John Lynch Last Piece of Redskins Super Bowl Puzzle

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!


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  • Ron Burgundy

    Good idea, I’d support that…cheap veteran salary…we got 1.2 million in cap.  Not sold on the current safeties.

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  • WestCoastSkins

    Eh, skeptical on this move. Hasn’t he been having a lot of concussions lately? Yea he would be the perfect In-the-box safety for us and just rotate him out in pass situations. I don’t think I see this one happening for us though.

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  • Redskins Guy

    I really hate trading away draft picks for more aging veterans on their last legs, if only because it’ll encourage Danny to do it more often if it works.  That said, a 7th rounder and minimum salary for Lynch assuming he’s healthy and fit would probably be a good deal.

    Ron, Great site. I’ve added you to our links on the left column. I loved the Art Monk article.  People should definitely check it out.

  • Mikial

    This would be a bonehead move that would be typical of this organizations front office. Frustrated redskin fans, like me, are sick and tired of dumb moves like this one would be. So could you please stop encouraging these things?

  • Truth About It

    It’s not the worst idea in the world. It’s not like they are signing an over-priced, washing up vet to be in a starting role. Lynch would simply supply depth and support to a needed area….why not?

  • RuggSkins

    I agree.  At the right price, Lynch might make sense.  However these are my Comments and questions.

    1. Wasn’t Lynch released by the Broncos? Hence the Skins shouldn’t have to give anything up except for a roster spot and a few bucks.

    2. Lynch wanted out of Denver because he was going to be used in the box as you suggest… only on 1st downs (typical running play).  I think he wants to play with a team that will make him a 3 down player.  Not sure many teams will give him that.. and I think he would only make that compromise if he hazd a great chance of winning the super bowl (Playing for the Pats.

    3. Lynch has a history of concussions and neck problems. 

  • dwagner

    Thanks for the comments.  When I posted this Lynch was still an active member of the Broncos roster and had not made his desires public.  Given Lynch’s desire to be a three down player, I’m not sure he’d work out.  Though I’d be entirely willing to give him a try out to see.  Given the showing our safeties made in the first half of the HoF game, I’m definitely hoping we are scanning the waiver wire this month.

    Oh, and the history of injury doesn’t really bother me assuming he’s healthy now.  A physical will easily determine that. 


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