John Lynch has been reported as “considering his options” and has left Broncos camp today. The ESPN article quotes him as saying, “I’m going to explore all of my opportunities. Is it retirement? Maybe. Is it playing for another team? Maybe. [Coach] Mike [Shanahan] has given me the opportunity to explore that and that’s what I’m going to do. But I won’t be playing for the Broncos.”
Let me be the first to say, John, welcome to the Washington Redskins and thank you for the Super Bowl ring.
Think about it, John. With Laron Landry playing free safety, you could play the hard hitting, 8th man in the box role that you love. You could hit with impunity and not even worry about who gets behind you. Frankly, I don’t know if you have the speed to play cover 2 anymore. But I know you can play up a few steps, hit hard on the run, and come out on 3rd and long. And you immediatley give back the hard hitting swagger this team has been missing since Sean Taylor got hurt.
Think about it, Skins fans. Doesn’t this make so much sense? Secondary depth is a problem for us. Lynch is the kind of veteran leadership that this defense is built on right now. He doesn’t trap a young player we want to develop. I love Reed Doughtery’s guts, but he is no John Lynch even at the end of his career. Lynch will likely take a pay cut to go to a winning team so the cap is no problem. What would he cost? A 7th? Who would pay more for a 37 year old safety who is contimplating retirement?
This is perfect. I demand that Vinny Cerato picks up the phone and make this happen. Hail Skins! Hail Super Bowl!