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Skins Like Canty ... and Other Free-Agent Buzz

While Daniel Snyder's meeting with the agent for defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth drew lots of attention, many people around Redskins Park say they would be surprised if the Skins spent the kind of money it would take to land him. And if they did try to make that happen, it would leave them with other holes they could not fill. (I continue to say buyer beware when it comes to this guy, especially if he has the security of $30 million guaranteed in his pocket.)

Snyder and other owners meet with lots of agents at the combine - the Skins chatted with at least a half-dozen about free-agent deals, etc. - and, according to team and league sources, Dallas defensive lineman Chris Canty is someone they have significant interest in signing, and someone who is cost effective.

The plan remains largely as it was more than a month ago - to try to re-sign DeAngelo Hall, plug gaps on the offensive and defensive lines with value free agents, and likely re-sign some of their aging veterans on the cheap as insurance (Pete Kendall, maybe Phillip Daniels). Vinny Cerrato, the vice president of football operations, has expressed some frustration to others around the league about the slow progress with Hall, and the gap that exists between the sides, but the Redskins will continue try to sign him until free agency begins at 12:01 Friday.

Beyond that move, Cerrato is looking to address the lines in free agency. Canty is seen as a younger, more dynamic Daniels, according to a team source, and could occupy multiple blockers and stuff the run on first and second down, then rush from the inside on third down. (That's free agent Demetric Evans's role from a year ago, and explains why the team hasn't even given him a lowball offer to this point).

With Canty doing the dirty work, defensive end Jason Taylor might be able to play strong-side linebacker and rush from there, being granted more freedom from run responsibilities and being able to play the run on the way to the passer. (It's still baffling why they would bring Taylor back at $8 million, given his injuries and poor 2008 season and the fact that there would likely be no interest in him anywhere else at anything close to that salary. Still, Cerrato has long had a close relationship with Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, who also happened to be Adam Archuleta's agent, for those keeping score at home.)

Canty is in that second tier of free agents the Skins will persue, but even so his average salary could creep to around $8 million. He's been a stalwart for years, played at Virginia and has a solid character. At just 26, he'd fit the long-overdue youth movement. He has played in a 3-4, but can play in a 4-3 as well. The other guy like that out there, San Diego's Igor Olshansky, has not drawn interest from the Skins, according to a league source. I get the sense from inside and outside the building that Canty would be their guy.

On the offensive side of the ball, we've long established that internally the Skins believe they need two guards and a tackle. They may not have the cap space and budget to go after a money guy here, especially if they were to sign Hall and Canty, for instance, but Mark Tauscher could be a name to watch as well. Tauscher has been a very good right tackle for the Packers for a long time, and is recovering from anterior cruciate ligament surgery. (He will ready for training camp, according to his agent, Neil Cornrich, and, while at 31 he's on the older side, he would be an upgrade if healthy.) He has shined in the postseason in the past against some of the better pass rushers and is a guy who has averaged $5 million a season in the past.

If you get him for a short-term deal, and you want some insurance at a vital position (Chris Samuels is coming off major surgery, even if the Skins do draft a tackle), you could do a whole lot worse. The Skins have only four draft picks and taking a tackle at 13 might not make sense. Tauscher plays squat and is bright, so a switch to the interior would not be impossible. Cornrich would not speak about particular teams in the hunt but did say, "it's been a very aggressive pre-free agency period," when asked about the potential market for Tauscher.

(One other thing related to the offensive line: I know a lot of you like Jets guard Brandon Moore, who will be released for cap purposes. However, the Skins have given no indication to this point that they will be in the hunt for the 27-year-old. From what I am gathering, I would be surprised if they pursue him - though he would surely be a major upgrade.)

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 23, 2009; 7:26 PM ET
 
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Comments

I think Canty is a good idea.

Make it so, number one!

(And cue up the Beavis and Butthead jokes.)
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 23, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Agree with JC. Why bring back JT? For $8.5M? And, mark my words, Haynesworth would be a BUST, especially for what the Danny would spend on him. Haynesworth has character issues (stomp, stomp) and is highly overrated. What's wrong with the decision makers???

Posted by: all_star_0013 | February 23, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

nice buzz. If you keep Jason Taylor, at least be smart enough to have him play RDE. You know, the spot he's played well enough to earn HOF consideration.

canty is the only guy on the list that makes sense, plus he might want to escape the zoo. but at $8mil, no thanks.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 23, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Can Taylor, sign Canty, re-sign Demetric Evans, and let Daniels ride off into the sunset. The Redksins need brown bagging, injury free players, and not prima donna's like Jason Taylor nor injury prone players like Daniels.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | February 23, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth has character issues (stomp, stomp)
Posted by: all_star_0013 | February 23, 2009 8:04 PM

Any player who stomps on a Dallas Cowboy player is ok in my book...not holding that against him at all...

LOL

Posted by: leevi98 | February 23, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, even JLC is right about that. Why in the world pay taylor 8mil?

Posted by: kdjsgreen | February 23, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Well I like these moves if they pan out. I'm not sold on Tauscher. I'd rather have Brown form the Ravens if they are going to make a move, and start Hayer. From this I gather that #13 pick would be a LB, or CB in the skins dream world. (I'll say this again if Maclin is there at #13 I'd bet on him given this FO preferences).

Posted by: TWISI | February 23, 2009 8:18 PM | Report abuse

"(It's still baffling why they would bring Taylor back at $8 million, given his injuries and poor 2008 season and the fact that there would likely be no interest in him anywhere else at anything close to that salary. Still, Cerrato has long had a close relationship with Taylor's agent, Gary Wichard, who also happened to be Adam Archuleta's agent, for those keeping score at home.)" - JLC

Ah yes, classic JLC. Not enough to just say that he doesn't think keeping JTaylor makes sense; he has to then draw some kind of connection with a past disastrous free agent move, in this case Archdeluxe. Never mind that it was Greg Williams who made a major push for Archuleta, not Cerrato. Ahh, but JLC has never been one to let facts stand in the way of his agenda. Such is the JLC way. Redskins Vendetta in the house!

Posted by: hithere1 | February 23, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

keeping Taylor makes no sense, but if mgmt is going to be stupid, it doesn't mean the coaches have to play Andre Carter at Taylor's spot.

I still predict Taylor winds up in NE

Posted by: zcezcest1 | February 23, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

I predict that Taylor stays with the Skins and that the Skins restructure his contract to spread the $8.5 mill. cap hit over three years. This is a Snyder/Cerrato tradition. And I predict he will have a better year than last year but won't be worth even a third of the $8.5 million that he'll get. This is so hard to understand that only Cork could explain it.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 23, 2009 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear psps23 explain how keeping Jason Taylor on the payroll @ $8 million is a good thing again.

As far as I can tell, the rationale is this keeps DannyVinnie from doing something stupid in free agency, so that next year they can shock the world with their free agency genius (or genii, depending on how you want to label the DannyVinnie for verbalization porpoises).
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 23, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

'...The Skins have only four draft picks and taking a tackle at 13 might not make sense....'

By Jason La Canfora

Drafting a rt with the 13th pick is stated as not being a very good idea for the redskins by the same sportswriter who bragged earlier this winter about how the ravens burned many a pick--high and otherwise--on lineman.

Where's the consistency?

Mark Taucher coming to DC is a move that staves off the inevitable need to draft and develope a starting rt. So why bother?

Draft a rt at 13 and play Fred 'Alge Crumpler,jr.' Davis alongside him and you have two young starters on one side of the line--this is a no-brainer.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 23, 2009 8:57 PM | Report abuse

thunder

'...I'd like to hear psps23 explain how keeping Jason Taylor on the payroll @ $8 million is a good thing again...'

I hate to disagree, but since the skins have burned two picks on the guy, the team has to get some value out of him.

Maybe his deal will get re-done so a sal cap savings will come back the redskins way.

I was against the move to bring him in as the redskins have some young guys in Rob Jackson and Chris Wilson who could have played de last year once P Daniels went down and been just as mediocre as Taylor was.

The only thing is that now, they'd have experience under their belts and would be better players next season.

The move to bring Taylor in was last season's version of the over-reaction Duckett trade: same results, different position.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 23, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Definitely not a Jasno apologist but I think he is saying it might not make sense depending on who is off the board already at 13. This is one of his more informative posts in a while save for his Ceratto and agent dig.

It would be nice to know what the gap is in the Hall proposals. What are we offering and what is he asking for?

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | February 23, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

But Moe, just because we made a bad trade/signing for Jason Taylor doesn't mean we need to compound the mistake.

He's not part of our future, and keeping him at his current salary hinders our ability to sign younger players.

I see no upside to the move, unless one thinks that we could win the Super Bowl next year, and J.T. is going to be a key part of that effort.

In other words, the same mistake as last year, only now everyone is a year older.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 23, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

posse


I don't think there's a gap in the Hall proposal unless he figures a playoff caliber team is waiting in the wings to cut him a fat check.

The Skins will have him signed by the end of next week.


thunder

Brother, like you, I don't get Taylor being on the roster. I'd rather cut Taylor and use the money to sign Canty, then play Wilson at slb.

But what do I know. I'm an endangered species.

Posted by: MistaMoe | February 23, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Raiders just released starting LT Kwayme Harris. . .

Good fit in DC?

Posted by: thehogs | February 23, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Can JT, forget about Haynesworthless and Can'ty. The Skins have to build around offense, and I don't mean the OL. The team needs a strong QB to run the WC and JC ain't the answer. Time to think about how to get Bradford. Convert this year's draft picks into 2010s, preferably with sucky teams such as Detroit and KC. Trade Rogers for draft picks if you can get them. Hope the team sucks in 2009, ends up picking in the top 5 for 2010 and then do whatever it takes to land Bradford. The team with the #1 pick in 2010 won't necessarily want a QB. There has to be pain if there is going to be any gain.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | February 23, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

And Houston just cut DE Anthony Weaver. Gonna be a lot of names coming on the market in the next few days.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 23, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

There has to be pain if there is going to be any gain.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | February 23, 2009 9:35 PM
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You mean if we all stick knitting needles in our eyes, we will find our path back to the Super Bowl?
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | February 23, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 23, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

AntonChigurh: There has to be pain if there is going to be any gain.
ifthethunder: "You mean if we all stick knitting needles in our eyes, we will find our path back to the Super Bowl?"

Very, very funny.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 23, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

You mean if we all stick knitting needles in our eyes, we will find our path back to the Super Bowl?

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya

For you shurikens would probably do the job.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | February 23, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

wow, I was a fan of JLC but after reading this article full of dumbness from top to bottom, I am surely am not anymore! I don't really know where to start...from the idea of bring back over the hill veterans(Kendall, Daniels)to provide short term solutions for long term problems, just let the young guys play please if anything to show the world they suck. Oh hey and why don't we sign a guy for 6-8 mil range who is an every down lineman that averages 2 tackles a game and gets a sack once every eight games, thats a good pickup but hey atleast hes young! Or wait wait lets sign another over the hill lineman coming off major knee surgery all because as JLC has put it played well in PAST games and postseasons. Pure genius, I think we should check your paychecks to see if dan synder is the one signing them!

Posted by: hillb03 | February 23, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

I know hindsight is 20/20, but didn't the Skins pass on Canty in the 2005 draft for a guy named Manuel White? I don't think it would be prudent to try to make up for past mistakes, by paying a significant portion of the remaining cap room to a guy who is not a significant upgrade over what is already on the team.

Posted by: BigE44 | February 24, 2009 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Finally the skins know exactly what they are doing!!

They are upgrading at several position. Know don't worry how were going to sign Haynesworth and Canty...and where is the money coming from.

You guy already know. We always find a way.

Is Hayneworth a upgrade?
Yes. put the tape in from last year

Is Canty an upgrade?
Yes....

JLC is sad...stop worrying about the money. Redskins always find a way...even if they have cap space or not...and when it come down to the years the money is suppose to hurt us. They will find a way. They will just recontruct and continue.

Relax and enjoy the ride yall.

12:01 is going to be a great day.
Jets
Dinner
Wizards game
Money
Money
and oh yeah a better team.


Posted by: 1skinfan | February 24, 2009 8:44 AM | Report abuse

We have got to unite and stand up against this ludicrous moves. I'm completely sick and tired of ruining our seasons before they start. Look at Andy MacPhail and Orioles, you get an intelligent chief of command to call the shots and things start turning around, fast. Jason Taylor stated HIMSELF that he is not worth 8M. I don't mind having him, moving him to strong side LB and blitzing like crazy but NOT at 8M! We need that money this year way too desperately to make such a erroneous decision. I will not continue to tolerate these kinds of decisions and I sincerely hope some of you will join me. We have sold out almost every game since the 60's and the has simply taken our leverage away and made a D.C. team exactly what the stereotype would dictate, full of money and terrible decision making.

Posted by: justinwhitlock777 | February 24, 2009 8:59 AM | Report abuse

On the offensive side of the ball, we've long established that internally the Skins believe they need two guards and a tackle.

Let's read that again....^^^^^^^

And here we are talking about Jason Taylor, an already solid secondary, and Chris Canty.

[facepalm]

Posted by: LouLewis | February 24, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

for the life of me, i can't remember when bringing anyone from Dallas panned out for the 'Skins.

Posted by: mdrockjock | February 24, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Canty is decent but without a big bad DT, it doesn't matter who we trot out at DE.

Pretty much every good defense/pass rush in the league has big mean/effective DTs.

We don't have that. We have three serviceable starters, none of whom collapse the pocket with ANY kind of regularity.

Posted by: smutsboy | February 24, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

"It's still baffling why" the Washington Post keeps JLC employed!

Posted by: agcoony | February 24, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

just read a report on rotoworld.com that the skins are targeting haynesworth with a contract of around 100 million. hope they dont do it. albert has never played a full season in his career. resign monty and golston and draft a dt late in draft. then release griffin he is over the hill. only 1 full season since joining us in 04.

Posted by: frankluckett | February 24, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Skins need a thug on the DL, and not pretty boys. If JT won't restructure, cut him loose. Jack Kent Cooke would not stand (if he could) for us signing any cowboys! If getting a thug costs Danny Boy $100 million- so be it!!

Posted by: mntb316 | February 25, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

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