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Looking Ahead

Hey there. Quiet weekend with the Skins, and I'm not complaining. Looks like I will be around at least through the middle of this week - Lauren is scheduled to have the baby next week if it does not come sooner - and possibly until the weekend.

Not much going on besides the Skins gauging the market for trading down from the 6th pick, scouting draft prospects, and trying to resolve the Archuleta situation. I am keeping my eye on a few other things as well, which I am not prepared to write about just yet but which could turn out to be quite interesting, but the NFL news cycle will wane a bit now and get cranking with draft and trade rumors next month.

Still, am I the only one who finds the NFL offseason more interesting than the NCAA postseason? I admit I lost my basketball jones about 2 hours after Maryland won the national title, going from a hoops junkie to someone who rarely watches a game or two an entire b-ball season. This year was the first time in like 4-5 years I did a bracket, and even that was done in like 5 minutes to join the Redskins insider yahoo group.

This tourney in particular has been beyond lame. No seeds lower than a 7 advance and of the top 12 seeds, I believe 10 are still alive (Wisconsn is the only 2 to lose and 1 three seed went down, too). Sure,. there have been a few great games, but when you're playing 40 games in a weekend you'd better be able top produce a little drama.

So, we've got no real underdogs left, and yet the power conferences are getting pummeled. One ACC team left. One Big 10 team left. Two from the Big East. I am supposed to believe the Pac 10 dominates now? Nah, not buying it. Mediocrity reigns, folks. I have a hard time getting excited about watching any of these teams, and aside from the local allure of Georgetown it might really be barren out there.

Anyway, just my little rant. However, anyone who watched Barcalona this wekeend on Gol TV was richly rewarded. I'm just sayin.

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 19, 2007; 10:15 AM ET
 
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Posted by: etrod | March 19, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

I am regrettably becoming an NFL junkie. I am ashamed that I am allowing their marketing and gadgetry to get to me, but it is...So yes, I find the NFL offseason MUCH more interesting than almost any other sporting event going on at the time, including the current tourney. Notable exceptions being NBA Championships, etc., but even that could be trumped by decent Redskins news.

But yeah, JLC, try and crank out some news since the tournament is so boring, wouldya?

Posted by: duck | March 19, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Might have to put myself on RI IR, been Blogging with pain here (index Finger) for sometime. I want to be ready for the draft and OTA's.

Posted by: Old School | March 19, 2007 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Luckily I don't get drawn into the 365/year marketing campaign that is the NFL by closely following the PBA matches that air on ESPN. Good stuff. Love me some turkeys.

Posted by: "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan | March 19, 2007 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I am NFL junky #338501.

And proud of it.

Posted by: David | March 19, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

No way man, the NFL issued junky #338501 to me!!! I even got a certificate, t-shirt, and logo patch for proof.

Posted by: NFL Junky | March 19, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Interesting news, huh JLC? Give us a little hint to get this blog moving!

On the player front, it is good to hear about Piersons rehab. I think our Safety situation is fine with him starting along Meast. He can run support but he also flys around the receivers in the pass game. Also with LF being able to cover downfield should take some pressure off the safeties to make up for Marshalls lack of coverage ability.

Hopefully we can get rid of Arch and not take a huge cap hit. That along with trading down only a few spots to pick up extras and still draft a good DL will be the coup of the offseason for this much maligned FO.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I enjoy these B-ball games but not nearly as much as talking Redskins football. It is nice to see some kids playing basketball because the punks that play in the NBA are so lazy and a bunch of posers. I do love me some soccer and hockey though!!!

Posted by: Mike4169@aol.com | March 19, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I was a little hazy this weekend (went out Saturday night despite having a really bad cold), but when I glanced at the teevee did I see a soccer goalie scoring a goal, or did I imagine it?

Being sick sucks. First time I've been ill in about 6 years. Ugh.

Posted by: P Diddy | March 19, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

whats the deal with dre' bly? any word on his status with the broncos/skins

Posted by: ryan | March 19, 2007 11:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm definitely an NFL Junkie - and a Skins addict.

By the way, Jason, whatever happened to Brandon Noble? Outside The Lines did a segment yesterday about staph infections in the NFL and NBA and Brandon was featured for brief second.

Posted by: Lisa | March 19, 2007 11:32 AM | Report abuse

I'm fine. Thanks for your concern.

Posted by: Brandon Noble | March 19, 2007 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Lisa did you fart this blog stinks?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

JLac,

Barca finally put 4 in the back. That 3 in the back was a disaster. And thankfully left Marquez out of the squad. Eto'o played lights out futbol. Zambrotta and Silvinho - great up the wings. And Messi is all that and a bag of chips. His pickpocket goal was pure class.

Posted by: cheat | March 19, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Lisa, I believe he retired due to the multiple setbacks from his injuries and subsequent surgeries and staph infections.

Check this WaPo article on him from over a year ago:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/26/AR2006012602171.html

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | March 19, 2007 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Diddy, your eyes did not deceive.

The English National keeper, Paul Robinson, drilled a 75 yard free kick, which Watford's goalie misjudged. The ball skipped once and over the clearly embarrassed keeper. Classic blunder.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

k Squared and P Diddy, that was awesome... we were all watching soccer and were so insanely bored by the Portsmouth/Reading match that we switched to NCAA b-ball at 1PM...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=4PFmFnSPqGI

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | March 19, 2007 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Brandon Noble retired from the NFL and lives in the same neighborhood as my cousin in the Philly suburbs.

Posted by: Rob | March 19, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm the one who farted and thus caused the blog to stink.

Posted by: Booger McFarlen | March 19, 2007 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Two points. Regretably, th Redskins offseason has been much more promising and fascinating than the actual season ever since Gibbs left the first time. Second, you'll find as you get older and add smiling crying pooping responsibilities that you tend to trim yourself of unnecessary sports. To me, baseball is long gone, I'm not sure if the NHL ever resumed play after the strike, tennis anyone? (no thanks), and all but football and pro hoop is pretty much off my radar. But I will watch college superstars like Oden and Durant. Ooops, scratch Durant.

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Don't let Wilbon know that you are NFL junkies. He will make fun of you and argue in favor of all of the lame sports that you try to trim from your diet.

Posted by: nyskinsfan | March 19, 2007 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, you forgot golf. Golf is freakin' awesome to watch on the teevee. Yes indeed.

JFK/jetBlue delay shabingus meant my redeye flight was extra brutal. I'm wandering the streets of Chelsea punch-drunk instead of going into the office in this condition.

There is leftover snow and snow-like muck everywhere. Saw a 3-inch-thick block of ice fall four stories from a window unit and hit the sidewalk right between two pedestrians with a loud bang. Woulda killed 'em.

RI NYC meet-up TONIGHT. 7pm, Zum Schneider, 7th and Ave C. I will have had a nap by then. Ahem.

Posted by: Nate in NYC | March 19, 2007 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Like I said before, I'm an NFL junky? Though my number may now be in doubt!!!!

I like other sports. I even enjoy playing tennis and basketball, but I don't watch other people play them. I certainly wouldn't follow a blog about them during their off-season. (Ok, I do watch other people in martial arts, but that's just to refine my own techniques and enjoy the performance not to see who's ranked #1 or similar crap.)


Posted by: David | March 19, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Rob

Posted by: Lisa | March 19, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Jason,

Nothing personal, but what happened to the Wade deal? I thought your personal contact confirmed the contract?

Sounds like you need a general manager.

SF

Posted by: Steve, Arlington, Va. | March 19, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Guys (and Gals) - This is the Reason why we haven't been so quick to sign any FA at Gaurd: Ben Grubbs (projected late 1st rounder)

Excerpt:

"It would take Grubbs a full two seasons to find his place on the field at Auburn. As a redshirt freshman in 2002, he competed as a 250-pound defensive tackle on the scout team. 2003 saw an important progression, as he moved to the offensive side of the ball, and a position as a 280-pound blocking tight end. The first sign that the O-line was where he belonged came right away.

"I practiced tight end for a couple of weeks (in the preseason), and then they threw me in the game against Mississippi State - and (laughing) I had three pancakes (where a defender is bowled over) on one block. That was my first play ever and Carnell Williams went for something like a 45-yard touchdown and I didn't even block the right guy. I was just happy to get out there and play and the adrenaline was just flowing through my veins and I was excited." Grubbs saw action in several games that season and got his first start against Louisana-Monroe.

In 2004, Grubbs finally found the right position. "After a pretty good season at tight end, during the offseason, (the coaches) came to me and wanted me to move inside to guard and I ended up starting three years there," he said. "Playing tight end, I had a sense of what the offensive scheme was because all I really did was block. It was the same exact plays and the same exact schemes. If it was a zone (blocking scheme) I knew I had to take my zone-step and I knew I had my own zone. That was one of the keys that got me to play guard like I did because it was pretty easy to catch on.

"I moved to guard in spring of 2004, and by the time fall rolled around I was ready to go."

Ready, indeed. Grubbs was named Auburn's Most Improved Lineman by his coaching staff after the 2004 season. Starting every game, he received a blocking consistency grade of 90.38%, with 76 key blocks and 16 that resulted in touchdowns, according to NFLDraftScout.com. He allowed two stops behind the line of scrimmage, one quarterback pressure, and no sacks in 816 plays - an amazing season for a first-year guard at a major school.

Grubbs gives credit to Hugh Nall, the Tigers' line coach since 1999, for his fast start. "He took me in from day one," Grubbs said. "He's a hard coach. If you mess up he'll get on you, but if you do well he'll give you praise as well. I looked up to him and respect him. He played center for Georgia, and he blocked for Herschel Walker, so when you look at his background you can't help but respect the guy because he has the accolades to back up his talk.

"I just really paid attention to what he was coaching me to do and tried my best to apply it on the field. He helped me out with my technique - he taught me to be patient for one because we really didn't get the techniques he was teaching us (at times), but he stuck with us and he made us better players."

2005 saw a new maturity and consistency in Grubbs, and the ascent of left tackle Marcus McNeill. The two of them combined to form perhaps the best left side in the collegiate ranks. For the second straight season, Grubbs received a great blocking consistency score (89.67%, the highest of any lineman in the SEC), and the Tigers averaged 133.4 yards on the ground over the left side after the departures of running backs Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams. Grubbs was a first-team All-SEC selection: his 22 blocks that led to touchdowns was a conference high.

The mention of blocking consistency scores got Grubbs thinking about grades and technique. "I know that after every game, on Sunday when we'd come in and watch film, we'd have our grade sheet there and (the coaches would) grade on technique, assignment and productivity. If you had a pancake, he'd give two points, so your grade can vary from how you did in each game. After every game we had a grading sheet and I was pretty consistent. It's just like the grading system in class."

Grubbs detailed three different kinds of blocks on which he has been constantly graded - pancake, rodeo and cockroach blocks. "A cockroach block is where we just simply cut the defender's legs out from under him," he said. "Rodeo is about pass protection - if I block the guy the whole time the quarterback has the ball and don't give up any pressure, that's a rodeo. It's like me staying on the bull the whole time - that's a rodeo. A pancake block is when you just put the guy on his back."

What's his favorite part of the game - heading upfield in one of Auburn's zone schemes, or using his power and explosiveness to run people over? "I would say pancaking a guy because it just takes the guy's pride from him and you know you'll pretty much have him for the rest of the game," he said. "During my career at Auburn we always had competitions with who could have the most pancakes. Coach Nall, he'd put them up on the board (after) each game, and at the end of the year we'd see who had the most. (Right guard) Tim Duckworth and I had some good competitions. I had 38 (pancake blocks) and I think he had something like 41, so he won that one."

There was enough of every type of block from Grubbs in 2006 to propel him to the top of the charts. McNeill had moved on to great success with the San Diego Chargers, and Grubbs was now the leader of Auburn's young line. With a 90.57% score, he led his conference in blocking consistency for the second straight year. It was the culmination of all his dreams - by the time his final season was done, Grubbs was rated as the top guard prospect by just about every expert and scouting service in the country

It was time for the NFL to come calling."

Read entire article here

http://story.scout.com/a.z?s=71&p=2&c=627155

Who's ready to hop on the BAndwagon with me?? This only makes perfect sense to me and Buges...

Posted by: 4th Floor | March 19, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

4th,

So your saying the skins are going to trade down late in round 1 to get a guard??

With who? I agree he sounds like a good player, but how can we get him and would we really do that at the expense of the DL we have admitted we need?

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

4th Floor, I like the looks of this kid, but I need some d-line help. I can even live with a Corn, Kedric, Montgomery and Wynn rotation at DT, but we need some young DE blood on that line.

If he's projected to go late 1st, how do we get a high 2nd too in order to get some DE talent? San Fran maybe?

Posted by: Bucktown Skins Fan | March 19, 2007 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Also.... maybe there has been no FA guard talk because there is one already in the league we have our eye on. Maybe one that comes with a trade of the 6th pick?? That would seem more plausible given our penchant for 'proven' players and not using rooks.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

According to Scout.com, as of today, here's the list of Best Available at the Gaurd Position:

Guard
Zach Piller/UFA
Ruben Brown/UFA
Cooper Carlisle/UFA
Jeno James/UFA
Chris Villarrial/UFA
Cosey Coleman/UFA
Chris Gray/UFA
Jake Scott/RFA
Ryan Lilja/RFA
Kendyl Jacox/UFA
Rick DeMulling/UFA
Ross Verba/UFA
Bennie Anderson/UFA
Adam Timmerman/UFA
Stacy Andrews/G/RFA
Stephen Peterman/G/RFA
Anthony Herrera/UFA
Jeb Terry/RFA
Adam Goldberg/RFA
Chris Liwienski/UFA
Lennie Friedman/UFA

Note the last name on the list. So, who can you guys see us going for to 'plug the position for a year or two?

My Prediction - We do a combonation of trading down and trading future picks to get Grubb and Carriker. Makes sense since Gibbs 2.4 is trying to WIN NOW. Plus, JC can easily vouch for a dude that blocked for him.

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs is going to pull a George Allen and try to draft players with picks he traded away? Think theyll fall for it?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

4th,

If Gibbs 2.4 is trying to WIN NOW don't you think he would take proven players instead of rookies?

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

4th, I heart Grubbs. If we trade way down for a multitude of picks, I would love to walk away with him. It would be like thinking you didn't have any presents left on Christmas and then you reach into the stocking and there is an Ultra Magnus Transformer in there.

Posted by: ArtMonkToTheSticks | March 19, 2007 2:33 PM | Report abuse

PD2rd, The guy sounds proven to me. He didn't let any of those SEC DEs and DTs we are tryin to draft sack the QB. If we are tryin to WIN NOW, this sounds like a no brainer vs. signing Lennie Friedman to start at RG.......

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know where I can pick up a copy of the Pure Moods cd?

Posted by: Craig Hallston | March 19, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

PDSquared - I think the question that should be asked is more in the line of, "Is Gibbs now actually thinking towards the long term, or is it more the aftereffect of being unable to afford chasing down the well-used, well-abused vets due to cap space and an overinflated valuation in just about every player category?" That's the concern I have with this sudden about-face from the FO about who to pick up, and when.

As to the discussion of picking up Grubbs along with a D-liner, I'm leaning towards the team waiting to see what falls off the apple tree post-June, rather than actively trying to draft depth. With Wade kept in the organization at reasonable fat-man money, the FO is probably seeing the impending need plugged, for the moment.

Then again, with our FO, you're more likely to pick out a correct March Madness bracket than you are figuring out just what Misduh Cerrado, Inc. is going to cough up for draft day.

Posted by: FlimFlam | March 19, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

5 TCCL's for Ultra Magnus.

For all the transformers nerds...

http://www.transformersmovie.com/

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 2:50 PM | Report abuse

FF,

I agree that looking towards the long-term seems to be the focus these days. Getting JC as the starter shows that to some degree.

But as i have said all along, and as you point out here, our draft day decisions seem to be less accurate than our FA pickups. If you forget Arch and Lloyd, which is hard since the amount of money we have tied up in them.

Getting a Guard and DL is the priorty in the draft but we need to trade down to do so. Still there is a 3rd position we need help at and it is CB. So if we trade, we need to fill one of those 3 holes with a current NFL player, then draft for the other two positions. I like the Bly deal, but then we will be scratching for a quality DL/Guard in the 2nd round who could start relatively soon. And going to 21 might take us out of serious impact player contention.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Flim, I am with you. I asked JLa last week--no answer yet- which June cuttees, especially at Guard, that might be available.

Those June cut victims will have probably already received a roster bonus, and thus, hopefully willing to accept less money, with the prospect of a potential starting gig.

If we do find a sucker to trade with that will give a few extra 1st day picks, why not bolster the D line first? Use the extra picks for O line depth and/or secondary depth.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Having said that about the Bly deal, I would rather trade down just a couple of spots and keep us in contention for that impact DL. Giving us a 2nd and third. Trade Springs to whoever for a 2nd and 4th. Trade the late 2nd 3rd and 4th for a early second round pick.

Then we need to do what other good FO's do and find that unknown diamond in the rough, one that hopefully no one else would take before we pick.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I thought June 1st sin't what June 1st use to be? I thought you could cut (at least?) 1 player before June 1st, but still have the post June 1st impact of a Cap Hit. I only know of one team that has done that so far.....

Also, is Kevin Carter to old for us to look at? Or too expensive?

Posted by: 4th Floor | March 19, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Skins can sign Julius Peppers. He'd help right?

Posted by: Lance Uppercut | March 19, 2007 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm so gay.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | March 19, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Lance;

No; what we do is use the Madden 06 (latest) and put McIntosh on the D-line. Have you seen his rating!!! 91.

At least the FO would have a better source than cerrato for help.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Grubbs is a 2nd rounder.

Only Blalock is thought to be 1st rounder at guard this year.

So if the 'Skins acquired a 2nd rounder after a trade down, Grubbs could be in play.

Posted by: Leon | March 19, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I know it's not Friday but I think 4th deserves 5 TCCLS for his scouting info that he keeps flowing in RI. It makes for good reading and has further contributed to my addiction.

It's funny/peculiar living through such a "quiet" off season with the Skins after the last years of coked up hamsters. I'm continually scratching my head about what draft day will bring at #6. I've assumed all along we'll go D-line and continue to assume.
But if we trade down and get more picks maybe O-line will become more important seeing as we want Soups to be successful in his first full year. Gawd knows we don't want to Spurrier him and I wouldn't think Gibbs would either. Our starters are rockstars but our depth ain't great.

Posted by: sfskin | March 19, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

4th--by no means am I an expert. But I remember JLa mentioning the Springs situation.

Cutting guys after June 1, makes the cap hit less severe, presumably because the team has already paid a roster bonus. Right?

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe the Skins can sign Julius Peppers. He'd help right?"

Yeah....maybe we could sign Reggie White too.....he'd surely help. Unfortunately, some players aren't available.

Posted by: the Swame | March 19, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Post June 1st, the cap hit is spread over 2 years not 1.

It seems to be just a way to screw the player by his late entry in the FA market and save $$.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Sign me up, Danny!

Posted by: Reggie White | March 19, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I predict there is zero chance the Redskins use their 1st round pick on an offensive lineman. The needs of the defense are great and the talent currently available is too scattered and increasingly, too old. A lack of commitment to drafting high for defense this year will lead to another discussion in 2008 of who we should draft with a top five pick.

Speed and strength are required on the defensive line. The 30-something guys don't provide that anymore, at least not on an every-play basis. No pass rush puts too much pressure on the LBs and secondary. We saw the result of that in 2006. Anyone want a replay in 2007?

Regardless of the number of picks that become available, the draft order should be as follows: DE, CB, DT, LB, OL/TE. Any other conclusion reached after the post-2006 player/need evaluation should be dismissed.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Show me the dotted line and I'm a skin for life (meaning about 2-3 years).

Posted by: Julius Peppers | March 19, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know where I can pick up a copy of the Pure Moods cd?

Posted by: Craig Hallston | March 19, 2007 02:43 PM


If it was up your butt you would know it!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Under the new CBA, each team can elect to cut up to two players before June 1 and spread the cap hit over two years (as if they were cut after June 1). This is useful for cutting players with big salaries immediately after the draft weekend (when their replacements have been secured).

Players who make vet minimum salaries are more likely to be retained until June 1. It gives the coaches a chance to see the new draftees in OTAs before cutting old guys.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Mole;

That is a good sentiment. I say 08 we need to look at replacing our O Tackles and probably a WR to go with Moss since I do not see Lloyd producing this year so then he will be gone next year.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff Mole. Very accurate need based list. I like your enthusiasm, love where your head is at.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Reggie White passed on a couple years ago. RIP

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Mole, I knew I read that somewhere.....

This is my order of importance for the Draft:

1. Gaurd - We need to protect JC
2. - DE - I think Daniels still has another year in him.
3. CB - e need to start grooming younger CBs, just like Denver did.
4. Safety - All of our safeties are getting old, save for the Reaper..

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

PDSquared -

I definitely agree on O-Tackles as a key target in 2008. Jansen is on his last contract; Samuels will probably last somewhat longer. They should both work on their OG techniques in their spare time if they want longer careers.

WR is an interesting/scary proposition in 2007. Even if Moss and ARE put up good numbers, the Redskins are still dependent on Lloyd filling the solid possession receiver role, a la Art Monk in his later years. Does anyone see this happening? I don't. I expect Lloyd to be an early cut in 2008, regardless of the cap hit. If he works out well in 2007 - great. In 2008 - goodbye.

That is what worries me about this year's draft. With Snyder's money and Gibbs' penchant for trading draft picks, I can see them trying to make a play for Johnson. (Vinny's Personnel Motto: Let's compound a really big mistake by making another.) Hopefully someone in the FO has the smarts and the guts to say "No".

If they really want to draft a tall possession receiver, they can probably find one in the late rounds of this year's draft who is at least as good as Lloyd with a much better attitude. (Colston of NO was a late-round pick last year.) Or maybe we could get one after June 1 cuts from Detroit; maybe Mike Williams will be available - cheap.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"WR is an interesting/scary proposition in 2007. Even if Moss and ARE put up good numbers, the Redskins are still dependent on Lloyd filling the solid possession receiver role, a la Art Monk in his later years"

ART MONK WAS/IS A BUM!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Mole, I don't think our draft pick at #6 is going to make or break our season. I think no matter what we pick our season will matter more on all of the other players on the roster.

Posted by: gethanr13 | March 19, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I like finding those late round gems that we never do anymore.(B-Mitch anyone?) Stephen Davis was a 4th... we used to be good at that. Knock Norv Turner all you want but other than the 1st round busts, we did find some gems under him.


I know the skins really like the next Samoan DT coming out of somewhere. Does anyone know who that is? A good 3rd rounder or maybe even late 2nd.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Has anybody seen the cap hit for Portis on the remainder of his contract after this year???
He has 3 years left after this year with the total cap value at about $27 Million. We can't extend his contract because he is a RB. This might be the last year for CP.....

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 4:11 PM | Report abuse

nothin beats a good ol BJ!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

We will redo Portis like all the others, turn the prorated portion into a siging bonus... resigning him to a 18 year deal and back load it. Players only care about the bonuses, which is forced upon them since that is the ONLY guaranteed money.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 4:14 PM | Report abuse

To make the cover 2 "D" work, besides your safeties having to cover half the field you must get pressure on the QB. Therefore the first pick in the upcoming draft must be a DE.

Posted by: Throwback | March 19, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mike Williams was drafted the same year as Double Move. He supposedly is of the same character mold as BLloyd and if Detroit is looking to unload him already that says enough.

CP is only 25 and has only played 4 full years in the league. He has at least 3 more good seasons in him especially with Betts lightening the workload.

Posted by: cdubb | March 19, 2007 4:17 PM | Report abuse

PD--I think you are talking about Paul Soliai, out of Utah.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/profiles/2007/soliai_paul

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 4:19 PM | Report abuse

4th -

My guess is the FO feels they have resolved the OG issue short-term by re-signing Wade. He has a two year guaranteed contract essentially - enough time for him to do the job or draft next year to replace him. As for protecting Campbell, the best protection for him will be a solid running game. (There was an article somewhere about a month ago where Saunders implied Portis would have rushed for 2000 yards if the line had been blocking for him late in the season, rather than for Betts.)

Safety is a big question mark. I still see a scenario where the Redskins pick LaRon Landry with the #6 pick if they can't trade down. However, there is a significant drop-off in talent after Landry, so drafting a Safety late is a possibility. If they do draft Landry, I can see the Redskins trading away Springs for more draft choices, probably with Detroit. (Sorry, Lisa.)

On DE, we will have to agree to disagree. I like Daniels, but I don't think he is more than a part-time player at this point in his career. The defense needs pressure on the opposing QB on every down. Still, drafting a speed rusher in a later round to alternate with Daniels might be a short-term solution. The DE position is deep in this year's draft, so that might favor this approach.

The sad/funny part about Denver and CBs: they draft CBs fairly high just about every year, but keep striking out with bad choices. Then they hit gold with D. Williams but lose him to a senseless tragedy. (Shanahan's bad karma at work.) I believe part of their motivation in trading for Bly was that if they kept him, they would not have to use a high draft pick this year on CB.

An overlooked point in all of our discussions: the large group of older safeties are cheap and easy to cut, but they are a key part of special teams. Unlike other teams who have draft picks to use on depth at LB, CB, and Safety, and then employ those young guys as special teams terrors, the Redskins use old guys who only scare their sisters. Hence, Ade Jimoh gets re-signed. It would be nice if Gibbs could figure this out before he retires again.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 4:27 PM | Report abuse

ESAD, PAMF.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 4:32 PM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: PG | March 19, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

With no picks in the 2nd,3rd,4th rds the real ? is what motivated the scouts & coaches to do the homework needed to make the best picks? Picking 6th doesnt require lots of work!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm all about the Skins trading back and gaining more picks. The two guys whom I'd like to see us end up with are Carriker, and Manny Ramirez the guard from Texas Tech. Ramirez called all the blocking scheme's for the team for the past 2 seasons, and Carriker is "is a three-time All-Big 12 Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll member". I want good, smart football players.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | March 19, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Mole;

I love betts because he hits the hole and follows his blocks. But he was out in space with a backer or safety to beat and HE NEVER BEAT them. No jukes, nothing. If you combined Portis burst and moves with betts vision and patience you would have LT.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I watched Lisa's boy, Mike Mayock rave about Carriker the other night. He seems ideal, super smart and versatile. Mayock said he can play anywhere along the line, in a 3-4 or a 4-3.

If we can't get quantity, with extra picks, better get someone who can move around where/when needed.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Point Taken.

I need to focus back at my job, but I have plenty of time to breakdown your breakdown of my breakdown. I have to counter one point before I leave and I feel you guys are misled on.

We didn't sign Wade to make him a Gaurd. We signed him so we can have a viable backup just-in-case Sameuls or Jansen goes down. He is essentially our 3rd starting Tackle. He's not going to be starting at LG..........

Also, I hope I can ask this now that time has past. What is the Cap hit that Denver takes with the death of D. Williams? I would guess he was still on his rokkie ocntract so it wouldn't be too much?

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

If Mike Williams has a suspect attitude, it may be because the NFL and NCAA screwed him and made him sit out a year after he left school early and hired an agent and then was told he wasn't eligible for the draft. The other possibility may be because he has been forced to play in Detroit.

The positive on him is: he is a big guy whose skills are perfect for the possession receiver role; he is not a speedy deep threat, which is what Detroit wanted him to be. Send Moss and ARE downfield and let Cooley and Williams work underneath. Williams fits that role; Lloyd doesn't.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Its funny how my friends and I were drinking at the bar when we passed on M Williams and drafted Carlos Rodgers. We were pissed off... but in hind sight we may have made the better decision.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 4:51 PM | Report abuse

4th -

Just curious - did you see this article posted near the end of the previous thread?

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/teamReport?categoryId=67062&type=InsideSlant

It sounds like Wade thinks he got signed to be the new LG.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

From PFT, for what its worth:

'SKINS SCOPING JOHNSON

A league source tells us that the Washington Redskins had a large group of attendees at the recent Pro Day workout of Georgia Tech receiver Calvin Johnson, prompting speculation in league circles that the team might make a play to move up from the No. 6 overall spot in the draft for a chance snagging the former Yellow Jacket.

As the source put it, "the whole Washington organization" was seemingly in attendance to see Johnson's remarkable skills.

Under the draft trade chart devised more than a decade ago by Jimmy Johnson, the 'Skins would need to enhance their first round pick (which is worth 1,600 points) by 1,000 points to get to No. 2 -- and by 1,400 points to get to No. 1.

The problem is that the 'Skins don't have many other picks to give up this year, and to get a deal done they might have to kick in their first-round pick in 2008.

Posted by: Greg(Boston) | March 19, 2007 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Screwed by NFL or NCAA for having to sitout a year? Forced to play in Detroit?

What about his role in all this? He may have been a victim of bad advice, as far as signing with an agent prematurely. But how do you explain showing up overweight and late.....constantly? Roy Williams doesn't seem to struggle in Detroit, nor does Mike Furrey, a little posession receiver and freakin converted cornerback/safety.

Sorry Mole, I don't buy it, and I wouldn't want Mike Williams. He has the second coming of Mike Westbrook written all over him....poor attitude, poor work ethic, no thanks.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

So I say try him out, which they are probably going to do. And if it doesnt pan out, then try to find a retred. We have left ourselves in these types of lurches before. Maybe this time we will come out on the good side??!!

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

4th -

I don't have any idea how the NFL/NFLPA will deal with the cap issues associated with D. Williams. My best guess is they will make some exception for it, considering the circumstances. It would be kind of cruel and insensitive to list his salary as "dead cap money".

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Mole - I stand corrected. Apologies all around. If this is the case, why are we talking about LG in the 1st place???

Work? F-it, they got us hanging anyway on when they gonna 'cut us'. I'm bout to pull a Lance Briggs and demand to be cut IMEDIATELY so I can collect my 'Sign Off' bonus (severance) and find another team because my agent (recruiter) says they are calling like hot cakes right now for my skills plus there's sooo much $$$ out there in the Market..

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Courtney Brown just got cut. I say we give him a the Vets Minimum, let him beast out with The Skins and then he can sign elsewhere for big money the year after....

Posted by: 4th Floor | March 19, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

4th, like you, I am still a little uncertain about that LG spot. If it's Wade, fine, but for some reason I'm not 100% convinced. Hope to run into Joe Bugel at a bar sometime to discuss the O-line plans in depth.

I think I read something about a rule requiring the remainder of a deceased player's contract to continue to count against the salary cap, but I'm not sure. It's an awful, awful situation regardless of the salary cap impact.

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 19, 2007 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, 2 more days off and you come back with a quiet weekend. Then you throw out, there are some things I am working on but not ready to write about yet." Then you go on a NCAA rant and some play by play soccer game.

ARE YOU A REDSKIN INSIDER OR NOT?

You have not given us anything in almost 2 weeks. Looks like we need to find another source for our info, because you can not deliver. You started the Bly rumors and there was never anything to those except what you made up.

I got to give you credit though, you have a gravy job, that must not ever require any solid research or facts. Just a meaningless blog 4 or 5 times a week with nothing new.

ARE YOU A REDSKIN INSIDER OR NOT?

I SAY NOT!

Posted by: nonon | March 19, 2007 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Perfect name, you are obviously No one.

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 5:11 PM | Report abuse

k squared -

I haven't followed M. Williams that closely since he went to Detroit. It seems like he hates being there (which is my conjecture for his poor showing), but you may be 100% right, and his attitude just sucks. So let's just say that M. Williams is NOT the right guy and take him off the table.

My point was that the Redskins need a dependable possession receiver for 3rd down, working the sideline underneath the deep backs while Cooley works the middle. Lloyd is not that guy. The Redskins need to find someone cheap who can be. Between June 1 cuts, unsigned FAs, NFL Europa, and the practice squads, there has to be someone young with good hands out there who can play that role.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Where's JM220 or Chris Larry when you need them?

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If we get C Johnson, then he automatically steps in as #2 and #1 in waiting. ARE becomes #3. Patten #4. Thrash #5. Lloyd becomes that guy who is deactivated all 16 games and watches games from a big 60" Plasma TV paid for by Danny Snyder....

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hell - I'll buy the TiVo for Lloyd.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Nice 4th

Posted by: PDSquared | March 19, 2007 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Mole,

I think you are right. Like PDSquared, I was a little disappointed when we passed on Mike Williams to take Double Move. But, like he said, in retrospect, maybe that wasn't a bad move after all.

We do need a dependable larger than almost 6 foot wide receiver. What about Eric Moulds? Cut by Houston last month, he is big, sure hands, not a no. 1 guy anymore, but still productive.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

mole did you fart this blog stinks?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I am personally kind of weary of veterans who get cut from a team the spent most of thier career with, then sign with another team only to be cut at the end of their 1st season. Usually means they lost a step....

Posted by: 4th | March 19, 2007 5:27 PM | Report abuse

k squared -

I like Moulds, think he could do the job well, played for HC G. Williams in Buffalo, and think he could be a good addition. But I have a feeling he would not be willing to play for vet minimum, might not embrace the 3rd receiver role, and not sure he adds anything on special teams. He might sign a cheap one-year deal if he is given a chance to be the #2 receiver.

That said, I can't believe the Redskins haven't already talked to him, at least informally. Maybe that is one of those "interesting" things Jason alluded to at the top of this thread. If they do sign Moulds, I think it means that Patten is finished.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 5:37 PM | Report abuse

......ARE YOU A REDSKIN INSIDER OR NOT?

I SAY NOT!

Posted by: nonon | March 19, 2007 05:08 PM


Hello again, "Gregg". I await the hammer...

Posted by: 4-12 | March 19, 2007 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I would agree Mole. Patten seems as good as gone anyway. He saw limited action, and when he did get in, did little with his chances.

Plus, with Patten, Moss, ARE, and Randel El, how many freaking sub 6 foot receivers do we need? To me, Moulds would be a no. 2. Yeah, he probably lost a step, but as a posession receiver, speed is not the consideration, that's what the other smurfs are for.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey PAMF,

Your act is as old and tired as you are lame and stupid. Why don't you run off now and play with the other neighborhood children, since you have never have anything worthwhile to say here.

Or perhaps you could take your sorry ass to a Britney Spears blog - at least you might fit in there.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Forget all these old guys or tude guys. find someone. thats what a good FO does 4th,5th,6th, undrafted FA, somebody.

A real good team on verge signs a bunch of veterans to put them over the top... been there done that.

We need younger, faster, better and unkown, not older slower well traveled..

Posted by: Old School | March 19, 2007 5:47 PM | Report abuse

mole did you sh** yourself typing with all that anger this blog stinks?

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Old School, I think we would all like younger, faster, unknown players.

To do that, we would have to have the luxury of more than 2-3 picks per draft AND
freakin cap room to maneuver, as you known, we typically have neither.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 5:54 PM | Report abuse

k squared -

You're right - Gibbs has resurrected the Smurfs/Fun Bunch and needs a new Monk (Moulds). He has also resurrected the Hogs with the (re)signing of the new Jacoby (Wade), along with Joe Washington (Portis), Mark Rypien (Campbell), Clint Didier (Cooley) and Ernest Byner (Betts). The offense will finally be in the right shape.

Now where are Manley and Mann??? LOL!

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs has resurrected the smurfs & Hogs?
Mole your a complete idiot & your swiming in kool-aide!

Posted by: Anonymous | March 19, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Old School -

K Squared is right. Until there is a full slate of draft picks and the salary cap is put under control (which will require Gibbs to retire again and a real GM with power to be hired), picking up cheap/old guys to fill in the blanks seems to be the Redskins destiny.

So does 8-8 or worse, with the occasional (lucky) 9-7 or 10-6 to keep the fans coming back.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 6:01 PM | Report abuse

k

Then move down and don't give anything away for 08.

My repeated themes are simple we need impact players upfront (DE). We can't fix everything and pass rush pressure is the surest way to solve our defense issues (turnovers) that has been missing since day one. I like what we have done so far, but we must get people who get after the QB

Posted by: Old School | March 19, 2007 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous posts are for no talent ass clowns.

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Mole, the Skins would be idiots to trade Springs away for more draft choices - can you all really see Smoot and Rogers as our starting "shut down" corners?

SMACK, if you are out there, I have a question for you. Marshall Faulk was asked the other night if he thought the Eagles would be the best team in the NFC East next season. He said no, it will be the Dallas Cowboys because of Wade Phillips. Kinda blew my mind. What is so spectacular about Wade Phillips? Are you Cowboys fans in agreement with Marshall's assessment? High on Phillips?

Posted by: Lisa | March 19, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Old School- That's it in a nutshell. If our front four can get pressure, they'll make the secondary look much better, whoever is back there.

Glad to see "Gregg" is still here trying to learn the English language.

Posted by: 4-12 | March 19, 2007 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Lisa -

The Redskins FO members have often distinguished themselves as idiots, especially when it comes to trading for picks at draft time. Nothing coming out of Ashburn surprises me anymore, so I'm sure Springs will be leaving for picks soon.

As for Carlos Rogers, I am sure he will eventually become the new Champ Bailey. As soon as he begins to come into his own (which we will probably start seeing in 2007), the FO will probably trade him to Denver in 2008 for Dre Bly and a 2nd round pick.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Hi peeps...I'm working on a multi-genrea project for my English class, and one of my topics is how to become a sports agent. So for one of my genres, I decided to write a poem and incorporate my favorite team. Now this is nothing near what Haiku Man can do, but I just wanted to share this with yall, as peer criticism is a good thing.

"The Ode to Sports Agentry"

I get up in the morning,
And wake up feeling fine,
For today might be the day,
My client gets to sign.

Many teams I prodded,
Many times I've wept,
But he never got a contract,
And this I thought I was inept.

But loyal to this day,
In me he's never doubted,
I love him in my heart,
But I think his judgment's clouded.

For I have never signed a player,
Not a single one,
I've only ever had 2 clients,
And the other one was my son.

This life is not a rich one,
I only eat what I can find,
One day a rat, one day a mouse,
It's messing with my mind.

But alas there is one football team,
Who will overpay for crap,
Where one can almost be assured,
Big money will fall into their lap.

I am hoping for that day,
When the Redskins come along,
And make me rich, so I can sing,
A very happy song.

It is tough to be an agent,
You could wind up very poor,
But it is every agent's dream,
To see Dan Snyder* come through that door.

Posted by: Macaca Johnson | March 19, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Mole

I posted that same thought quite awhile back.

Parcells was successful everywhere he went because he kept recreating as close as he could the 86 giants. same body types example (willie mcginist ,John abraham and demarcus ware are LT)same style of play he had a formula (proven) that would work.

Gibbs needs to recreate the 80's teams.
I'm suprised it has taken him, this long to figure it out.I think he knows now what he wants and the type of player he needs to get it done,his offense clearly had the wrong QB and that i have said before has delayed the developement of the team we are going to be behind campbell. I really think the offense is there or close with out much (4th reciever) additions. But the defense needs a modern say it with me "Manley , Mann , Butz and Grant."

Posted by: Old School | March 19, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

A little clarification on that last post -

Since Dre Bly will be a UFA after the 2007 season, any smart GM would wait until March 2008 to make a move for Bly. As the Redskins are lacking in the "smart GM" department, expect the worst.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Lisa look at wades track record with D in Denver,Buffalo,& San Diego? as HC did better than GG in Buffalo & has a winning record.Demarcus Ware will be all over like Merriman!

Posted by: SMACK | March 19, 2007 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Old School -

Let's fill in the missing pieces then.

Manley = Jamaal Anderson?
Mann = Carter
Grant = Golston
Butz = cast of thousands

Seems like they still have some work to do.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Just for the record -

I am less and less impressed with DT Allen Branch as each day passes. He is definitely not the next Dave Butz. More likely, he is the newest version of Big Daddy Wilkinson (who has been missing in action for much longer than just the past few weeks).

If the Redskins are intent on taking a DT in the 1st round, I hope they are smart enough to pass on Branch and grab Okoye instead.

Posted by: The Mole | March 19, 2007 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Mole how do you know that Jamaal is a crack head like Manley?

Posted by: iblowmen | March 19, 2007 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Mole,

I could not agree more. Branch did not win many folks over at the combine. He seems very limited and not worth the trouble.

Okoye seems raw, but at 19, with obvious smarts, better long term fit. With his fast track through school, his work ethic should not be a worry.

Plus, his dad is Christian Okoye, aka the "Nigerian Nightmare". Think he will get some helpful hints from his father on what it takes?

Posted by: k Squared | March 19, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

The other end is the key, the have enough bodies inside to play good run defense. they will need to upgrade talent and depth there next year. we can live with grif, golsten, montgommery, sallie, maybe new guy at tackle.

defense isn't about having the best 11 guys in the league at each position, but it is about a few impact guys and everyone playing on the same page with confidence

Posted by: Old School | March 19, 2007 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Old School - I am giving you a cyber pat on the back for last few posts on what we need and what we need to focus on. I couldn't agree more. We aren't going to be a major contender next season unless we play out of our heads and everyone stays relatively healthy and other teams have some major injuries.
So focus on long term - build the d line now.

I think Gibbs has two major subtexts to his football ego 1)he wants his bust in Canton to remain shiny so needs to leave this team on the upswing if not in the playoffs and 2)I think he genuinely loves this team as we do and doesn't want to be responsible for it's continued shabingussing.

Posted by: sfskin | March 19, 2007 6:54 PM | Report abuse

By the way the continued hype coming out about the Skins obsession with various players like Russell and Johnson is interesting. I guess the Danny's deep pocket recklessness is a useful tool to run up the price on your client.

Posted by: sfskin | March 19, 2007 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Old School, a good example of the defense you described was the Skins of '04 and '05... taking care of business, everyone on the same page playing with confidence and so forth. How the wheels completely fell off in year 3... sigh

Posted by: Nate in the PDX | March 19, 2007 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Jason great blog and thanks for it.

Looks like at least according to some NFL web sites that the skins are considering 2 scenarios that I haven't seen earlier.

1. Drafting Landry. I am OK with it if we can do it by picking him up a few picks lower and with the extra pick we'd gain drafting a defensive lineman.

2. Trading up for Calvin Johnson. This one scares me, I recall Braylon Edwards touted as a can't miss WR, big with speed, etc, he hasn't done anything special yet. Granted Johnson is touted even higher but we have so many pressing needs. I would assume we'd have to give up next year's #1. Or maybe the Lions would trade picks and pick up Shawn Springs in the process.


Posted by: mike | March 19, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I checked in at noon only to find a pair of day laborers lounging about, check back and there has been an explosion of tight blogging...
props to you all.

One question that came up I think I have the answer to .... about the purpose of the "as of June 1" cuts. Let's say you owe a roster bonus on March 5, but the cap number is pretty high, this lets you cut the play on March 1 but prorate the cap hit over two years. The reason this isn't used very often is that you have to carry the player's cap number into the new year, and most teams are trying to cut players to get under the cap. Also, people like Archuleta have their contracts written so that you can't stop payment on the 2nd half of their roster bonus. Finally, this year the cap went up by enough that there were only a couple of teams working to get under the cap, and they didn't have to cut decent players in order to get it done.
Expect it to happen a bit more next year, but it's a pretty limited set of cases that it applies to. If it were really important, the CBA would've banned it.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 19, 2007 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Great article about Jason Campbell in the Washington Times today. I really hope he does well next season - not only because we go as the QB goes but also because he seems like such a great young man.

Posted by: Lisa | March 19, 2007 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if we sign Courtney brown and resign Lavar, we can offer the Pats the #1, #2, and #3 picks in the 2000 draft for their #199 -- Tom Brady. They'd be foolish not to accept it according to the draft value chart.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 19, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, the WashTimes article was a good read; I got more about Jason from last week's Post article, but this one lingered a bit more on what Saunders thinks about him. It's always dangerous to read too much into a story like this, but the image I had was of Saunders rubbing his hands together dreaming of some of the things he's going to get to do with Campbell back in there.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 19, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lisa, thanks for asking me. I think you'd be hard pressed to find a Cowboys fan who thinks...pause for effect...that the Phillips hire is a sexy one. To me it reeks of Campo/Gailey 3.0. But if nothing else, the Phillips, Garrett, Wilson trio seems cohesive, and there are no egos there. If the right Romo comes back, if the TO mess doesn't blow up, and if we can get some impact from the draft, we might be able to play. But if we can't cover the deep ball, it doesn't matter who's coaching. Anyone heard of this kid LaRon Landry, heh heh? Much like the Skins, we are a team with a lot of ifs.

Posted by: Smack | March 19, 2007 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Where's Adam? You think your Egrets, I've had a few, but then again, too few to mention, can slap around the NFC this season? (Long nickname, I realize. Just hoping for the first Sinatra quote up here). Is it too painfully early to use the phrase "this season"?

Press 1 for my NCAA rant.

Posted by: SMACK | March 19, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

BEEP.

Until they can get these games to be decided during the course of play, I just can't relate. Admittedly I am not a purist, but to see a beautifully played game just disintegrate into a cavalcade of fouls, time-outs, and TV breaks at the end. It's like every soccer ending in PKs. Did somebody fart? Because basketball stinks.

Here's what you do. Everyone knows these fouls are intentional. Call the intentional foul. If that is not the intent of the intentional foul, refer to it as an aggressive foul. Another thing that kills me is a team being down by three at the end. Deliberate foul, two shots. Blam, game over. Basketball needs a serious makeover. As you know, I go to Wiz games now and again, but only to stalk fellow Insiders. I guess that's why I'm on a football blog in March.

Posted by: SMACK | March 19, 2007 10:06 PM | Report abuse

My idea for fixing basketball involves maximizing the only part of the game that is interesting to watch -- the last two minutes.
So every night they should play 24 2-minute games.

Posted by: cload and daggar | March 19, 2007 10:12 PM | Report abuse

okay, bunch of stuff here.
as for wade signing, who cares when the skins actually announce it. trust me, it's done. yoder agreed to terms last monday as i reported and they announced it friday. who cares when they do what they do?

oh yeah, and wade will likely play guard as i have written over and over, so don't swaet them signing any other guards you have heard of.

they could trade uo for johnson, vut i doubt it. if he;s there at 5 they might go crazy, but they lack ammo to move up and this guy will be gone by the second pick (Lions will trade it and someone wil trade up to get Johnson there).

as for arch, they are trying to work out a new contract that will help facilitate a trade as I have written. a june 1 designation only saves them like $400,000 in cap space this season given the nature of his contract, so that's not much of an option.

from what i hear, courtney brown, much like wistrom, is seriously considering retirement. both of their bodies are letting them down and they want to enjoy life after football.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | March 19, 2007 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the clarifications and updates, Jason. They are always appreciated by some of us.

Posted by: Ocho-Ocho | March 20, 2007 2:43 AM | Report abuse

football offseason > all other sports' postseasons combined

Posted by: Gfunk | March 20, 2007 9:05 AM | Report abuse

k Squared, Amobi Okoye is not related to Christian Okoye (the "Nigerian Nightmare").

http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=185687

Nice way to put the dots together. When I read that, I was thinking "Now why didn't I say that?"

4th, I don't think the Skins safeties are that old. They're just about the right age. Prioleau is the oldest with 8 seasons; Archuleta - 6; Fox - 5; Taylor - 3; Doughty - rookie (other pickups since end of the season - Pippins, Cox, 2 and 1, respectively).

Posted by: dcsween | March 20, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I know you like soccer J dawg but come on. It's such a lammmmmme sport! Kick the ball to one end of the field, kick it back to the other end. There is about 3 minutes of actual action in a soccer match, ugh I can't stand the sport myself, sorry you like it so much.

Posted by: Soupy | March 20, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Skins need to go get David Carr, trade them JC for him cut Brunnel and sign Trent Green as a back-up then go draft a DE.

Posted by: DC | March 23, 2007 11:55 AM | Report abuse

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