With free agency looming for the 2012 season and some big free agents (Peyton Manning) on the market, it seems only reasonable that as a Redskins fan I sit back and recount my beloved team's 12 years worth of free agent faux pas.
Over the last decade the NFL has become a “win now” league, and Redskins owner Dan Snyder thinks he can do that by buying a bunch of big name free agents.
Director and then Vice President of Player Personnel Vinny Cerrato (under Dan Snyder’s watch) made a habit of signing big name free agents at the back-end of their careers to multi-million dollar contracts that they’ve often failed to live up to. That obviously hasn’t worked.
What is it about wearing the burgundy and gold that makes football players not want to produce? They’d have the shortest trip to make to visit the President would they ever win another Super Bowl, but it seems like no one in a Redskins jersey wants to make that trip.
The Redskins have only had two winning seasons in the Dan Snyder era (2000-present). That is 12 years of mediocrity that has only gotten worse in recent years. Now, they really do need to “win now,” and they need to find a better way to do it.
The following are the seven fortunate souls who in part have benefited from the Washington Redskins most recent string of free agent mistakes.