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Skins Agree to Terms with Bridges (Updated)

The Redskins have agreed to terms on a deal with veteran offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges, Coach Jim Zorn said, and will sign him tonight, pending the results of a physical. Zorn also said that the team could sign either Kelly Washington or D.J. Hackett, veteran wide receivers who were brought in for tryouts.

Bridges has started in the past; his footwork was particularly impressive and the team hopes he could make a push at the unsettled starting right tackle spot. He has played for Philadelphia, Arizona and Carolina, where he had legal issues stemming from two arrests in less than two years.

By Jason La Canfora  |  May 3, 2009; 10:54 AM ET
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Posted by: John_Keats | May 3, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: edvar | May 3, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad they are trying to improve the O line, but signing a bunch of cast-offs and "maybe's" isn't the way to do it. It starts with a commitment to a draft strategy. Where the heck was this a week ago?

Posted by: edvar | May 3, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Cue Jasno hammering the Skins for signing a player with a questionable background.

Panthers' Jeremy Bridges Arrested On Eve Of NFC South Showdown
Posted Dec 08, 2008 1:50AM By Sportz Assassin (RSS feed)

Filed Under: Panthers, NFC South, NFL Police Blotter

Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Jeremy Bridges was arrested Sunday night for assault and battery and communicating threats.
The charges stemmed from an incident Saturday night involving Dom Perignon champagne and a bouncer at Villa Antonio Restaurant in Ballantyne, according to Bridges' attorney, George Laughrun, and the restaurant's manager.

Bridges turned himself in Sunday night and was expected to be released after posting $2,500 bond. Laughrun said he expected Bridges would plead not guilty.
Apparently, Bridges ordered a bottle of bubbly at the bar, shook it up and got some of the other customers wet. He was asked to leave, which he attempted to do. However, a female customer who received the champagne shower took issue with Bridges. He didn't like that -- not one bit.

So Bridges started yelling at the customer and pushed away a bouncer. Because he is a big man and was obviously angry, the police were called.

Bridges is a backup lineman who has started four games this season when Jeff Otah was injured. Last year, he was arrested for pointing a gun outside of a strip club just before training camp started. The team suspended him for the first two games of 2007.

The Panthers are aware of what happened on Sunday and are currently gathering information before they decide to act. Carolina hosts Tampa Bay tonight in a battle for first place in the NFC South. The Panthers have already lost once to the Buccaneers and cannot afford to give Tampa the tiebreaker

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | May 3, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

This is bulls#*t... we should totally sign Jeff Bridges, who played the unforgetable Jeffrey Lebowski, who also fingered me at a Halloween party a few years back

Posted by: noseman4681 | May 3, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

What is more questinable than his past is his ability. Can I get a weigh in for Mike Williams JLC.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 3, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

They can only weigh Mike Williams if they get him down to the feed and grain supply store.

Posted by: Gunga2009 | May 3, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows you build successful o-lines through the draft. Team speed is a factor. The older you are, the slower, thus you get beat more. Our running schemes should be fine though, if the starters remain healthy.

Posted by: j_belljr | May 3, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

"Everyone knows you build successful o-lines through the draft. "-Posted by: j_belljr | May 3, 2009 12:06 PM


1982 Line:
T-Donald Laster (r12 1982-WAS) [would be WAY undrafted today]
G-Russ Grimm (r3 WAS 1981)
C-Jeff Bostic-(Free Agent)
G-Joe Jacoby (UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT) in old high round draft, too...
T-George Starke (r11 WAS 1971) [would be WAY undrafted today]

2 Free Agents [1 UNDRAFTED]

1987 Line:
T-Mark May (r1 WAS-1981)
G-RC Thielemann (r2 ATL 1977---F/A to Redskins 1985)
[G-Joe Jacoby (UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT) in old high round draft, too...]
C-Jeff Bostic (Free Agent)
[C-Grimm Also played C] (r3 WAS 1981)
G-Russ Grimm (r3 WAS 1981)
T-Joe Jacoby (UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT) in old high round draft, too...

3 Free Agents [1 UNDRAFTED]

1991 Line:
T-Jim Lachey (r1 1985 San Diego---F/A 1988 LA Raiders)
G-Mark Schlereth (r10 WAS) [would be WAY undrafted today]
C-Raleigh McKenzie (r11 1985) [would be WAY undrafted today]
[C-Jeff Bostic-(Free Agent)]
G-G-Russ Grimm (r3 WAS 1981)
[G-Joe Jacoby (UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT) in old high round draft, too...]
T-Ed Simmons (r11 1987) [would be WAY undrafted today]

1 FULL TIME Free Agent, 1 Backup Free Agent]

[ ]=rotated at position, or started at times due to injuries.

So really looking at the three major iterations of the "hogs" which were the amongst the most dominant O-lines in NFL could say it was (and is) equally important to be aware of undrafted and street free agents as without such diligence on the parts of Mr. Bethard, Mr. Gibbs, and Mr. Casserly...these lines wouldn't have existed and would likely have been FAR less effective.

Unless you are seriously implying Mr. Bethard, Mr. Gibbs, and Mr. Casserly did NOT know how to build "successful" offensive lines...which I don't believe is the case.

now how 'bout we discuss a couple of high rated draftee o-linemen?

Mo Elewonibi,
Andre T. Johnson...

yeah...'nuff said there.

It's all in knowing what you have, what's available affordably, and what's good enough to make what you already have work better or longer.
It doesn't matter where you get the components.

Is the case of Twinkies you buy at the Giant any different from the case of Twinkies you buy at Costco? No, but the Costco ones are usually cheaper...get it?

Go Skins!

Posted by: ThinkingMan | May 3, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Bethard, Mr. Gibbs, and Mr. Casserly ain't walking through that door. In the case of Andre Johnson, He played DT @ Penn State and we drafted him to play G/OT w/ the 29th pick. He was really only highly rated on our board. Still mad about that pick.

Posted by: Diesel44 | May 3, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Building O-lines (and teams generally) through the draft today is quite different than yesteryear. With increased competition among television channels for TV rights, the amount of money paid out to teams has grown immensely. Improved marketing, sponsorships, stadium naming rights, luxury & corporate box seats etc., have increased revenue to such a degree that teams can afford to spend more on scouting. Add to this improved technology, easy transmission of video, dozens more TV stations that transmit games from all over the country, the rise of non-football team-affiliated scouting services, Internet draft gurus, etc., and much more is known about college players than in the early, circa 1981 First Hog Epoch. In the old days, you had a few poorly-paid scouts who lived out of a suitcase and traveled around the country taking notes on oversized yellow notepads. In those days, you could find a Joe Jacoby from a small school off the beaten path and turn him into an all-pro. While undrafted players still sometimes become stars, all paths are beaten now, to death, if anything, and it is MUCH HARDER to score a gem in the rough. One of Gibbs' biggest old school flaws coming back was his belief that you could fill the lines in the late rounds, free agency and with undrafted players. It appears to be the only lesson Snyder and Cerrato took from Gibbs, and it is killing this team. Good teams, the Giants, Patriots and Steelers, know the value of drafting muscle early. They also vet their draft picks better, unlike the Skins, who throw high picks on players such as Barnes (who may turn out to be good) and Davis (still a big question mark) without putting them through thorough evaluations. They are an example of relying too much on the hype and media/Internet info out there, rather than professional on-the-turf scouts.

Posted by: SammyT1 | May 3, 2009 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Hey Posse81_83_84, thanks for doing the job a paid reporter should normally do. Great job!

Um, JLC, nice hussle.

Posted by: DCV1 | May 4, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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