not going to rush out and grab every 30 something free agent we can name. It took awhile for Vinny and Dan to get it, and it took cap prison to make it happen, but hear them roar in Jason LaConfor’s blog: “Our cap situation is okay. I just think there’s a limited number of guys in free agency. The price of what guys are going to be paid is astronomical. I don’t foresee us being a big player. It’ll be a shock to some, but I don’t see us being a big player in free agency. I don’t think Dan’s plane will be getting fired up and ready to go. I just think it’ll be a quiet start to free agency for us.”
The thing about this is that there are eight teams with over $30 million in cap space. Let them bid the big guys up. This should allow us to get some middle tier help for both lines and the defensive backfield at an affordable price. If we can fill those holes with stop gap veteran options that gives us flexibility on draft day to grab the best player left on the board.
Look for some of these names to be associated with the Redskins in the next few weeks:
At Wide Receiver- DJ Hackett and Bryant Johnson. Both fit the “big receiver need” and both have happily played the 3rd receiver role. Both would add instant depth and quality to a very shallow group. And if they were bumped to 4th in the case of use drafting a Limas Sweed or someone, we could still afford them. And of course, we can’t overlook the Seahawks connection with Hackett.
At D-line- Jevon Kearse was just released by the Eagles, and assuming someone doesn’t pounce (and I doubt someone will) I hope we bring him in for a physical. He clearly cannot play DE full-time anymore. But we could use him as a 3rd down rusher if we can sign him to an incentive laden contract. I hope we at least explore the idea by bringing him in. Also look for us to bring a DT from a long list of big veterans if only to add depth. Perhaps Grady Jackson or Randy Starks who went to Maryland.
O-line- The Skins are looking for a lineman who can play both tackle and guard and there are several out there including Floyd Womack from Seattle. Obviously the Seattle connection would attract Zorn. Another name to consider is Tony Pashos from from Jacksonville who is likely to be cheaper than Womack.
DB- I’ve heard several TV outlets already mentioning Drayton Florence as a great fill-in for Rogers as he gets healthy who can then move back to nickel. This is also a position we need to draft for in the late rounds. We will be looking for a safety, too, of course, and there is a big class with stars like Gibril Wilson that may allow us to sneak in and get Maryland product Madieu Williams. If that is too expensive, we can turn to a veteran like Eugene Wilson or Erik Coleman.
At any rate, don’t expect much to happen until late next week or even longer while all the big names get gobbled up. In the meantime, enjoy watching other teams over pay for guys like Lance Briggs and enjoy that we’re not the ones getting made fun of for the huge contracts. Hail Skins!