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No buzz at start of free agency is clearest sign yet of the Redskins' change of direction


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For all the speculation about how things would be different under the Redskins' new management, there had been little actual proof. Team employees have spoken privately about a new sense of professionalism at Redskins Park that coincided with the arrivals of General Manager Bruce Allen and Coach Mike Shanahan. And they say owner Daniel Snyder has focused more on his other businesses than he usually does at this time of the year.

Of course, good vibes and subtle changes in behavior won't matter if the Redskins continue to be defined by poor signings and ineffective roster management.

But with the start of NFL free agency Friday, at least, there was a tangible difference at Redskins Park. Most dramatically, there were no signings of big-name free agents. The highest-profile unrestricted free agents such as defensive end Julius Peppers and linebacker Karlos Dansby generated buzz elsewhere. The Redskins mostly made news for the players they got rid of; not the ones they planned to sign.


The Redskins' visitors list in Ashburn included offensive tackles Chad Clifton and Tony Pashos -- solid veterans, but hardly big names. Not that there's anything wrong with that. The failure to address problems on the offensive line was a major factor in Washington's last-place finishes in the NFC East three of the past four seasons.
Wooing two offensive linemen at the outset of free agency isn't very exciting. In fact, it's downright boring.

The Redskins also largely took a back seat during free agency before the 2008 season, but that was more about other factors than judgment and restraint. Washington reverted to form a year ago, kicking off free agency by making Albert Haynesworth the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

That's why what happened -- or more importantly what didn't happen -- Friday indicates so much about where the Redskins could be headed. Allen and Shanahan appear to be taking a measured approach to the task of reshaping the organization and rebuilding the roster.

There are no overnight solutions when a franchise has fallen as far as the Redskins have since Joe Gibbs's first stint as head coach ended before the 1993 season. Allen and Shanahan say they know that. They know that chasing quick-fix players doesn't make sense for a long-term project. The Redskins' problems did not occur overnight and solutions will take time, too.

They identified what needed to be done first, which wasn't difficult. A major turnover of the roster was necessary, especially considering the age, productivity and salaries of some players. In commenting on the 10 players who were released Thursday, Allen spoke of having a plan for "for 2010 and beyond," which is new territory for the Redskins.

This is a significant departure from focusing on reworking contracts of aging, unproductive veterans to remain under the salary cap in hopes of playoff runs that never occurred. In a league where 30 is considered old, the Redskins have been too old for too long. Allen and Shanahan began to address the age issue with the cuts.
In fairness to previous Washington football executives, the absence of a salary cap in 2010 provides the Redskins with an opening to prune the roster without salary cap ramifications.

The perception is Allen and Shanahan will make sound decisions and set the team on a steady course. And that's why it appears Snyder has followed their lead, despite having operated differently for most of his previous 11 seasons as owner. They possess the level of public credibility and have achieved the type of success Snyder seems to have concluded is necessary to move the Redskins forward after one of the worst seasons for the franchise in decades.

So on the day when their clock really started, Allen and Shanahan potentially could sign Clifton and Pashos and still, apparently, pursue other second-tier free agents to fill numerous roster holes. And then look to the draft in April.

Surely, such a strategy wouldn't generate much buzz, but maybe it will help to produce more wins.

And nothing would provide more proof of change than that.

By Jason Reid  |  March 5, 2010; 4:27 PM ET
 
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Comments

RickMaese

RT @Russellmania09 Source feels strongly Chad Clifton is solely visiting the #Redskins to drive up the #Packers price, no real interest.

That's disappointing if true. Already had him pencilled in for next year.

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

With the two biggest, free spending owners on the sidelines:

Which one blinks first?

Dannie or Jerruh?

Posted by: HPYTRKR1 | March 5, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

it takes until now for some people to realise who is really running the show?

laughable

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

Nice article.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | March 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I really dont know how I feel about the free agents that we are currently looking at. I dont have a problem with Pashos, but not really crazy about Clifton. 33 and played for a team that had more sacks then we did..... that being said, the one player that I would love to see them make a move for Dansby. To have someone that would not only help solidify the middle of our defense with FLetcher in the middle, he would also be there for when Fletcher decides to hang up the cleets. With cutting 10 players, that is almost 20% of the roster and with only 5 picks, pretty difficult to fix with the draft alone. I know that the new year just started today and there will be cuts coming in June and the possibility for more players to become available, but to be a 4-12 team and to add only second tier free agents and rookies, mostly in higher picks, it will difficult to be anything more than an 8-8 team. Besides Dansby, however, there are only one or two other players that could actually help our team for the long haul.

Posted by: PanteraCFH | March 5, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"And they say owner Daniel Snyder has focused more on his other businesses than he usually does at this time of the year."


So much better to have Danny reviewing the special sauce recipe at Johnny Rockets than "scouting" draft-eligible QBs.

Posted by: closer44 | March 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Are we really considering signing Artis Gilmore?

I'm psyched. He would catch every jump ball thrown in the end zone.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 5, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Oh, Artis HICKS.

Damn.

Buzzkill.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 5, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Ouch. Those charges against Roethlisberger happened yesterday in Georgia.

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

I just don't see the Packers getting in a bidding war with the Skins over Clifton. Athough Clifton would be a nice piece to rebuild our horrible O-Line, can they court someone under 30?

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

OMG - Adults and professionals are actually leading, managing, and thinking about the future of the Redskins. I guess the future is the future instead of NOW!

It is refreshing to see moves predicated on improvements, not to impress. For too many moons we have made the loudest noise in the offseason instead of yelling "We're Going to Disneyworld!" at the end of the season.

Thank you, Mr Allen and Coach Shanahan! Its been years since the Redskins were run like a professional sports team!

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

"Wooing two offensive linemen at the outset of free agency isn't very exciting. In fact, it's downright boring."

JReid is such a jagoff.

Posted by: Salinas1 | March 5, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that this guy is available...

RT @caplannfl: Eagles released LB Will Witherspoon.
2 minutes ago via UberTwitter

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Bears signed Chestor Taylor and close on Peppers. The new offseason champs?

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse


More than that.

After the move to get Cutler, I dubbed the Bears the "Redskins of the New Decade".

What the Skins were to the NFL from 2000-2009, the Bears will be from 2010-2019.

They've already got off to a great start by outbidding the Skins for Cutler with a mindbogglingly overpriced package of picks and players, then giving Cutler a big extension.

After a total train-wreck of a season, the rumor from the Bears was that Cutler was going to be involved in interviewing new offensive ccordinators.

Then these guys pull the trigger on Mike Martz - I think Cutler/Martz break the single season INT record together in 2010.

Then free agency begins and the Lovie Smith is reportedly on a plane at 12:30AM to Charlotte to throw as many stacks of cash as he can at Julius Peppers.

I mean seriously!

Everything from throwing away draft picks, to having players play GM, to taking midnight flights for overpriced FAs.

It's a copycat league, and the Bears have stolen Danny's playboof from the last decade.

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

RickMaese

BTW, confirmed that Clifton and Pashos were both at Redskins Park today. It's believed both left without contracts. Could still happen later

Well crap...

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

"And they say owner Daniel Snyder has focused more on his other businesses than he usually does at this time of the year."


Posted by: closer44 | March 5, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse


I suddenly feel sorry for all the Johnny Rockets and 6 Flags employees out there...

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I just don't see the Packers getting in a bidding war with the Skins over Clifton. Athough Clifton would be a nice piece to rebuild our horrible O-Line, can they court someone under 30?

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

PASHOS is 29. You can't get them much younger in this year of the "six-year minimum" veteran FA.

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 5, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

JReid is such a jagoff.

Euh...OK, and what is it exactly did he say here that makes him a 'jagoff' ?

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

Spot on at 5:11 p1funk! One title I am so happy we are not vying for.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

suddenly feel sorry for all the Johnny Rockets and 6 Flags employees out there...

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

How is the economy to recover with no jobs available in fast-food, and leisure entertainment?

Posted by: glawrence007 | March 5, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Athough Clifton would be a nice piece to rebuild our horrible O-Line, can they court someone under 30?

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

Only players with 6 years experience become UFA'a. So either a player has been cut or not under contract, or with 6 yr experience he will be at least 29. If player is really good, he will already be under contract with his team. So the pickings are slim.

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

RickMaese

BTW, confirmed that Clifton and Pashos were both at Redskins Park today. It's believed both left without contracts. Could still happen later

Well crap...

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 5:11 PM

Maybe Clifton's age and injuries from last year scared them off. Don't know a thing about Pashos but it sounds like the FO is being smart and not about to spend for spending's sake. Cut the deadwood and don't add more. We may be in for a longer rebuilding then we'd like but it may payoff later. Wishfully thinking that's the case anyway

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

Why is everyone bitter about Rex Grossman?? he's just gonna take the veteran backup role of Todd Collins:

JC = Starter
Rex = Backup
Clausen = Future
Colt = pre-season cut

I just wish I could convince the audience that Clausen is the RIGHT PICK!

Clausen played in west coast pro-style offense vs Bradford in the spread... the talk of Clausen having arm strength issues are unwarranted, his best pass is the 15 yard out pattern & throws a great deep ball... he has a quick release, reads defense very well before snap, he's mobile (never will be mistaken for Vick... but) ... I mean watch the video & think of guys like Plummer, Elway, Cutler in Shanny system & the way they got outside the pocket to create time. Watch how quickly dude makes his reads/throws & think about JC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGHzJo8Bc5k

Posted by: tony325 | March 5, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, J Reid....where are Dansby and Rolle? It would be acceptable to have at least one big FA signing this offseason, and we could definitely use either one of those guys shore up significant weaknesses in our D .

If we aren't pursuing one of those guys in this upcapped year, you should be in Bruce Allen's ear asking "why the heck not?!".

Forget Peppers, everyone understands why we didn't go after a 30 year old, swell-headed me-first player like him. But what about younger guys in their prime who could really help the team? We don't exactly have a wealth of draft picks to fill holes with this year...

Posted by: PDXskin | March 5, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Kansas City Chiefs payroll dips down to $45 mil. Sad, by summer they'll be down to getting paid with Wal Mart gift cards.

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

tony325

I'm with you on Clausen. He's got good stats 28 tds to 4 ints and is a tough sob as well. He played and practiced most of last year while getting pain shots for the two torn ligaments in his toe. If the Shanahan's like him enough to draft then so be it.

Posted by: skinswest | March 5, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

JReid is such a jagoff.

Euh...OK, and what is it exactly did he say here that makes him a 'jagoff' ?

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

Read the quote I posted. You're probably a dude who considers O-lineman boring too.

Posted by: Salinas1 | March 5, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone bitter about Rex Grossman?? he's just gonna take the veteran backup role of Todd Collins:

Posted by: tony325 | March 5, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse


I'm not bitter. I floated the Rex Grossman scenario during the season last year when the Shanny rumors began. At the time, I thought Gary Kubiak might get fired and was contemplating a Shanny/Kubiak reunion in DC and Rex Grossman in tow.

That donkey FLorio is taking credit for my imaginary rumor.

Anyways, I fully expect to see Grossman or another backup-type familiary with one of the Shannys (Carr, Ramsey) in training camp.

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Overpay Pashos, re-sign Levi Jones, draft Okuung.

Come on! There's nothing wrong with spending too much on starting and decent backup linemen!

Posted by: charley42 | March 5, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm sick and tired of people arguing for "at least one big FA signing". That is a Vinny and Dan mindset, doing something just for the sake of doing it. You think bringing in one overpaid vet is good for team cohesion? You think you know better than Allen and Shanny?

O-Line is the priority. FINALLY.

Posted by: Salinas1 | March 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Dansby and Rolle are two players that would help this team in spaces where our D has some serious holes. Switching to a 3-4 requires quicker LB and more of them, and lets not get everyone started on LL playing FS. He is nothing more than a good SS, but FS requires someone who is less aggressive and lets things develope, something LL is not capable of. We drafted him to be that aggressive in the box safety. There is a high quality, young FS in Rolle out there, and we sit on the sidelines. Dansby and Rolle would fill the two biggest holes on defense. That would leave our draft picks strictly for the offensive side of the ball, with perhaps the possibility of one of those being a NT.....

Posted by: PanteraCFH | March 5, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

I don't think you'll be seeing Patrick Ramsey in a Skins uniform ever again.

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Overpay Pashos, re-sign Levi Jones, draft Okuung.

Come on! There's nothing wrong with spending too much on starting and decent backup linemen!

Posted by: charley42 | March 5, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse


Anyone know what the Levi Jones camp is asking for in a contract?

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Draft a left tackle!! Am I the only one taking crazy pills?! Get Okung and have the LT set for 10 years. Then if you want to take a qb at 37 take one. Drew Brees was a high 2nd round pick.

If Bradford is a bum at #4, then it's the third failed #1 qb selected by the skins in the past ten years ...and continued mediocrity.

Posted by: bangkokben | March 5, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Levi Jones, Hunter Smith, Ethan Albright, & Todd Yoder are still the UFAs we have no info on yet correct?

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

The Shallen strategy is clearly to play the secondary free agent market. They're bringing people of interest in to talk to them and let them know they're on the radar and that's it.

Allen was on the radio and said that in his view free agency period lasts "until the start of training camp".

At this stage, I don't expect anyone to be signed anytime soon.

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

t's a copycat league, and the Bears have stolen Danny's playboof from the last decade.

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse
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They had to do it... Lovie Smith's leash is about as short as Red's you know what... Ownership had to show support or they would of been setting Zorn up for failure.

Posted by: tony325 | March 5, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Jared Gaither, 26, OT/Ravens, has 1st round tender. If they're serious about moving to a 3-4 defense, they should straight up trade Andre Carter (and a ham sandwich) for Jared Gaither. Chad Clifton and Tony Pashos are a year behind Levi Jones. Just compare the three and pick one to play right tackle.

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

Eagles released LB Will Witherspoon.

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 5:09 PM

One of Haslett's interior guys in St. Louis.

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

Anyone know what the Levi Jones camp is asking for in a contract?

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:42 PM |

Shouldn't be more than $1.32/hr.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Jared Gaither, 26, OT/Ravens, has 1st round tender. If they're serious about moving to a 3-4 defense, they should straight up trade Andre Carter (and a ham sandwich) for Jared Gaither. Chad Clifton and Tony Pashos are a year behind Levi Jones. Just compare the three and pick one to play right tackle.

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


Now that's a guy worth negotiating for.

I don't think I'd give up a #4 for him, but maybe they're interested in a cornerback...

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Eagles released LB Will Witherspoon.

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 5:09 PM

One of Haslett's interior guys in St. Louis.

Posted by: dcsween | March 5, 2010 5:56 PM

I didn't put that connection together. I think he could play OLB as well. Anyways, I would give him a VIP tour.

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I just wish I could convince the audience that Clausen is the RIGHT PICK!

Clausen played in west coast pro-style offense vs Bradford in the spread... the talk of Clausen having arm strength issues are unwarranted, his best pass is the 15 yard out pattern & throws a great deep ball... he has a quick release, reads defense very well before snap, he's mobile (never will be mistaken for Vick... but) ... I mean watch the video & think of guys like Plummer, Elway, Cutler in Shanny system & the way they got outside the pocket to create time. Watch how quickly dude makes his reads/throws & think about JC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGHzJo8Bc5k

Posted by: tony325

A thousand times NO! Clausen is a bratty, small handed QB with bust written all over him.


Posted by: Lisa_R | March 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Falcons take Dunta off the market.

Ravens will trade for Boldin.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

LT Okung
LG Dockery
C Rabach
RG BMW
RT Pashos

Not the worst o-line in the world for 2010...

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

LT Okung
LG Dockery
C Rabach
RG BMW
RT Pashos

Not the worst o-line in the world for 2010...

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse


Not sure about BMW as a starting guard.

Remember, we also signed a guard Kory Lichtensteiger in the offseason. He got drafted by Shanny, moved to Minny and got released.

Posted by: p1funk | March 5, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

http://www.hogshaven.com/2010/3/5/1358047/rt-tony-pashos-to-visit-redskins

I remember him in Jax as a pretty solid player. Don't really follow the 49ers, but it looks like he was hurt for part of 2009.

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

If the Skins are gonna be cheap, they might as well go get Jamal Williams and Maake Kemoeatu to play nose-tackle for our 3-4 defense. They're both older guys coming off injuries and shouldn't cost that much. Hooray Free Agency.

Posted by: coparker5 | March 5, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone bitter about Rex Grossman?? he's just gonna take the veteran backup role of Todd Collins:

JC = Starter
Rex = Backup
Clausen = Future
Colt = pre-season cut

I just wish I could convince the audience that Clausen is the RIGHT PICK!

Clausen played in west coast pro-style offense vs Bradford in the spread... the talk of Clausen having arm strength issues are unwarranted, his best pass is the 15 yard out pattern & throws a great deep ball... he has a quick release, reads defense very well before snap, he's mobile (never will be mistaken for Vick... but) ... I mean watch the video & think of guys like Plummer, Elway, Cutler in Shanny system & the way they got outside the pocket to create time. Watch how quickly dude makes his reads/throws & think about JC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGHzJo8Bc5k

Posted by: tony325 | March 5, 2010 5:21 PM

he looks almost as good as Campbell did at Auburn, and would have gotten decimated had he played in the NFL behind a crappy line

OKUNG

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 5, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

rolle's gonna be a giant, fanhouse

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 5, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Williams will get a shot at the spot though.

Here's a thought...who'd you rather?

Okung in the first and LaFevour in the 2nd?

Bradford in the first and Pouncey in the 2nd? Pouncey would start at RG since Rabach just re-upped.

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

The perception is Allen and Shanahan will make sound decisions and set the team on a steady course. And that's why it appears Snyder has followed their lead, despite having operated differently for most of his previous 11 seasons as owner.

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It's been that many seasons with the Danny?? Man, time really flies and we HAVE NOT been having fun.

Posted by: Ireland2 | March 5, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Williams will get a shot at the spot though.

Here's a thought...who'd you rather?

Okung in the first and LaFevour in the 2nd?

Bradford in the first and Pouncey in the 2nd? Pouncey would start at RG since Rabach just re-upped.

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:12 PM |

I'd take Okung in the 1st, Spiller in the 2nd (or Dwyer in he ain't there), and Pike in the 4th.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about Rolle, we've got LL to bite on the double moves and get burned.

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Or Pouncy in the 2nd.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad I didn't have to use my new nickname:

mike shan-dan-snyda-halle-han

stay away from the big names, build through the draft. start by replacing Samuels

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Spiller goes in the mid first round. I wish he was available in the 2nd, but no way.

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Why all this about Rolle? Personally i believe Ryan Clark is better, he's available and i wouldnt mind seeing him in a Skin's Uni.

Posted by: wiz-skins07 | March 5, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse


Jared Gaither, 26, OT/Ravens, has 1st round tender. If they're serious about moving to a 3-4 defense, they should straight up trade Andre Carter (and a ham sandwich) for Jared Gaither. Chad Clifton and Tony Pashos are a year behind Levi Jones. Just compare the three and pick one to play right tackle.

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


Now that's a guy worth negotiating for.

I don't think I'd give up a #4 for him, but maybe they're interested in a cornerback...

Posted by: p1funk

and then what, start Tryon?, Barnes? puh-leeze

Posted by: pabrian2003 | March 5, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Spiller goes in the mid first round. I wish he was available in the 2nd, but no way.

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:17 PM |

Certainly is a good possibility.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah guys, cause Ozzie Newsome is a moron and would love to give up a good young tackle for an aging 31 year old DE and a 3rd string corner...

Posted by: rich20ssu | March 5, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

RT @Adam_Schefter: Done deal: Arizona trades Anquan Boldin and a 2010 fifth-round pick to Baltimore for 2010 third- and fourth-round picks.
4 minutes ago via UberTwitter

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

A thousand times NO! Clausen is a bratty, small handed QB with bust written all over him.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 5, 2010 6:00 PM

lol. So is that why he stays away from Burger King. Those little hands.

Posted by: skinswest | March 5, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse


FA in DC this year is like a trip to Bizarro World.

First the 'skins dump everyone with gray in their beard.

Then they shock the world by NOT skimming highest priced FA in the first hour.

Then they shock the world again by bringing in two Offensive TACKLES for looksee!!!

They then let them leave Redskin Park without making them an offer they can't refuse.

Praise for a reasoned approach..but?

NO ONE is sure how the contract capped, uncapped, lockout, no minimum pay, restricted etc. events will shake out.

Adding to the trouble, there are no slam dunks available at critical Redskin need positions.

I question the judgement of making top priority locking down Rabach. Good smart soldier, who gets owned by big nose guards.

The RB situation is desperate. The only potential lede RB back from last year is one KO away from retirement.

Shanahan a guy who favored quick aerobic OLinemen, now has to figure out the NFC East brute approach with iffy players and his top two studs gone.

He wants him the NEXT Elway, but he's stuck in a year where the two top rookie QBs are high risk, big downside, maybe big reward types.

Okung should be good if they draft him, but he's not the next Orlando Pace.

The DEFENSE needs help, too, oddly enough. CB, NT, LB at the very least. Safety, too. Ther oft-injured Haynesworth must play an unfamiliar position, they've moved on DT to LB, Carter has to go back to OLB, Smoot is gone, Rogers is unhappy, Griffin is gone, Dirty Thirty can't play free safety, Tryon's still short and Barnes is still Skinny, Fletch is older, Monty & Golston must play new positions....and there's no9 NT.

I got a queasy feelin' about all this, kids.

Posted by: TheCork | March 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

In the 3 years I've been reading RI and the 17 years I've followed the Redskins, this is the most refreshing and encouraging Redskin-related material I've ever read. Sad, but true...

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 5, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I got a queasy feelin' about all this, kids.

Posted by: TheCork | March 5, 2010 6:32 PM

Yep, Looking more like a long rebuild as opposed to quick fix.

Posted by: skinswest | March 5, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

A thousand times NO! Clausen is a bratty, small handed QB with bust written all over him.


Posted by: Lisa_R | March 5, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse
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Women love hands!! ... only 1/2 inch smaller than Bradford... I guess Daunte Culpepper's career was derailed by those small hands... had nothing to do with losing his #1 target & bad knees. Get him some Wuerffel gloves & he'll be fine... haha

I like Ravens getting Boldin... thought he was theirs for the taking all along... why TO or Walters when you can get a player like him... I'm sure they had some picks saved for a rainy day, like the Skins might have in say 3 years.

Posted by: tony325 | March 5, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

No way Spiller is there in the 2nd round...

Also, I don't know if you guys read Emmit Smith's absolute rip of Dan Snyder...

We have criticized Snyder for years (and in some cases deservedly so) but this attack by Smith was classless and unprovoked!!!

Only Redskin fans can talk about him...he may not be a good owner, but he's our owner!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 5, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, how the hell did the Ravens get Bolden from the Cards for only a 3rd and 4th??

Posted by: ga8085 | March 5, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

I question the judgement of making top priority locking down Rabach. Good smart soldier, who gets owned by big nose guards.

- posted by "Cork"

...because you can't replace the whole team in one off season.

Posted by: rickyroge | March 5, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

1st- Okung
2nd- Colt Mccoy
4th- Legarrete Blount
5th- OL
7th- RB (speedster)

Colt McCoy think Drew Brees...same stature, stong arm, smart, lack of respect chip on his shoulder. Blount is a beast, nuff said. Pick up a young OL to develop with Okung via CS's teachings & finally a FAST back who can catch & handle return duties(Sproles-ish)...need to see somebody with wheels on returns...no offense ARE & Rock.

Posted by: CA420skinsFan | March 5, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I got a queasy feelin' about all this, kids.

Posted by: TheCork | March 5, 2010 6:32 PM

Yep, Looking more like a long rebuild as opposed to quick fix.

Posted by: skinswest

If you thought we were a quick fix away from contending, "what were you thinking?"

I've said all along we have mediocre talent across the board. No studs. Someone will say Orakpo went to pro bowl, and Fletch as an alternate, ok, but many have argued that is too political. I think Fletch is all class all the time, but he's old, and 'po is brand new. can't wait to see him with a real D coordinator setting him loose!!!

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | March 5, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Too all the JC backers, why hasn't he been picked up by a team yet? He's so good statistically and he hasn't been given enough, (fill-in-the-blank) in DC. (Being sarcastic there friends)
He is terribly mediocre as are most of the talent they have.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | March 5, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

i am with cork this should have been done 10 years ago instead of now. Let me ask you all something. How long until snyder loses patients with the rebuilding and starts all over again. That is the true question of the night in my opinion

Posted by: mudman220 | March 5, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

If you thought we were a quick fix away from contending, "what were you thinking?"

I've said all along we have mediocre talent across the board. No studs. Someone will say Orakpo went to pro bowl, and Fletch as an alternate, ok, but many have argued that is too political. I think Fletch is all class all the time, but he's old, and 'po is brand new. can't wait to see him with a real D coordinator setting him loose!!!

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | March 5, 2010 6:50 PM

Never thought that. The skins under Snyder have almost always acted that way in the past. You have to admit that's been the mindset at Redskin Park for some time. Always going out and making a big $$ splash in free agency with little or nothing to show for it.

Posted by: skinswest | March 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Mudman -

Can we at least play one season with these guys first?

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Too all the JC backers, why hasn't he been picked up by a team yet? He's so good statistically and he hasn't been given enough, (fill-in-the-blank) in DC. (Being sarcastic there friends)
He is terribly mediocre as are most of the talent they have.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | March 5, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse
__________

How many RFAs have changed teams yet? One? It's pretty silly to base your argument on that concept. You have no idea what Bruce Allen may be cooking up at this very moment. And as much as you hate to admit it, JC's stats are actually pretty decent. We get rid of him and then the QB is going to be who, exactly, next year that's better? Draft one, fine, but JC is the best option next year.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | March 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: CA420skinsFan | March 5, 2010 6:49 PM

What I've read has Colt McCoy's arm strength as a weakness & not a strength.
http://www.nfldraftdog.com/2010-nfl-draft/colt-mccoy.html

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

How long until snyder loses patients with the rebuilding and starts all over again. That is the true question of the night in my opinion

Posted by: mudman220 | March 5, 2010 6:59 PM

Well he's on board now. Hopefully he still is should they struggle next season - knowing it's a rebuilding process. Hell they were 4-12 last year. He has to know it. Doesn't he?????????

Posted by: skinswest | March 5, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

JReid just recapped the blog's group consciousness over the last 2.5 months.

Way to catch up, LOLOLOLOL.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

No Clausen, No Bradford UNLESS they fall to the 2nd round. There's your "lock".

Posted by: periculum | March 5, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Good post.

Sorry, JR, I pinned you for Maese's lame update post on Clifton earlier (enthusiastic but no mention of the dude's senior-citizen status).

This is solid stuff.

Thanks.

Posted by: farstriker | March 5, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

How many RFAs have changed teams yet? One? It's pretty silly to base your argument on that concept. You have no idea what Bruce Allen may be cooking up at this very moment. And as much as you hate to admit it, JC's stats are actually pretty decent. We get rid of him and then the QB is going to be who, exactly, next year that's better? Draft one, fine, but JC is the best option next year.

Posted by: skinsfan713


Just trying to stir it up.
If he was all that, he'd be gone. May yet be, we'll all have to wait and see and on that point you are absolutely correct.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | March 5, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

I got a queasy feelin' about all this, kids.

Posted by: TheCork | March 5, 2010 6:32 PM

If you watched the Skins play last season, you should be accustomed to feeling queasy.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 5, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Free-agent linebacker Larry Foote says he has visits scheduled next week with the Washington Redskins and Arizona Cardinals.

http://www.freep.com/article/20100305/SPORTS01/100305075/1049/SPORTS/Larry-Foote-to-visit-Redskins-Cardinals

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Saw the trade for Boldin. Its hard not to appreciate how Ozzie Newsome is building that team. Get an OL, get a QB, get an RB and then use a little bit of trade/free agency to fill some spots with good veterans like Mason and Boldin.

The deal and the price tag for Q were pretty reasonable, though a 3rd in 2010 is more like a late 2nd rounder in most years.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Are we really considering signing Artis Gilmore?

I'm psyched. He would catch every jump ball thrown in the end zone.

Posted by: MrRedskin21

Without needing to jump.

Love the Artis Gilmore reference, one of the all time great afros. Probably could have hidden a football in that thing.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

skins sign clifton 3yrs 20mil

Posted by: Felz2o2 | March 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Packers keep Clifton
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 5, 2010 7:33 PM ET
The big-spending Redskins could not pry left tackle Chad Clifton away from the Packers.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Clifton will get three years and $20 million from Green Bay. $7.5 million is guaranteed.

Also guaranteed: That G.M. Ted Thompson won't be roasted locally for losing Aaron Rodgers' solid blind side protection. Now the Packers just need a right tackle.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

skins sign clifton 3yrs 20mil

Posted by: Felz2o2 | March 5, 2010 7:36 PM

Seems like a lot. He'll be 37 at the end of that contract...

Let's hope we get at least two good seasons out of him.

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Mudman -

Can we at least play one season with these guys first?

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

And while we're at it... can we wait and see what the roster is before we resign ourselves to 3 years of mediocrity?

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm....

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah that #4 pick is still in play for OT

Filed to ESPN: Packers re-signed OT Chad Clifton. 3 years, $20 million, 7.5 million guaranteed.
10 minutes ago via UberTwitter

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

skins sign clifton 3yrs 20mil

Posted by: Felz2o2 | March 5, 2010 7:36 PM

Oops, wrong team dude.

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse


skins sign clifton 3yrs 20mil

Posted by: Felz2o2 | March 5, 2010 7:36 PM

Seems like a lot. He'll be 37 at the end of that contract...

Let's hope we get at least two good seasons out of him.

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:40 PM |

You were taken my man...he ain't comin' here

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

good call scampbell.i don't understand how the "insider" can't get any inside scoop.

Posted by: votematt2024 | March 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wonder who Clifton's agent is. Seems like he owes the Skins one for helping with the subterfuge to up the Packers price.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wilfork staying in NE... 18 mil signing bonus and 25 mm guaranteed.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Well, okay, fine. Still glad the first two "big names" our beloved team was linked to this offseason were O linemen.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Wonder who Clifton's agent is. Seems like he owes the Skins one for helping with the subterfuge to up the Packers price.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 7:44 PM

I think he was Chris Samuels former agent

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm still surprised that no one has commented on the big trade.

Apparently we traded our owner to the Bears and got nothing in return.

What a steal for us!!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that free agent Chad Clifton's visit to the Redskins Friday was done only as a "leverage" move to get Green Bay to up its offer.
Silverstein points out that Clifton and retired Skins LT Chris Samuels have the same agent, and claims Clifton isn't willing to play for anyone but the Packers. While Silverstein might be right, the fit makes too much sense on paper for Mike Shanahan's interest to not be serious. He has a gaping hole at left tackle, and Clifton can still protect the quarterback. Mar. 5 - 6:56 pm et
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jimmy Sexton is the agent. Wonder who else he represents? Wonder if we'll be seeing them for visit?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

You were taken my man...he ain't comin' here

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 7:42 PM

More tequila!

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Sexton represents Tim Tebow....

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Who will be available in the second round.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm still surprised that no one has commented on the big trade.

Apparently we traded our owner to the Bears and got nothing in return.

What a steal for us!!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 5, 2010 7:47 PM |


You a funny man Zeke.

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Redskins Insider now the Redskins Outsider? Everyone BUT RI breaks stories concerning the Skins!

Posted by: gilk | March 5, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Pashos will be the newest Redskins..from John Keim's twitter account

RT @Smoke_Signals Tony Pashos is having dinner at Mortons with Shanahan. #Redskins
37 minutes ago via web

Posted by: TWISI | March 5, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Jimmy Sexton's list of clients. Randy Thomas is on there too.

http://www.sextonsports.com/ssp/our_clients?id=18

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Who will be available in the second round.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 7:55 PM

And the third...

And the....

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

LOL

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Dansby to Miami

Posted by: noonefromtampa | March 5, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

# By tomorrow, LB Karlos Dansby is expected to finalize an agreement with Miami. But all indications are that Dansby will be a Dolphin. 7 minutes ago via UberTwitter

Schefter tweet

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

It's good to see that Dan is letting his new hires do their job. Kind of gives one the feeling that these guys know exactly what their doing. I don't care if they don't get any big names. They will get some good players, and keep the draft picks. It's a breath of fresh air. Bragging to all my football enemies about signing the fatest cat always made eating that crow a little tougher. "There is no longer a man named Dan, only the GM named Allen and the Coach named Shanahan. Let's smoke a while."

Posted by: coastallp74 | March 5, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Lets not get too excited here. Pashos was a 2nd string RT for San Fran last year. Guy only played in 5 games and started only 1.

Still think, even if we sign him before dinner is done, that we need to roll with Okung at pick number 4. Unless Bradford falls to us and then we take him and genetically recreate Joe Jacoby.

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

Agents make 3% of their clients contracts, so what cut should the Skins take from these players that are using the Redskins to help drive up their contract?

2%? Just feel it should be something.

Posted by: Curzon417 | March 5, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Anyone read that Cerrato is part of "Clausen Team"? If that allegation is in fact true, is that an indictment of Clausen's judgment?

Posted by: Spanglerg | March 5, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Joey Porter would be a good addition...yes he's a psycho, but he's a BEAST on the field and would bring attitude to the defense...

Joe Gibbs is gone so it's o.k. to sign a guy who doesn't keep his bible in his helmet.

We need a DAWG on defense!

Posted by: rickyroge | March 5, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Question?

Does anyone know if there was ever an Offensive Line where the entire line was All Pro in the same year?

Posted by: rickyroge | March 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

he edvar last time i checked we have been in mediocrity for 15 years how long should the wait be is all i am saying. dont forget shanahan hasnt done anything since terrell davis and not john elway retired

Posted by: mudman220 | March 5, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Damn Clifton re-uping with the Packers hurts... Thought we were at least making some good progress with our line.

Posted by: krichardson7777 | March 5, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Dansby signing in Miami per Schefter.

# Filed to ESPN: Miami reached agreement with linebacker Karlos Dansby on a 5-year, $43 million deal, including $22 million guaranteed. 7 minutes ago via UberTwitter

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 5, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

he edvar last time i checked we have been in mediocrity for 15 years how long should the wait be is all i am saying. dont forget shanahan hasnt done anything since terrell davis and not john elway retired

Posted by: mudman220 | March 5, 2010 8:13 PM

Understood. I am a little anxious as well.

I figure the best thing to do at this moment is to get behind the cart and push 'cause Shanny and Allen are looking like our best hope.

If you read my posting in the Fall, I was not high on Shananigan, but that train has left - and we could have done a lot worse.

Just try to keep a positive vibe...

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

Sorry, meant "Just trying to keep..."

Not handing out instructions here.

Posted by: edvar | March 5, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

So, what does everyone think about Larry Foote?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Saw the Ravens tender Troy Smith as a 5th round tender. Every time I saw him play, he did pretty well.

Since the Ravens may go for Todd Collins (after all, Al Saunders is with the Ravens), I'd be fine with Troy Smith coming this way.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 5, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

dam miami got dansby for a very reasonable price...if i were the skins i would def match that contract and throw in an extra 2 mil guaranteed

Posted by: jasonma1 | March 5, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: will_ga | March 5, 2010 7:05 PM

I understand that his arm isn't the strongest but did you read past his arm strength & read about his accuracy (somewhere around 70%!), high TD-low INT, quick decisions, he's a winner, leadership, etc, etc, everything we've watched JC not do (& and I want JC to be "the guy" but how long can a guy wait?). I'm just saying he'll be there in the 2nd. Bring in a vet and Colt Mccoy, competition is a good thing right, Shanny? Plus, 2 Colts on one team....

Posted by: CA420skinsFan | March 5, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 5, 2010 8:27 PM

I think Larry Foote would be a good pick up. He'd be hungry to win after playing in DET..I think a Foote/Porter reunion is a pretty good idea since we're so thin at LB that we're asking LoAlex to switch.

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 5, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

I think the redskins sitting out during free agency is a very good move by shannahan and allen. They will however likely pick up solid veterans, like LB Larry Foote who is supposed to visit ashburn sometime next week, if you remember he was largely successful in pittsburghs 3-4 D. Pashos, if signed, would be great since hes only 29 and is a solid starter on the oline. For all those who want a QB with the fourth pick you guys are blinded by hate for JC. Bradford, like Brennon, ran out of a spread offense, he will have the same issues as him adjusting to the NFL, the only benefit he has over brennon is a faster and higher release. Clausen on the other hand ran a west coast style pro offense, but he has the same side arm release that everyone gave brennon flack for, his arm strength is very questionable, watch his highlights, his deep ball is very very weak, he always under throws his receivers, and in a league where cornerbacks can jump just as high as the WR and come down with a pick opposed to a TD, he is not the ideal choice at QB. In the here and now, JC is the best possible option at QB, whether its via draft, trade, or free agency. He is a proven starter at QB, plus he can take a beating, if you put clausen or bradford back there even under a semirestructured line that includes mike williams and casy rabach, they will get killed. No QB in the league would play behind the redskins o-line but campbell does, he likes playing for the skins, and he may have his faults, i.e. silent leader, but he is an efficient QB, when he has a half way decent line. If you are still hell bent on drafting a QB after reading this, then i suggest taking Colt McCoy in the 2nd round, he will be there, and if he heals from his nerve injury successfully then he mos def is a steal, Texas ran a hybrid pro/spread offense, and mccoy is a proven and accurate QB, with a good sized arm. The fourth pick should be okung, barring he isnt selected by the lions, in my opinion the second pick should be another oline, if bruce campbell is there, the skins are idiots for not taking him, a near three hundred pound linemen who runs a 4.8 is deadly, imagine him pulling and running full speed run blocking. If they can get a third round pick via trade, then i would def take a RB, cause CP isnt getting any younger.

Posted by: umari123 | March 5, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Is it true?

Does Shanahan really have a certain portion of the Snyder anatomy in a jar on his desk?

Maybe not...after all Portis still calls the Redskins home.

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Posted by: yuner | March 5, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

"In fairness to previous Washington football executives, the absence of a salary cap in 2010 provides the Redskins with an opening to prune the roster without salary cap ramifications."

In fairness my posterior. It was those idiotic previous Washington football executives who put the organization in salary cap hell. The fact that Portis hasn't been kicked to the curb because of his salary cap hit illustrates that the Redskins will pay for Danny and Vinney's incompetence for some time to come.

Posted by: Lazarus40 | March 5, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Jake Delhomme is on the market. Redskins need a QB! Redskin One is on the runway full of fuel. Let's go George, Get Er Done! LOL!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | March 5, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"Wooing two offensive linemen at the outset of free agency isn't very exciting. In fact, it's downright boring."

It would be boring for most teams. But it's definitely exciting for the Redskins because the line has been so incredibly bad.

Posted by: Booyah5000 | March 6, 2010 3:03 AM | Report abuse

For those who think Clifton was the answer at LT and are disappointed we didn't sign him, read this sample off on of the Green Bay blogs...

"It's not saying much to say that Clifton is our best option at LT--except to be a sad commentary on the state of our OL. Clifton is average now and I'm not sure if he'll even be average this year--his knees are pretty much done. He can't be counted on to play all the games--he can't even be counted on to play 60% of the games/snaps. You never know when he's going to go down and you can't be sure he'll be healthy for the playoffs. However, you can count on Clifton to have 1-2 false start pentalties per game and to give up one big hit or sack. Just because our cupboard is bare doesn't mean we should overpay for a washed up Clifton."

Posted by: LaureninGlenBurnie | March 6, 2010 4:20 AM | Report abuse

The salary dump could not have come at a better time! Looks like Snyder is finally allowing the professionals do their work. Hallelujah! My question is, how long will Snyder remain patient if the Skins endure a couple of 4-12 seasons in a row, or worse, while the team rebuilds?

If the draft is as deep in O-linemen as the commentators say, maybe we'll get lucky and draft a couple of OT's and OG's who can serve as a foundation for this offense. Maybe, this offense will develop an identity worth rooting for -- young, tough, and hungry! The team's management appears to have finally lost any illusions that the team is remotely close to becoming a contender.

Snyder is no dummy. Over the past 10 years, his actions at Redskins Park and in the media were consistently manic, sophmoric, and counterproductive -- not exactly a winning formula! After last year's debacle, perhaps he's enjoying a metamorphosis to a wiser, more effective leader. Nobody likes to lose, but without a strong foundation, this team's going nowhere.

Would the team be willing to suspend or bench a Haynesworth or a Portis for conduct detrimental to the team? What if Haynesworth flops during a game? What if Portis skips out on practice? This will be fun to watch.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | March 6, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

"If the draft is as deep in O-linemen as the commentators say, maybe we'll get lucky and draft a couple of OT's and OG's who can serve as a foundation for this offense."

This is exactly why you trade down this year and get more picks.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 6, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

The Skins are close on inking a deal with OG Artis Hicks (Vikings)

Posted by: dashriprock | March 6, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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