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Albright Re-Signs

Jason LaCanfora, while parking at his "climate-controlled" storage facility in Shirlington, calls to report: The Redskins have re-signed their first free agent of the offseason. Long-snapper Ethan Albright said he signed his one-year contract today and is sending it back to the team. Albright, who just returned from the Pro Bowl in Hawaii with his family, said he is excited to be back with the Redskins. (Jason says he gets big points simply by dealing with four children on a plane trip from DC to Hawaii and back.)
As for another special teams free agent, return specialist Rock Cartwright, the team has made no attempots to re-sign him and is readying for the start of free agency in March. Cartwright is not overly optimistic about returning to the team because he is uncertain how much interest the Redskins have in keeping him.
A source close to Cartwright said he is looking for $2 million guaranteed in this deal, similar to what the Redskins gave return specialist Chad Morton in 2003.

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  February 16, 2008; 3:26 PM ET
 
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Posted by: stivic | February 16, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, and that Chad Morton deal worked out so well...

I'll be sorry to see Rock go.

Posted by: oldcameras | February 16, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

It will be sad to see Rock go but maybe 1 of the 35 receivers we picked up last year can return kicks for us.

Posted by: david | February 16, 2008 3:47 PM | Report abuse

It's such a shame that with the coaching upheaval the team can no longer say they have one of the best backup QB's in the league going into next year. That would of been definitely something they could of been confident in if Collins would have been resigned. But maybe Zorn can serve as the number 2 or emergency backup? Wonder if he can still throw the old pigskin?

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

I will miss Rock, though to me he will always be 40.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 16, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

This isn't the first time the return of Rock was uncertain. Sadly, it may be the last. Even so, Rock might return if no one else signs him and injury plays a roll in the roster again.

Posted by: sdatevangelist | February 16, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Loved Rock, but probably we are not good enough to have a guy that doesn't play another position. Maybe Anthony Mix, who can play receiver, or one of the other guys can return kicks. Rock was probably what would be called a core Redksin. Too bad.

Posted by: ssh1549 | February 16, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I could tell by Vinny's comments yesterday that they do not plan to resign Rock....which totally SUCKS. He is a core Redskin and was pretty much always a bright spot on special teams. But what else is new with this dysfunctional franchise?? :(

I read somewhere that the Skins will probably use Betts on returns.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 16, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Mason is ready to fill the 3RB and KR position.

Posted by: CMoney1 | February 16, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I remember betts being a solid return guy. Not great but solid. I always think that RB's do better on kicks, bigger guys used to having a whole field coming right at them, and know how to shed a tackle.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 16, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Mason is ready to fill the 3RB and KR position.

Posted by: CMoney1 | February 16, 2008 04:02 PM


I will believe it when I see it.

Posted by: alex35332 | February 16, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

It's such a shame that with the coaching upheaval the team can no longer say they have one of the best backup QB's in the league going into next year. That would of been definitely something they could of been confident in if Collins would have been resigned. But maybe Zorn can serve as the number 2 or emergency backup? Wonder if he can still throw the old pigskin?

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 03:48 PM

Getting ahead of yourself aren't you? He hasn't signed with anyone else yet and both Zorn and Vinny said they want him back. You act like he's already gone. Just because he is a free agent and we haven't signed him yet doesn't mean we won't. Why don't you wait until it actually happens before you jump to conclussions.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Mason is ready to fill the 3RB and KR position.

Posted by: CMoney1 | February 16, 2008 04:02 PM

How do you figure? A couple preseason games last year convinced you of that huh?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Sweet the Red Snapper is a beast!!!!!!!!!!

True Redskin!!!!!!!!

HTTR!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jonthefisherman | February 16, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I could SWEAR I heard Vinny say (on the Redskins Radio show) that we are losing a 4th round pick in 09 (NOT 08) for Kendall.

Did I "mishear" (ala Andy Pettite)?

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 16, 2008 12:37 PM

Nope, that's correct -- the Kendall trade was a 5th in '08 or a 4th in '09 if he played more than ~80% of the snaps. It would have been a 4th in '08 if we had such a thing. But that's the final payment on the Duckett invoice.

Posted by: daggar | February 16, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure why everyone wants Collins back. Is he going to be any good outside of crazy Al system? That playoff game showed that if the line doesn't mass protect him he is not good getting out of the pocket.

Posted by: jm220 | February 16, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Love Rock and I am very sorry to see him go. I LOVE KO returners who go straight up the field and positive yardage everytime.

ARE drives me nuts with his spins, etc. My rule (when they make me the STC) is ONE spin, then move north.

That said, I can understand that when you are not a KO returner away from greatness, paying a KO returner that kind of money is not good planning. RB are, quite frankly, the easiest things to find, and Betts always got positive yardage on his KOR. So him, or someone else, will return kicks.

Anyone know which defensive guys are Free Agents and how many of them will follow GG to JAX?

Posted by: RedBee | February 16, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think the team has already determined that Betts will be returnung kicks next year. We do need a new punt returner as ARE doesn't really get it done and Thrash is likely gone too.

Posted by: cdachi | February 16, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Ethan Albright, LS
Albright completed his seventh season in Washington. Solid and steady, Albright played in 16 regular season games for the 12th consecutive season. Quality long snappers are not always easy to come by, so re-signing the 36-year-old Albright could be a priority.

Ryan Boschetti
Boschetti completed his fourth season as a Redskin, but he saw action in one game last year. Few players are as energetic and gung-ho at practice as Boschetti, but he was not able to crack the lineup.

Reche Caldwell
Down the stretch, Caldwell emerged as a reliable target for Todd Collins, particularly on third downs. Signed two days after the regular season started, Caldwell learned the offense and was a contributor, finishing with 15 receptions for 141 yards.

Rock Cartwright, RB
Cartwright has handled kickoff return duties for the last two seasons and remains a key contributor on coverage duties. He had a 25.8-yard kickoff return average last season and was second in special teams tackles with 36. Cartwright may not be the speediest of returners, but he is quick to identify and charge through holes.


Todd Collins (Getty Images)
Mark Brunell, QB
After three seasons as a starter, Brunell took a back seat last year. He was a backup to Jason Campbell and Todd Collins. The 37-year-old QB did not see any game action and he could be considering retirement.

Todd Collins, QB
It was a whirlwind month of December for Collins, who took over for an injured Jason Campbell and led the Redskins on a four-game winning streak. He completed 67-of-105 passes for 888 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions to close out the regular season. Was it enough to earn a starting job in free agency, even at age 36? He could return to the Redskins if there's promise of a training camp competition.

Rick DeMulling, OL
DeMulling originally signed with the Redskins in Week 3 after Randy Thomas went down with his triceps injury. He saw limited action during the regular season.

Jason Fabini, OL
Fabini joined the Redskins last offseason and was expected to be a key backup. Instead, he was an invaluable starter at right guard when Randy Thomas and Jon Jansen went down with injuries. Fabini played in all 16 games and helped the Redskins to the 12th-ranked rushing offense.

Derrick Frost, P
Frost's NFL career has been marked by bouts of inconsistency, but in 2007 he turned in his best season. He had a 41-yard punting average last season, good enough for 18th best in the league last year. His 36.4-yard net average was 21st in the league.

Randall Godfrey, LB
Godfrey, a 12-year veteran signed in training camp, was a backup most of the season, but he stepped up as a starter for Marcus Washington and Rocky McIntosh when they were sidelined with injuries. Godfrey logged 32 tackles and two forced fumbles as a reserve. He was mulling retirement last offseason, and could consider that an option again.

Brian Kozlowski, TE
For the second year in a row, Kozlowski was signed midseason by the Redskins. He served mostly on special teams, seeing occasional action at tight end. Last year, he grabbed one pass for five yards. He is 37 years old.

David Macklin, CB
Macklin was signed as a nickel cornerback last offseason, but it appeared he was passed on the depth chart by Leigh Torrence. Macklin, an 8-year veteran, was inactive most of the season, seeing action in two games and recording five tackles.


Pierson Prioleau (Don Wright Photo)
Keenan McCardell, WR
McCardell joined the Redskins on Oct. 1 to provide 16 years of veteran experience to the wide receivers corps. He ended up playing in 10 games and catching 22 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown. At age 37, McCardell could consider retirement, but he still has skills to continue playing.

Pierson Prioleau, S
Prioleau has been an invaluable reserve for the Redskins and has experience playing both safety spots as well as special teams. He had 38 tackles on defense and 16 special teams tackles.

Mike Pucillo, OL
Pucillo entered the 2007 season as a backup interior offensive lineman. Part of his job was taken over by versatile Lorenzo Alexander, who saw an increased role due to injuries. Pucillo ended the 2007 season on IR with a back injury.

Omar Stoutmire, S
Stoutmire, an 11-year veteran, had two stints with the Redskins last season, including late in the year. He saw limited action as a reserve.


EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
Nehemiah Broughton, FB
It was a disappointing 2007 for Broughton, who suffered a knee ligament injury during off-season work last year and was placed on IR. The 5-11, 255-pound fullback has had limited NFL experience, so he will have to prove he's healthy this offseason and earn a roster spot.

Shaun Suisham, K
Suisham was solid in his first full season as an NFL kicker. He kicked two game-winners, both in overtime. But in the Redskins' Wild Card playoff game at Seattle, he missed a critical 30-yarder. For the season, Suisham was 29-of-35 on field goals.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Sorry so long, just thought that I would post all our free agents, guess I shoulda taken Albright off that list.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Getting ahead of yourself aren't you? He hasn't signed with anyone else yet and both Zorn and Vinny said they want him back. You act like he's already gone. Just because he is a free agent and we haven't signed him yet doesn't mean we won't. Why don't you wait until it actually happens before you jump to conclussions.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 04:12 PM

Let's just say I'm that confident in my assessment that those front office bafoons will continue to get rid of what worked for them in 2007. Collins is old as dirt and has been in only one system for most of his career and will want a pay raise. Speculation is that he will join Saunders in St. Louis where he would be a good fit backing up an injury prone Bulger.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Let's just say I'm that confident in my assessment that those front office bafoons will continue to get rid of what worked for them in 2007. Collins is old as dirt and has been in only one system for most of his career and will want a pay raise. Speculation is that he will join Saunders in St. Louis where he would be a good fit backing up an injury prone Bulger.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 04:57 PM

"Confidence in your assessment" does not make it fact. You stated your opinion as fact, which it's not. To quote a fellow RI, "I'm just saying..."

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Thanks SCampbell1975!

Well, this is the only one that really would worry me - he is a GG guy - - -

Pierson Prioleau, S
Prioleau has been an invaluable reserve for the Redskins and has experience playing both safety spots as well as special teams. He had 38 tackles on defense and 16 special teams tackles.

Posted by: RedBee | February 16, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Speculation is that he will join Saunders in St. Louis where he would be a good fit backing up an injury prone Bulger.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 04:57 PM

And to discredit your speculation theory:
1) Most speculated that the Patriots would win the Super Bowl
2) Most speculated the GG would be our head coach
3)Then most speculated that it would be Fassel...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Keeping Collins would be stupid. He played well last year because he and Saunders share a brain. If Saunders was back, Collins would be gold. Without him, he's not even close to as valuable. You want a veteran backup who is an expert in Zorn's West Coast Offense anyway.

Brunell is certainly gone.

I like Rock, but he's not good enough on returns to justify a huge payday. The only way I'd keep him is if he can be the punt guy too. But even then, he's probably too expensive on a team that has bills and needs elsewhere.

Posted by: jvwright | February 16, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

I can see your worry there RedBee. But I would hope that with our relative shallow depth at S that they would re-sign him.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Brunell is certainly gone.

Posted by: jvwright | February 16, 2008 05:06 PM

Another opinion thinly veiled as fact.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Speculation is that he will join Saunders in St. Louis where he would be a good fit backing up an injury prone Bulger.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 04:57 PM

And to discredit your speculation theory:
1) Most speculated that the Patriots would win the Super Bowl
2) Most speculated the GG would be our head coach
3)Then most speculated that it would be Fassel...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 05:06 PM

Well guess what? Some speculation you can choose to believe and some you choose not to. I choose to believe that Collins will be somewhere else next year. Is that ok with you?

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Hey, look at the bright side... at least Brandon Lloyd is still under contract!

Can BLloyd return kicks?

Posted by: Alan4 | February 16, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I've heard that Prioleau will probably follow Gregg to Jax. Godfrey as well if he decides to continue playing. I would love to keep both those guys.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 16, 2008 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Every year there are players who have done a lot for their team but due to needed CAP room they are let go. It has happened already on other teams and will happen to core Redskins this year too!

Posted by: sdatevangelist | February 16, 2008 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Is that ok with you?

Posted by: ga8085 | February 16, 2008 05:09 PM

You can believe what you want it's just moronic to pass it off as fact (which it is not yet) See Lisa_R post above.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Brunell is certainly gone.

Posted by: jvwright | February 16, 2008 05:06 PM

Another opinion thinly veiled as fact.


Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 05:09 PM

Although I would agree that PROBABLY one or the other is gone. I don't think that both will go though because then we will be looking for 2 backups and quality veteran backups are hard to find when a lot of teams are looking for starters.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea whether they should keep Collins or not, but if I were Zorn, I'd take him aside and ask him what he wanted to do. His service last year gives him at least that much; if he wants to compete, play, and help JC as a "special double-secret assistant QB coach", he's got the right combination of ability and smarts to fit in well. I believe that he could learn and inculcate the terminology pretty easily, and when you think of it, the west coast offense should really play to his strengths -- reading, accurate throws, and don't hold the ball too long.
If nothing else, if he wants to go to the Rams, I want to make them have to put up some cap money... no reason to make him cheap to them.

Posted by: daggar | February 16, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

I can see your worry there RedBee. But I would hope that with our relative shallow depth at S that they would re-sign him.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 05:08 PM

I hope so too, but he came to the Skins from Buffalo and I wonder if the money is the same, will he go to JAX. One to keep an eye on. I would overpay a little to keep him, as I still feel the sting of losing Ryan Clark.

On Collins and Brunell - I think they are very different scenarios.

Collins drove up demand based on his performance in Weird Al's system at the end of the year. It would appear that his value to a team trying to run the 700pg offense is greater then to a team where he is trying to learn something new, just like everyone else. So, while I now hesitate to speculate, it makes some sense to think that the Rams would be willing to pay him more then we would, and even if the pay was equal, that he would prefer to work in a system he knows and has now excelled in.

With Brunell, it all depends, I think, on his ego and the market. We need an experienced backup and Mark may be healthy enough, finally, after a year on the bench. If he will work cheap, I would not object to keeping him. That said, I cannot imagine a situation where we outbid anyone else for him.

Posted by: RedBee | February 16, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I have no idea whether they should keep Collins or not, but if I were Zorn, I'd take him aside and ask him what he wanted to do. His service last year gives him at least that much; if he wants to compete, play, and help JC as a "special double-secret assistant QB coach", he's got the right combination of ability and smarts to fit in well. I believe that he could learn and inculcate the terminology pretty easily, and when you think of it, the west coast offense should really play to his strengths -- reading, accurate throws, and don't hold the ball too long.
If nothing else, if he wants to go to the Rams, I want to make them have to put up some cap money... no reason to make him cheap to them.

Posted by: daggar | February 16, 2008 05:23 PM

I buy that, I also believe that Mark could do some of those things. The one difference, in my opinion, is that Todd probably believes that he could be a starter somewhere ( and with the lack of quality starters he may be right) while Mark does not. I would bet that Todd gets a better deal somewhere else and that Mark reworks his contract and stays. Just my thoughts.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, Mark is a free agent so wouldn't have to rework a contract.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I like Rock like everyone else, but the team has to save some $$$ somewhere. We have several people who can return kicks and have quality depth at RB.The FA market is supposedly thin, so Rock should get what he wants from another team. I think they are making the right move in letting him test the market.
That's life in the NFL. Best wishes to him.

Posted by: Jason10 | February 16, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

I also heard that Brunell is at the Park every day and that his arm/shoulder is fine. He is healthy and wants to stay with the team. Collins, on the other hand (this is my speculation) would fare much better following Saunders to St. Louis. He is proven in Saunders system (not Zorn's) and Bulgur is hurt A LOT. Collins has a great chance to play on that team.

Posted by: Lisa_R | February 16, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

All right, so we have decided. If someone can let VinnyDAN know:

Rock is gone;
Todd is gone;
Mark can stay.

:)

Posted by: RedBee | February 16, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

All right, so we have decided. If someone can let VinnyDAN know:

Rock is gone;
Todd is gone;
Mark can stay.

:)

Posted by: RedBee | February 16, 2008 05:42 PM

I laughed out loud on that one.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:44 PM | Report abuse

cannot imagine a situation where we outbid anyone else for him.

Posted by: RedBee | February 16, 2008 05:26 PM

I can't imagine a situation where we'd have to.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 16, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I like Rock, but he's not good enough on returns to justify a huge payday. The only way I'd keep him is if he can be the punt guy too. But even then, he's probably too expensive on a team that has bills and needs elsewhere.

Posted by: jvwright | February 16, 2008 05:06 PM

I believe Rock is underappreciated - by the FO and by the posters on RI. Rock consistantly got the ball out past the 30 on KOs. And he proved to be sure handed. He's also very good on kick coverage. They should not so easily part with guys who excel on STs. And he's not such a bad option as a #3 or #4 RB. The Skins should at least make a counter offer.

Posted by: skinfanman | February 16, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

I like Nehemiah Broughton he seemed to put on some fat last year then got injured.

But he could be a good 3rd and short back or a full back.

I don't want to see Frost again.

I like most of the older FA but we might as well let them go and try and get some young talent. Rock will never get to run here(cp, Betts, Mason) so I would not mind giving him a chance somewhere else.

Posted by: mul | February 16, 2008 6:33 PM | Report abuse

My sister came to visit from NY. I told her about our coaching search. She was like "people kept tuning down the HC job?".

Thats a fact.

Posted by: mul | February 16, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

turning down the chance to be HC

Posted by: mul | February 16, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Good signing. I just hope "Ginger Snaps", gets a higher rating in Madden next season.

Posted by: KennyIVXX | February 16, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm betting on the fact that Nemo gets serious consideration as the team's 3rd RB given his collegiate connection with the new backs coach.

Posted by: skinz57 | February 16, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Rock's a good guy and I'd hate to see him go but he's a little slow to be a kick returner. Rock's return average was good this past season but he just didn't seem to have that breakaway speed to take it all the way!

Skins should try to resign Collins if the price isn't too steep! I wouldn't giveaway the farm for him though at his age and lack of mobility!! WC offense is predicated on a mobile QB which Collins is not!!

Posted by: skinsfan7 | February 16, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Rock is asking for more money might mean he's overvaluing his services. It may be he'll have to test the market to learn it. If he ends up being willing to sign for less I hope he gives the Skins a chance to match whatever offer he does get. I'd hate to lose him, but we shouldn't overpay him. But guys like Rock shouldn't be undervalued either.

Though Rock wasn't the fastest he always took the right way, never went backwards, and didn't fumble. He was very consistant, reliable and durable. I admire Gibbs for seeing the value in a player like Rock.

Posted by: skinfanman | February 16, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Jets | Coles wants new contract
Fri, 15 Feb 2008 23:19:42 -0800

Dave Hutchinson, of the Newark Star-Ledger, reports New York Jets WR Laveranues Coles said the organization has "lied" to him and "strung him along" the past two seasons regarding a long-term contract. Coles said if the team doesn't want to make a long-term commitment to him, he would like to be able to seek a long-term deal with another team. He added he would not report for the start of the team's offseason workout program next month.

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