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Happy Easter!

Easter may be the holiday most associated with a bunny, but now it gets a hamster, too, given your incredible dedication in the face of family stuff and the Masters ("The Tiger Show"). Of course, that might have something to do with the fact that Hamster Nation is on a sugar high. Thanks to your efforts, we're at 43,285 posts. Niiiiice!
Here we go with Asante Samuel Week. His agent is going to start making calls and does anyone really not think that one of the numbers he'll dial will not begin with 1-703....

By Cindy Boren  |  April 8, 2007; 2:31 PM ET
 
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Snappy Bleaster right back atcha!

Posted by: First | April 8, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Sorry I haven't been blogging much lately. I have a great excuse: I've been remarkably hungover or 4 straight days.

Posted by: P Diddy | April 8, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

How's the dog, Diddy?

Posted by: Cindy | April 8, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

why do the Redskins need Asante Samuels and who would he replace? Smoot? Rogers? Springs? Macklin?
Also, has anyone heard anymore about Springs moving to free safety so #21 can go to the strong safety position?

Posted by: flipthatswitch | April 8, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure yet how much interest there is in Samuel or how legitimate it might be. But the rule is, let the dialing begin with the teams with tons of money and free-spending ways.

Posted by: Cindy | April 8, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who gets annoyed being called a "hamster"? Love to hear new info, but I think I must have missed something somewhere (or Im just getting old).

Posted by: Anonymous | April 8, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

we need a G.M. I love gibbs but there are to many heads at the table when comes to picking
a player,if you take a look back over the last 4 years our team was made up of pro bowl
guys that we badly need today so until we get
a G.M. we will never get to the big game

Posted by: Tim Yates | April 8, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I say let the bidding begin!! How about our first for their first and Asante Samuels. Let's face it Hamster, or is it squirrel? Shawn Springs is old by NFL standards.

Posted by: Surfesq | April 8, 2007 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Why didn't the Redskins go after Nate Clements? Apparently, Washington could not afford to spend $80 million because of the cap hit. Samuel wants the same money as Clements got, or close to it. After a few free agent purchases, we are still not any closer to being able to afford that kind of money. If they sign Samuel, it will be in all likelyhood to dispose of Springs. Cutting or trading Springs would be another cap hit. Front office, give this a try: Wait until next year. Samuel will still be available, Springs cap hit will be more affordable and you will have more options to look at.

Posted by: midniterc | April 8, 2007 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Happy Easter, Cindy!

I truly cannot believe the Skins will go after Samuel - they don't need him and he wants far too much money. Of course the rumors are going to float about it, though.

Posted by: Lisa | April 8, 2007 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I think this is the year that the Skins show restraint. All of these trade talks are just smoke screens. Gibbs knows where the weaknesses on this team are. Right now, he's just positioning and trying to get the most trade value for the #6 pick. If no one knows what the Skins are doing, they may throw a great deal our way. Of course my preference is that we trade down and pick up extra picks. Happy Easter everyone!

Posted by: protosnot | April 8, 2007 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Well this hamster says go for it! Shawn Springs cannot stay healthy, also someone please let Mr. Snyder know that we need a pass rusher!

Posted by: comet47 | April 8, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Our weakness is definately the d-line. We should trade down and pick up a tackle and an end with our highest picks. If we don't trade down we should trade up and pick up Calvin Johnson. Him and Santana would fit well, and the most important JC will have the best reciever tandem in football for many years to come.

Posted by: Stefan | April 8, 2007 7:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't wait until this Free Agency/Draft fiasco is over with and we can get back to football :).

Makes my head hurt!

Happy Easter!

Posted by: JoeyV | April 8, 2007 7:42 PM | Report abuse

This is starting to feel like last year when we kept getting 2nd tier WR's instead of the positions needed. Trade down but why pick up another DB? And silly me thought that they were finally onto something this off season.

Posted by: BrianS | April 8, 2007 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,

I appreciate the blogging - Zack Johnson (today's winner of the Masters golf tournament) got it right though - Easter is all about Jesus rising from the grave (not bunnies).

I think S. Springs is done and they do need to replace him. We need a younger, more durable player in there.

Greating blogging guys - I enjoy this site.

Happy Easter!

Posted by: KY Skins Fan | April 8, 2007 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Just remember they were 5 and 11 last year. So to not expect changes would be crazy. They have lots of holes and issues:

o Inability to stop the run
o Inability to stop the big pass play
o Inability to kick critical field goals
o Inability to punch it in, in the red zone (sorry Portis)
o Inability to throw the deep ball (how many screens did we get to see a game or throws to the check off guy?)
o Inability to generate a consistent pass rush
o Inability to create turnovers (we were on the verge of setting an NFL record last year in this category)

Right now I am up for any changes they make that would fix any of the above mentioned issues! Bring on Samuels, Briggs, CJ! One thing for sure is this coaching staff KNOWS football better than most coaching staffs and definitely better than us. If they are looking for a particular player their is bound to be a good reason besides the afformentioned "Snyder wanted him". I just don't buy that anymore.

And to all the disgruntled Redskins that like to drop tidbits of info to beat reporters - you suck :-). If you were any good you'd still be here.

I trust in Gibbs and staff to find the right players... they will given time. I don't buy the fact that Snyder is running the football direction anymore.

Oh and for more heartburn, Gibbs sees something in Brunell and is keeping him here for a reason. Remember, Gibbs won with Mark Rippen. I wouldn't be shocked if we see Brunell play again (disappointed, yes, but not shocked)

Go Skins!

Posted by: JoeyV | April 8, 2007 8:20 PM | Report abuse

happy easter
anything u no on asunte
they want our pick so they can get laron landry
6th pick for asunte and the 28th pick were we can still pick up JARVIS MOSS or CHARLES JOHNSON not bad
my mom works for the redskins

Posted by: its me | April 8, 2007 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Oh the truth is the world of football has dramatically changed but Joe G. is still in the 1980s. It is like taking a B36 pilot from the 1940s and giving him the controls of a modern jet fighter plane. Tough to catch up when you are old.

Posted by: russell james | April 8, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I don't buy that the game has passed Gibbs by either. He has enough people on his staff to make the right decisions. Don't forget, he brought Saunders in to replace himself. The guy is a winner and will find a way.

The only thing I would be concerned with is how the players, especially the young ones relate to older coaches. They need more young position coaches that relate better to the younger players. That is the one thing Gibbs had going for him the first time around and the only thing I can see that could stand in his way. Parcels did this in Dallas - but - Dallas didn't really do much either did it? The only staff that seems to consistently win is the Patriots - allot of that has to do with the quarterback.

As far as the X and O's go, I wouldn't worry about. They have one of the best offensive minds on staff.

Posted by: JoeyV | April 8, 2007 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Ok....Easter Sunday has definitely brought out new bloggers.....where are the usual bloggers?

Definitely NO to Samuel. We are pretty well set in the secondary and do not need a high priced unhappy CB that we certainly cannot afford.

Posted by: Lisa | April 8, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Asante Samuels better not come to the Redskins this years he was so lucky the 06 season compare to his other years...

Posted by: Alexander | April 8, 2007 10:39 PM | Report abuse

JoeyV, the Saints cut Carney. He's got some great accuracy on FG. I wouldn't be surprised if he made a visit to the Park. Even though Suisham seems like a good fix, I gotta think the Skins still hunger mostly for aging vets, esp. at a position like kicker. On your whole list of "inabilities", I think in most cases the term is too strong -- weakness, not inability (except for the ones about turnovers and the deep ball -- but the latter should change with Campbell).

I gotta believe they are not done in the trade market, esp. at DE and/or DT. Just like Macklin lost his roster spot to an upgrade, some other team has an odd man out at DT or DE -- a guy who becomes the #3 guy. Like Wynn here last year, only younger.

Re: Macklin, JLaC mentioned his visit to the Park many moons ago. I'm surprised it took so long for him to get here. I don't think his signing means anything in regards to Springs' job security. The CB position is the shallowest for this time of year. The position has needed a complete rebuild given how the depth got exposed last year. For whatever reason, Jerry Gray couldn't get it done and create a cohesive group with the guys he had last year. I need to go back to what I found earlier re: Macklin, but it does seem like its both a good signing (quality player) and the price was right (one season, a little more than vet min). He is the upgrade of Kenny Wright, who had achieved nickel status before coming to the Skins for a one year, vet min plus salary. The difference is that Macklin has had more starter time. [For all we know, however, Kenny Wright might be a better player in a different "system".]

Posted by: dcsween | April 8, 2007 10:44 PM | Report abuse

doesnt springs salary (7mill and change i believe) prohibit him from being a safety. thats alot of coin for any safety let alone one who has never played safety. Springs has been a CB ever since he was at springbrook so, while i like him as a corner and can see the move to safety happening, i think that the adjustment period could be a painful one. dime pack with springs, rodgers, smoot, macklin taylor and PP (does anyone know how to spell his name?) is not bad. springs and PP as cover safeties. I also hear alot of calls for d line, but it seems to me that at least we have starters there(daniels =.6, wynn =.4). we still have no SS. fox has started like 6 games in his career and PP has never been a starter. Many of you seem to think he is going to start but i dont see it. if you look at the archives of when the skins signed him, all it says is that he is a special teams ace and a backup safety. he has decent coverage skills but he has never been the starter let alone coming of a shredded knee. At 6 we can get landry who is being touted as a game changing ball hawk which we desperately lack. we dropped more picks than we caught last year. las t thing is does anyone agree taylor could be used as the SS attacking the line of scrimm and chasing down plays as opposed to playing centerfield and biting on the pump fakeevery time. he makes tons of plays on the ball in the air and him just being back there scares the wr population of the nfl (ask T.O.) but he could be polamalu like and be in on every tackle if he didnt play 18 yards off the ball.

Posted by: bobolak | April 9, 2007 1:06 AM | Report abuse

sorry for the long post. bobolak out

Posted by: bobolak | April 9, 2007 1:09 AM | Report abuse

The Patriots rumored trade with the Redskins, which would likely ship the No. 28 pick and Samuel to the 'Skins for the sixth overall pick, might be out of character for the Patriots. But it also could bring an impact player who'd be ready to start the opener on Sept. 9: LaRon Landry.
-- Boston Herald

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 3:38 AM | Report abuse

Whats wrong in DC no draft no future!

0 Gm, no he gets 32! By the way in Ozzie we trust! - And he is not for sale!

Posted by: geo | April 9, 2007 4:37 AM | Report abuse

The biggest problem with our offense last year was Brunell. Love the guy, but I don't think he trusts himself to throw the deep ball anymore. Don't remember where I heard it, but someone pointed out that he tended to be hesitant when waiting for deep passes and by the time he was ready to throw the receiver was covered. Hence, the overthrows, underthrows, or check downs. I think the "kid" will make a big impact.

Posted by: protosnot | April 9, 2007 5:09 AM | Report abuse

Springs is not that old and still is a #1 corner. Samuel is another Trotter, don't do it!

Posted by: BT | April 9, 2007 7:26 AM | Report abuse

Three - More - weeks!

Posted by: ES | April 9, 2007 7:32 AM | Report abuse

Happy Easter folks! Just got back from holiday and am absolutely rapt to hear that there has been no movement on the Briggs front! Don't think we'll go hard after Samuel, we don't really have the need or Cap Room. But I don't see any harm in checking out, who knows, maybe we can be on the good side of a one sided deal for a change! I think we'll end up staying put with our pick, and taking a D Lineman. Otherwise you'd think the skins would be having visits from DE's like Grant Wistrom etc.

Posted by: kost52 | April 9, 2007 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Just checking in this morning to second what kost said, that no news on the trade front is good news.

[IBX is a cutesy copycat of OBX appropriated by some of the fine people of Eastern NC, the "Inner Banks".]

HAIL

Posted by: Nate in the "IBX" | April 9, 2007 7:53 AM | Report abuse

pft.com suggests Panthers might be looking to trade DT Kris Jenkins. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Jenkins

If you remember, prior to last season, the safe favorite to make it to the postseason was the Panthers. Jenkins was one of the reasons why. Admittedly, he has a bad wheel, but it should be better by now. Local U of M talent. Maybe "just a guy" but might be "just the guy" to help out in the middle. Trading for him might remove some of the uncertainty about needs positions heading into the draft.

Question: thinking about the MVPs among the core Skins at the skill positions, how badly do you think the X receiver needs to be Santana? So badly that a swap for Steve Smith would be a no-go? Another thing that pft.com mumbles is that Panthers are going to have cap room problems w/Smith given that they need to re-sign Peppers and their starting left tackles (Jordan Gross). I'd guess that among the other things that are great about Santana, his existing contract probably is friendlier than Smith's. Smith + Jenkins for Santana + second day pick? [Excuse the heresy, but it does make for interesting blog conversation.]

Posted by: dcsween | April 9, 2007 7:55 AM | Report abuse

It sounds like a qeustion that needs to be posted on www.extremeskins.com/whatifthis wouldeverhappenbutwont

I would be willing to trade for Jenkins for next year's 3rd rounder at best. Yeah he made the pro bowl the last 2 years (i think), but he is dut to get injured........

Posted by: ES | April 9, 2007 8:01 AM | Report abuse

bobolak, to me, Vernon Fox looks like the guy penciled in as the starter safety opposite Sean Taylor. People don't give the guy enough credit for stepping up his game in the late season. While Jimoh is career special teamer, Fox played like a guy who could really play safety. He has the FIRST interception of the season for the Skins (v. Panthers) in the same game where Sean Taylor got one. He also is one of the top tacklers (though maybe that is a consequence of the safety position). It looks right now that he, Doughty, and Prioleau scrap for field time (given that Sean Taylor is an every down player).

If they do draft a safety (Landry if they move at #6 or Reggie Nelson if they drop down a few), then two of those guys (Doughty, Fox, Prioleau) get axed. Drafting high for safety would be consistent with the Grilliams' philosophy, where safeties make the plays/keep the pressure/blitz and corners can be journeymen.

Posted by: dcsween | April 9, 2007 8:07 AM | Report abuse

ES, Jenkins did get injured. He only played in 12 games last year. But so what? A run stuffer is a run stuffer. Could be Salavea with fewer years on his clock. DT is not a skill position. It is a meat grinding position.

Posted by: dcsween | April 9, 2007 8:09 AM | Report abuse

See our boys over here this weekend Nate?? A nice big win!!

Posted by: kost52 | April 9, 2007 8:14 AM | Report abuse

It's embarrassing that we are mentioned in every single trade scenario in the league.

JLa/Cindy, any word on the schedule? Carruci said early this week. I saw a rumor that the Skins will be hosting the Giants on MNF in September.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 9, 2007 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Yes, our beloved coach is in his 60's now, but I do not beleive he cannot keep up with the nfl. I'm not sure if anyone has noticed, but as a NASCAR team owner he has taken a start-up team, built it to 3 competitive cars, and has won 3 titles with 2 different drivers. I'm sure he knows more about football than he knows about engines. What he has done is keep Snyder out out the spotlight and given some stability and accountability to a proud franchise. Our record is less than stellar, mediocre more like it. But just because you are in your 60's dosen't mean you can still learn. This team has been in constant flux for over 10 years now and he has done his best to deal with all the problems. I say give him a break, who else would last 4 years working for "Danny the Troll" (or want to!)

Posted by: riggo | April 9, 2007 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Forget Samuel.

The Panthers want LaRon Landry and are willing to move Pro Bowl DT Kris Jenkins according to the rumor mill.

I'd much prefer Jenkins and the 14th pick for the 6th pick versus either the Briggs or Samuel trades.

At 14 they could look at DEs like Carriker and Moss, or maybe a guy like Anderson or Adams should they fall on draft day.

Or if they really like Ben Grubbs, they could pull the trigger at 14, or try and slide back a little more.

Either way, Jenkins and the 14 is a whole lot more appealing to me than dropping down farther for less of a "need position" in OLB or CB, IMO.

Posted by: Jim Bob | April 9, 2007 8:46 AM | Report abuse

We are set in the secondary. Springs, Taylor, Rogers, Smoot, Macklin. No need for samuels. We need D-line depth. I believe A. Carter will prove that picking him up was not a mistake, but he needs some big boys in the middle to take up double teams. DT is where we need depth because we can't keep anybody healthy there. Trade down for more picks or take a D-lineman. I don't see any other options.

Posted by: Max | April 9, 2007 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Cindy....with all due respect Easter is not about a bunny. Easter is about the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The most important question everyone one of us has to answer is who is Jesus Christ?
I love football and the Redskins like most everyone else on this blog but it's temporary and meaningless compared to eternity....Jesus is the only way to heaven and eternity....God Bless!

For what it's worth...i'm hoping the 'skins keep the pick and draft a stud DE....

Posted by: Carolina Chris | April 9, 2007 9:13 AM | Report abuse

If the Skins want to consider Jenkins, and I trust they'd give him a physical, with his history of injury I'd want the Panthers 1st and 2nd picks along with Jenkins. Or at least the 1st and 3rd. Or this year's 1st and next year's 2nd.

Posted by: skinfanman | April 9, 2007 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Getting Samuel would be similar to me buying a car (Smoot) on a very tight budget ( salary cap), only to buy a more expensive car (Samuel) a month later because I "liked it better". Oh, and I already have 2-3 cars in the garage (Springs, Macklin, Rogers, Jimoh).

It's sounds silly, but it's true. When are the Skins going to wake up and realize that they have to operate under a salary cap?

Don't go out and get Samuel, or draft Calvin Johnson, when you already made decisions in those areas. Right or wrong, you need to live with them in a salary-capped league. Again, it would be like me buying four 60-inch TV's (CBs and WRs), only to eat bread and water every night for dinner(Dline, depth, etc).

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 9, 2007 9:27 AM | Report abuse

.Jesus is the only way to heaven and eternity....God Bless!

Since none of us have absolute knowledge and not God. I will just ignore that statement.

Posted by: jm220 | April 9, 2007 9:28 AM | Report abuse

dcsween, I can't believe you would even bring up the possibility of trading Santana -NEVER! Getting Santana was one of the best (if fact few) great things the Skins have done.

Plus, Gibbs loves him so that would never happen.

It will be great when the draft finally arrives so people will stop trading away Betts, Springs, and now Santana.

Posted by: Lisa | April 9, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Do not be embarassed about the Redskins in every trade discussion. It is important to keep up the buzz while prices at the stadium slowly increase. The only way Samuel comes here if we burn multiple draft picks on him...something we can very easily accomodate.

Posted by: Cerattto | April 9, 2007 9:33 AM | Report abuse

And all this time I thought Easter was about chocolate and marshmallows combining in a delightful confection. Could some argue that it is a holy treat? Perhaps. Would they be correct? Well, I prefer peanut butter. As far as eternity is concerned, I'd be happy going there with an everlasting chocolate-covered peanut butter egg. That's all I need. Don't forget -- Real Men Love Chocolate. Nevertheless -- THE most important question we can ask ourselves here is... Can the Redskins get a defensive line that can stop the run and put pressure on the quarterback with four men? For without that, we have nothing.

Posted by: Goldenfried | April 9, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Can we STOP with the Samuel talk? He wants the same or more than Clements got, which if we could NOT afford Clements, then how pray tell are we going to afford Samuel? Lets not believe EVERYTHING that goes to print.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 9, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Stop making this site about me. Constantly hammering on the people I'm trying to reach is one big reason why people who don't believe in me start to resent me. I'm glad to save you, but don't proselytize in innappropriate places - I never told you to do that in the bible.

Posted by: Jesus | April 9, 2007 9:47 AM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter if the Redskins get best defensive line in the NFL. They have no experienced quarterback worth playing. Until that happens, as it has over the last 10 years, they will be average. Jason Campbell may be the answer, but he has played 5 games. So get used to another few years of frustration. Sorry, but that's the way it is. The Patriots would suck without Brady and the Colts would suck without Manning.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 9, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Wow, interesting group of discussions going on.

Ricky Bobby,
What are you talking about, being embarrassed b/c we are invloved in a lot of the trade talks? I know we sucked last year, but all of this waiting for s*** to hit the fan thing is awfully depressing.

BTW great name.
"If you ain't first... you're last"

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 9, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Bobby always sees the glass half empty. He is consintantly agaist bringing any player with "big name" recgonition becuase he has allowed snyders bad desicions and the redskins reputation as a "big splash" team to cloud his judgement. I also think trading down to get some depth on the D-line is a good Idea, but I dont freak out every time there is rumors of a big name player possibly becoming a redskin.
Ricky Bobby, relax dude why worry about something you cant control.

Posted by: Brutus | April 9, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

"God has no place within these walls!"

-Super Intendent Chalmers

aka

Super Nintendo Chalmers

Posted by: Clinton Hill | April 9, 2007 10:58 AM | Report abuse

All you folks who are so casual about the Redskins' prospects for trading down and fleecing someone for a few extra picks ought to read Peter King's analysis.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2007/writers/peter_king/04/08/mmqb/index.html

King's point: "In the last two NFL Drafts, no team with a top-10 pick in the first round has traded down for a ransom." Maybe that's why the 'Skins would be willing to trade down to pick up a proven starter?

Posted by: KK | April 9, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Kris Jenkins is over 30. We need to get YOUNGER on Dline. I know Gibbs and Grilliams said as much this offseason.

Posted by: PDSquared | April 9, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Couple posts back Dishman and Green had the best year ever in terms of coverage, the first year dishman was on the squad. zero pass rush and many times the QB had all day and still threw it away because of the coverage, best duo (Performance wise)in a single year. the next year was not the same i recall but that one year was really, really good.

Posted by: Old School | April 9, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

We could afford samuel if the pats agreed to take springs in the deal.. I don't know if they would, but they should be able to afford it (cap-wise) if they were going to pay samuel the franchise amount for 1 year.. i wrote here months back that this is the deal the skins should do, because it works for both teams...
The skins need a shut down corner to replace springs by next year anyway, and if you can get a young guy like samuel and still get a first round pick.. you can't can't go wrong with that.. just remember.. Interceptions 2006: Entire Redskins 6 Samuel 10..
For the Pats.. since they know how to pick players, they love draft picks and having the # 6 and their other 1st rounder, they'd be set to restock their team for the future.. plus with their apparent free-agent reloading for a run this year, springs would suit them just right for the next 2 years..
If spring cooperates (??), in my opinion, this should be something the skins should do..

Posted by: vpar | April 9, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I forgot that the Skins have given me so many reasons to look at the glass as "half full".

Listen, I understand your point, but with the Skins and O's, it's the same tiring routine...

Before the '06 season, I was a glass completely full kind of guy. They spent little during the offseason of '05, went 10-6, made the playoffs, etc.

But instead of trying to build on that in '06, they changed the offense, brought in Lloyd, Duckett, Arch, Fauria like it was 2000 all over again, gave away draft picks like they were candy, and faultered.

The bigger the name mentioned, the more draft picks I see being dealt away, the more I say to myself "we've seen this song and dance before".

I've said this before, but I hope the Skins revert back to the '05 off-season. They have done well so far, but it's not over by a mile. Briggs is out there, Samuel, the draft, etc. If they do, I will say I was wrong, you were right. But until then, all you can go on is the past.

Posted by: Ricky Bobby | April 9, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Vpar, if they trade Springs, they get hit with a HUGE cap acceleration. So, again, they CANNOT AFFORD Samuel based on what he is looking for.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 9, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Anybody see Entourage last night? I was was afraid the Ari-Vince split was going to last all season but Shale's preview says they hook up again. Piven IS the show.

Posted by: LH | April 9, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Ricky Bobby,

I wasnt gunnin' for you or anything I just dont get the constant gloom. Last year was AWFUL, the FO decisions... the team's play... everything.

I hear you about some of the decisions our FO has made, coaching, etc... I just like think optimistically about the next season.

We are a team with good talent, we have great coaches and an owner who will spend money to get what we need. So I think we have a shot.

I am open to whatever draft/trade scenarios that could make this team better.

Posted by: Inigo Montoya | April 9, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

NEW POST

Posted by: PDSquared | April 9, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Greg..
R U sure ?? I think if you trade someone, they (the new team) picks up the players salary and cap amount ! only when you cut someone does the team have to take the huge cap hit for the bonus money paid to them.. trading, far as i know get rid of the the players' entire cap hit.. but maybe someone else can chim in and let us know !

Posted by: vpar | April 9, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm 100 percent sure. Look at the Archuletta trade, he had to get a new contract, PRIOR to being traded, so that we could lessen the cap hit. Unless Springs renegotiates, then he's not leaving.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | April 9, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Couple unrelated posts

1. i am so wanting to re-sign Lavar to a league minimum contract and cut him after training camp...... sorry still angry about that one!!

2. Shawn Springs is our corner, he is good and does not NEED replaced. He has 2-3 more years left.

3. DL DL DL its what we need depth and better skill at the most.

4. OL OL OL the second biggest need as far as skill upgrade and depth

5. QB what do we have? No one knows, fun and scary at the same time.

6. TE with out cooley we have........ ?

7. Why isnt Darrell Green our CB coach yet?

Posted by: KCskinsfan | April 9, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

1. Shawn Springs has had injury problems the last 2 seasons. He himself has talked about a possible move to safety. As free safety he might become pro bowl caliber again.

2. Asante Samuel makes sense. This is one Gibbs will consider seriously. He has to. They havelinebacker talent. They just need to keep people healthy. They do not yet have a reliable cover corner. They need 2 guys in addition to Smoot and Rogers. Samuels would give Rogers someone to work in tandem with. 10 interceptions last year. Smoot would work in as the nickel and back them up. Another corner in the draft is required. Springs would make a good free safety in Grilliams system. Taylor is excellent and may be the very best they have had at his position since Brig Owens and Richie Petitbone. Petitbone made the pro bowl as a Redskin. He may end up being far superior. Shawn Springs at safety would perhaps be like having another Kenny Houston. But health is an issue.

3. I think the have at least 4 1st round picks on the defensive line. None are Redskins picks ... still they are 1st rounders. What would adding another buy the redskins that they don't already have?

4. Currently the skins HAVE NO RELIABLE cover corners. That is a glaring weakness that would restrict defensive schemes.

5. I am sure Gibbs asked Darrell Green to consider coaching. Perhaps that what happened to Richie Petitbone (still the very best defensive coordinator in Redskins history) soured many ex-Redskins. And this is one in which Snyder was not involved! It eventually brought Casserly down I think. Petitbone was never really given a chance. It would have been nice to see him come back with Joe Gibbs. Unlike Mr. Williams Petitbone was a pro bowler as a player starting with the Chicago Bears, Rams and Redskins. He was a victorious Superbowl defensive coordinator. Grilliams will never achieve the same level of qualifications. Even if he does open a restaurant.

6. At tight end the Redskins have Mike Sellers. Now that the h-back position has been made defunct? They only need additional blockers.

7. Yes they should sign La Var. Not to the league minimum. But a lot less than before. They should not "cut him". They should give him every opportunity to show he wants to bring a superbowl to DC.

Posted by: periculum | April 9, 2007 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody else read the piece on London Fletcher. You cant help but to pull for this guy to succeed as a person and a Redskin. I hope he makes the prowl bowl this year, he deserved to make it last year but was overlooked.

Posted by: Brutus | April 10, 2007 8:02 AM | Report abuse

PRO BOWL, my bad its early!!!

Posted by: Brutus | April 10, 2007 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Brutus, easy to confuse those terms. Ask Sean Taylor about Brian Moorman.

Posted by: dcsween | April 10, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse

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