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Maake Kemoeatu's visit to Redskins isn't likely to yield a contract just yet

Though former Carolina nose tackle Maake Kemoeatu is visiting Ashburn on Tuesday, it'd surprise many if a contract was signed. One league source said that it's "just a visit."

For the Redskins, it's likely a fact-finding mission. There's no doubt that the 6-foot-5, 345-pound Kemoeatu was a huge force in the middle for the Panthers. And as we've discussed before, there's no doubt the Redskins have a major need at the nose tackle spot. (And that need only grew when the team released Cornelius Griffin last week.)

But a lot has changed since Kemoeatu played his last NFL game. Kemoeatu missed all of last season after tearing his Achilles' tendon in training camp. His recovery hasn't gone smoothly -- the initial surgery went well but he later required a secondary procedure -- and nearly eight months after the initial tear, Kemoeatu still isn't running.

He's not expected to be in football shape until at least training camp. The Durham (N.C.) Herald reported three weeks ago that "Kemoeatu was walking on a treadmill, and doing flexion exercises with resistance. He's not quite ready to jog on a treadmill, and may not be for several weeks."

When an injured player hits the free-agency market, teams usually approach cautiously. In fact, many thought Kemoeatu might simply end up re-signing with Carolina at a lower salary than he was initially due.

But the Redskins have a huge need, and it's not surprising they wanted to see Kemoeatu in-person. They'll want to see how his rehabilitation is going, but it's not likely they'd extend a contract to a player unless they felt he's medically sound.

By Rick Maese  |  March 7, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories:  Free agency  
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Cutting C Griffin means he has to be replaced.

Even if the team takes a left tackle or quarterback in round 1, you have to wonder about a 2 round nose guard.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 7, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Vicc | March 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Our first two picks will focus on offense, unless we trade back and acquire extra picks

Posted by: Vicc | March 7, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Cutting C Griffin means he has to be replaced.

Even if the team takes a left tackle or quarterback in round 1, you have to wonder about a 2 round nose guard.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 7, 2010 1:24 PM

The Browns want to move Rogers, Exchange a first round picks, and amid round pick in 2011 draft.

Posted by: TWISI | March 7, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Maake Kemoeatu
Season Team
2002-03 Baltimore GAMES 16 2003-04 Baltimore GAMES 15
2004-05 Baltimore GAMES 14
2005-06 Baltimore GAMES 16
2006-07 Carolina GAMES 16
2007-08 Carolina GAMES 16
2008-09 Carolina GAMES 14

I read this wrong yesterday...He only missed 5 games before missing the entire 09 season.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Redskins have a major need at the nose tackle spot. (And that need only grew when the team released Cornelius Griffin last week.)"

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The last thing Griffin could have been was Nose Tackle.

Griffin has struggle with being a regular DT and hasn't been able to draw or force a double team in quite a while. This must be why JReid face was so blank when Shanny was trying to explain the 3-4 for to him, he just doesn't get it.

I'm guessing Griffin must have been your last real source whose name didn't end in ".com"

Posted by: filmchis | March 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I am not sold on Cluasen, but I will say that ESPN had an article on him... cant find it now but if i can/do i'll post it up here. Clausen only made 4 "mistakes" all year. Scouts describe mistakes as a ball that was picked off or was supposed to be but was dropped or the DB sucks and misplayed it.... Only 4, and for a QB who KNEW his defense couldn't stop anyone thats impressive...

Cluasen has a decent arm, not great, but when he can step into his throws he is drew brees accurate. Tate would talk about how the balls would consistently be exactly where they needed to be to enable him to keep on moving after the catch (something JASON never does)...

Clausen does struggle when he isn't able to properly step up into the pocket and did not play the best of teams in 2010. The article talks about how when he is forced to throw off his back foot or has to step to the side his balls tend to be ducks and not make it to the wr... and in the NFL that will become disastrous. However, he did lead a number of 4th quarter comebacks... which seem to be everyones problem with Jason, and he is clearly adept at using the playaction and dropping back from center...

Just saying to all those out there that he is a definitely bust... that he clearly is not. He is a QB in the Drew Brees mode and I am not... again I AM NOT... saying that he will become Drew Brees but that if everything goes right for the kid that is who he could become.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | March 7, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

HE has a lot of talent and with the right coach and scheme could be a decent qb... Possibly come in and play like Sanchize did for the Jets. If we keep it simple for him, however I still think we should go LT if we do not trade out of this pick as our Oline is just so awful that no QB could win with it.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | March 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

"Our first two picks will focus on offense, unless we trade back and acquire extra picks..."


I doubt this if another offensive vet o-lineman is signed.

Adding Gandy or Pashos suddenly adds some vet swagga to the o-line, and would allow the team to take a quarterback at 4, and a defensive/nose tackle type at 37 in the second round.

And about the o-linemen, it seems odd that now that now that the team is free to spend foolishly, it's trying to go about it on the cheap with functional, flexible veteran types.

This behavior is not odd for most teams.

But is for the redskins.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 7, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

twisi

"The Browns want to move Rogers, Exchange a first round picks, and amid round pick in 2011 draft."


This makes a lot of sense.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 7, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like the REDSKINS are auditioning all the positions of need. LB, NT, both OT's, back-up versatility o-line, QB, and RB. So far we've seem a LT and RT come and go, a back-up center go, MR. VERSITILITY O-LINE signed, rumors a FOOTE at the LB slot, WILLIE RB parked, a GROSS QB, and a seriously recovering NT. A FS will be next. If not, then I'm guessing the brass doesn't think that's a position of need.

Whatever is netted here in FA will be crossed off the priority list and tagged for the draft.

Evidently long-snapper, and punter aren't an area which needs to be addressed. So the l-s signed to push ALBRIGHT is it, if ETHAN walks, and negotiations are on-going with HUNTER???? Hopefully.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

If Dan Williams is there in the second round, then heck yeah, I'd take him at NT. Terrence Cody is a fat boy who is always gonna have weight/endurance problems. Cam Thomas also looks good, but might be a reach at #37.

Travis Ivey is worth a in look the late rounds/UFA bin.

Posted by: edvar | March 7, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

peoplearestupid1 Clausen is talented, but he's not the 4th best prospect in the draft. I would argue that he isn't the 10th best prospect. I would have no issues seeing the Skins grab Clausen in the mid to late 1st round, but @ #4 the pick has to be for an elite prospect.

Posted by: TWISI | March 7, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Cutting C Griffin means he has to be replaced.

Even if the team takes a left tackle or quarterback in round 1, you have to wonder about a 2 round nose guard.

Any thoughts?

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 7, 2010 1:24 PM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Terrance Cody from Alabama....

Posted by: hbu_dog | March 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Looks to me like the REDSKINS are auditioning all the positions of need. LB, NT, both OT's, back-up versatility o-line, QB, and RB. So far we've seem a LT and RT come and go, a back-up center go, MR. VERSITILITY O-LINE signed, rumors a FOOTE at the LB slot, WILLIE RB parked, a GROSS QB, and a seriously recovering NT. A FS will be next. If not, then I'm guessing the brass doesn't think that's a position of need.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 1:56 PM

Excellent analysis. It'll be interested to see if any of these visitors make a second visit.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 7, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Dan Williams will probably be gone by the mid-first round. Cody might be interesting. If he loses some more weight, gets down to 340 or 335 and shows something in a pro day...

Posted by: skinfanman | March 7, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Joe Reedy, of The Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer said he would not have a problem with the team adding free-agent WR Terrell Owens (Bills). "His past doesn't bother me at all. If any quarterback can deal with extravagant wide receivers, it's me," Palmer said

Raiders.com reports Oakland Raiders former RB Justin Fargas failed his physical with the team. Fargas, as reported, was released Saturday, March 6. Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Fargas said he is ready to play football today.

Terry Pluto, of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports the Cleveland Browns are expected to release QB Derek Anderson soon

Posted by: skinfanman | March 7, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Let's just get a Sumo guy for nose. Much more pressing needs for high-round picks... OL, QB, CB, FS.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | March 7, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Looks like PASHOS and CLIFTON tried to hold a gun in the REDSKINS ribs.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 10:14 AM

Gun in the ribs? Why does it look like that?

The way I see it, both men want the best offer they can get. Free agency doesn't come often in the NFL and it's a guy's only chance to have teams compete for his services.

The Redskins didn't want to pay Clifton as much as the Packers paid, so he stayed with his team. Pashos met with the 'Skins and then went on to meet with another team which may, or may not, offer him more than the 'Skins are willing to pay. This is how free agents do business. I don't understand how this translates into armed robbery.

Posted by: League-Source | March 7, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Jamal Williams is unrestricted and he's from D.C. John Jansen never really recovered from his achilles. Has any football player ever been effective after tearing the achilles? Sign Jamal Williams. Trade Jason Campbell to the Rams for Alex Barron. The Rams have their QB so they are free to draft Suh. Skins have their Tackle and free to take Bradford at #4 and Jahvid Best at #37.

Posted by: coparker5 | March 7, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sign jamal williams and kemoeatu for the NT rotation, allowing big al to play DE. im surprised williams hasnt been scheduled for a visit given how much shanahan saw him play in the afc west.

Posted by: dericozw | March 7, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Maake, I just blew out an Achilles 2 years ago... lots of people are never the same after this injury. And if he severed it twice, it can be very hard to reconnect the scar tissue properly.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | March 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

coparker5 Barron had a similar stat sheet as Heyer last year. He gave up 7 sacks, 16 QB hit, and 24 Qb pressures, while Heyer gave up 8 sacks, 11 Qb hit, and 33 Qb pressures. Barron is really playing like a backup in the league. It's just best to wait for the Rams to release him outright instead of giving up anything for him.

Posted by: TWISI | March 7, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Gun in the ribs? Why does it look like that?" League-source.

Because I said so shmo.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Draft possibilities

1st round OT or QB
Okung or Bradford - unless both are gone

2nd round NT or FS
Cam Thomas, North Carolina
Nate Allen, South Florida

4th round G
Mike Johnson, Alabama
Sergio Render, Virginia Tech

5th round KR/PR
Antonio Brown, Central Michigan
Brandon Banks, Kansas State

7th round OL
Matt McCracken, Richmond
Chris Scott, Tennessee

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 6, 2010 12:32 PM

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 7, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

"In Artis Hicks, Redskins get someone who can play 4 of 5 offensive line spots."

--REDSKIN INSIDER

That's terrific, but I wonder why he couldn't crack the starting lineup last year at any of them unless of course it was as a backup starter.

Posted by: TheCork | March 7, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Regarding Maake, I just blew out an Achilles 2 years ago... lots of people are never the same after this injury. And if he severed it twice, it can be very hard to reconnect the scar tissue properly.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | March 7, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Although late in his career, it was the end of a truely effective JURGENSON. That's a nasty injury.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Don't see Dan Williams there in second round he's too good

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 7, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

7th round OL
Matt McCracken, Richmond
Chris Scott, Tennessee

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 6, 2010 12:32 PM

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 7, 2010 2:49 PM | Report

Glad to see you put one of my SPIDERS on your list. I think he's out of the draft though.

TONY WASHINGTON would be a good look late.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Or perhaps they haven't been doing their due diligence.

They bring in a guy, and once he's at the Park, either lowball him or find he isn't what they'd hoped he would be. And away he flies to his next destination.

I know there are many new factors, the uncapped year, the possibility of a tight cap next year, an overall below average FA class, and likely the greed of players and agents who see the uncapped year as a license to steal.

But it's odd, and I don't know the answer for all this.

But it appears this never-ending rebuilding mode the 'skins have been in since 1993 will go on into the 21st century with no end in sight.

Only four picks in the first six rounds this year doesn't seem to indicate a quick get-well via the draft either.

I can't help but think that the skins will go QB in the first round, if they don't get an offer they can't refuse for the pick.

Posted by: TheCork | March 7, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Bottom feeders feed on the bottom.

Posted by: skinsfan0524 | March 7, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

4 Okung
37 Cody

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 7, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

JARED VELDHEER OLT has short arms (33"), but very athletic. Either he or TONY WASHINGTON OLT might drop to a fourth.

TERRILL WHITEHEAD FS's stock is rising although I don't think he's in the draft.

McCRACKEN LG and WANG OT might also be completely out of the draft.

And definitely any of ADRIAN TRACY, JARVIS GEATHERS, or ARTHUR MOATS for OLB post-draft.

'SKINS should look to CECIL NEWTON C JAX JAGS if reasonable. Former REDSKIN ANTONIO DIXON DT EAGLES too.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Schechter reporting that Pashos just signed with Cleveland, about 3 years and $10M. Not sure why that was above our price tag??

Posted by: isnadd | March 7, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Schechter reporting that Pashos just signed with Cleveland, about 3 years and $10M. Not sure why that was above our price tag??

Posted by: isnadd | March 7, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

@Adam_Schefter New Browns exec Mike Holmgren nabbed his first free agent, signing OT Tony Pashos to a three-year, $10.3 million deal.

Posted by: will_ga | March 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

"In Artis Hicks, Redskins get someone who can play 4 of 5 offensive line spots."

--REDSKIN INSIDER

That's terrific, but I wonder why he couldn't crack the starting lineup last year at any of them unless of course it was as a backup starter.

Posted by: TheCork | March 7, 2010 2:50 PM

What's your best guess, Cork? Coach wouldn't put him on the field because he didn't know the playbook? He overslept practice one morning and was being punished? He was out of shape?

Doesn't really matter, does it? He could have started at three different positions for the Redskins last year. And, let's hope he doesn't start at any positions this year.

Posted by: League-Source | March 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Count me out of the Keamotu sweepstakes. I remember an Achilles injury ended LaVar's attempted comeback w/ Gints. After Jansen's achilles, he quickly lost his ability to pass-protect as a tackle.

The idea of signing a 350pounder who isn't even running b/c of injury does not seem wise.

Frnakly, I feel better having Monty in there.

Posted by: p1funk | March 7, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

A few thoughts. We've signed 2 OL, Rabach and Hicks. Both are 30+, both to 3 year deals, both around $10million, neither guy is worth getting excited about.

On recovering from a torn achilles, SJ9 recovered and won a passing title.

On Shaun Rogers, talent without heart. Doesn't seem like a fit form Shanahan.

Pashos should be going for all the $$ he can get, its his one shot at big $$. Clifton was always going to stay with GB if the money was close. GB is a better team and its been his home.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 7, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse


@Adam_Schefter New Browns exec Mike Holmgren nabbed his first free agent, signing OT Tony Pashos to a three-year, $10.3 million deal.

Posted by: will_ga | March 7, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse


Oh, well.

What is Levi Jones asking for? Does anyone know?

Posted by: p1funk | March 7, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

4 Bradford QB
37 Charles Brown OT

Posted by: tramellcanady | March 7, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

What is Levi Jones asking for? Does anyone know?

Posted by: p1funk | March 7, 2010 3:34 PM

If its more than a 5 guys burger, no thanks..

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | March 7, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Gun in the ribs? Why does it look like that?" League-source.

Because I said so shmo.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 2:49 PM

Ooops! Looks like the teacher called on the little boy who hadn't done his homework! Go hit the books, glaw, and maybe if we call on you again tomorrow you can actually answer the question.

Posted by: League-Source | March 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

On recovering from a torn achilles, SJ9 recovered and won a passing title.

I don't know about the passing title, but it sure shortened his effective career.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Ooops! Looks like the teacher called on the little boy who hadn't done his homework! Go hit the books, glaw, and maybe if we call on you again tomorrow you can actually answer the question.

Posted by: League-Source | March 7, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Oh, our League-source asked a question? I'm sorry, I didn't realize it daned to be responded to. You really are an idiot.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 7, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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