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Redskins Assess Remaining Options

Let's examine where the Redskins now stand and what options are left to them, given that there isn't a lot of salary-cap space with which to land an impact player.

At defensive end, Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn remain in play. There isn't a big market for either player, although Daniels's camp is not ruling out the possibility of a free agent visit or two. Both players are nearing the end of their careers, but are beloved veterans who know the system. In the absence of a youth movement, the Skins simply need bodies.

At linebacker, the Redskins are hoping no suitors emerge for Marcus Washington and that he comes back to them on the cheap. Many free agents are finding out that teams are being very patient now, so they know they must do the same and not jump at the first veteran minimum offer. Likewise, reserve linebacker Khary Campbell is a player the Skins have extended an offer to.

Offensive tackle, guard, and a guard/center are all needs. Pete Kendall might not get a starting opportunity elsewhere and a one-year as a depth player might be his best option. As for tackles, some teams are monitoring the health of Mark Tauscher, who is coming off knee surgery. The Redskins have sniffed around a bit, sources have said, and he might be as good as it gets. The Skins had some contact with the agent for Elton Brown, but there has been no movement there in quite some time. Marvel Smith's spotty health has scared off a lot of teams. The Skins have not expressed an interest in re-signing depth center Justin Geisinger, who is coming off season-ending surgery, so it looks like The Gyser's days here are over.

If the Skins end up just adding an end or two at some point, then they will have to look very strongly at tackle and linebacker with that 13th overall pick. They'll need a starter at both spots.

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 16, 2009; 7:24 PM ET
 
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1st to point out there isn't any news here!

Posted by: redlotparty | March 16, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

The "inside" story here is that the Skins aren't close to making any deals right now. No duh! Why would they? This is kind of obvious...let's see what holes can be filled in the draft and then fill holes with bodies.

Posted by: redlotparty | March 16, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I think you address the O-line before you deal with the SECONDary.

Posted by: Alan4 | March 16, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

this may sound crazy but...why not trade with Kansas City for their 3rd overall pick with our 13th overall and a pick next year to pick up either Aaron Curry or Brian Orako

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

or Eugene Monroe

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

this may sound crazy but...why not trade with Kansas City for their 3rd overall pick with our 13th overall and a pick next year to pick up either Aaron Curry or Brian Orako

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009 7:40 PM
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1) We need O.Linemen.
2) Mortgaging the future for some fever dream in the present is how we got into this mess.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 16, 2009 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why is the Post so behind again????

Comcast Sports Net (CSN) announced at 6:30 that Renaldo Wynn is returning to the Skins.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 16, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why is the Post so behind again????

Comcast Sports Net (CSN) announced at 6:30 that Renaldo Wynn is returning to the Skins.

Posted by: Lisa_R *******

Let's ask Cindy, JLA, Reid, Wise etc........

Hopefully they'll know, if not what does that say about them, or is it the culture at WaPo?

Posted by: lsskinsfan | March 16, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Trade #13 and our 3rd, 5th, and 6th for Detroit's #20 and #33. Take the best RT and best DE/LB we can find.

We move up a round and a half from our 3rd rounder, only drop 7 spots from #13, obtain two starters at positions of need for next year, and avoid the trouble/embarassment of drafting two guys in the 5th and 6th who wont make the team.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 16, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Why oh why is the Post so behind again????

Comcast Sports Net (CSN) announced at 6:30 that Renaldo Wynn is returning to the Skins.

Posted by: Lisa_R |

LMAO....the post is the "Redskins Outsider"

Posted by: redlotparty | March 16, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

The latest top 20 by Charles Davis probably does reflect the Skins thinking. (Note the absence of Oher from the updated top 20. Note also the absence of Maybin who could also fit.)

1. Michael Crabtree WR
2. Aaron Curry LB (he's faster)
3. Brian Orakpo DE/LB
4. Mathew Stafford QB
5. Jason Smith OT
6. March Sanchez QB
7. Eugene Monroe OT
8. Brandon Pettigrew TE
9. Jeremy Maclin WR
10. Donald Brown RB
11. Andre Smith OT
12. Percy Harvin WR
13. BJ Raji DT
14. Knowshon Moreno RB
15. Rey Maualuga LB
16. Brian Cushing LB
17. Malcom Jenkins CB
18. Chris Wells RB
19. Everette Brown DE
20. Peria Jerry DT

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 7:48 PM | Report abuse

"this may sound crazy but...why not trade with Kansas City for their 3rd overall pick with our 13th overall and a pick next year to pick up either Aaron Curry or Brian Orako

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009 7:40 PM
==========================================
1) We need O.Linemen.
2) Mortgaging the future for some fever dream in the present is how we got into this mess.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya"

Too many holes to fill to go for a high round guy. They already did that with Haynesworth. Now its time to bring in the supporting cast.

If they trade it will be down for more picks. Hopefully 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Might be worth trading next year to get 2 for this year.

Next year the cap is going to be murder so they may think themselves better off without a first until 2011.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Then the world ends in 2012 so they have to win the superbowl now ... ~laughing~

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

1) We need O.Linemen.
2) Mortgaging the future for some fever dream in the present is how we got into this mess.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya

thats why also said "or Eugene Monroe"

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

ยป Ole Miss OT Michael Oher has changed agents, leaving Bus Cook and signing with James Sexton.

Maybe we should have a chart showing the agents of the potential draft picks ... it does seem like that is a high qualifier for making a selection for the Redskins.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

RE:In the absence of a youth movement,

JLC reminds me of a child who must toss in

a dig whenever he can.

actually, we did get younger with our signings.

How about focusing on our lack of depth.

Then it will sound like you know what your talking about.

Posted by: rhowze | March 16, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

"1) We need O.Linemen.

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya

thats why also said 'or Eugene Monroe'

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009"

Its going to be Andre Smith or a linebacker / defensive end depending of whether Smith is gone or not.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Andre Smith would be a great pick up if he falls to us. He may have character issues but with Chris Samuels and thet Bama connection, he'll work out just fine.

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, if Andre Smith is gone I have a hard time seeing them pick up Raji, esp when we just got Haynesworth, plus Griffin, Montgomery and Golston... unless the plan is to put Haynesworth at DE, where he played some in TN.... Still have to hope that RT/SAM are somewhere to be found, unless we're planning on Heyer for the whole year. Then that leaves SAM for the 3rd round... Lawrence Sidbury?

Posted by: mrsaun | March 16, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"If the Skins end up just adding an end or two at some point, then they will have to look very strongly at tackle and linebacker with that 13th overall pick. They'll need a starter at both spots.

By Jason La Canfora | March 16, 2009"

If they trade down using this pick and some of next year's they can probably manage to meet all three in the draft. Michael Oher, Lydon Murtha, Sebastian Vollmer, Aaron Maybin, Robert Ayers, Tyson Jackson, Clay Matthews, Everette Brown.

Just as with last year there are guys they can draft who may not be ranked in the top 5 but could still be as good as the old hogs. Last year they did a very poor job of choosing ... hopefully some of those "misfires" will resurrect themselves ...

You don't have to have the absolute best to win.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Wynn at DE instead of Evans? That'll get you older and cheaper.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

"Wynn at DE instead of Evans? That'll get you older and cheaper.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 16, 2009"

Bringing back Daniels and Wynn? Bringing back Washington makes sense ... otherwise it would go against their new mantra of getting mostly starters under age 28.

If you look at Jason's last paragraph above you can see they are almost guaranteed to trade down to get more picks to fill four positions with players in the "next rung down". That would be Tackle/DE/LB/Center-Guard.

There is currently no backup for Rabach. I think they can get probably get someone who can compete and possibly start over him in the 2nd round. And he would be cheaper.

Yes, its mortgaging the future. But for Snidely the future is now.

Posted by: periculum | March 16, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

another wasted year

Posted by: nativedc | March 16, 2009 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If it wasn't for people posting transactions and news in the comments section, this site would be worthless.

Letting Andrew Crummey get signed off the practice squad may have been a big mistake. He could have been an answer to replace Rabach eventually rather than keeping Geisinger around if they had no intention of keeping him long term.

Posted by: Posse81_83_84 | March 16, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Seems like Oher's dropping like a rock post-combine, not Andre Smith. What happened to Oher?

Posted by: Alan4 | March 16, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya

thats why also said "or Eugene Monroe"

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009 7:56 PM
=======================================
I'd already hit reply, but I don't think we should trade next year's picks for this year's draft.

I'd rather see us trade down (if at all possible, I know we aren't the only team that would like to do this) and get Alex Mack.

Because he's a guy that I think will start for us for the long term. Since he's a C/G, not an O.T., he should be available in the lower range of the 1st round.

I'd rather see us pick up someone who's a good shot to be a Pro-Bowl lineman for the long term rather than gamble big on a tackle who might pan out. And get an extra pick in the process.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 16, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind... good old wiki...

On January 14, 2008, Oher declared that he would be entering the 2008 NFL Draft.[8]
On January 16, 2008, Oher announced his withdrawal from the 2008 NFL Draft to return to Ole Miss for his senior season.[9]
Oher is regarded by ESPN.com and Scout.com as a likely first round pick in this year's 2009 NFL Draft.

Posted by: Alan4 | March 16, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

another wasted year

Posted by: nativedc | March 16, 2009 8:29 PM

It is starting to have a feeling of deja vu, isn't it?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 16, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

If Oher is available at pick 13, I'd have no problem with us making that pick.

We'll see.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 16, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

if all of the big 4 are gone and there is no one who will trade with them, they'll probably just pick the BPA. Whether thats Rey Malalalaluga, Knoshown Moreno, Brian Cushing, etc.

Posted by: duncanrobee | March 16, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Skins need to draft a LB in the first round. Rey Maualuga is a beast and would be a steal if he falls to them, which he is projected to do. Neither Malcom Kelly nor Devin Thomas showed any real promise last year and the Skins would be crazy to go into next season with no proven #2 with the hopes one of those two blossom into a good receiver. Perhaps Holt could be had for cheap?

Posted by: manwray | March 16, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

He could have been an answer to replace Rabach eventually rather than keeping Geisinger around if they had no intention of keeping him long term.
I think Geisinger with a knee injury is a great looking insurance salesman... in the 300 lb. weight class.
Classic example of a justaguy clinging to a job as a utility man; but any ding or dent and you're just another used car.
I had thought we'd be saying the same thing about Reed Doughty this summer; reading the tea leaves, I can only assume that he's super smart and is physically a notch above the 'generic' justaguy.

Posted by: daggar | March 16, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

See if Lions want to trade the 20th and the 2nd rd for the 13th. take USC LB Clay Mathews and Conn's OT Betty

Posted by: toons123 | March 16, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse


Just for the heck of it, wouldn't be fun to go after,try (won't happen) to sign the runner from jamaica Bolt. He may even be faster than the man Green. Just kickoffs,punts and draw double coverage as wide receiver. bob hayes (no caps for cowboys) worked out you know jerry jones will beat us at at least trying this guy is a Dodge Viper. You never know. "WHERES GIBBS"

Posted by: tammanyhall2109 | March 16, 2009 10:48 PM | Report abuse

See if Lions want to trade the 20th and the 2nd rd for the 13th. take USC LB Clay Mathews and Conn's OT Betty

Posted by: toons123 | March 16, 2009 10:17 PM ======================================
I doubt any scenario that lets us draft both those guys. I think they are both 1st rounders.

That said, I've been reading good things about Beatty.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | March 16, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

I was a little intrigued by the release of Torry Holt as well but I think we would have needed to cut lousy Randel El to make a move like that. With our cap we just can't afford a big name reciever like him even though he is older he will demand higher pay for his previous statistics. I really like how the Skins focused on the draft last year I wish we had more picks this year but as usual we trade them away. So far our draft last year looks to be unsuccessful but it takes time for receivers to develop in the NFL prime example Roddy White in Atlanta. Horton is a stud Durant Brooks was a joke we should have went with some O-line or D-lineman instead but maybe we learned from our mistakes.

Posted by: LandryDirty30 | March 16, 2009 11:10 PM | Report abuse

If we need a linebacker - what about Derrick Brooks - he has a few years left.

We can focus on a Tackle or DE in the draft.

We can get a 3rd rounder best DE or best Tackle aval for added depth- depending on what we do on 1st Pick.

I would go with DE- then get a Tackle as back up in the 3rd round to groom.

Posted by: krawstrong | March 16, 2009 11:25 PM | Report abuse

Durant Brooks was a joke we should have went with some O-line or D-lineman instead but maybe we learned from our mistakes.

Posted by: LandryDirty30 | March 16, 2009 11:10 PM

Brooks is going to be someone's punter for ten years and the 'Skins are going to look foolish for not having the patience to stick with a talented punter. We should have put him on IR when he got injured.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 17, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Lisa_R write:
"Why oh why is the Post so behind again????
Comcast Sports Net (CSN) announced at 6:30 that Renaldo Wynn is returning to the Skins."

Maybe it's b/c the WaPo is not in bed w/ Daniel Snyder the way Comcast is. Comcast carries Snyder-produced propoganda like Larry (The Load) Michaels' "Redskins Nation," and probably gets inside info as a reward. Comcast should cut its ties w/ Snyder-produced programming unless it interprets the term "fair and balanced" the same way Fox Cable News does.


Posted by: MrMerkin | March 17, 2009 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Derrick Brooks is totally realistic here. so is bringing back marcus washington. Should compare their injury histories and pick the best bet for a year. i would take both of those guys on the cheap if they would swing it. Would like to see what Fincher can do. Mistake with D. Evans, signing Wynn does not make that better!!!

Posted by: carsonspence | March 17, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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