Many Redskins fans remember the wheeling and dealing days of Daniel Snyder’s early years as Washington Redskins owner. At first it was fun watching Snyder trying to be the George Steinbrenner of the NFL. But as the years passed it became more and more obvious that you can’t just buy a championship in the NFL.
You have to build a team wisely through the draft and not through free agency. Overspending on aging players looking for one last big pay-day isn’t the way to win championships. And sometimes like in the case of Albert Haynesworth, overspending for a player in the prime of his career isn’t worth it either.
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen stated that team will be active in free agency. Looking to resign their own free agents first, but also looking to be active with others. And after two years and $36 million in salary cap penalties, it sounds good that the team with be looking to add talent to key areas.
However, they shouldn’t go crazy in free agency. Use free agency to enhance your roster, not build it. The Redskins need to learn from their mistakes of the past. Yes, spend money on up and coming players who are still hungry to prove themselves. And not on players who once they get that big contract become complacent and lazy.
And players who fit your systems, and who most importantly fit in the locker room. Not just the biggest names you can find. Be fiscally responsible and not end up in cap hell in a few years. Too many times we’ve seen the Redskins win the offseason championship, but it’s the regular season that matters the most.