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Willie Parker scheduled to arrive at Redskins Park this evening

Unrestricted free agent running back Willie Parker is scheduled to arrive at Redskins Park early this evening to visit with team officials. Linebacker Larry Foote had been expected to meet with decision makers earlier in the day.

With all the questions concerning Clinton Portis, the Redskins would prefer to have another proven running back on the roster. Parker had three consecutive seasons of at least 1,200 yards rushing from 2005-07. Slowed because of injuries last season, he dropped to second on the depth chart and had 389 yards in 14 games.

Parker, who had a base salary of $3.35 million last season, was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams with the Steelers. Portis is guaranteed $6.4 million during the 2010 season, so the team probably would not want to commit much guaranteed money to another player at the position.

By Jason Reid  |  March 8, 2010; 4:09 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Free agency , Jason Reid  
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Ping Pong!

Posted by: jgr007 | March 8, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"Fart Dust"

J. D. Skolnitsky's mid 60's novel written when he was clearly past his prime and off his game.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2, I couldn't find that ... is that one of those ESPN Insider feeds? There's plenty to like about the idea of Larry Foote, not the least of which is having a guy in the lockerroom with a Super Bowl ring.

[Still kills me how Mark Brunell, Pierson Prioleau, and ... wait for it ... Leigh Torrence all got the jewelry now.]

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

yeah its on the insider rumors blog

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 8, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This post from Pro Football Weekly may be old news to some of you; if so, sorry:

Redskins may be powerless to get Bradford

Posted March 07, 2010 @ 7:25 p.m.
By Eric Edholm
The Redskins appear to have set their sights on Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, but it's looking more unlikely that they will be able to get him. Unless the Rams, who have passed on potential franchise quarterbacks the past few seasons, get cold feet on Bradford's shoulder, they are appearing to lean more toward taking him first overall. The Redskins pursued but lost out on free-agent OLT Chad Clifton, who would have been the anchor for a rebuilt offensive line, we hear, and chief protector of the quarterback. But getting the Rams to change their minds just might not happen if Bradford works out well at his pro day on March 9.

Such a development would change the Redskins' strategy dramatically in the draft. Would they take Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen at No. 4? That might be a reach, though quarterbacks clearly are valued on a different scale. After all, few people thought Mark Sanchez was worth a top-five pick at this point last year, but the Jets made a bold move up to the No. 5 pick and landed the player they want to build their franchise around. The Redskins, too, could decide that Clausen is worth taking that high. Assuming the Lions and Buccaneers — teams that took QBs with first-rounders last year — remain at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, in the first-round draft order, the Redskins would have Clausen there to pick at No. 4."

http://www.profootballweekly.com/2010/03/07/redskins-may-be-powerless-to-get-bradford

Personally, I think this author is clueless about what the Redskins are really thinking.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | March 8, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Parker would be a nice back-up to Portis.

I can't help but feel like Mike S. is gonna draft a running back in this years draft...wouldn't surprise me if he takes one in the 2nd round.

I'd like to see McCluster wearing a Redskin uniform.

Posted by: Vicc | March 8, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Not a bad move, the guy has won a superbowl. Good backup, but I would still like to see a rookie like Best or Spiller with us.

Posted by: iH8dallas | March 8, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I agree with what psps says; “Carlos Rogers is good corner who can hit and cover, but is prone to get beaten for a big play from time to time and can't catch an underhand slow-pitch softball”.

Hopefully a lot of the secondary’s problems the past few years were a result of Blache’s system and strategy. He really seemed to rely on zones/heavy cushions, and played to bend but not break. He sure as heck didn’t blitz as much as Williams did. Haslett seems like a pretty aggressive type. Hopefully he will put the corners in better positions to succeed.


Posted by: dlhaze1 | March 8, 2010 4:16 PM

Posted by: dlhaze1 | March 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I think this author is clueless about what the Redskins are really thinking.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | March 8, 2010 4:19 PM

I agree. And I think Clifton's agent "owes one" to Bruce Allen for helping out with Clifton's new contract numbers.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope Foote doesn't make it out of town, IMO he could really help the transition by his knowledge and the simple fact that Rocky wouldn't be out of position as an ILB.

I wonder if they'll bring Bridges back, he's a UFA and proved in Arizona he could play tackle just fine, I gotta think he's a better option at RT than Heyer.

I'm also hoping Gandy, Hadnot, Barry Sims, and Langston Walker get looks.

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

On NFL Live, DHall said if Bradford is there at 4, skins will take him.

Posted by: will_ga | March 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Sign Parker and draft a young speedster. That's all Shanny needs to make our fantasy decisions on a weekly basis a living hell. We know one of them will have 150 yards and 2 TD, but which one??

Posted by: Section104 | March 8, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

How much of a reach is Bruce Campbell? The guy is a pretty decent prospect especially for a ZBS and he had a monster combine. I see a lot of places have him going #8 to the Raiders. Is he only ranked high because Al Davis is crazy or his ranked high because he's that good?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 8, 2010 4:23 PM

He was already one of the top seven OTs who were fabled to go in the first round (depending on who was talking, he was the third to fifth best OT) ... but it only really works if some other team needs to jump over someone else to get a guy who "falls" to the Sknis at #4 ... like maybe allowing a swap of first round picks plus a later round pick.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Great! You know what the Skins need? Another banged-up 29-year-old former speed-back with a history of leg injuries and ungodly numbers of carries under his belt. I'd especially love it if they signed him to a back-loaded contract, so that when they unceremoniously cut him in two years, he can continue to cripple the team's salary cap for the next decade. That'd be awesome.

Seriously, what's to be gained from bringing Parker's corpse to Washington? Having two backs who each average 3.3 yards per carry doesn't mean the team averages 6.6. That's not how it works.

Posted by: manalive | March 8, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Willie parker is another clinton portis, a guy who clearly has lost a step and isn't going to take on contact. While his experience and super bowl resume will be welcomed by the players, I really do not think he will add much to our team on the field. He is, in my opinion, no better than Betts was, and at least Betts wasn't afraid to take a big hit to try to get a few extra yards.

Also, people on Carlos, he is the better player. Holding the last 6 weeks against him is fair, but to say that because of those he is clearly a worse player over the course of the season, than a man who was consistenly beat week in and week out is kinda ridiculous. 'Los became frustrated, and while that is not an excuse it does give some reason for his poor play.

Also, Blatche's system did call for our corners to play off, yet it was convienently (sp?), and consistently, hall who was beat on those 3rd and short patterns... Just saying, Red (or whoever it was who called me out before)... blatche was conservative, but Hall was typically the one giving up the catch in the end either way

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | March 8, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Personally, I think this author is clueless about what the Redskins are really thinking.

Posted by: skinsfan713"

I agree.

It's like what Allen said about the Peppers situation. Once these rumors start, he just lets them fly.

Posted by: psps23 | March 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I have no use for Willie, with CP and Ganther we need a change of pace speed back, not a banged up used to be speed back. Pull the trigger for Sproles with a 2011 pick or draft a young guy in the 4th this year, but don't waste money on Parker.

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm also hoping Gandy, Hadnot, Barry Sims, and Langston Walker get looks.

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

And J.D. Skolnitsky II - hellavu DL guy for Hobart College

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | March 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if they'll bring Bridges back, he's a UFA and proved in Arizona he could play tackle just fine, I gotta think he's a better option at RT than Heyer.

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 8, 2010 4:26 PM

How DID Heyer beat out Bridges? I mean, after months of the WaPo Skins page having that photo of Bridges with a sanitary napkin on his forehead? In Arizona, Bridges was playing on the LEFT side ... and doing pretty well.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

What about Thomas Jones?

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

On NFL Live, DHall said if Bradford is there at 4, skins will take him.

Posted by: will_ga | March 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse


Yeah, then once he saw he was the only one who voted "yes" the Redskins need to draft a QB @ #4, he back pedaled faster than he does on Sundays by saying JC will be there beyond 2010 and how he doesn't think Bradford will be there so they will address O line.

Posted by: A_o_C57 | March 8, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

On NFL Live, DHall said if Bradford is there at 4, skins will take him.

Posted by: will_ga | March 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse
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I seriously doubt that DHall has any more insight into the draft than any of us. I don't know why media guys elicit these kinds of statements when the speaker doesn't really have any inside knowledge.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | March 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: will_ga | March 8, 2010 4:27 PM


I dont think DHall is privy to what decisions the FO is going to make. Im not even sure they know what they are going to do at this point. Im hoping that Bradford has an excellent pro day and the pressure will be on the Rams to go the Detroit route and take a qb with the first pick,saving us from ourselves.

Posted by: KingJoffeJoffer | March 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I agree that the Skins will probably draft a RB this year but I just don't think it will be in the 2nd round (unless someone they have graded as a first rounder falls to them). I suspect, given the depth of the draft at RB this year and the past drafting practice of Shanahan, that they use the 4th or 5th round pick on RB rather than the 2nd.

Posted by: manlius1 | March 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Campbell had a monster combine, but Mike Mayock (who is the only ESPN "scout" anyone should listen to) has come out and said that his play at UMD was downright awful at times. He has all the physical talent in the world, but did not play like it last year. He is a middle of the draft type player in a freaks body. He may be able to improve, but taking him early in round 1 would be a massive mistake, as he will take a few years to develop.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | March 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Signing a guy like Willie Parker is a win-now move. Everybody gets excited about win-now moves, because we all want to win now, but the Redskins aren't ANYWHERE REMOTELY CLOSE to being a win-now team. They're several successful drafts away from even being a contend-for-the-playoffs-now team, and anyway, the goal isn't just to win a playoff game and return to crumminess: it's to become a consistently successful program, like the Colts or Eagles or Steelers, who are always in the playoff discussion even as players come and go in droves. How does dumping FA money - and FAs are always more expensive than comparably-productive draftees, especially at a position like RB where productive backs can be found in the fourth round of the draft or even later - on a crusty old guy like Parker, who has two or three years of modest productivity left in him AT THE ABSOLUTE MOST, move the Redskins any closer to being a consistent year-to-year contender for the long haul? It doesn't. It's stupid. It's a waste of money.

Posted by: manalive | March 8, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2 Ganther is not on the team. The only RBs the Skins have now are CP, PJ Hill, and Anthony Alridge.

Posted by: TWISI | March 8, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

No to Willie...I had him on Fantasy last year and he was alot of DEAD WEIGHT on my team...

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

He may be able to improve, but taking him early in round 1 would be a massive mistake, as he will take a few years to develop.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | March 8, 2010 4:37 PM
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And with the 8th pick overall, Al Davis picks Bruce Campbell for the Raiduhhhs!
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 8, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

....ungodly numbers of carries under his belt.

Having two backs who each average 3.3 yards per carry doesn't mean the team averages 6.6.

Posted by: manalive | March 8, 2010 4:31 PM

Total carries = 1253 -- 200/year over six years
Average = 4.0 yards per carry last year

Do you not understand that to be a UFA this year you need to be cut or you need six years in the league? So, you get your pick: Marcus Mason or Willie Parker.

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Please on Foote. No thank you ma'am on fast willie(he aint so fast no more). Dudes a former speed guy on the decline with injury problems.
Pitts oline used to be pretty good, created some nice holes for Willie. Parker has never had good vision and was always a threat to go the distance if he got out of his own backfield. 1. We have no line thus on holes, 2. zone blocking scheme you have to have a patient approach and envision the proper hole to cut through. Willie could not do that in his prime and certainly can not do that now.

Posted by: Stu27 | March 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Ganther is not on the team. The only RBs the Skins have now are CP, PJ Hill, and Anthony Alridge.

Posted by: TWISI | March 8, 2010 4:40 PM

Are you sure about this? I just looked at Redskins.com and they show Ganther on the roster. NFL.com shows him on the Redskins.

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | March 8, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, that answers my question. So he's projected to go at #8 because Al Davis is senile then. If Bradford Suh, and Okung are gone then we are stuck with Berry, Spiller, Clausen, Bulaga, or McCoy.

Berry-Folks don't want to take another freaking safety this high.

McCoy-Ideal as a 4-3 under tackle. Would go great next to Big Al in a 4-3. May not work in a 3-4. If we are switching to the 3-4 this may be a stupid pick.

Bulaga-Can we take him this high? It fills a need but is also a reach.

Clausen-Another ND prospect that has amazing numbers agianst crappy teams. Will he fall like Quinn? Should we draft him?

Spiller-May only be a change of pace back in the NFL. He may not be big enough to play every down.

That's a tough pick, I'd take Bryan Bulaga.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

1. We have no line thus no holes, ...

Posted by: Stu27 | March 8, 2010 4:43 PM

Technically, we did have guys suit up at those positions ... so that would be at least five holes.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm also hoping Gandy, Hadnot, Barry Sims, and Langston Walker get looks.

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I saw on PFT that Hadnot was in Denver all weekend, is now headed to talk to Arizona. He's still a guy I would like to see in Ashburn.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 4:46 PM

I noticed that too. I read on 106.7 fan blog/twitter that he was a RFA and wasn't tendered. Which makes sense because he was signed by the Skins as an UFA to a league min. deal.

Posted by: TWISI | March 8, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

One can clearly see a strategy forming for the Skins. If a player can't help us in 2011 and beyond, then we don't want him. Parker may have seen better days, but less work for CP AND WP may mean better days for them both. I'm also not sorry to lose out on Clifton because he prob didn't make OUR cut, instead of the other way around.

Posted by: DCV1 | March 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Bulaga-Can we take him this high? It fills a need but is also a reach.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 8, 2010 4:47 PM

I think you hit the nail on the head there about reach. At the combine, Bulaga's arm span measured real short for a tackle ... which is supposedly why Robert Gallery was a bust at tackle (but fully adequate at guard).

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I mean really, I remember when pick, he was clearly in a zone, the ball was wayyyyy underthrown and it just went straight to him. Easiest pick ever, nothing he did right, and yet that adds to his value on this blog.
Posted by: peoplearestupid1

Easiset pick ever...unless your last name is Rodgers. What he did right was catch the ball as well as be in position to catch the ball. Yeah it does add to his value. Last year at this time, what we all were talking about was our inability to create turnovers. If you recall, we got a grand total of 6 ints in 2008 which ranked us dead last in the league with Hall making 2 of them (in less than half a season). He had 4 this past year (of 11 total). He is the only one on the team that can consistently make ints. Over the last 5 years, CR has a total of 6 ints. DHall AVERAGES about 5 per year over the last 5 years. This is certainly not the ONLY thing that matters when it comes to CB but it certainly matters.

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Great! You know what the Skins need? Another banged-up 29-year-old former speed-back with a history of leg injuries and ungodly numbers of carries under his belt. I'd especially love it if they signed him to a back-loaded contract, so that when they unceremoniously cut him in two years, he can continue to cripple the team's salary cap for the next decade. That'd be awesome.

Seriously, what's to be gained from bringing Parker's corpse to Washington? Having two backs who each average 3.3 yards per carry doesn't mean the team averages 6.6. That's not how it works.

Posted by: manalive | March 8, 2010 4:31 PM

Am I missing something on Willie Parker numbers. He has 1253 rushing attempts. That's less attempts than Steven Jackson. No where near an ungodly number of carries. His career yards per carry is 4.3 and he has only 1 season where it was lower than 4.0.

Posted by: daghost | March 8, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

No to Willie...I had him on Fantasy last year and he was alot of DEAD WEIGHT on my team...

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 8, 2010 4:41 PM

LOL! That's good...

Posted by: Alan4 | March 8, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2 Ganther is not on the team. The only RBs the Skins have now are CP, PJ Hill, and Anthony Alridge.

Posted by: TWISI | March 8, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Right, TWISI, I was disappointed when Ganther was let go. I thought he could be a good reserve rb.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 8, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

On NFL Live, DHall said if Bradford is there at 4, skins will take him.

Posted by: will_ga | March 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Hall has any more of an idea what the 'Skins will do than we do.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 8, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

On NFL Live, DHall said if Bradford is there at 4, skins will take him.

Posted by: will_ga | March 8, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Hall has any more of an idea what the 'Skins will do than we do.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 8, 2010 5:04 PM

But he and JC17 share the same agent...Thus he is just saying what JC and his agent thinks will happen from what the conversations they have had with BA and Shanny....

And I agree that they would take Bradford @#4....

..But I do not believe Bradford will be there for the taking @ #4.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 8, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

One can clearly see a strategy forming for the Skins.

Posted by: DCV1 | March 8, 2010 4:54 PM

Its that the Skins are only really treating the disappearance of the salary cap as loan foregiveness for what would otherwise be "dead cap space."

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

JR said "Portis is guaranteed $6.4 million during the 2010 season, so the team probably would not want to commit much guaranteed money to another player at the position."

This makes no sense to me. Since the 6.4 million is a sunk cost and we are in the uncapped year (where cost per position does not come into play), it shouldn't figure into any equation (other than the annoyance equation that states we have 6.4 mil going to a back on the downside of his career). If there is a back out there worth some serious guaranteed money that the Skins FO wants, they can (and should) spend it.

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 8, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

I think you hit the nail on the head there about reach. At the combine, Bulaga's arm span measured real short for a tackle ... which is supposedly why Robert Gallery was a bust at tackle (but fully adequate at guard).

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

They said he was fine though but the comparison to Gallery would still follow him around. Bulaga's arm's measured 33 1/4 inches. I think 33-35 is their optimal range. Gallery never had the lateral movement that Bulaga has either. Those guys that can't move well laterally must have longer arms. I don't think Bulaga will bust. He is too athletic.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 8, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Great! You know what the Skins need? Another banged-up 29-year-old former speed-back with a history of leg injuries and ungodly numbers of carries under his belt. I'd especially love it if they signed him to a back-loaded contract, so that when they unceremoniously cut him in two years, he can continue to cripple the team's salary cap for the next decade. That'd be awesome.

Seriously, what's to be gained from bringing Parker's corpse to Washington? Having two backs who each average 3.3 yards per carry doesn't mean the team averages 6.6. That's not how it works.

Posted by: manalive | March 8, 2010 4:31

See, these are the types of absolute phuking d-bag morons that need to shut the f up. Dude, a simple google would have told you that everything you said was a load of sh!t. Ungodly number of carries? Portis has almost 1000 more. 3.3 huh? He's never averaged less than 3.8 in any season and was only under 4 in 1. At least you got his age right you phuking retard.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

If Bradford Suh, and Okung are gone then we are stuck with Berry, Spiller, Clausen, Bulaga, or McCoy.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 8, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

If what I'm reading about McCoy is correct, i.e., that he and Suh are head and shoulders above the rest of the draft, with some even rating him above Suh, then I would hardly consider us to be "stuck" if he was to fall to us at 4. If he truly is significantly better than anyone else available at 4, then they should either trade down, if possible, or if it isn't, take McCoy and then adjust their plans accordingly.

Posted by: rbpalmer | March 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

No way any of the players know what the team is thinking regarding the draft - especially not a talker like DHall. At this point, the team is still probably undecided. The pro days haven't even started for the big-name prospects. I would be surprised if Bradford is the pick.

I think you need to look at the draft and decide where the depth is. If there is a lot of depth at OT and NT, not sure it makes sense to use a #4 pick on OT or NT. Take an OT in the second round and pick another player of need in the first.

You could justify taking Berry at #4, or maybe moving back a few spots, picking up another draft pick and taking McClain. I like the second option. Watching McClain play, I think he could solidify the MLB position for years to come. If you can get a late first round pick or a early second round pick, you could select an OT and NT in the second, or maybe one of the best OG in the draft.

Posted by: BT23 | March 8, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, "Faaast Willie Parker" is now "Sloooooow and Ooold Willie Parker", which is why the Steelers let him go. Signing old broke down running backs like him is not going to help the Skins. So far, this new management team has been far smarter than we're used to--far too smart to waste any money on Parker. At least ...this is what I am hoping.

Posted by: mcgintyman | March 8, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, "Faaast Willie Parker" is now "Sloooooow and Ooold Willie Parker", which is why the Steelers let him go. Signing old broke down running backs like him is not going to help the Skins. So far, this new management team has been far smarter than we're used to--far too smart to waste any money on Parker. At least ...this is what I am hoping.

Posted by: mcgintyman | March 8, 2010 5:16 PM

See, now that is at least a reasoned approach. Not throwing out a bunch of incorrect, made up facts. Just the expression of an opinion. Hey manalive, you paying attention?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 8, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Signing a guy like Willie Parker is a win-now move. Everybody gets excited about win-now moves, because we all want to win now, but the Redskins aren't ANYWHERE REMOTELY CLOSE to being a win-now team.

Posted by: manalive

Good point, sort of. Parker isn't a win now move, he's a stop gap move.

But the basic point is a good one. We don't need a bunch of older guys with big paychecks if we're not going to win in the next year or two.

My sense is that Shanahan knows he's got to get through the next year or two with stop gaps (cheap), as he brings in younger talent that will allow him to compete.

I did my top 30 Redskins, 15 (or more) will change in the next 2 years. Free agency, trades and draft picks aren't likely to address all the near term needs. So Shanahan will need to invest in stop gaps, guys who play 1-2 years until he can bring in a more permanent player.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 8, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Davis is the #2 rated LT behind okuuuuuung, not bulaga

I got no problem with CP and WP in the bakfield.

Betts wasn't afraid to take a hit, someone said, but he couldnt withstand the hits, duh?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

How DID Heyer beat out Bridges? I mean, after months of the WaPo Skins page having that photo of Bridges with a sanitary napkin on his forehead? In Arizona, Bridges was playing on the LEFT side ... and doing pretty well.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

How did Vinny ever get a gm job or Zorn ever get a HC job? Snyder was an idiot, fortunately it looks as if he's finally learned and has hired pros to be in charge.

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 8, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

At least you got his age right you phuking retard.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 8, 2010 5:11 PM |

Somebody missed his anger management session today. Kinda refreshing, scamp.

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Parker lost his slot to a younger player, whereas Betts lost his slot to age and injury. Betts was a career #2, Parker was a #1 for many quality years.

Bradford to the rams, okuuuuuuuung to the skins

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 8, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

If Bradford, Suh, and Okung are gone then we are stuck with Berry, Spiller, Clausen, Bulaga, or McCoy.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 8, 2010 4:47 PM

Somehow, being "stuck" with a number 4 pick doesn't seem that bad.

With all this jibber jabber about this stud vs that stud, I hope this boring new Shanahallen version of the offseasons gets the Skins traded all the way out of the first round with a handful of 2nd and 3rd round picks. If Vinny can turn a first and second round pick into three second round picks (WR/TE/WR), then these guys should be able to get something done to fill up the roster holes created by last week's beheadings.

Btw ... I saw Alice in Wonderland in 3-D on Saturday night. OUTSTANDING characters. The story is a little different (its the same girl, only 13 years older and facing an arranged marriage), so the ending has to happen the way it does ... but I gotta think that the only reason that Avatar got all those nominations was that James Cameron won the race to digital 3-D. Alice in Wonderland is better than Avatar because the story is more interesting.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

At least you got his age right you phuking retard.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 8, 2010 5:11 PM |

Somebody missed his anger management session today. Kinda refreshing, scamp.

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:27 PM

Yea sorry about that. I can suffer peoples opinions but no one has a right to get their facts wrong and this d-bag had it phuked up in spades. He just wanted bash someone and didn't give a damn about the truth.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Davis is the #2 rated LT behind okuuuuuung, not bulaga
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Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 8, 2010 5:20 PM
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

http://espn.go.com/blog/nfceast

Just when you thought things were quiet at Valley Ranch, Cowboys tight end Martellus Bennett decided to deliver some wisdom. During an interview with Steve Dennis of CBS 11 in Dallas-Fort Worth, Bennett discussed his disappointing '09 season.

Bennett and Jason Witten were supposed to form one of the best two-tight end packages in the league last season, but Bennett didn't bring much to the table. Now the former Aggie is blaming the coaching staff for his lack of production.

"I think I can be one of the all-time greats," said Bennett, with a straight face. "But it's part of the system, you know, part of the system. I think the Cowboys are a great fit for me, but, I mean the system has to change for me to produce.

"There are some things they have to do on the coaches' side of the ball to make me, you have to fit into the system. You know, it's not just all on the player. There's different things that have to be done to put me into position to make plays."

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Makes you wonder how our Pro-Bowl TE is gonna mesh with Fred Davis and his apparent upside?

Too much ego and Fred Davis is gonna wanna put up numbers, so he can cash in on his next contract.

I don't see Cooley and Davis co-existing past the upcoming season...

i think periculum alluded to it and Cooley OR Davis may be trade bait in 2011.

Posted by: Vicc | March 8, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Davis is the #2 rated LT behind okuuuuuung, not bulaga

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 8, 2010 5:20 PM

Or #2 is Bruce Campbell ... depends who you ask. By my count, the OTs that are supposed to go in the first round (not necessarily in this sequence) are oKOONG, Davis, Campbell, Bulaga, Trent Williams, Charles Brown, and one of Ducasse/Valdheer/Capers/Black ... I think they say seven tackles because seven teams need tackles.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Right, TWISI, I was disappointed when Ganther was let go. I thought he could be a good reserve rb.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 8, 2010 5:00 PM

He hasn't been "let go." He's a restricted free agent. He's on the Redskins roster. He wasn't released.

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I still think this front office is willing to cut Portis down the line this offseason: if he looks at them funny, doesn't show up for a workout, etc.

Thus I don't mind if they sign Fast Willie for insurance as long as they get a third, younger prospect type off the scrap heap or in the draft.

Posted by: kidbrosweets | March 8, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Wow... somebody quoted Periculum. I've seen it all.

Posted by: outsider6 | March 8, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Anthony Davis is the #2 rated LT behind okuuuuuung, not bulaga

I got no problem with CP and WP in the bakfield.

Betts wasn't afraid to take a hit, someone said, but he couldnt withstand the hits, duh?

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Bulaga will have a much better career then Davis. Also we need guards too, not just tackles. Bringing in a A Hicks is smart for his versatility. Bulaga is a player who will have great versatility and we can draft him, and should if available. Now how he becomes available in our current situation is another problem.

Posted by: Stu27 | March 8, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Skins will need a lot of RB's this year. Fast Willie should be one of them. Don't let him leave D.C. without a contract.

Foote will probably sign with the Cardinals. Skins are low-balling people and Cardinals should be able to match/exceed whatever Allen offers. If the offers are similar, Foote should sign with the Cardinals.

Posted by: coparker5 | March 8, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

i think periculum alluded to it and Cooley OR Davis may be trade bait in 2011.

Posted by: Vicc | March 8, 2010 5:32 PM |

Sorry dude. Once you even partly agree with perineum you lose all credibility.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 8, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Skins are low-balling people and Cardinals ...

Posted by: coparker5 | March 8, 2010 5:39 PM |

How do you know this? What, if anything, did the 'Skins offer to Pashos and Clifton?

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

wouldn't have a problem taking eric berry at #4 most having him going earlier and we need a free.

Suh and mcCoy although not ideally suited to 3-4, still great talents thy could help any team or be trade bait to move down.

Anything but a QB draft strat, just like last year, sanchez wouldn't have done sh!t as a skin, and really didn't do s as a jet.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 8, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Skins are low-balling people and Cardinals ...

Posted by: coparker5 | March 8, 2010 5:39 PM |

How do you know this? What, if anything, did the 'Skins offer to Pashos and Clifton?

And, by the way, when were the Cardinals ever known for high-balling people?

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com, reports the Indianapolis Colts have released OG Ryan Lilja, according to a source

Jason La Canfora, of the NFL Network, reports the Buffalo Bills have signed unrestricted free-agent OT Cornell Green (Raiders) to a three-year deal worth $9 million, according to a source

Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com, reports the Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to meet with unrestricted free-agent OG Rex Hadnot (Browns) Tuesday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 10, according to a source.

Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in unrestricted free-agent LB Larry Foote (Lions).

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the St. Louis Rams signed free-agent DL Fred Robbins (Giants) to a three-year deal worth up to $12 million Monday, March 8

Posted by: skinfanman | March 8, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

And, by the way, when were the Cardinals ever known for high-balling people?

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:44 PM

That's disgusting.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 8, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Colts dump starting guard Ryan Lilja
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 8, 2010 5:34 PM ET
Colts center Jeff Saturday disagreed with President Bill Polian's suggestion that the team's offensive line struggled in the Super Bowl.

But Polian is the one that makes personnel decisions, and he spoke loud and clear by releasing starting guard Ryan Lilja Monday, according to Alex Marvez of Fox.

Lilja was due a $1.73 million bonus soon, but the move is still surprising. He started every game for the Colts last season and is only 28 years old.

Ultimately, the Colts need better run blockers and Polian decided Lilja was only going to get in the way with a hefty base salary. Polian trusts the team's ability to develop players and he's usually right.

That trust allows Polian to make strong statements in print and on the transaction wire.

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 8, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen is a genius - the Colts just cut their 28 year old starting Guard. Go get him - slide Hicks out to RT.

Posted by: coparker5 | March 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Ganther is a restricted free agent. If he is, I haven't seen any tender on him.

Posted by: will_ga | March 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Lilja just got cut. There's an available guard.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 8, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

skinfanman typed: "Alex Marvez, of FOXSports.com, reports the Arizona Cardinals are scheduled to meet with unrestricted free-agent OG Rex Hadnot (Browns) Tuesday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 10, according to a source."

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frediefritz mentioned this dude earlier and I wanted us to give him a look. If Wisenhunt and Grimm feel like HadnotIS worth a look, then we shoulda gave him a look as well.

Posted by: Vicc | March 8, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Skins are low-balling people and Cardinals ...

Posted by: coparker5 | March 8, 2010 5:39 PM |

How do you know this?

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:42 PM

The gift bag to visiting players includes a jock strap that has lost its elasticity.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Polian trusts the team's ability to develop players and he's usually right.

That trust allows Polian to make strong statements in print and on the transaction wire.

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 8, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse


We'll see how well the Colts develop talent when Manning retires.

They'll just slip in some rookie RG, like they do with every position, and somehow the Colts Offense won't miss a beat.

Posted by: Vicc | March 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

ST. LOUIS (AP)—The St. Louis Rams have made their second free-agent signing of the offseason, reaching a deal with veteran defensive tackle Fred Robbins.

Terms of the contract announced Monday were not disclosed.

Robbins is 32 and has played 10 seasons with 116 starts for the Vikings and Giants. He has 28.5 career sacks and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2008.

He was a key member of the 2007 New York team that won the Super Bowl. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo was defensive coordinator for the Giants at the time.

Spagnuolo says Robbins will add leadership as well as depth to the defensive tackle position. He also adds size: Robbins is 6-4 and 325 pounds.

Robbins was a second-round pick by Minnesota in the 2000 draft. He signed with New York in 2004.

>>Less likely now to take a DLman?

Posted by: skinfanman | March 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers are interested in unrestricted free-agent LB Larry Foote (Lions).

Posted by: skinfanman | March 8, 2010 5:46 PM

Hmm. Wonder why?

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

a jock strap that has lost its elasticity.

Posted by: dcsween | March 8, 2010 5:51 PM |

Probably used a few times too many by Casey Rabach.

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Hall only allowed 56% completion against him, gave up 401 yards at 11.1 yards per catch, allowed 1 TD, and had 4 INTs.

Rogers allowed 62.4% completion, 537 yards at 14.1 yards per catch, allowed 4 TDs, and had 0 INTs.

It's nearly indisputable which one was the better cover corner.

And it wasn't the guy you're saying it is.

The only argument you can possibly throw at this would be if Rogers was consistently covering the other team's #1 wideout (which didn't really happen) or if Hall was the primary beneficiary of safety help while Rogers was left on an island. That latter may be closer to the truth, but the coverage metrics clearly show that Hall was more successful in coverage. By a mile.

Posted by: psps23 | March 8, 2010 3:27 PM

Does it matter that 'Los played 100 more snaps? And whether or not Hall is a better cover guy than Rogers, he still is not a good cover corner. Anyone who watched the games knows that Hall's picks were not the result of great "cover" skills. He got his picks in zone coverage and on tipped balls. And I still believe 'Los has better coverage skills.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | March 8, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 8, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen is a genius - the Colts just cut their 28 year old starting Guard. Go get him - slide Hicks out to RT.
Posted by: coparker5

How does the Colts cutting their guard make Allen a genius?

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 8, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Bruce Allen is a genius - the Colts just cut their 28 year old starting Guard. Go get him - slide Hicks out to RT.
Posted by: coparker5

How does the Colts cutting their guard make Allen a genius?

Posted by: amaranthpa | March 8, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't know but I like it.

Posted by: iH8dallas | March 8, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The Colts OL struggled in the Super Bowl?

I must have missed that.

Though many think the Saints defense did a great job, most of the Colts drives stopped because of Colt miscues -- the Colt OL had a very good day.

How did the Colts get stopped?

*One drive stopped when a guy committed a false start (ended with a FG)
*One drive ended because Garcon dropped an easy 1st down pass
*One drive ended when Reggie Wayne dropped a TD pass in the end zone.
*One drive ended when Peyton threw it to Tracy Porter
*One drive ended because the Colts went ultra conservative on their own 1 and ran 3 straight runs into the middle of the line in order to run down the clock near the end of the first half.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 8, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

ryan lilja released by Colts.. age 28, starting Guard.. are you kidding me ? send Redskin One up there right now.. that would solve the interior along with Hicks for years to come..

Posted by: shally | March 8, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know why FB e. williams was cut? 6'1 250lbs supposed good hands don't know what kind of blocker he was but this team could use another FB, sellars in the last couple of yrs has missed blocks and turns the ball over too much after he is hit plus he is 34-35 yrs old. hope another 26 or under FA running back can be found parker is getting up there in years and coming off a major injury also need to draft a running back and bring in more college FA backs.

Posted by: wathu19 | March 8, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

He hasn't been "let go." He's a restricted free agent. He's on the Redskins roster. He wasn't released.

Posted by: League-Source | March 8, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse
Then, correct me if I'm wrong(I know you will), but this means he is under contract for next year, but anyone can sign him with no compensation. Is that correct?

Posted by: frediefritz | March 8, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

"Portis is guaranteed $6.4 million during the 2010 season..."

---REDSKIN INSIDER

Clinton Portis, the gift that keeps on giving. The guy is one bop on the noggin away from retiring, doesn't like to practice, and has a tone of miles on those legs.

Vinny & Dan sure handed Allen and Mike a messed up situation to have to deal with.

Posted by: TheCork | March 8, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt that DHall has any more insight into the draft than any of us. I don't know why media guys elicit these kinds of statements when the speaker doesn't really have any inside knowledge.

Posted by: skinsfan713

I agree that the FO should keep everyone, media, agents and players included in the dark about their plans for the draft. Secrecy is the best policy.

The reason why Media Guys ask players these kinds of questions is, what else are they going to ask Hall--what did he think of the interpretive dance number on the Oscars last night?

Posted by: TheCork | March 8, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Both Parker and Foote have the same problem, and that's nagging injuries. Of the two, Foote is an obvious need pick at inside LB, but that's what Arizona will covet as well. Parker came out of nowhere to star for the Steelers based on little more than really phenomenal breakaway speed. Who knows if that's still there?

Posted by: Samson151 | March 8, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

If Okung was gone and we couldn't get a decent deal to trade down, I'd still take Berry. I don't go the "too high to pick a safety" stuff. The guy is one of the 3 supposedly "special players" in this draft along with the 2 DT's. Some say he is the best player in the draft. Just imagine what having him back there would mean. Landry playing in the box where he belongs, not getting repeatedly burned for long TD's from double moves by the likes of D Jackson and M Austin, another DB who has the speed and skills to flag down and actually CATCH interceptions, and maybe return a few to the house. Think about it

Posted by: kenboy1 | March 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

I for one would like to actually like to see Alrdige actually given a chance to be our speed/3rd down/change of pace back. Zorn signed him then never really gave him a chance to prove himself. And to those who say we are 2 to 3 years away from being even competetive, remember, the mainstay Hogs, Grimm, Jacoby, Bostic and May, were all signed the SAME YEAR. If we draft bookend T's with our first two picks and a quality G with the 4th pick in the 4th round, our O line will be vastly improved. Add the continued improvement of the triplet #2's, the return of Cooley, the addition of a REAL HC, and what I believe will be an even better D, and I say we have 10 wins at least, NEXT year.

Posted by: kenboy1 | March 8, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Any news on the Foote visit in DC?

Posted by: furious50 | March 8, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Parker is washed uuuuupppp.We already have have a back like Parker his name is Portis.

Posted by: goodeedward | March 8, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Parker is washed uuuuupppp.We already have have a back like Parker his name is Portis.

Posted by: goodeedward | March 8, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Parker is washed uuuuupppp.We already have have a back like Parker his name is Portis.

Posted by: goodeedward | March 8, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

"No to Willie...I had him on Fantasy last year and he was alot of DEAD WEIGHT on my team...

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 8, 2010 4:41 PM"

By that "logic", the Skins should dump Chris Cooley immediately...

Posted by: ThinkingMan | March 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

coparker5 got it right, the Redskins will need to run multiple backs this year, as Shanahan as done in the past. Very sucessfully I might add. The Ravens used three backs this past season and they were very effective. Therefore, Fast Willie P. will not have to be an every down back and he will add a dimension that the Skins do not have. Give him a crease and he can take it to the house. Fast Willie P. still got speed and will excite Fed-X like you never seen before. I am not saying all of this because he is my HomeBoy, Fast Willie P. will be the Man -- don't let him leave D.C. without a contract!!!!

Posted by: laboyde | March 9, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

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