Update (If You Can Call It That)
Getting hit with a lot of emails about the blog, and I am here for you guys. So here's a new post, even if there isn't much going on.
The Skins officially saved $2.4 million on Clinton Portis's new deal and are now $7.7 million under the cap, plenty of room to make a big move. Vinny Cerrato is telling everyone and anyone that the team is doing nothing. They have gone from one extreme to the other, and even with the draft as a priority now, they'd better add a quality player at either CB or WR this off season outside of the draft. Just my opinion.
As I reported a while back, the Skins contacted Atlanta about CB DeAngelo Hall a few times during the combine, but the Hall talks have not progressed with any team. (His agent has not even been given permission to talk contract with anyone yet, sources said). Many clubs have serious concerns about his attitude, maturity, makeup, and how he might alter team chemistry. The guy is only 24 and has elite talent, but the Redskins just got flamebroiled by B-Lloyd and are no doubt thinking twice about going big for a player with similar issues.
I don't think they will trade a first-round pick for him - the market has spoken on that topic already given that Hall still sits out there for the taking - and other than that the trade market has dried up. They don't want Lito Sheppard - at least not right now - and Chad Johnson is not available at this time. Similarly, Larry Fitzgerald continues to work on a new contract with Arizona, but should he ever be dangled I have no doubt the Redskins would try to make that deal happen. He is exactly what they are looking for.
They have had contact with the agent for WR DJ Hackett, but nothing in the advanced stages. Again, if the price is right and they feel like they are getting him at a discount, it's a possibility. But ideally they'd put that money towards a bigger deal for a Fitzgerald/Johnson type. (People keep asking me about Bryant Johnson, as well, but the Skins have never expressed interest in him, sources said, and are not inclined to pursue him).
They're waiting for Derrick Frost, Jason Fabini, Rock Cartwright and Pierson Prioleau to come back to them, too, (those free agents have yet to find deals with new teams), while contemplating more stringent media guidelines and regulations. Vinny also keeps busy by interviewing PR guys.
Pretty boring stuff, eh? Hey, I'm not complaining. I could get used to this. The 32-day coaching search was trying and surreal, but other than that I am digging The Vinny Cerrato Era thus far.
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