Surrendering prime picks this year and in 2013 and 2014, raises questions about Washington's ability to provide probable draft target Robert Griffin III with a strong supporting cast.
However, with a large amount of cap space (estimated at just over $40 million), the Redskins can afford to find Griffin plenty of help via free agency. The truth is, the Redskins now have little choice except to make a big splash in the free-agent market.
Having no first-round selections in the next two drafts, diminishes the Redskins' ability to continue building with the future in mind. It puts more pressure on the team—Griffin in particular—to deliver now.
Marquee signings are the kind of help the Heisman Trophy winner will need to achieve this. Landing a legitimate, big play weapon in the passing game is an obvious priority, along with solidifying a suspect offensive line.
The Redskins won't be able to go with the kind of development, good upside signings which characterized their free agency moves last year. Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen need proven commodities now.
With quality veterans around him, Griffin can make a fast start and with a solid defense already in place, the Redskins might not miss those picks in 2013 and 2014.
That kind of reward would certainly justify this year's spending spree, something the franchise has often been criticized for in the past.