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Redskins Continue Pursuit of DeAngelo Hall

Jason Reid files this report:

The Redskins met with the agent for cornerback DeAngelo Hall, Joel Segal, Friday during the combine at Indianapolis and were expected to continue talking throughout the week, a league source said. A deal was not imminent after the initial meeting, but the Redskins remain interested.

Re-signing Hall is among the organization's top priorities. Owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, would prefer to get a deal done before Hall is permitted to consider offers from other teams, beginning Friday when the free agent market opens.

We figure it would take something in the range of $15 million guaranteed to get it done. Considering how eager Snyder and Cerrato are to bring back Hall, he could get exactly what he wants. As always, stay tuned.

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 22, 2009; 1:26 PM ET
 
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I think we should grab Khalif Barnes to put at RT(seeing how hes the only decent FA tackle left). That takes the pressure off us to have to take a T at #13 if one is there... then we can take Orakpo and hopefully find a way to get ourselves a 2nd rounder and take Duke or a center.

Posted by: Rypien11 | February 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Is it me or do some of the top O-lineman coming out this year seem kind of weak? I was watching them at the combine doing the bench press, and Oher, and some of the other could only get 225lb up 21 or 22 times. That's not very impressive, considering the fact that they're 300 plus pounds.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 22, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If the Redskins don't sign Hall, the Cowboys will...sign him...but take your time.

Posted by: rickyroge | February 22, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Barnes sucks. He struggled in Jacksonville, no way I bring him in.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 22, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Barnes is better than Jansen or Heyer. I think its safer to do that and take Orakpo than take a chance on Oher or Andre Smith, who could go boom or bust.

Posted by: Rypien11 | February 22, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

+++Is it me or do some of the top O-lineman coming out this year seem kind of weak?

Posted by: ga8085+++

Yes and No. Most experts have seen 4 OT's going in the top half of the first round. However, the bizarre behavior of Alabama OT Smith may have reduced that number by one.

What it DOES mean is that the "Oher to the redskins" argument is moot, as he'll be gone by 13, in all likelihood.

SO, Vinny and Dan think signing Hall is a top priority? THE top priority should be setting in motion trade down scenarios. Rather than just study their own strategy, the skins should study that of teams below them. They should be ready to make an advantageous deal the minute a player slips on draft day, and a team below really wants the guy available at 13, and will be willing to sacrifice to move up (As did Atlanta last year).

The skins, as usual need to compensate for past mistakes, and that means more than a resigned CB and 4 draft picks.

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Problem is, he's not much of an upgrade. So you'd essentially have three subpar tackles on the roster. Worst case scenario: Start Heyer next year, get Orakpo with #13, or trade down, pickup a tackle or guard in the 1st and hopefully with a 2nd, pickup a DT, DE, or LB.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 22, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I meant in reference to their bench press numbers. Should be a higher number for their size.

Posted by: ga8085 | February 22, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I meant in reference to their bench press numbers. Should be a higher number for their size.

Posted by: ga8085

Gotcha. Interesting point I heard yesterday. Coaches want OL to have long arms. They also want players to have a lot of reps at 225 bench.

BUT long arm guys are at a disadvantage benching. The ideal, I guess is a long arm guy with a LOT of reps.

The BEST thing yesterday was some placekicker who out-benched about half the offensive linemen and then ran a strong 40!

I guess we're the only two not watching the combine. Of course it will be repeated 32 times but damn, it's dull. Double Dull day, what with the Oscars tonight honoring movies no one has seen.

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I read the Skins are planning to hang onto Jason Taylor and not restructure his remaining $8M contract. Good! I'm sure JT will want to make up for his injury plagued season last year, and this will allow the FO to focus on fixing the O-line instead of dicking around with the 4th ranked defense this offseason.

They need players who can step in immediately on the O-line.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 22, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

We keep hearing the Orakpo, Maybin, Cushing talk for the 13th pick, but please rememba folks:

Jason Taylor
Andre Carter
Alex Buzbee
Philip Daniels
Rob Jackson
Chris Wilson


Are guys all on the roster.

So why would the skins draft another 'tweener olb-de type when three of the young guys it has already (Wilson, Buzbee, Jackson)haven't been given the game time that determines their viability as players?

What, we're about to become the kings of 'tweeners?

That would make us rulers of both halves of two worlds which sucks as having half of anything is never as great as having all of everything.

Let's think rt.

Let's think c/rg type with two of the four picks we have.

A slb can be had with a later round pick or brought in via the trade route.

Or: let's give up a high pick from the 2010 draft to secure a 2nd and 4th in this year's draft which would then make taking another 'tweener at 13 a dumb, but shrug of the shoulders 'Why not, he's a stud' move.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 22, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Hall is going to be another bad deal but what else do we expect from Danny and Vinnie.

Posted by: hz9604 | February 22, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Moe blogs random thoughts to himself. (As usual.)

Some of us football fans were hoping President Bam Bam would do like Bush and ship out fat stimulus checks. How else are we going to pay for the NFL Sunday Ticket?

The NFL would do well to create a NFL Europe-type league that plays in out of market cities in the spring, what given he incredible interest in the sport.

Jon Gruden will become a better tv announcer/commentator guy than he ever was as a football coach...and Tony Dungy will get credit for setting him for this, too.

Emmitt Smith has been fired by ESPN. I guess the management felt competition from those sorry rogaine commercials. I can hear the firing conversation now, "Berman says go away, Mr. Gray."

How do you fire Emmitt Smith, but continue to employ Mikey Irvin and Keyshawn Johnson?

Does anyone even care that that silly March Madness nonsense is about to occupy internet space with photos of beat up pop singers?

Moe loves movies, but hates the oscars as watching rich pretty people getting awards for being rich pretty people is like rubber-necking an accident where you're not lucky enough to be a driver.

The best decision in sports marketing over the past couple of years is the MLB Network.

Baseball has finally decided to market itself and its rich history. Now if they can get a pitch clock going to speed up the games, they'd be hitting on something.

(INSERT rimshot audio)

Apparently, Mike Lupica and a small coterie of sports reporters are the only people who care about baseball players using steriods.

This allows Moe to conclude that soon an even smaller group of fans will care about what professional sports reporters write.

A group that will be even smaller than anyone who takes the time to read the random thoughts of a football fan awaiting news about a team that hasn't played a game in about two months.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 22, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

From Bill Belichick at the Combine:

"The safety position is becoming more and more a corner position in the NFL,'' Belichick said. "There was a time when some of the safeties, particularly the strong safeties, fit more almost like linebackers than they did as defensive backs. That's changed gradually, but now to the point where the defensive backs a lot of times have to cover either wide receivers or tight ends who are very, very good in the passing game. So the demands of that position have changed and we have to change the evaluation of them.''

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Hall is going to be another bad deal but what else do we expect from Danny and Vinnie.

Posted by: hz9604 | February 22, 2009 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Now I cant go to the movie because youve already told me the ending.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 22, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Once again Vinny and Danny Boy is going around again trying to buy up a sleuth of high price players....what a bunch of goofballs.They have torn down the mystique and history of my beloved redskins. Do you guys Mr. Vinny and Mr. Danny big pockets boy can do? How about take a 20 second timeout and look how the steelers, patriots, giants, dolphins, eagles do it you bunch of ##@@### holes!!!!!

Posted by: joe12341 | February 22, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Once again Vinny and Danny Boy is going around again trying to buy up a sleuth of high price players....

Posted by: joe12341 | February 22, 2009 5:33 PM

Sounds like a case for Sherlock Holmes!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 22, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Hey Joe....aren't we a bit snippy?

Wow....


Last I checked D'Angelo Hall had 5 INT's in 9 games.

How many does Carlos Rogers have?

Posted by: rickyroge | February 22, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

'...The safety position is becoming more and more a corner position in the NFL..'


It's also a reason why if you have good safety play--and the redskins do--having four strong corners is seriously important as it frees up these hyper-athletic players to stop the run or cover elite tight ends.

This is another answer to those who say, "Why Bly?": the skins would do well to cut Springs and bring Dre Bly in at a low cost.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 22, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Can we get a general mananger, the likes of Bobby Bethard,to just come in and clean house and start to rebuild? The Redskins will not see another championship under the likes of Cerrano!!

Posted by: merrimac238 | February 22, 2009 6:23 PM | Report abuse

Mr. TE - thanks for playing nice with The Cork and not dropping one of you odious fart bombs on him.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | February 22, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The skins, as usual need to compensate for past mistakes, and that means more than a resigned CB and 4 draft picks.

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 2:00 PM |
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Does this goddamn maggot EVER stop whining?

Talk about a classic case of projection via self-loathing.

Get some therapy, freak.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | February 22, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

-MistaMoe

We can do without your referring to President Obama as "President Bam Bam ". Grow up and show some respect, act your age, not your shoe size young man.

Posted by: 72Redskins | February 22, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rypien11 | February 22, 2009 7:03 PM | Report abuse

merrimac238: "Can we get a general mananger, the likes of Bobby Bethard,to just come in and clean house and start to rebuild?"

I understand Ryan Leaf is available, too.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

If the safety position is more and more requiring corner skills, whatever happened to the idea of transitioning Springs?

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rypien11 | February 22, 2009 7:03 PM
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Brain hurts. Don't like hurt brain. Smash!1!
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 22, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rypien11 | February 22, 2009 7:03 PM

How does Yahoo have that story and this site doesn't. Jasno is slippin' more each day.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | February 22, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I actually am not sure about that Yahoo story... Yahoo is usually horrible... it could be a quote taken out of context from a few days ago... my guess is that its not from today. But well see.

Posted by: Rypien11 | February 22, 2009 8:25 PM | Report abuse

-MistaMoe

We can do without your referring to President Obama as "President Bam Bam ". Grow up and show some respect, act your age, not your shoe size young man.

Posted by: 72Redskins | February 22, 2009 7:01 PM
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I will second that motion.

If any of you Bush voters want to vent, there are plenty of places on the WaPo every day to expose your ignorance.

Thanks for sending us back towards the Dark Ages, wingnuts.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 22, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Why pick on Taylor? The Skins signed Andre Carter to a 7 year, $32.5M contract. In his 3 years with the Skins, he's given them 6, 10.5, and 4 sacks.

Over those same 3 years, Taylor has 13.5, 11, and 3.5 sacks. Taylor had a life-threatinnig injury last year , and played through it.

Taylor is probably the best talent the Skins have on the D-line. Pay him and keep him, so he can make up for 1 bad, injury riddled season.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 22, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Taylor is probably the best talent the Skins have on the D-line. Pay him and keep him, so he can make up for 1 bad, injury riddled season.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 22, 2009 8:55 PM
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He is 34 years old. Are we contending for the Super Bowl next year?

If he's coming back for reduced salary, O.K. Otherwise, those dollars are needed for a linebacker (and such as), so we can use our few draft picks to rebuild our O.L.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 22, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Sat Feb 21, 2009 6:04 pm EST

Taylor to return to Washington
By Jason Cole
INDIANAPOLIS - Despite an injury-riddled and disappointing season, Washington is expected to bring back defensive end Jason Taylor and not ask him to restructure his $8 million base salary for next season.

"We're not doing anything with Jason," Washington vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said. "He's going to be with us and that's it. That's the plan."

Taylor, 34, played in only 13 games with eight starts last season and was limited to 3 ½ sacks for the season. It was his lowest total since 1999, his third season in the league. That led to speculation that the Redskins would want to restructure his deal.

"When we went there, remember, they asked us for a two-year commitment," agent Gary Wichard said. "Well, we asked them for the same thing."

In addition, Taylor was limited to playing primarily at left defensive end, which is not what he is best-suited to do. Taylor spent the first 11 years of his career playing primarily right defensive end for Miami before being traded last offseason for a second- and sixth-round draft pick at the beginning of training camp after Washington lost Philip Daniels to injury.

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Looks accurate to me. And makes perfect sense. HOpefully, JT55 2.2 will be better than 2.1...........

I think he will be.

Posted by: 4thFloor | February 22, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse

He is 34 years old. Are we contending for the Super Bowl next year?
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Did anyone think the Giants were contending 2 years ago? Did anyone think the Cardinals were competing for a Super Bowl this past year?

I understand your logic up to a point, but Jason Taylor's salary is not going to be the difference between fixing the O-line or not. A bird (top caliber player) in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. There's no excuse for the Skins not to use the few picks we have to begin rebuilding the O-line.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 22, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

A bird (top caliber player) in the hand is worth 2 in the bush. There's no excuse for the Skins not to use the few picks we have to begin rebuilding the O-line.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 22, 2009 9:16 PM ===========================================
The Redskins are going to have to replace Marcus Washington with someone. If that person is coming from the draft, it does hurt the effort to rebuild the O.L.

If that person is coming from free agency, where are the dollars?
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 22, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey 72Redskins and thunder

While I am a black conservative republican, I did vote for and totally support the president.

I was unaware, after the liberals and their lapdogs in the media spent years making Presidents Bush, Reagan, and Bush out to be something like circus clowns, that democrats understood the idea that you support and respect the institution of the Presidency of the United States.

This is even more of an amazing revelation as the democratic president before Mr. Bush had the kind of truth telling/moral issues that would shame a used car salesman.

As I remember, democrats and republicans alike used all kinds of rude language to color their feelings about him and his Jasper Johns-like blue dress artwork.

As I remember, that was a period when wingnuts on the left took us all back to the Dark Ages.

But I will follow your Nazi-like edit and will refer to President/King Obama with all due respect for fear of anyone taking out of context my wanton late Sunday afternoon ramblings as an example of something Mr. Obama promised to protect:

FREE SPEECH

You know, one of those ideas there was a war with the English in the 1st place as the colonists felt they had the right to call the King George whatever noun crossed their minds.

Jefferson himself in The Declaration of Independence called the king a criminal several times.

I can support any guy while poking fun of him. After all, he works for us and not the other way around, so an occasion crack is just that.

Can you have a mind open-enough to take a joke, no matter how bad it is?

Doubt it. Liberals laugh only when the joke is on somebody they don't like.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 22, 2009 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Marcus Washington's departure saved the team $4M. He missed 6 games last year. I'm not saying there's an easy fix, but there's no guarantee getting rid of your best D-line player and spending a boatload of money on a replacement linebacker won't result in a) two inferior players and/or b) more players who get injured.

Apart from last year's freak injury, Jason Taylor has been exrtaordinarily reliable. I don't care if he's 34.

Posted by: Alan4 | February 22, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

mistamoe: "Liberals laugh only when the joke is on somebody they don't like."

Sorry, I can't help but point out that exactly the same criticism applies to conservatives.


Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Alan4: "Apart from last year's freak injury, Jason Taylor has been exrtaordinarily reliable. I don't care if he's 34."

Yes, I was disappointed to hear the Skins probably won't get to keep him. He's the sort of player who could come back in a big way, if only for one more year.

He seemed pretty embarrassed by his lack of production last season.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 22, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Doubt it. Liberals laugh only when the joke is on somebody they don't like.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 22, 2009 9:31 PM
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We can agree to disagree, MistaMoe.

I'm not going to agree that torture is funny. Or lying the country into a disastrous war is funny. Or running up the debt from 4 to 10 trillion is funny.

Or that an American Carol is funny. You want to think all those things, go ahead.

But you see, perhaps, why there is reason to keep these things off this thread, when there are so many others where they can be discussed.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 22, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

+++INDIANAPOLIS - Despite an injury-riddled and disappointing season, Washington is expected to bring back defensive end Jason Taylor and not ask him to restructure his $8 million base salary for next season.

"We're not doing anything with Jason," Washington vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato said. "He's going to be with us and that's it. That's the plan."+++

My first instinct was to write FIRE DERRATO in gigantic letters. But after giving it some serious though, I've reconsided.

Instead, I suggest the NFL take the Redskins away from Dan Snyder for the good of the team, the City, and the dignity of the NFL.

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Jefferson himself in The Declaration of Independence called the king a criminal several times.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 22, 2009 9:31 PM

Well, sort of, but he did it in a respectful manner. He didn't come right out and use the word "criminal." He sounded a bit peeved, and he did refer to the King in the context of "Despotism" and "absolute tyranny," but he never, repeat never, called him King Bam Bam.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 22, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

+++Last I checked D'Angelo Hall had 5 INT's in 9 games.

How many does Carlos Rogers have?

Posted by: rickyroge +++

Cute comment and all, but numbers of interceptions is one of the LEAST effective ways of judging the skills of a CB. The best CBs, the true shutdowns, rarely have a slew of interceptions because, after a while, QBs know better than to throw at them.

No one is afraid to throw in DeAngello Hall's vicinity.

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

I suggest the NFL take the Redskins away from Dan Snyder for the good of the team, the City, and the dignity of the NFL.

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 9:47 PM |

See, Cork's got his priorities straight. The banking system has collapsed. The housing market's kaput. The auto industry is bankrupt. But Cork wants to nationalize the Redskins.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 22, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

See, Cork's got his priorities straight. The banking system has collapsed. The housing market's kaput. The auto industry is bankrupt. But Cork wants to nationalize the Redskins.

Posted by: talent_evaluator+++


My Bad, T_E...I meant to put a note on that post saying it was only intended for readers with a sense of humor.

I'm not actually suggesting the Redskins be "nationalized." And I'm not even sure the NFL taking over something is technically "nationalization."

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Rypien11 | February 22, 2009 7:03 PM

How does Yahoo have that story and this site doesn't.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 +++


I'm hoping because it's a complete and utter crock.

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm not even sure the NFL taking over something is technically "nationalization."

Posted by: TheCork | February 22, 2009 10:05 PM

Dude, the first word in NFL is National. So if they take the team over, they've Nationalized it. The surely didn't footballize it or leagueize it.

And if the post was meant for someone with a sense of humor, why didn't you actually write something funny?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 22, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

IF they do bring back Taylor and pay his current salary than I hope they at least utilize his strengths, play him on his natural side and employ him more as a weapon, not the "my scheme or the highway" approach. If they use him creativly and towards his strengths he might earn his payceck. If they want him to be Phillip Daniels than its a wasted $8 million.


On other news we have an extinct animal sighting "While I am a black conservative republican"
Cork/Mr Skin: Can you two just get a room already?

And I like to stay out of the RI shallow end of the political discussion pool for my own sanity, but is I don't even get the humor/attempted humor of President Bam Bam....

Posted by: chrislarry | February 23, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

Are we really going through this crap again? Snyder and his moron pseudo GM attempting to do the wrong thing. Hall was cut by the Raiders mid-season, and now Danny wants to throw him some cash. Re-signing Taylor is a joke as well. I HATE DAN SNYDER. I HATE DAN SNYDER. I HATE DAN SNYDER!!!!!!

Posted by: am81 | February 23, 2009 2:33 AM | Report abuse

I have come up with a trade that will provide long-term benefits for the 'Skins. Snyder trades the entire 2009 and 2010 drafts to any team that will take Cerrato. While this will hurt for the short term, the 'Skins will be on their way to respectability.

Posted by: pjente | February 23, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

D. Hall is an ok D Back. Not worth 15 million guarenteed. It is more important to spend the money developing a legitimate pass rush. When you harass the QB..and sack him a few times..an average corner can look pretty good. Conversely, a good corner won`t look so good when the QB has all day to throw the ball. That is simple football physics

Posted by: blazerguy234 | February 23, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Hall is a good player but they have waited too long to resign the guy. Oakland has elevated the pay for good corners. As always the Redskins are way too late and will be forced to overpay Hall while their Linemen apply for Social Security and Medicaid.

Posted by: jercha | February 23, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Ok, there are some very good points being made but let's look at it from a different angle. First, determine what you are going to do with the cornerbacks. I would like to keep Hall, but what do we do with Springs, Rogers and Smooooooot! I think having this many good corners would be great, it would cause competition and save us from large injuries. But this needs to be figured out.

OL - "Step it up" Where did John Jansen go? You have been a cornerstone, and now you are a flood gate. Jansen, Samuels, and Heyer need to step it up, and let the best man win. We need help at guard. Granted, over the long haul we do need a wonderful bookend, but right now I believe a young nasty guard could provide some strong running lanes. If a good tackle is available in the draft or free agency though, we should react. But i believe a strong guard could have a more immediate impact. Think Steve Hutchinson with the Vikes, and imagine CP with those holes.

DL - I know we have a good defense, but we typically do that with good secondary play, and the smartest mike linebacker in the league. London Fletcher is the man! Sorry to see Marcus go, but I beleive Rocky is going to be great, and as for filling his role, not to worry. The NFC EAST is full of no namers at linebacker. Giants, and Eagles have filled thier holes and they still manage. What we need is more menacing pressure on the DL. My pick would be BJ Rajji from BC. He could stuff the middle on the run, freeing London to go to town. And he could get a push on the pass rush allowing Carter and whomever wants to step up get to the quarterback. I would like to see Jason Taylor back, but only if he gets double digit sacks and can hold his own on the edge.

I know this is long winded, but here's the recap:
Draft Rajji
Resign Hall
Sign someone on the OL
Draft a young OL
Draft another young OL
Draft another LB


Posted by: Hoggtown | February 23, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Sign D. Hall, he held up his end last year, came in and did his job. Actually "won" his job on the field, more players need to take notice.... We need to concentrate on the offensive line, and Jason Taylor needs to "restructure" his contract to help out the cap. Not a pay cut just defer some money or convert it to bonus. We hung in there with him last yeay when he wasn't producing and was hurt, now he needs to do right thing and restructure....

Posted by: bills_2_cents | February 23, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

bill_2_cents: I agree with regard to resigning Hall. but Taylor does not need to restructure. he needs to play this year and then go.

I all we did was sign Hall and leave the rest of the defense totally unchanged (HB Blades at LB instead of Washington having already been done) and just draft OL with our 4 picks, I would be happy.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | February 23, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't really think it matters what marginal players the Redskins re-sign. This franchise has cultivated and mastered mediocracy.

Posted by: jfern03 | February 23, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

wow, i'm really not seeing what most of you guys are seeing. we need help on a line that led the league in rushing the first half of the year and protected well enough for campbell to go without a pick for a long time. that was just last year right? we need maybe one more tackle and bring along heyer, and reinhart and pick up another vet to throw into the mix. our top periority should be the d-line a young strong fast pure pass rusher and a big fat slobberknocker tackle to take away the run lanes. second on the list would be a speedy little scat back who can catch the pass outta the back field. unfortunately we'd probably lose cartwright in the mix but we need that option. the o-line while it did get tired last season was on the field longer than people give them credit for. just need to rotate them in some relief and maybe score a little quicker and more frequently

Posted by: nflorida1 | February 23, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

D-Hall is a disease. The skins should avoid him at all costs. Just like Atlanta did. Just like Oakland did. We should hope that Dallas does take him. We should spend money on the O-Line in free agency and pray that Orakpo falls to us at #13. Of course this is too easy for Cerrato and "The Danny" to screw up. You know they can't help themselves. Heck – my 11 year old daughter has more self control then these two. And Albert Haynesworth is being treated by a disease by many teams. And what do they say on ESPN – that “The Danny” will now try and make a play for him. Hall and Haynesworth are cancer to the thought of a forming a winning football team. Why can’t they see this? We need to start seeing some disciplined behavior here or 2009 will be another lost season.

Posted by: outoftowner22 | February 23, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

WHO WILL RUSH THE PASSER, SIGNE ARRINGTON

Posted by: tlj-dc | February 23, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

As I read thru all your comments, I can't help but think the discussion is the same every year. Many of our heroes are getting older, no one seems to be able to let them go, but unfortunately, you can not maintain them all. The Title Contenders each year seem to be these teams that beat expectations. You tear them down and they have these young guys who are blossoming, mixed with a few older veterans that can still handle some of the load. We seem to be a few young guys, with a lot of older veterans. Not to say men in their 30's are old, they all could easily run circles around anyone their age, but getting hit day in and day out takes its toll. They lose a step, maybe not quite as flexible, things get torn a bit easier. What I am trying to say is, you can not keep them all, and either play the young guys or if they are not good enough, admit you simply have a talent evaluation and development system that is not doing its job and fire those responsible.

Posted by: skins50 | February 23, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Sign DeAngelo Hall and then save some salary cap space by releasing pine-rider Shawn Springs. I think Carlos Rogers should be the other starter and Smoot gives depth. With some of the young guys stepping up, the Skins will be in fine shape. The Skins cannot afford to have spaces on the roster or salary cap space taken up by injury prone players like Springs and Taylor.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | February 23, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Personally I think Hall will be fine with our vets on the defense. He was in bad situations In Oakland and Atl. We have to draft some O linemen and if available a stud d lineman. I still dont like our wr corp but we have to hope the rookies from last year will step up. We also need to fire Cerrato he is the one who doesnt know what the hell is going on. Snyder Wake the hell up!! Get a real personel guy in there a REAL GM!!

Posted by: toyota44 | February 24, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

You guys who are harping on D Hall didn't watch the games last year. This guy is good -- Outstanding considering he came to us in the middle of the season. Resign him and we have the deepest secondary in the league.

We dumped Marcus Washington so we need an outside linebacker. We'll either get Crowell or Dansby in free agency or we'll pick up Curry or Laurentitus in the draft (if they are around).

I agree we shouldn't be going after yet another 'tweener DE/LB. However, consider this. If we make a play at Albert Haynesworth (yes, I know it's a gamble with injuries and off-field problems of the past) -- pair him up with Griffin at tackle -- it would free up Taylor and Carter to be one-on-one the entire game.

Posted by: BubbaGump13 | February 24, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

++Last I checked D'Angelo Hall had 5 INT's in 9 games.

How many does Carlos Rogers have?

Posted by: rickyroge +++

Cute comment and all, but numbers of interceptions is one of the LEAST effective ways of judging the skills of a CB. The best CBs, the true shutdowns, rarely have a slew of interceptions because, after a while, QBs know better than to throw at them.

No one is afraid to throw in DeAngello Hall's vicinity.


Fact of the matter is, no one was scared to throw to Carlos Rodgers, he was picked on by the giants and cowboys all year, he had the most DROPPED INT's of any corner in the league. They werent scared because he cannot cover and he cannot catch. I think those are two valuable measures of a corner. Not only is DeAngelo Hall a good corner but he is a playmaker. I still do not understand why he isnt returning punts, when we have Randel-El back there running around like a sissy for no more than 4 yards. Hall is a valuable player because he is dynamic, Rodgers is a bust and doesnt deserve any praise what so ever.

Posted by: ashihadah | February 24, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

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