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Reid Weighs in on Redskins' Signing Spree

After a few warmup swings with the burgundy-and-gold donut on, Jason Reid steps up to the plate with his thoughts on the Redskins' big day:

Just got off the phone with my partner, the legendary Jason La Canfora, who plans to take some much deserved time off, which means he'll only spend about 10 hours each day on the phone with sources. Actually, this is a good time for him to shut it down (as much as he can) for a bit, considering the Redskins appear to be finished with the biggest phase of their offseason plan.

Through restructuring contracts and releasing linebacker Marcus Washington and cornerback Shawn Springs, Washington cleared $14 million from the 2009 cap of $127 million, and spent it during a record 24-hour shopping spree. They committed $100 million (potentially $115 million) to lure Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, $55 million to retain cornerback DeAngelo Hall and a little less than $27 million to bring back guard Derrick Dockery from Buffalo.


Haynesworth - the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history - will receive $41 million in guarantees, and is assured the staggering amount of $32 million in the deal's 13 months. Owner Daniel Snyder also approved approximately $23 million guaranteed to Hall and $8.5 million to Dockery. Now, Jason "On Football" La Canfora has already offered his opinion on the Redskins' decision to commit such stunning money to Haynesworth, who acknowledged his past anger management issues during Friday's Redskins Park news conference. Haynesworth also was considered lazy early in his career (teammates gave him the nickname "two-play" because they said he would play hard for two plays, get tired and take plays off).

I'm just a humble beat guy, so it's not my place to dare take this space in the direction Mr. La Canfora would. I can, however, put on my reporter hat and attempt to ask probing questions of the Redskins' brain trust. Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, is in charge of that part of the organization, so I figured he would be the right person to speak with about the big moves.

The Redskins sat on the sidelines during the 2008 free agent period, but the talent available in this market was better, Cerrato said after the Haynesworth press conference Friday night, so the Redskins decided to move quickly and boldly.

"We said that we'll always be aggressive, but the free-agent crop wasn't one worth paying the money that was out there" last year, Cerrato said. "This year, paying the market was worth paying the market."

To be sure, Haynesworth was a difference-maker with the Titans, a two-time all-pro performer who is one of the best, if not the best, player at his position in the league. As for Haynesworth having only played about 60 percent of the Titans' defensive snaps, even during his dominant performance the last two seasons, Cerrato was not concerned because "most of every year, he's played 50 to 60 percent," Cerrato said, "and that's kind of what our guys play. And with as hard as he plays and everything, injuries do happen. We did a lot of homework in every aspect and felt very comfortable with everything. I don't think a guy like Albert comes on the market every year.

"So when a guy that talented, and that young, comes on the market, it was very, very interesting to us. When you watch the film this year, he just dominates. He takes two, three blockers and you can't block him with one guy. He can disrupt an offense. He can get penetration in the running game and disrupt everything. He can collapse the pocket in the passing game, he can line up at end. He can do so many different things for you. The thing that impressed me the most is that he's never on the ground if you watch the films. He's got phenomenal balance. He's never on the ground. For a big man, he's not on the ground."

So there you have it. Straight talk from a big-time football executive.

I covered the Los Angeles Dodgers when they shocked the sporting world by making pitcher Kevin Brown baseball's first $100-million player with a seven-year, $105-million contract that included the use of a private jet for Brown's family. Brown was an 18-game winner in his first season with the Dodgers and led the National League in earned-run average one season. But guess how many playoff games the Dodgers won with Brown leading their team? Zero. And guess how many playoff games they appeared in with Brown as their staff ace? Zero again.

I've been a professional sportswriter since 1989, and in my experience athletes who receive contracts such as the one the Redskins gave to Haynesworth usually can't meet the huge expectations that accompany them. Of course, the Haynesworth-Redskins union could prove to be the exception, and I'm definitely curious to see what happens. If nothing else, the Redskins are making big news again. And, from what I hear, that's just the way Snyder likes things to be around these parts.

As for Jason La Canfora's Redskins Insider, I'll do my best to fill in for my boy while he chills out at his estate with the wife and kids. It's the least I could do. Later.

By Cindy Boren  |  March 1, 2009; 1:30 PM ET
 
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Comments

JLC needs more time off?! Rofl

Has his Blackberry woken him up yet?!

Posted by: filmchis | March 1, 2009 1:44 PM | Report abuse

HA!
"the legendary Jason La Canfora, who plans to take some much deserved time off, which means he'll only spend about 10 hours each day on the phone with sources"

You're kidding me right?

Posted by: ga8085 | March 1, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

WOW! You and JLC are really groundbreaking reporters. What a joke. Is it too much work, or against your principles, to examine a positive angle to ANYTHING Redskins? Why don't you examine the potential that Haynesworth might make everyone else around him (Taylor, Carter, DBs) better, create points on defense and improve field position for our offense. Am I the only one SICK of the negativity at the Post? That is the easy way out.

Posted by: GloverPark1 | March 1, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins finished the season at 8-8 and the #4 ranked defense in football. They SIGNIFICANTLY upgraded the defensive line, they upgraded the cornerback position, they upgraded the offensive line, they wasted zero draft picks in the process, and they did it knowing that within the next 2 years they have between $40 and $50 million in cap space freeing up, regardless of whether there's an uncapped season.

Yet somehow the Redskins are a worse team than they were before. Just goes to show you the intelligence of the average fan.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Watch for London Fletcher to get his first Pro Bowl selection

Posted by: jrenn2114 | March 1, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone looed at the contract?

If so, then you know there is no way he will reach $100M.

This ain't Baseball Reid. It's Football and only $41Mil of the 100+ is gaurenteed.

It's already been reported that it is actually a 4 year/$48-$50 Mil deal.

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 1, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

So far to date, every '$100M' Football contract has worked out. Vick's included.

Another indicator that you can not compare football to baseball, even though Haynesworth will never see $100M from the Skins.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 1, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute, let me get this straight, someone at the Post actually spoke with Vinny Cerrato? Was it really just someone standing behind a cardboard cutout?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 1, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Here's our opponents for the upcoming season:

Home: Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, St. Louis, Denver, Kansas City

Away: Dallas, N.Y. Giants, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Carolina, Detroit, Oakland, San Diego

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 1, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Jason said, "Through restructuring contracts and releasing linebacker Marcus Washington and cornerback Shawn Springs, Washington cleared $14 million from the 2009 cap of $127 million, and spent it during a record 24-hour shopping spree."
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This is the most positive part of your article. I would much rather take a chance and use the money going to old-timers Springs and Washington who have spent more time injured, on younger studs like Haynesworth and Hall.

I would not want to see them on another team within our division!!

Posted by: tdl62 | March 1, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow, remember how JLC spent the whole regular season whining about off-season stuff?

Now he has nothing to say in the off-season.

Shocking!

He woke up(...eventually..)during the start of Free Agency, just long enough to piss in our Lemonade(...Kool-aid for you Haters...), misspell a few words, and play some more sour notes on his custom-made Vinny Cerrato Replica Skin Flute!

Now JR is playing a few of JLC's classic flute songs in homage.....How Sweet!

Posted by: filmchis | March 1, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

TIME TO STOMP THE COWBOYS!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5nlEA8BUTQ

Posted by: fbailey | March 1, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't make sense to spend this kind of money on one player. Remember, the Redskins' defense last year was not too shabby. At the end of the season, the offensive line looked like a higher priority. I applaud the signing of Dockery, but they could have re-tooled the entire offensive line with the money they spent on Haynesworth. Haynesworth is also a little injury prone, so the likelihood that he will play every game next year is not high. Maybe the team will address the depth on the offensive line during the draft. I think there will be opportunities to grab a few guys, but the issue of room under the salary cap comes into play. Can they afford to pay a first round draft pick? I don't know. Here's hoping that double teams on Haynesworth free up pass rushers to absolutely devestate opposing quarterbacks. Maybe that will be worth the money...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | March 1, 2009 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Even a blind person can see how WaPost's lean against the Redskins. Can we get some non-biased fact reporting please instead of nit-picking everything redskins..
On second thought, who needs to read this crap from Jla and his cronies anyways...

Posted by: reggiebranch | March 1, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

As long as Blache is on board with AH - I think you let him do his job and motivate his linemen. But are they thinking Tryon/Smoot will fill in for Springs? They better get some big push up the middle if that's the case. We need to look CB again in draft IMH-slot receiverO.

Posted by: ElYeah | March 1, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the link to the Moseley article. When he calls says "Much like an elite cornerback, the Washington Redskins have a short memory...", it leads me to wonder what position other teams might be.

Posted by: daggar | March 1, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Albert Haynesworth and Kevin Brown? The Dodgers and the Redskins? Baseball and Football?

Apples & Oranges anyone?

PS: When is JLC due back from his suspension?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 1, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"I applaud the signing of Dockery, but they could have re-tooled the entire offensive line with the money they spent on Haynesworth."

No, they couldn't have. There was one other player out there on the offensive line free agent market that would be young, injury free, and an upgrade over what we already have. It would have done no good to add any old, injury-prone, or offensive linemen that aren't as good as what we already have. The sentiment that the Redskins could have fixed the entire offensive line with the money they gave Haynesworth is patently false.

And if the choice is between Jason Brown and Albert Haynesworth, I'm taking Haynesworth every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

"Watch for London Fletcher to get his first Pro Bowl selection."

Correct. He'll get it for half the effort he put in last season, too.

I think we'll get the O-Line done in the draft and be a playoff team.

Posted by: stevebeagrie | March 1, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm a Redskins fan. Have been for my whole life. But seriously people have you been watching this team for the last decade? Anyone who knocks the Post or either of the Jason's for taking a skeptical look at Snyder's most recent spending spree is a moron. We've seen this show before and until it works out I think Danny Boy has lost getting a benefit of the doubt.

Posted by: rawk | March 1, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy reading all the Redskins employees' posts on this blog. How dare anyone question the wisdom of your beloved 8-8 team.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 1, 2009 2:29 PM | Report abuse

At least Reid put some effort into this post and actually interviewed a Redskins employee. How much comp time does Jasno have? I need the vacation plan he gets.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | March 1, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Fire Vinny, Impeach Dan

Posted by: myskinsr1 | March 1, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Albert did help the offensive line. With the field position we is going to create and the turnovers, we are alteast going to score 6 more points a game, so now we will be at atleast 23 points a game, without the thought of the offense is going to be better this year, with Zorn working with JBellz again!!!

Posted by: fbailey | March 1, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

The REDSKINS are going to punish teams this year!!!!

Posted by: fbailey | March 1, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

So with one trade, the Patriots saved a whopping $18 million that they can now use on other players. And it doesn’t look like they will waste a lot of time. Former Washington Redskins CB Shawn Springs is scheduled to visit the Patriots today.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | March 1, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

ROFL LMFAO BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA @ JLC taking MORE time off. dude is off like 3 weeks a month every offseason. didnt yall just take a two week break? he is eating the post up in vacation/leave hours. and for crying out loud, give jason reid his own blog login

Posted by: X--E | March 1, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Steelers - the savvy, veteran QB. They might not get it done every play, but consistent play, a lot of upside, very few mistakes. COMPARES TO: Peyton Manning
CowPies - the QB/RB/WR/ slash player. A lot of sizzle, occasionally explosive, but the total never seems to equal the sum of the parts. COMPARES TO: Reggie Bush
Redskins - the elite cornerback. COMPARES TO: Leigh Torrance, natch!
Lions - With no talent, no organization, and no luck, it's minor league time in the motor city. COMPARES TO: Adam Archuleta. (except he's got the hot girl. Detroit has the diseased crack ho.)

Posted by: daggar | March 1, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy reading all the Redskins employees' posts on this blog. How dare anyone question the wisdom of your beloved 8-8 team.

Posted by: disgruntledfan | March 1, 2009 2:29 PM |
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Which Redskins employees are you referring to?

After all, 45 employees were let go, and to add insult to injury, Albert Haynesworth got a $100 million dollar contract.

Boo-Hoo.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 1, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

If they don't play on the field. sorry

Posted by: fbailey | March 1, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

did you know that you can say all sorts of scurrilous things about TheCork, but if you try to describe Detroit as dating a crack w h o r e, you'll be violating some wierd prime directive of politeness Up Here?

Oh, my Dauphine! Let us eat cake!

Posted by: daggar | March 1, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Your post wouldn't have been any better with the addition of the Detriot/crack ho analogy.

As for Corksucker, he invites ridicule; it would be imploite not to offer it.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 1, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

At least Reid put some effort into this post and actually interviewed a Redskins employee. How much comp time does Jasno have? I need the vacation plan he gets.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84

I don't think Reid actually interviewed Vinny personally - believe his remarks came from a general media session after (or before) the AH presser. I've heard Vinny say several times that he will never give the Post an interview.

Also, wasn't JLC the person who continually criticized the Skins for their lack of sacks last season? Haynesworth should help.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 1, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

can someone text JLC and ask him if Haynesworth is a 2nd or 3rd "tier" free agent? I'm confused.

Posted by: ncoxx002 | March 1, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins finished the season at 8-8 and the #4 ranked defense in football. They SIGNIFICANTLY upgraded the defensive line, they upgraded the cornerback position, they upgraded the offensive line, they wasted zero draft picks in the process, and they did it knowing that within the next 2 years they have between $40 and $50 million in cap space freeing up, regardless of whether there's an uncapped season.

Yet somehow the Redskins are a worse team than they were before. Just goes to show you the intelligence of the average fan.

Posted by: psps23

Actually ... we didn't upgrade the CB position. We downgraded it. We had Hall last year (we were 2-5? with him) so signing him keeps what we already had in place. And Springs is gone. Springs played about 1/2 the season and was very effective.

At CB, we now have Hall, Rogers and ... Smoot and Tryon. If one of the DBs gets dinged ... we're hurting.

All things considered, Springs was too pricey. But there is no question, the CB position is weaker without him.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Next up for Skins? (For my own Kool-aid-sipping Entertainment)

1. Sign Punter (Steal RFA Sam Koch from BAL...yes please! or Hunter Smith because I don't see us looking to the draft or a rookie to fill this spot)

2. Retain our own (RFA's Golston, Monty and UFA K.Campbell and possibly P. Daniels still...so he says.)

3. Draft - OLB, OT, RB, LB

4 Post Draft - Sign Veteran/Rookie Free Agents for Backup OG, OL, QB, WR, DB


OLB and Punter are the only place the Skins "Need" Starters and the draft is full of quality LB's.

Suisham and Rayner can battle it out for Kicker and we should be fine there. Rayner has a very strong leg so it should be a good competition.

Posted by: filmchis | March 1, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

As for all the cap $$ that will come free over the next few years, the Skins will also need to replace a large number of positions. Most of the OL, 2 LBs and both DE. WR is an open issue. We'll need to pay a QB at some point, whether its Campbell or someone else and no one knows how well Portis will hold up. Our secondary isn't deep anymore and both Rogers and Landry will expect to get paid.

By passing on free agency last year, the Skins did help themselves relative to the cap. But its going to be a challenge to fill the dozen or so positions of need.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

"At CB, we now have Hall, Rogers and ... Smoot and Tryon. If one of the DBs gets dinged ... we're hurting.

Posted by: zcezcest1"

Which is exactly the same position we were in last season, depth-wise, when we started 6-2. And the funny thing is, one of the DBs did get dinged...only we weren't hurting as a result.

Of course, we did have Leigh Torrence during that time.

I don't deny that Hall/Rogers/Springs is stronger than Hall/Rogers. But I will unequivocally say that Hall/Rogers is stronger than Springs/Rogers. No doubt in my mind about that. Two years ago, with Springs playing 15-16 games, then my decision would be different. But not now.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

total agreement on Haynesworth benefiting Fletcher. Fletcher has been outstanding and that he hasn't been to a Pro Bowl or 3 is a joke, but having Haynesworth at DT is going to allow Fletcher to make even more plays

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm just a humble beat guy, so it's not my place to dare take this space in the direction Mr. La Canfora would.

So, the beat guy
(a) can't be trusted to post by himself
(b) isn't allowed to offer an opinion
(c) spells better, or at least lets the Dauphine touch the spellchecker.

Two errors:
(1) "is assured the staggering amount of $32 million in the deal's 13 months" is likely missing the word "first".
(2) "It's the least I could do." Hamster Nation knows all about "the least" a reporter can do, and we appreciate the difference.

Posted by: daggar | March 1, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"We'll need to pay a QB at some point,"

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Is it me or do you get the feeling that Dan Snyder has already taken Tim Tebow in the 2010 Draft?

Posted by: filmchis | March 1, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one SICK of the negativity at the Post? That is the easy way out.

Posted by: GloverPark1 | March 1, 2009 1:53 PM

I think you're new to the blog. To answer your question, no you're not the only one. There's another guy up here, Mr. Crock, who comes around two or three times a day and sprays the place with positivity. He should be along in a while, just be patient.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

psps -- just pointing out that we did lose some real talent. We lost Washington and Springs, both talented but unreliable players. We also lost Evans, who's solid and reliable

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

filmchis....its just you.

Wow the board never gets sick of complaining...

snyder made his own bed, until he shuts people up with results he is a giant easy target. thats what is great about sports, results are easy to judge. hopefully snyder will eventually earn respect.

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

By passing on free agency last year, the Skins did help themselves relative to the cap. But its going to be a challenge to fill the dozen or so positions of need.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 3:14 PM

Zeke,

This is perhaps and understatement. But the answer is four words: Uncapped year. Jason Taylor.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

are you really that fragile a sports fan that you worry about "negativity" or "bad vibes" and get hurt feelings. my gawd thicken up. its sports, its suppossed to be fun, debatable, point counter point....

that mentality reminds me of TO's "thats my quarterback" presser

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

T_E, just pointing out that the Skins will need to spend a bunch to keep some of the pieces and replace what's going away. Uncapped is NOT a good thing for us

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This is the new patron saint of RI skins fns:

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

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This would be the same legendary JLC and his gold-plated sources who predicted the day before free agency began that they would be "shocked" if the Redskins made any kind of a splash?

Yes, by all means take the day off and when you come back how about getting things right?

Posted by: skinsfaninwa | March 1, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

its sports, its suppossed to be fun, debatable, point counter point....

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:29 PM

Looks like CL has put the gloves on for the newbie.

Come on CL, when were you ever a point counter-point guy? You're strictly punch counter-punch.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"filmchis....its just you."

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Just wait...Snyder going to Draft Tebow and then Theismann will grandstand and give Tebow his #7 cuz Colt wouldn't fork over the #5.

Trust me I'm from the future.

Posted by: filmchis | March 1, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"As for all the cap $$ that will come free over the next few years, the Skins will also need to replace a large number of positions. Most of the OL, 2 LBs and both DE. WR is an open issue. We'll need to pay a QB at some point, whether its Campbell or someone else and no one knows how well Portis will hold up. Our secondary isn't deep anymore and both Rogers and Landry will expect to get paid."

Yep, and a majority of those issues should be taken care of through the draft. Signing Haynesworth, Hall, and Dockery does nothing to affect that.

Only 5 players that the Redskins may want to reasonably re-sign have their contracts run up next offseason: Jason Campbell, Rocky Macintosh, Stephon Heyer, Chris Wilson, and Lorenzo Alexander. Only 2 of those guys have a decent shot at commanding a large contract. The space provided by Jason Taylor's expiring contract, $8.5 million, and the fact that all dead cap money HAS to come off the books prior to 2010 as a league rule, another $8+ million, more than provides the skins room to re-sign both to monster contracts (I'm talking Haynesworth + Hall type contracts), and the other 3 to reasonable contracts. And much more than likely, that won't even be necessary, and you could throw Rogers in that mix as well if you want to re-up him prior to his contract being up. Landry is being paid like a top 6 pick, one of the highest paid safeties in the league, and has his contract run through 2012. He is not getting re-signed for a while.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

People can complain all they want about any signing the Redskins make. But the simple reality is that if you look at the Redskins' contracts, player by player, these signings have little effect on the Redskins long-term (as would any signings made this offseason). And if the skins were going to make a run in the next 2 years, adding the highest-impact defensive lineman on the market, the highest impact DB on the market, and a definite upgrade at offensive guard is a great way to go about it. Throw in a good draft and the hopeful improvement of the team's youngsters, and this team is easily playoff-caliber and a contender for the NFC.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Throw in a good draft and the hopeful improvement of the team's youngsters, and this team is easily playoff-caliber and a contender for the NFC.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 3:42 PM |

Perspectives like this are what makes the off season so great for us long-suffering Skins' fans. Then, training camp starts...

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes, by all means take the day off and when you come back how about getting things right?

Posted by: skinsfaninwa | March 1, 2009 3:34 PM |
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You have to understand how things work up here.

When Snyder doesn't get results or makes a poor decision, he gets ripped for eternity (and I'm not saying he doesn't deserve it).

However.

When the beat reporter aka fat bag of pus, perpetually gets the story wrong, or gets the story late, or has no sources, well, that's OK; he's "just doing his job."

I for one would prefer the Post pay JLC to stay home, eat corn chips, masturbate and watch reality TV.

Let someone else write the blog.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 1, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I for one would prefer the Post pay JLC to stay home, eat corn chips, masturbate and watch reality TV.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 1, 2009 3:47 PM |

Is this a real job description? Are they hiring right now?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Rogers and Campbell are both up next year, right?
And if no CBA is in place, they are RFAs?

Posted by: daggar | March 1, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

"to stay home, eat corn chips, masturbate and watch reality TV."


wow if you got paid for this i'd be warren buffet!

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

how about trading down, getting more picks and get an O-lineman and a couple LB's. I think LB is a weak link on the team. Fletch is ok, but getting old.

Posted by: lsskinsfan | March 1, 2009 1:30 PM

Mike, We're not trading down. What we're going to do is trade next year`s first for a second this year. Probably with NE. So, we can take a LB in the second.

Posted by: talent_evaluator ***

I'm fine with that approach too. I actually prefer picking PROVEn young FA's than drafting college kids that MAY turn out.

Posted by: lsskinsfan | March 1, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

watching diners drive ins and dives marathon...does this guy not have the best job in america!

regional food rulz
corporate eateries drool

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Throw in a good draft and the hopeful improvement of the team's youngsters, and this team is easily playoff-caliber and a contender for the NFC.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 3:42 PM |

Perspectives like this are what makes the off season so great for us long-suffering Skins' fans. Then, training camp starts...

Posted by: talent_evaluator

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Of course it is.

I'm guessing this is exactly what the anti-free agency crowd is banking on. After all, you can't get better by drafting poorly, not improving your current players, AND not adding anybody from outside the organization.

That is unless the anti-free agency crowd is praying for awful seasons from year-to-year. Given the tone of a large chunks of posts up here, that wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Rogers and Campbell are both up next year, right?
And if no CBA is in place, they are RFAs?

Posted by: daggar

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Campbell is. Rogers has an extra year on his deal.

And if no CBA is in place, then Campbell becomes a RFA.

Posted by: psps23 | March 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

In honor of the late Paul Harvey, Zeke humbly brings you -- The Rest of the Story

Its 2009 and Vincent Cerrato is sitting in his office. He knows his mama loves him. But he also knows she loves him more when he has a job. Cerrato knows that the friendship with the little guy down the hall, however platonic, only gets him so far.

Down the hall, Daniel Snyder is thinking abut 6 Flags. Not the stock, but the 6 Flags, each with a names on it, that are in front of him.

Flag 1 says Holmgren. Flag 2, Gruden. The other flags are Shanahan, Cowher, Dungy. The last flag gnaws at Snyder the most, Jimmy Johnson. At least it didn't say Parcells.

'Its all a matter of time', thinks the impatient Snyder. 2009, maybe. But for certain, come 2010, one of those guys would be flying on his flagpole

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

watching diners drive ins and dives marathon...does this guy not have the best job in america!

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:54 PM

Great job (although the other one described above might be better) but the show is unwatchable because of that pud-head who has the job. How did he ever get work on television?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one SICK of the negativity at the Post? That is the easy way out.

Posted by: GloverPark1 | March 1, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Yes you are, because you are probably paid by Snyder and Cerrato to troll this board. Get lost loser

Posted by: cstanton1 | March 1, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

The FO is upgrading the team. Snyder wants to win, and I'm damn happy with that.

The local reporters are reporting with skepticism, because the FO has a 10 year history of spending big money on big name players and geting mediocrity.

Both the FO and the beat reporters are doing their jobs well. I'm happy the FO is going after available talent, and I'm happy the beat reporters are holding them accountable for past mistakes even if it sounds like Skins bashing. Anyone watching the Skins over tha past decade has a right to be jaded. And hopeful.

Posted by: Alan4 | March 1, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the new patron saint of RI skins fns:

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

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 3:32 PM

This Giant fan trumps that dude.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-6Tn0Ie-AQ

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | March 1, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

All we need now is have Colt Brennan start at QB this year after picking up a monster OLT in the draft. Move our OLT to ORT and draft a power RB and we will be in the super bowl!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | March 1, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"Great job (although the other one described above might be better) but the show is unwatchable because of that pud-head who has the job. How did he ever get work on television?"

He won a contest on food network....he is annoying but I can look past it for look ins on all the great eateries!

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Alan4, I couldn't agree more. Very well put.

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Wooohooo!!!!! No more JLC crud. And I don;t think reid was negative here, seems to me to be skeptical, but not negative. thats a good way to be. And I have no problems with JLC's negativity, I just hate the fact that he sucks so bad and either doesn't get the story, or gets it wrong.

Posted by: kdjsgreen | March 1, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

2010 is going to be uncapped.

This is good for us.

The only way we will ever win anything with Cerrato as GM, is to buy every decent free agent there is. He has proven he can not draft.

Thus, the free agent signings are good moves. We should continue...

Chris Canty & DJ Hackett should be next on our list.

Posted by: Skin1 | March 1, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

omg posse THANK YOU...that giants video was amazing! insta-classic!

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

I for one would prefer the Post pay JLC to stay home, eat corn chips, masturbate and watch reality TV.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | March 1, 2009 3:47 PM |

I am going to do this without pay.

Posted by: TDawg1 | March 1, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I think that the signing of Haynesworth makes less sense if you don't understand that the Skins defense was pretty overated last year. Because everyone focuses on a simple yards per game as a barometer of defense you miss the fact that the Skins defense was not particularly dominant - even though they finished "4th." A few meaningless plays at the end of halves or after the game is over would flip the rankings. For example, Indianapolis finished 11th in yardage allowed by giving up only 354 more yards over the course of 16 games than the Skins. That isn't that significant.

How many yards you give up is also influenced by many things like how many possessions the other team had. The Skins didn't turn the ball over a lot AND they had a lot of longer drives that didn't yield points or at least tds. This means fewer possessions for the opponents - fewer plays to gain yards. The Skins punting was HORRIBLE so opposing teams had to go fewer yards to score. The Skins didn't score lots of points and rarely had the other team down a bunch which would cause the opponent to try longer plays to catch up. Most games were close so the Skins didn't give up a ton of yards in prevent defenses. These things all keep the opponents yards down. But it doesn't necessarily mean you have a great defense.

Winning defenses do things the Skins defense was BAD at: stopping teams on third down in key situations, causing turnovers (many of which are cause by pressuring the QB), giving good field position to your offense, AND getting the defensive stops at the end of close games. Look back and you'll see TOO many games where the Skins were only a score down and the other team was able to dominate time of possession in the 4th quarter or end of the game, preventing the Skins from having a realistic chance to win.

If the Skins had a high scoring offense, then this type of defense would be much more effective. But the Skins offense wasn't very effective. Now for the Skins to dramatically improve they will still have to continue to add olinemen, but a defense with players like Haynesworth and Hall can be much better than last year's - even if it gives up more yards.

Posted by: thinker11 | March 1, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Vinny Cerrato is smart. Like when he said Fat Albert, Hall, and Dock turned down bigger offers to come play for the Skins.

Must be the chance to work for Vinny that lured them in, right?

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | March 1, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

omg posse THANK YOU...that giants video was amazing! insta-classic!

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse


DITTO-- hilarious! I love the dude keeping it real at the end.

Posted by: TDawg1 | March 1, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

continuing with the rest of the story...

Cerrato knows its his last chance, as he can see Snyder's flagging ambitions. Cerrato can see it in his mind, He's in Vegas. Being the savvy guy he is, Cerrato knows the score, and its not looking good for him. Losing at racquetball and perhaps some flagpole sitting has gotten him pretty far. But Cerrato knows Snyder's eye is starting to wander, with all those big, hunky names out there, waiting to check out Danny's big, thick wallet.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Washington post sports writers are a disgrace. I have never seen as incompetent a bunch with so much animosity towards the home team.

Wilbon, La Canfora, Reid, Jenkins and Wise all suck . They are perennial losers who cannot get any other job

I only like Boswell since he has brains and likes the Redskins.

It is time for Washington Post to get rid of its backstabbing, anti Redskins writers.

I ask all the fans to start calling the Post and write letters to the Post asking it to get rid of these losers

Posted by: peaceful2008 | March 1, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

and now ... the rest of the story

Vegas, where you can put it all on the line. Cerrato's money is dwindling, but he's still at the blackjack table. The equation is pretty simple. He can walk away with what he's got, but it won't be enough to pay the bills or have his mama love him more. Its his job on the line and its win big, or go home.

So Vinny puts all his chips in and then borrows more. He's all in and then some.

The cards are dealt. Vinny collects a 7 and a 9. 16. The dealer has two cards, face down. He flips one over, its a face card. Dealer checks for blackjack. NO. Vinny's still in the game.

Hit or stay? Vinny knows the odds aren't great, but he's got no choice. Yeah, the odds are against him, but staying pat and hoping just isn't his style -- and if he loses, its over anyway. The risk/reward equation may not be great, but for Vinny, the greater risk is to to nothing and seal his own fate. Its all about Vinny right now.

Vinny pulls his cards towards, gently glancing the felt. Hit. The dealer takes the top card off the deck.

Its ... well ... come back in January 2010 ... for the rest of story

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

That video may be the funniest thing I have ever seen.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 1, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

That blubbering jersey lardo....OMG that is unbelievable. And the chick telling him she has the tats and SHE is not crying..... hahahahahaha. That caca is funny.


ps Ummmm, i don't like corn chips. Will Utz regular be ok???

pps If i was plax, I would keep packin' and watch out for when tubby goes postal and figures out who is to blame, LOL

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 1, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Rule 1. Danny will be cursed with failure, year after year. The result of a dark bargain he made to become a billionaire. (Devil: "Daniel, you shall have riches beyond imagining, but never grasp the prize you want the most." Young Snyder: "I don't care, I don't care. Give me the paper, I'll sign. Look, here's my blood.")

Rule 2. Vinny is a pathetic sycophant who trashes those below him and sucks up to those above him. He's smart enough to mimic GMs with talent, especially to amateur eyes.

Rule 3. The Redskins are a gigantic cash machine masquerading as a football team.

Rule 4. Being a Skins fan during this era is like an endless march on a trail of tears, with the promised land ever just glimpsed around the bend.

Rule 6. Intelligent independent observers understand all this.

Rule 7. Realizing all this makes being a fan so horrible that most fans will resist Rules 1-6, leading to Rule 8.

Rule 8. This year might be different!

Posted by: farstriker | March 1, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

There is no . . . Rule 5!

Posted by: farstriker | March 1, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

ok posse ha me falling down the youtube rabbit hole.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T6FHzmf69I&feature=related

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

My fave YouTube vid of the moment (wrestling fans must click): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laiZgrIpbcA

Posted by: TDawg1 | March 1, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to top all of you guys, this is the best wrestling video ever. Macho Man takes on a reporter!!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu_moia-oVI

Posted by: isnadd | March 1, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

farstriker,

Sorry to take the wind out of your farts, but none of those are rules. They are just statements. Also, they are not very good statements.

Thanks for shopping at Nad Mart.

Posted by: isnadd | March 1, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I've been Rick Rolled. It's been a while.

Posted by: TDawg1 | March 1, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

so lame... a rick roll....?

Posted by: chrislarry | March 1, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I say we get Eddie Royal, so we can talk about Royal Albert Hall

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 1, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

If the Skins had a high scoring offense, then this type of defense would be much more effective. But the Skins offense wasn't very effective. Now for the Skins to dramatically improve they will still have to continue to add olinemen, but a defense with players like Haynesworth and Hall can be much better than last year's - even if it gives up more yards.

Posted by: thinker11 | March 1, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Well-thought out blog, thinker. Yes, Skins D was rated 4th overall, but it really can improve dramatically. When you compare it to the #1 & 2 D's, there is a substantial difference. I'm not putting down our D, just saying we can't be complacent. And we can't just concentrate on O either. AH will make us a substantially better D. And that will help our O. Will it mean a better record? Who knows? We are up against some tough teams who are also planning to get better. The biggest weakness I saw last year on D was that we couldn't get any push up the middle. I think that weakness has been solved.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 1, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Jason spends 10 hrs a day with sources???? is that why is consistently scooped on every single story, and never has any insider info!

Posted by: drewkinnear | March 1, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

There is no . . . Rule 5!

Posted by: farstriker | March 1, 2009 4:26 PM


Yet another difference between baseball and football.

Posted by: hokiesmokie | March 1, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Marvin Harrison is in for a visit.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29455868/

Posted by: filmchis | March 1, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Canty is now with the Giants. It's even more imperative that the skins continue to build on the OL.

Posted by: TWISI | March 1, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Canty is now with the Giants. It's even more imperative that the skins continue to build on the OL.
Posted by: TWISI
-----------------------------


With them as in:
a. he signed a contract?
b. is visiting currently?
c. having sexual relations?

Posted by: isnadd | March 1, 2009 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Former Cowboys defensive end Chris Canty is staying in the division.

But not with the Redskins, who cut the cord immediately after dragging into the boat a $100 million whale.

Instead, Canty is a member of the New York Giants, according to Adam Schefter of NFL Network.

Canty has agreed to a six-year, $42 million deal, with $17.25 million in guaranteed money.

He presumably will play defensive tackle in New York, given the presence of defensive ends Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, and Osi Umenyiora. Not long ago, coach Tom Coughlin said that Kiwanuka will remain at defensive end in 2009 -- he shifted from linebacker after Umenyiora landed on injured reserve in August.

Posted by: TWISI | March 1, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

$6 million for 42 years, or vice-versa.

Posted by: SMACK1 | March 1, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Giants get a DT, DE, and LB for less than we spend for one DT.

Once again, I think the Giants were smarter in free agency than the Skins. This big plash, 'all your eggs in one basket' approach just never seems to work out well.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Great. So now giants sign two DTs at a fraction of the price and risk of AH: rocky bernard & chris canty.

Posted by: redskincow | March 1, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

But none of those signings have the potential impact of AH.

Posted by: redskincow | March 1, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Jason spends 10 hrs a day with sources????

Posted by: drewkinnear

The intern, the receptionist, the security guard and the janitor. The janitor gives him all the falsified planning documents that have conveniently landed in the waste basket.

Posted by: AntonChigurh | March 1, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Reid, in economic times like these we don't need to always hear from you leeches who make their living off the backs of these athletes rooting against them. Can we write something positive sometimes?

Posted by: heraldv | March 1, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

So let's see:

1. If the Skins kept Springs and Washington and they got injured, as usual, the writers would have said that Skins were stupid in resigning these guys.

2. If the Skins had not signed AH and the Eagles/Boys got him, the writers would have said Skins were stupid not to go after the Defensive MVP and a game changer. And the money he got was what he was going to get anyway. This was not like the Nationals overspending on that one guy.

Luckily we have an owner willing to spend his OWN money to keep the Skins competitively.

And Wilbon indicated yesterday that AH could be a bust by referencing Stubby. In one sentence he said that Stubby was NFL MVP and next paragraph indicated the Skins were the only team not to know that Young was the reason for Stubby. So how did Stubby get to be MVP? Were only the Skins voting that year????

Posted by: fearturtle44 | March 1, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

what is wrong with you folks? who would rather have two buicks or one bentley? Too many of you think small, probably live that way too.

Posted by: heraldv | March 1, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

GueSS what Reid? You and your "boy" (please with the slang) are not living up to your wages.

Posted by: heraldv | March 1, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow what a clown! Why is it always a problem when the Redskins do this. If the Cowboys, Eagles, or Giants signed Haynesworth it would be the biggest coup ever. Enough looking at the contract, the numbers are never what is actually paid out. All the experts keep talking about "Salary Cap" and no money for the future. Didn't they say this when the 'Skins signed Smith, Deion, Stubblefield? It hasn't really effected what they do now. Those guys were past their prime, and did't work out. Why not take a chance on the best DT in football, in his prime, at an area of need?

Posted by: kdowney3 | March 1, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

If America had stayed on the "right" side of history this past November, we would not have the first African-American President. Let's create some new positive history in this town. Maybe we need some new young writers at the post. You two will be the cause of the "Post" going the way of the Rocky Mountain News.

Posted by: heraldv | March 1, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Why is it always a problem when the Redskins do this.

Posted by: kdowney3 | March 1, 2009 6:44 PM |

Because it has never turned out well.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we need some new young writers at the post. You two will be the cause of the "Post" going the way of the Rocky Mountain News.

Posted by: heraldv | March 1, 2009 6:54 PM

Good point. Lets vote the bums out of office!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 1, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hokiesmokie | March 1, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It is always a risk tying up a large chunk of your available resources into one person. A part of me thinks the better move would have been to sign 2-3 players instead of AH. However, it also occured to me when was the last time the Redskins had a player on defense or offense that teams had to game plan for? Especially in the last couple of years there wasn't one player that other teams feared.

Posted by: lifelongfan | March 1, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

It is always a risk tying up a large chunk of your available resources into one person. A part of me thinks the better move would have been to sign 2-3 players instead of AH. However, it also occured to me when was the last time the Redskins had a player on defense or offense that teams had to game plan for? Especially in the last couple of years there wasn't one player that other teams feared.

Posted by: lifelongfan | March 1, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

That's right. I understand your concerns about injuries. They are part of the game.

But remember also that we can only put 11 on the field at a time. So you want to have the best athletes whenever possible.

So 2 or 3 extra bodies are great when one gets hurt. But having a stud to stuff the run and punch a hole in the pocket will be a big plus.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 1, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Is he an upgrade at tackle? yes.
Is he the best tackle in football? Yes.
Is he worth the $$? Probably, that seems to be his market value.

Is he worth the $$ TO THE REDSKINS? Here, I say no.

I have said all along that I don't think he will improve the defense enough to warrant the money. A number 4 ranked defense does not need to spend $100 mill (or $50 over 4 years) on one player to stay competitive. He's definitely an upgrade and will definitely improve things, but I don't think it is an improvement worth $50mill (or $100mill).

...that having been said, I am looking forward to watching this D play!

Posted by: p1funk | March 1, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

beep beep.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 1, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

why don't you guys go read the washington times? That's a good paper. Great web site, and boy, oh boy, they love, I mean, love the home team. In fact, it's as if they don't even bother to consider the history of success of Danny and Vinny.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | March 1, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

JReid-
I really like the way you write. You have a straightforward and economical style. The blog is not "about you" and your coverage of the team shows hard work.
Great work!

Posted by: rwdodd | March 1, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

"If nothing else, the Redskins are making big news again. And, from what I hear, that's just the way Snyder likes things to be around these parts."

Right, because the little idiot is eaten up by envy over all the attention paid to the really successful owner in these parts, Ted Leonsis, who has made the Capitals the franchise to envy by his enlightened management of the team that has put a real winner on the ice, unlike the sorry collection of has beens and misfits that Snyder offers his long suffering customers.

Eat your heart out, Danny boy.

Posted by: piovino1 | March 1, 2009 9:59 PM | Report abuse

And for all you Kool Aid drinkers and Snyder agents who post on this site, OK. Let's just see how this all plays out. The record will be there for all to see after the 09 season, just as it was after 08.

Maybe, for once, after all these years, the great wisdom of Snyder and his puppet Cerrato will be vindicated. Just don't bet the mortgage on it.

Posted by: piovino1 | March 1, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Skins are winning the super bowl next year. You heard it here first.

Posted by: mike761 | March 1, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

F a t A l b e r t is O V E R P A I D

So much for teamwork and developing draft picks. Pass the doughnuts. Anyone wanna carpool to Baltimore from Asburn area?

Posted by: jercha | March 2, 2009 12:06 AM | Report abuse

until the Danny's approach to FA and roster overhauling proves effective I don't know how anyone can be optimistic. In ten years this approach has not worked as other needs have been overlooked with high priced FAs filling only certain roles. I know that this class of FAs has a lot of talent, but you can't help but be pessimistic considering the body of work with the Skins.

Posted by: dadanimal | March 2, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

I'm just a humble beat guy, so it's not my place to dare take this space in the direction Mr. La Canfora would. I can, however, put on my reporter hat and attempt to ask probing questions of the Redskins' brain trust.

And *then* I'll take the hat off and make a comparison to Kevin Brown from straight outta left field (Sean Gilbert and the Panthers seems a better parallel, as an example).

Posted by: WorstSeat | March 2, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Who is going to be the QB? My guess is that JC will have a decent year...not great and another team will pick him off. Typical. Dan makes a big news splash in FA and the heart of the team get's disregarded. Until Dan Snyder sells his pitiful team, and as a true Redskin fan, I have to smile...in disgust.

Posted by: wspasp | March 2, 2009 8:49 AM | Report abuse

The Rooney's are laughing at Dan Snyder and his idiot sidekick Carrato. The Rooney's are so thankful that people like Snyder own teams and attempt to compete.

What a hoot!

Posted by: wspasp | March 2, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

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