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Alexander to IR; LB Signs

Dan Steinberg reports:

The Redskins signed linebacker Tyson Smith and put defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander on injured reserve. Alexander injured his hamstring in a tough one-on-one matchup with running back Brian Westbrook in the third quarter on Sunday; Westbrook wound up with a 47-yard catch and Alexander wound up hobbling off the field. He finished the season with 26 tackles and two sacks, the latter tied for fourth on the team. He also played special teams, and served as a tackle eligible on offense.

Smith has been on five practice squads over the past two seasons, including that of the Redskins. He has also spent various training camps with the Ravens and Cowboys, and has played in NFL Europe, according to the team's release. He'll wear No. 97 this week

By Cindy Boren  |  December 24, 2008; 11:24 AM ET
 
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Posted by: jmicrodoc | December 24, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: jmicrodoc | December 24, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: icetotalpackage | December 24, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Why don't we toss Kelly onto the IR?
Crappy move to put Alexander on the IR when we've had a receiver who should have been put on it a long time ago.

Posted by: az_david | December 24, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

driley,

We obviously can't purge the whole roster. But we need to get alot of these vets out. Here's my breakdown:

1) We need to let Springs walk: We are going to sign at least Hall or Rogers long-term. And we at least have them both for another year. Smoot is still on the roster. Let's take a look at Tryon/Westbrook.

2) At LB, Washington needs to go and we need to start thinking of a replacement for Rocky Mac: My opinion is to sign Suggs, and find ways to give Fincher/HB Blades some regular play. We still don't see any of Khary Campbell who supposedly has some game as well.

3) At DT, We need to get rid of Griff. We can rotate Monty/Golston with a couple of young DTs that we pick up through draft or undrafted free agents.

4) On the O-line. We don't resign Kendall and we cut at least Jansen. We get Rhino and Heyer some consistent play. Maybe we move Samuels to RT to extend his playing life and groom Heyer at LT to see what we have there. We draft young linemen and develop them.

5) We don't need to worry about our safeties. Landry, Horton and Moore all can play. Maybe we keep around a cheap vet like Green.

6) Thrash needs to go and one of the young WRs needs to get some consistent run.

There are alot of older vets that can stick around (and need to for cap purposes) - Rabach, Thomas, Samuels, Moss, ARE, Fletch, Portis/Betts, Rock, Smoot. But the ones that can walk/get cut, need to walk/get cut.

Posted by: p1funk | December 24, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

There was no loss of a 1st rounder in there.

The "cost" of trading for Jason Campbell was a 3rd and 4th round pick.

Posted by: psps23 | December 24, 2008 11:24 AM

Ok, I'll surrender...but are you any less depressed that it's "only" 3 picks for Campbell instead of 4? I can't think of ANY QB I'd give up a 1st, 3rd, and 4th for...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 24, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 24, 2008 11:30 AM

Agree totally.

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 24, 2008 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs turned that around.

Now, they could use a couple of impact players. The supporting cast is in place, they have the basis of a sound football team.

Who are those impact players?

Posted by: dpc2003 | December 24, 2008 11:30 AM |

The supporting class is in place, please tell me who that is, would that be are 80 year old O-Line. Maybe it is our d-line then can not get anywere near a QB.

This team is no were near a great team, and no two players in the NFL could make it be.

You say teams do not rebuild I seem to remeber the Colts rebuilding from scratch, there pretty good.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 24, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Why don't we toss Kelly onto the IR?
Crappy move to put Alexander on the IR when we've had a receiver who should have been put on it a long time ago.

Posted by: az_david | December 24, 2008 11:38 AM |

Why is it crappy there is one game left and he can not play in it.

You can't put kelly on IR because he is not injured he has been a healthy scratch the last two games.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 24, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

The teams that are consistently good have a FOUNDATION that was built/rebuilt at one point. On that foundation they keep a steady presence of coaches and players that are groomed for the system.

That is NOT the Washington Redskins right now. It could have been, maybe, if Gregg Williams and Al Saunders stayed and the foundation that Gibbs was trying to lay was actually built on.

Despite what the FO said about "continuity", they went in a totally different direction. Rookie HC. West Coast offense. The foundation that Gibbs was trying to lay needs to get ripped up.

On defense that foundation could be there, but the old guys need to get replaced. Washington, Springs and Griff just can't bring it for a full season anymore and they need to GO!

Posted by: p1funk | December 24, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I can't think of ANY QB I'd give up a 1st, 3rd, and 4th for...


ever heard of Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning, heck how about Rothlisberger...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 24, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

driley - how do you explain the Falcons/Ravens/Dolphins this year making the playoffs in what was said to be a longterm rebuilding project for each team?

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 24, 2008 11:31 AM

A couple of lucky breaks, but the MAIN reason?....All three teams have outstanding General Managers. Top notch personnel guys who aren't afraid to say "you stink, get out" and replace them with younger/better/hungrier talent. Personnel guys that have a plan...one that builds a team.

Just a thought.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 24, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

ever heard of Tom Brady, or Peyton Manning, heck how about Rothlisberger...

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 24, 2008 11:48 AM

Brady--over 30, has a bum knee.
Manning--over 30, has a bum knee.
Big Ben--holds the ball too long, makes too many killer turnovers.

If I could get Brady at 26, I'd THINK about that trade...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 24, 2008 11:54 AM | Report abuse

"I can't think of ANY QB I'd give up a 1st, 3rd, and 4th for...

Posted by: brownwood26"

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I can think of probably close to 10-15 QBs.

You are WAY overvaluing the draft in that estimate. We didn't use a 1st rounder last year, but if you take the two 2nd rounders we got, then that trade would end up like this:

-Devin Thomas, Fred Davis, Chad Rinehart, Justin Tryon

for

-QB of your choice.

If you were the Lions, are you telling me that you would not trade those 4 players for Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Jay Cutler, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Phillip Rivers, or Matt Ryan?

Should that even be an argument?

Draft picks are nice, but they are far from a sure thing to even be an impact on your roster.

Posted by: psps23 | December 24, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

To add to that, the franchises that say consistently good also don't put themselves in cap hell like we do.

Take teams like Indy, Philly, NE. They are not afraid to show productive vets the door. They don't get bogged down in dead money contracts for aging vets. They let guys like Ty Law, Deion Branch, Asante Samuel, Jeremiah Trotter, Michael Lewis, Marcus Washington, Jason David, Cato June walk, and they replace them.

Instead we sign/restructure Portis, Jansen, Carter, even Brunnell to extend them. The older they get, the less productive they will be, but we still have to deal with the dead money and we don't cut them to make room for new guys.

Posted by: p1funk | December 24, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Brady--over 30, has a bum knee

also considered the Greatest QB of all time. But sure....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 24, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

p1,

Thanks for helping me in this argument, I was about to rip my eyes out.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 24, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

beep beep for a news nugget.

Posted by: CindyBoren | December 24, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

A couple of lucky breaks, but the MAIN reason?....All three teams have outstanding General Managers. Top notch personnel guys who aren't afraid to say "you stink, get out" and replace them with younger/better/hungrier talent. Personnel guys that have a plan...one that builds a team.

Just a thought.


Posted by: 4-12 | December 24, 2008 11:51 AM

Exactly. But Vinny isn't going anywhere, so we are working around different parameters....

Posted by: DaReal4th | December 24, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Manning--over 30, has a bum knee.
Brady--over 30, has a bum knee.

These are the two best players in the NFL. You are the stupidest poster on RI.

Posted by: Pleepleus | December 24, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

They let guys like Ty Law, Deion Branch, Asante Samuel


You could make the arguement that they've been trying to replace them ever since. The pats had to trade for Welker, AND Randy Moss in order to replace Branch, when it would have been easier just to sign Branch. As well, they replaced Law with Samuel, however they then let him walk with nothing in return, and wouldn't you know, the pats pass defense sucks.

Posted by: BeantownGreg | December 24, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

To add to that, the franchises that say consistently good also don't put themselves in cap hell like we do.

Take teams like Indy, Philly, NE. They are not afraid to show productive vets the door. They don't get bogged down in dead money contracts for aging vets. They let guys like Ty Law, Deion Branch, Asante Samuel, Jeremiah Trotter, Michael Lewis, Marcus Washington, Jason David, Cato June walk, and they replace them.

The Eagles have nearly the same about of dead cap space in past years as the Redskins do. Washington has had better results that them in 4 of the past 5 years. Why we the Redskins hold themselves to a standard they has surpassed? The media hypes up the Eagles to no end. The Eagles only calling card is inept personnel moves.

Posted by: Pleepleus | December 24, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Draft picks are nice, but they are far from a sure thing to even be an impact on your roster.

Posted by: psps23 | December 24, 2008 11:55 AM

NOTHING is a sure thing in the NFL. Stubblefield and Wilkinson was supposed to be a sure thing 10 years ago. Taylor was supposed to be a sure thing this year. The Skins winning the Super Bowl in 2000 was supposed to be a sure thing. While the draft isn't a sure thing, neither is the guy you're trading for. Just because Brady was great in New England, wouldn't make him great in Washington.

That said, only bad teams make trades for 1 guy involving multiple picks. Good teams like New England and Pittsburgh turn 1st, 3rd, and 4th round picks into 3 starters. There aren't too many guys in the league worth 3 starters...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 24, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 24, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

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