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Redskins Sign RT Mike Williams

The Redskins will announce the signing of tackle Mike Williams tonight. Williams, 29, signed a one-year deal according to a league source. He has not played in the NFL since the 2005 season. Williams was a college teammate of Skins OL Derrick Dockery in college and was the 4th overall pick by Buffalo in 2002, but his career stalled quickly.

He signed with Jacksonville in 2006, but was placed on injured reserve. This is obviously a reach, but given the need for help at tackle, a low-risk move for sure.

Also the team will announce that punter Dirk Johnson was released, which we reported last night. Punter Hunter Smith agreed to terms last night, as we repored, and the team will likely announce that over the weekend.

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 24, 2009; 6:32 PM ET
 
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Comments

FIRST to say that this is a low-risk gamble with decent upside.

Posted by: bcarothers | April 24, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

This should make whoever is playing qb next year feel a lot better (insert sarcasm here). This guy hasn't played ball in almost 3 years.

Posted by: mrsaun | April 24, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

We dont need any OT's in the draft now. Awesome....

Posted by: Tyler84101 | April 24, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Sanchez it is!

Posted by: slimbo-Rice | April 24, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Washington Times just reported that Snyder said we would not trade next year's 1st round pick to move up . . . that's the only encouraging news I've heard dating back to before the Cutler BS started - barring signing a decent punter.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | April 24, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

preparing for a future when all four OT's are gone by 13

Posted by: amsaul | April 24, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

A 29 year old guy who hasn't played in 3 years. Low risk? They still need to draft 3 - 4 OL ... hoping they trade down as this draft seems full of reasonable quality types at tackle and guard.

The Jets get Sanchez according to Kiper. So, unless Snyder can get the Rams or KC to trade down ... seems unlikely.

Its too late I think ... they may as well trade Campbell for picks and go with Colt ... draft Freeman in the 2nd.

Posted by: periculum | April 24, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

I really don't think you can believe anything any FO says between now & 4:00pm tomorrow!

Posted by: will_ga | April 24, 2009 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The Arizona Cardinals have granted the Tennessee Titans permission to talk to Anquan Boldin's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, after the Titans offered the Cardinals a second-round pick from Saturday's draft and a player-to-be-named for the disgruntled receiver, sources told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio on Friday.

It was believed Rosenhaus was asking for about $9 million a year for Boldin, a price tag that has turned off many teams that had expressed interest in Boldin, including the New York Giants, the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens.


NFC West blog

ESPN.com's Mike Sando writes about all things NFC West in his division blog.

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The Philadelphia Eagles had made an offer of a 2010 second-round pick, a third-round pick in this year's draft and offensive tackle Winston Justice, which the Cardinals rejected, sources told Paolantonio.

from espn.com

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | April 24, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

This should make whoever is playing qb next year feel a lot better (insert sarcasm here). This guy hasn't played ball in almost 3 years.

Posted by: mrsaun | April 24, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse
I agree that his health is very much in question. But he is only 29, and started 47 of 51 games that he was active. So if he can reclaim his health, he could be a real find. Still think we need OT at #13, unless we are able to trade back.

I do have to say that the FO has found some players this off-season to fill the most glaring weaknesses...AHaynes to bolster our inside pass-rush, Dock at OG, RSmith at SLB, and now MWilliams at RT. Now there is no glaring weakness that must be filled. So other teams will not be able to read what Snides plans to do tomorrow. I'm just holding my breath.

Posted by: frediefritz | April 24, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

The analysts on the NFL Network are saying they think Sanchez will go at #8 - to either the Jets or the Skins....and the ESPN "experts" are saying the same - giving the edge to the Skins.

Mike Lombardi with the NFL Network said he thinks Snyder feels pretty confident that Seattle will not pick Sanchez and he can wait until #8.

Posted by: Lisa_R | April 24, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Mike Williams?

Gosh, isn't that a little like signing Tony Mandarich? Okay, I'm exaggerating, but isn't Mike Williams considered a bust?

Derrick must have given him a leg up with the front office.

Mike Williams?

Well, he is really big...

Posted by: Samson151 | April 24, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

"hey may as well trade Campbell for picks and go with Colt ... draft Freeman in the 2nd.
Posted by: periculum"

Josh Freeman, the QB? In the second round? Hard to see him sticking around that long. Unless of course he's got four positive drug tests in the past week or so...

Posted by: Samson151 | April 24, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

I do have to say that the FO has found some players this off-season to fill the most glaring weaknesses...AHaynes to bolster our inside pass-rush, Dock at OG, RSmith at SLB, and now MWilliams at RT. Now there is no glaring weakness that must be filled. So other teams will not be able to read what Snides plans to do tomorrow. I'm just holding my breath.

Posted by: frediefritz | April 24, 2009 7:07 PM

The signing of Smith at LB and Williams do not fill holes at all. Hunter Smith does though.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 24, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Williams' first round pick signing bonus was depleted by the DJIA crash.

Never know, him needing the money combined with what was once immense talent could turn into something.

The dude definitely had superstar ability. However, getting back into football shape after all this time is next to impossible.

Posted by: knight1977 | April 24, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Report: Rams Buy Sanchez A Plane Ticket
Posted by Aaron Wilson on April 24, 2009, 7:42 p.m. EDT
The St. Louis Rams have purchased a plane ticket for USC quarterback Mark Sanchez to travel to St. Louis on Sunday, according to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, per our friends at The Red Zone.

What does this development mean?

It doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the Rams are definitely going to draft Sanchez with the second overall pick of the draft and fly him into St. Louis for an introductory press conference.

The Rams might just be plotting contingency plans just in case they draft Sanchez. Or it could be an elaborate smokescreen to get the teams drafting behind them that are interested in Sanchez to initiate trade discussions to move up.

Perhaps the Rams buy several plane tickets to lock in the best prices for every potential draft pick that’s garnering serious consideration. In this struggling economy, it makes a lot of sense, especially if they’re refundable fares.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 24, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

DOC WALKER: "If you have an opportunity, Dan Snyder, and ... let's say Seattle, just throwing a name out of a hat, were to come to you and say 'There's an opportunity for you to get in that [fourth] spot and get a quarterback,' and it would cost you next year's one and two, do you tell them to go jump into the Potomac, or do you investigate that?"

DANIEL SNYDER: "Yeah, we're not going to be trading next year's one, I can tell you that now. I think we've already said that several times, and we really ... only one time did we trade the one out the year prior, which was for Jason Campbell, and it worked out quite well. "

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Posted by: periculum | April 24, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

As the Detroit Lions continue to zero in on Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, there is a growing belief in league circles that the Rams - who already have quarterback Marc Bulger - are taking a serious look at the former Trojan standout. ...

This is the season of rampant speculation ... That said, the conjecture is the Rams could take Sanchez second and A) allow him to learn behind Bulger for a season, B) trade Bulger to a quarterback-needy team, or C) trade Sanchez after selecting him.

S.*&^t just had another deja vu moment. Think the Rams are going to take him. I wondered that in earlier postings ... never heard a peep except that they might be interested in trading down ...

Posted by: periculum | April 24, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Mike Williams also learned something from his experiences in Buffalo and with Jacksonville, at least according to a profile from yesterday's Dallas Morning News, in which he says:

"I know people have questions about me," he volunteered late in the conversation. "I know they are not questions about my talent. They are questions about my heart."

And he adds:

"I have a new love for the game," Williams said, pausing to make sure he would be heard. "I know I have a lot more than people think or what they saw."

ESPN reports that the Jets ARE interested in Campbell. There you go Snidely and Vinny. Trade the guy and start Colt. Give Jason a decent team to play for. Get a pick or two. You probably won't get Sanchez but the damage has been done.

Posted by: periculum | April 24, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

preparing for a future when all four OT's are gone by 13

Posted by: amsaul | April 24, 2009

Some mocks have Loadholt going in the 1st round. There are plenty of tackles, guard/centers who will be good players. This is a year when they should trade down to draft those kind of guys.

Posted by: periculum | April 24, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

peri,

The Jets are not a decent team they couldn't even win with Favre. They got rid of a better QB to trade for Favre, but JC should go there thats smart.

We are not getting Sanchez and JC will be fine, because unlike people on here he knows this is a buisness. This is his contract year he will play his best to get the biggest contract he can.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 24, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

plane ticket for Sanchez to STL?? oh well then, we are in the clear (not)

I don't blame JC. he has had to grin and bare it a lot. More than he should. Every man has a point at which he says "enough"...if I were him, it would've probably come sooner. I just hope someone saves us from ourselves, we trade back and pick up an OT, LB and OG/C in the 2nd/3rd rounds, and we can repair the extensive damage done with 17. We shall see

HAIL

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | April 24, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

This is a year when they should trade down to draft those kind of guys.


Posted by: periculum | April 24, 2009 7:56 PM |

I think you need someone to trade down with, but we know if they don't trade down it will be Snyders fault.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 24, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Exciting if this dude pans out. At least it's low risk. He was a hoss.
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/042309dnspowilliams.3738cd0.html

Posted by: AdamCr | April 24, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

JC17 never told anybody he will ask for a trade if Sanchez is picked, he is to classy for that. Don't believe all the sh!t you read.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 24, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Skin Fans!
Snyder is a smooth criminal, listening to him during part 1 to 4 of ESPN Pre-draft, he kind of convince me we the bloggers got to him.
Hail!

Posted by: abxinc | April 24, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I know it sounds silly, but I have a funny feeling that Danny and Vinny will surprise us in a good way tomorrow.


....or it could just be the hangover.

Posted by: kost52 | April 24, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

kost,

I think your right about the surprise.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 24, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Kost I hope you are right.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 24, 2009 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Go O Line with the 13th or the LB from USC. I continue to support JC and I Los
JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | April 24, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The signing of Smith at LB and Williams do not fill holes at all. Hunter Smith does though.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | April 24, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse
Scanp, RSmith may be a player. And we will know in training camp if William's back is healed. I wouldn't write these moves off too quickly.

Posted by: frediefritz | April 24, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Yes LB from USC Malunga guy

Posted by: Tyler84101 | April 24, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Mike Williams is no Leigh Torrance.

Posted by: IHateJLC | April 24, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Band-aid, but I think this signing points to a linebacker as #1 draft pick. Maybe it will be Rey Maualuga after all.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | April 24, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/stories/042309dnspowilliams.3738cd0.html

hmmm..herniated disk, 375..hope it works, but definitely need rookie OTs for insurance..

Posted by: frak | April 24, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

and don't get me started about cowgirl moles, front office lip service or any other foul thoughts my ruined mind can vomit forth..

Posted by: frak | April 24, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

my man has realized he was a bust and now wants to prove something so i think he will actually work out

Posted by: hillb03 | April 25, 2009 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Mike Williams?

Gosh, isn't that a little like signing Tony Mandarich? Okay, I'm exaggerating, but isn't Mike Williams considered a bust?

Derrick must have given him a leg up with the front office.

Mike Williams?

Well, he is really big...


Posted by: Samson151 | April 24, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Actually...Tony Mandarich did make a comeback and played for the Colts...he blocked for manning for a few seasons and played quite well.

Posted by: leevi98 | April 25, 2009 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Signing a guy four years out of the NFL?


This is embarassing.

Posted by: OLDNOVA1 | April 25, 2009 6:51 AM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell has been a trooper so far this year with all the BS. But now demanding a trade if they draft a QB? Its a business you have to produce to earn props in the NFL get big contracts etc. I like Campbell but he needs to not demand a trade if we draft a QB. Play your butt off this year then tell Danny to pay up. I really dont think the skins have enough ammo to get Sanchez. I think we should trade down get more picks stack lineman and the the rest will fall into place. Gotta have the beef in this league oline and dline. Im a diehard fan for a long time who hates Cerrato and snyder. But what you gonna do? HTTR

Posted by: toyota44 | April 25, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

"Actually...Tony Mandarich did make a comeback and played for the Colts...he blocked for manning for a few seasons and played quite well.Posted by: leevi98"

I did not know that.

But I see he does have his own website and hawking a self-help book, if you can believe it...

Posted by: Samson151 | April 25, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Here's something to note: apparently Big Mike came out of college weighing 375 pounds. He's now dropped twenty.

That is a big guy.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 25, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Mark "Dirty" Sanchez fingered me at a Halloween party, a couple years back... I say we we draft him.

Posted by: noseman4681 | April 25, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

"Trade the guy and start Colt."

I find this sentiment baffling. I'm trying to think of something, anything, that would make us think Colt could be a Super Bowl quarterback.

Maybe a gigantic spliff....

Posted by: Samson151 | April 25, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Anyone got the scoop on what we're doin' in this years NFL Draft? This waiting around is making me ache.

Posted by: noseman4681 | April 25, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

What do you fellas know about the guy that writes this blog? I don't know... from his picture, he's kind of cute... chunky, but cute.

Posted by: noseman4681 | April 25, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Anyone want to make out? It's soooo long for us to be waiting for this Draft!

Posted by: noseman4681 | April 25, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

This reminds me of that time we signed Mike Rumph. A lot of people like to say well, he was a first round pick and things didn't go well. The draft is fundamentally flawed when you have people like Snyder picking. Even guys like Pioli make a mistake here and there. This Williams cat obviously can't play in the NFL.

Posted by: Originialism1 | April 25, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Mike Williams is a great signing!

No signing bonus and if he doesn't work out, no harm

But what if he has found that passion and becomes a diamond in the rough?

For the fans who say anything negative about this signing, you really need to shut up!

I'm hopeful that this guy works out. He is so huge and could really help us

Perspective: This clearly means that we are NOT looking for an OT at #13

Posted by: snyderbandwagon | April 25, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I hope Williams gets down to under 335 for his playing weight. I know he is a large guy but I'm thinking if he enters training camp anywhere near 350,360, he will be just too slow to be effective. He had 4 months to work out, drop 25 lbs and resurrecte his career

Posted by: derrickd | April 26, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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