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Shaun Suisham Signs His Tender

The kicker has signed his offer sheet and is under contract for 2009, the Redskins announced. Anthony Montgomery and Kedric Golston will do the same at some point shortly as well. It's basically a formality at this point.
All were restricted free agents.

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 16, 2009; 4:19 PM ET
 
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Order the champagne!!! Make way for Super Bowl #4

Posted by: TheCork | March 16, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Swing and a miss

Posted by: alex35332 | March 16, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I struck too soon. Glad to see Monty and Golston are about to ink.

Posted by: TheCork | March 16, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Order the champagne!!! Make way for Super Bowl #4
Posted by: TheCork | March 16, 2009 4:24 PM

Perhaps, but with our kicker you might not want to invest in anything more expensive than some $3.99 Andre.

Posted by: will_ga | March 16, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Golston is a guy that earned a major bump. Suisham ... he'll get replaced at some point, the leash is very short. Monty, not sure where he fits, except maybe on teams. Albert and Griff are the DT starters, while Golston will get lots of PT, then Alexander.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I just noticed the blog links on the left hand side.

There is one big one noticebly missing....

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 16, 2009 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I do not care for this Shaun Suisham as our kicker.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 16, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

did he sign it with a mask on? as the worst kicker in the league he's stealing his salary....

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 16, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

What's missing?

Posted by: will_ga | March 16, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Suisham signs his tender ... his tender what?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | March 16, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Golston is a guy that earned a major bump. Suisham ... he'll get replaced at some point, the leash is very short. Monty, not sure where he fits, except maybe on teams. Albert and Griff are the DT starters, while Golston will get lots of PT, then Alexander.
Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009 4:34 PM"

Yes on Golston! Monty is a bad@$$. Monty is another bad@$$! He's five lbs lighter than Haynesworth and he has shown some promise on the DLine. I am stoked about our D Tackle rotation. Alexander looks to be the guy the scraps the bottom for playing time.

Posted by: matthewvickers | March 16, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

3 rules I'd like to see change:

Safety -- the team has to kick from its goal line instead of the 20. A safety loses 2 points, but gets back to 25 yards of field position. As hard as it is to get a safety, seems like it shouldn't require the team to give up so much field position.

Suspensions for illegal things that injure players. The suspension should take place in games against the team and/or player, not whichever games happen to come next. This crosses lines in all sports. The Todd Bertuzzi incident is one that comes to mind. Bertuzzi suspension should have ALL been against Colorado.

Salary cap calculation for long term vets. After a player has been with a team for 8 or more years, his salary counts less against the cap by 5% per year. So if a guy has been with the same team for 10 years, only 90% of his salary counts against the cap.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes on Golston! Monty is a bad@$$. Monty is another bad@$$! He's five lbs lighter than Haynesworth and he has shown some promise on the DLine. I am stoked about our D Tackle rotation. Alexander looks to be the guy the scraps the bottom for playing time.

Posted by: matthewvickers | March 16, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't Alexander drafted as a Guard?

Why not move him back as a potential backup?

Posted by: Devo2 | March 16, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Suisham-Schmeezhum -- puhleeze! He's the model of inconsistency. Why wouldn't the Skins pursue ex-Raven Matt Stover?!

Posted by: HogDiesel44 | March 16, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I know he doesn't have a ton of leg left, but I'd take Matt Stover, recently cut, over Suisham any day.

Posted by: Hammertime44 | March 16, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I guess to an extent I agree, but to at some point doesn't it become tiresome to keep making excuses for, he's been in the league for 4 years now, Chad Pennington switched systems in training camp and went to the playoffs, Flacco, Ryan, and if you go to previous years the list goes on and on and on of guys who go into new systems and have immediate success,, do they also improve over time by staying in the same system? Sure, but they still have success right away. JC was a 3 year vet, now 4 year vet, at some point we have to quit making excuses, its the system, its the receivers, its the oline, its blah blah blah and say you know what, he's OK and the best option we have on our roster at this point, but he's not THAT good either.

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 16, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

JC is a 4 year vet...with a different offensive coordinator/scheme every year. I don't buy into the Pennington/Flacco comparisons. Flacco made it to the playoffs on the back of the Ravens D. He did a great job not choking and throwing some timely deep balls. Pennington is a marginal NFL QB who seemed to find a nice situation in Miami in a gimmicky Wildcat offense. Matt Ryan does look like the kind of QB who can just step in and light it up in the mold of a Brady, Manning or Kurt Warner.

JC is clearly NOT the kind of QB who can just step in and light it up, but that does not mean he can't be a really good NFL QB and lead this team deep into the playoffs. Guys like Drew Brees, Steve McNair and Eli Manning had a bunch of very pedestrian years in the NFL until things finally came together for them. Even Jay Culter was considered "raw talent" until this past year when he put up some big numbers.

If we were running the same offense for the last 3 years, then I'd have to agree with you that we are "making excuses" for JC. But almost all the talking-head QBs that I hear as analysts these days say the same thing - that QBs need a couple years to develop in a system.

Posted by: p1funk | March 16, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dadanimal | March 16, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Alexander is a versatile player who will mostly earn playing time on special teams. He could also be a backup offensive guard.

I wonder if he has the skills to backup at center? However, I doubt he will see much time in the DT rotation -- with Griffin, Haynesworth, Golston, and Montgomery in front of him.

Posted by: siris | March 16, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Team goes four deep at DT without Monty in the mix...

Wonder if he could be tried at LDE...

Not a pass rusher, certainly, but he could tie up an OT and keep him off Haynesworth, perhaps hold the edge against the run.

It's not like the 'skins are DEEP at Left end...

Posted by: TheCork | March 16, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I hope Suishy's tender was $8/hour.

If it was anything more, then shame on the FO for wasting $$.

Posted by: p1funk | March 16, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest1

You really lost me on the safety thing? What do you mean you lose 25 yards? The team that scored the safety gets the ball. Plz explain as I said you lost me

Posted by: cnewso01 | March 16, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

"Team goes four deep at DT without Monty in the mix...

Wonder if he could be tried at LDE...

Not a pass rusher, certainly, but he could tie up an OT and keep him off Haynesworth, perhaps hold the edge against the run."

Montgomery is one of the better athletes on the DL. He may be used at DE just like Haynesworth. He was projected to have the potential to be a great pass rusher. Just hasn't developed yet. From the team perspective stopping the run came first.

This may be one prime example of why Zorn said, "Haynesworth will make everyone better". It is possible that he could make Montgomery into an all-pro. He has the most upside that could be realized.

Golston already has a "high motor". They don't seem to feel there will be much in the way of further development there.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

No to Jeff Geor ... err Jay Cutler.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Suisham is on a short leash!

Personally, I would have replaced both the Special teams coach (Danny Smith) and Suisham after last year's showing...

He was one of the worst place kickers in the league last year, inconsistent kicking over 40 yds, and his kick offs were often short. Special team blocking may have adversely effected his stats, however there clearly were better players available in free agency.

Posted by: siris | March 16, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest1

You really lost me on the safety thing? What do you mean you lose 25 yards? The team that scored the safety gets the ball. Plz explain as I said you lost me

Posted by: cnewso01

Say a team has to punt from its 1 yard line ... close to a safety, but not quite. You'd expect maybe a 40 yard net on the punt (not counting a high risk of a block resulting in a TD.

Say the team, instead of getting the ball to the 1 yard line, gets a safety. They punt from the 20, with no chance of a block. The result is usually a return that gets to about the 35.

The difference is a team starting at their own 35 compared to the other 40. Which means the team got 2 points for the safety, but give up roughly 25 yards in field position.

Say its 3rd down and you've wrapped up an RB in the end zone. Do you let him get to the 1 and force the punt or tackle him in the end zone? Its actually not an obvious choice ... and it should be.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

If we were running the same offense for the last 3 years, then I'd have to agree with you that we are "making excuses" for JC. But almost all the talking-head QBs that I hear as analysts these days say the same thing - that QBs need a couple years to develop in a system.

Posted by: p1funk | March 16, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me for expecting an NFL QB to be able to average a TD a game.....I don't care what the system is and how long they've been in it, I don't care if you're drawing the plays in the dirt when you have weapons like cooley, moss, and CP you should be able to throw at least 1 TD a game....

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 16, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I agree, I would not have brought back Suisham or D. Smith, think they both suck, our Specials are always a problem, besides maybe Cartwright.

I wonder why there has been no mention of Alexander going back to OL, wasnt he an OL when we drafted him?

Any news anywhere on what is up with this kid from the Browns - Shaffer????

Posted by: mhartz1 | March 16, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me ....

Posted by: zjfr2

Sure

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

My sleeper pick for Redskins if Oher and A. Smith are both off the board at 13:

Attempt a trade back and grab Alex Mack C/G from Cal.

I think Heyer can start at RT with Jansen as backup, and Heyer can go to LT and Jansen start if Samuels goes down. We can go T next year or take a flyer in later rounds.

Mack is intelligent, hard working, squared away (ie no issues or redflags off field)can b/u the 3 middle line spots, possibly replace Thomas at guard (RT is coming off NECK surgery), and become center in waiting behind Rabach.

I think Curry and Orakpo will both be gone, Maualuga(sp?) we don't need, Cushing is a product of his team and "supplements", and Maybin is a tweener and one year wonder(Devin Thomas anyone?).

We can grab Mack, hopefully add a second or definitely a third, and get DE and LB in rounds 2? and 3+.

Cutler?? F That. JC will kick ass this year given time and health of Kelly and maturation of D. Thomas.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | March 16, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Think we're interested in any of the FA wide receivers out there....

Cause Torry Holt... or even Matt Jones stoned out of his mind would be better than playing another season with Thrash and ARE as our 2nd and 3rd.

Posted by: mac2j | March 16, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Peppers getting traded to NE for a 2nd rounder.....

Posted by: drkeller1 | March 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Forgive me for expecting an NFL QB to be able to average a TD a game.....I don't care what the system is and how long they've been in it, I don't care if you're drawing the plays in the dirt when you have weapons like cooley, moss, and CP you should be able to throw at least 1 TD a game....

Posted by: zjfr2 | March 16, 2009 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Ben Roethlisberger won a Super Bowl and only threw 17 TDs in the reg. season...so don't be too down!

Four more TDs and JC is primed to win the big one!!

Posted by: p1funk | March 16, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

The Skins will need some stopgap players in the next couple years. I'm OK with looking at guys like Derrick Brooks and Tory Holt.

But I'm not sure how much cap room there really is and it will be a major challenge to sign RT, OLB, DE and depth (LB and OL) because we have pretty serious holes at those spots.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

"Peppers getting traded to NE for a 2nd rounder.....

Posted by: drkeller1 | March 16, 2009"


That's almost a 1st rounder its #34.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

With the deadcap mostly removed they could have more active in FreeAgency and signed Haynesworth. The problem is that they have too much guaranteed money allocated to bonuses.

So, you have a Clinton Portis due 17 million should they decide to release him after next year.

They have real issues managing the cap because of Snidely.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"But I'm not sure how much cap room there really is and it will be a major challenge to sign RT, OLB, DE and depth (LB and OL) because we have pretty serious holes at those spots.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009"

At this point Offensive Tackle and SAM linebacker are their greatest need as far as instant starters.

That's why the mock's go back and forth between Andre Smith, Oher, and Maybin (Orakhop will be gone as should most of the rest of the OT's).

Depth with only 3 choices after they ostensibly pick a starter? They almost have to trade down to get more picks. Then they will have to again play games with the salary gap to fit in the signing bonuses.

My guess would be a linebacker in the 3rd round. After that the best athlete available.

Or, for LB depth it will have to be one of Jackson and Wilson? Or resigning Washington?

You can see how it almost feels as if they have put themselves in a bind where they have to trade for more picks and pray they are good enough to fill those gaps.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

"Swing and a miss"

You mean wide right. ;)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | March 16, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

The answer to the cap room question is: not much. The reason you build through the draft is to get younger players on the cheap, then let them go via free agency when they get older (and more injury-prone). That way, you have cap flexibility to make moves like NE... getting a freaking monster to play OLB in their 3-4. I know the skins didn't have a real shot at the guy b/c he wanted to be in a 3-4, and they don't even have a 2nd rounder after last year's JT fiasco, but it's getting old. The only way I'm going to take this team seriously is if they get a tackle at 13 and a SAM/DE in the 3rd. Otherwise... I'm going to have to look for a well-run team to follow (especially if these jokers start trading 2010 picks; the Eagles got to the NFC championship game and they have like 12 picks this year... tell me, does it seem like they have a handle on how to run a winning team in the 21st century?).

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"wide right" makes it sound like it had the distance... I seem to remember SwissHam booting some dead-on kicks from normally hittable distances (under 50) that died a few yards shy of the crossbar. Just awful.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 16, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

It does not matter how many picks we have because we do not have a GM to make the picks.

Posted by: skinsflorida | March 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

matt jones anyone?

Posted by: follybeach | March 16, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

matt jones anyone?

Posted by: follybeach | March 16, 2009 6:21 PM

Redskins don't have enough cap room to sign a RT, Willis from Seattle, who they need. So why go for an idiot WR that they don't need?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 16, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

The Fred Davis pick last year seems to be a failure already. But I actually did an econometrics project regarding the strongest predictor of making the pro bowl. For qbs, rbs and te's it's stats (catches, yards, rating, ect). For wr's... it was experience. Nobody, outside of randy moss and (boldin/fitzgerald, can't remember which) made the pro bowl outside of their first 2 years. While Avery, Royal and Jackson were all players last year, there's no guarantee any of them are pro bowlers. There's still a chance that Thomas/Kelly show up and become players. Look at Roddy White - he was a 1st round pick, considered a bust after his first 2 years: now he's a stud. Look at Steve Smith: did nothing his first year, 54 catches his second year. Brandon Marshall had 20 catches his first year (didn't Thomas have 15 this year?). Wes Welker had 29 catches in his first two years. Reggie Wayne didn't tear it up until his 3rd year. For every Moss, Boldin or Fitzgerald, there are way more guys like this. It's going to take 2 MORE years to judge last year's draft. However, this only goes for WR's... it looks like Rinehart is going to suck.

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 6:33 PM | Report abuse

"The Fred Davis pick last year seems to be a failure already. But I actually did an econometrics project regarding the strongest predictor of making the pro bowl."

A better study would be a project regarding the strongest predictor for making the Conference Championship and the Superbowl.

Even last place teams can have players make the pro bowl.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Renaldo Wynn is returning to the Skins.....this was just announced on CSN.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 16, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The Fred Davis pick last year seems to be a failure already.... It's going to take 2 MORE years to judge last year's draft.

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 6:33 PM

These two sentences are contradictory.

And if you studied wr's, te's, qb's, and rb's, then how do you get to your bold conclusion that Rinehart is going to suck? He doesn't play those positions. What stats did you use?

Did you pass this econometrics course?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 16, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

I find that underwhelming, Lisa... wish I were more excited, but I never felt like Renaldo took care of business while he was with us. And now he's two years older, having underwhelmed with two other teams... ah, well.

What do you think, Lisa?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 16, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

"The only way I'm going to take this team seriously is if they get a tackle at 13 and a SAM/DE in the 3rd."

Best guess is, that Snidely has had his fantasy football fix in free agency. So, I suspect it will be Andre Smith T, if he is still there, and then Clay Mathews in the 3rd if he is still there.

Smith has the potential to be a great left tackle, right tackle, guard. Even with the weight issues.

Mathews comes in to hopefully start at linebacker. He isn't the fastest guy and that's a problem. And they do have Wilson and Jackson.

If its between Oher and Maybin I suspect they take Maybin.

The later rounds will be harder to predict. I expect them to pick between OG/C, LB/DE, cornerback, and kicker.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

"I find that underwhelming, Lisa... wish I were more excited, but I never felt like Renaldo took care of business while he was with us. And now he's two years older, having underwhelmed with two other teams... ah, well.

What do you think, Lisa?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 16, 2009"

Like signing an undrafted free agent. Cheap and now easy to cut if someone better comes in from the draft, free agency, or the waiver wire.

This will not be the case with Daniels and Washington who do have value.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Nate, I'm fine with Renaldo returning - he will be cheap and play backup I'm pretty sure. And you will not find a better human being - he is a class act through and through - was always giving back to the community.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 16, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

"A better study would be a project regarding the strongest predictor for making the Conference Championship and the Superbowl. "

Winning teams have something called chemistry. If you come up w/a way to quantify it, let me know. I'd also like to know how to catch lightning in a bottle and sells it. As for Rinehart sucking, that's a guess. But there's no real way to quantify an O-Lineman (# of seconds they stay on their block? Pancake blocks? Sacks allowed... all kind of vague; it's nothing like tds, rating or picks... the best way to tell it playing time, and he got none, so I'll retract my earlier statement and say the jury is still out). As for Davis, that's instinct. My recommendation about waiting to judge on the 2008 draft was about Thomas and Kelly. I thought that was clear... but I could have been more explicit.

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Gotcha, peri and Lisa. Definitely love the guy as a person, even if he seems like 'just a guy' as a player at this point. But the price is right.

Who knows, maybe all these moves will work out and the Skins will make a push deep into the playoffs. Wouldn't that be a hoot? :)

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 16, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Do these tenders add to the cap? Or are they already in place?

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 16, 2009 7:04 PM | Report abuse

resigning wynn, at any price, is a complete joke.

Posted by: chrislarry | March 16, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

JT fiasco, but it's getting old. The only way I'm going to take this team seriously is if they get a tackle at 13 and a SAM/DE in the 3rd. Otherwise... I'm going to have to look for a well-run team to follow (especially if these jokers start trading 2010 picks; the Eagles got to the NFC championship game and they have like 12 picks this year... tell me, does it seem like they have a handle on how to run a winning team in the 21st century?).

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 6:12 PM |

By jacka$$, don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

The Eagles haven't won sh!t getting there is good, but they can't close the deal.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 16, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Do these tenders add to the cap? Or are they already in place?

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 16, 2009 7:04 PM |

The tenders were arlready added to the cap, they get added when the player is tendered.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 16, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

lisa

'...Renaldo Wynn is returning to the Skins....'


Returning to the Skins?

Where is he returning from: the saints, the jints, middle earth?

Renaldo Wynn...geeeeez!

I guess he too is apart of the team's youth movement.

Next, we'll hear Abe Simpson has been hired to work as a quality-control coach.

Posted by: MistaMoe | March 16, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep,

Where did this RW thing come from who said it.

Posted by: Flounder21 | March 16, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

"By jacka$$, don't let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya."

Ok. How about the Steelers. The Patriots? I know, the Giants. The Colts? They all trade draft picks for older, more expensive players. That's a proven strategy. Right? Hello? Is the sarcasm apparent enough for you, "player?" The Eagles have been to 5 nfc championship games in 8 years. I'd say they're closer than we are. At least it looks like they have a plan. I'm not saying we're not trying, but it's clear that winning teams do things that we don't do.

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"These two sentences are contradictory.

And if you studied wr's, te's, qb's, and rb's, then how do you get to your bold conclusion that Rinehart is going to suck? He doesn't play those positions. What stats did you use?

Did you pass this econometrics course?"

Right, b/c you ignored the part where I said that the the most interesting part of the study, and the part I was relating to the 2008 Skins draft, was about WR's. Experience (ie, the amount of time that they've been in the league) is the strongest correlation to individual success (as defined by making the pro bowl). Ad hominem attacks are uncalled for, especially when your completely out of context.

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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