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NFL Free Agency: The Washington Redskins Just Don't Learn from Their Mistakes

Robert TheodorsonSenior Analyst IMarch 15, 2012

Let's skip the Washington Redskins'—those perennial kings of the offer sheet—offseason history lesson.

For as many years as we can remember the Redskins have traded away valuable franchise building blocks for has-beens and failed experiments. We don't need to produce a list of failed deals to encapsulate the front office failures of Daniel Snyder's 'Skins.

No, all we need to do is remind you of one man's name: Albert Haynesworth

They've done it again!

There's been a pre-draft blockbuster trade that saw Washington trade away the future, again. This time around though, it kind of made sense, a really weird feeling that the football community hasn't felt in over a decade.

The Redskins traded away this year's first and second round draft picks as well as the next two first round picks in order to move up in the first round and select their quarterback of the future.

Undoubtedly you know this collegiate athlete is Robert Griffin III (or barring some intervention by the cosmos, Andrew Luck). 

So we all were duped! No matter how you felt on the matter, you that the Redskins were ready to build a competitive team through the draft. Hallelujah! They've learned their lesson: the path to greatness comes through simple things like good scouting, player development, and a mostly home-grown core of young and middle age players who play within the system.

That all changed a few days ago when free agency in the NFL started. 

If you've been reading the free agency signings or following trackers you've seen that the Redskins have gone bananas in free agency once again.

Everyone is wondering what Washington's game plan is this year. In the past it's been spend, spend, spend in the offseason, throw pieces together, and hope things work out. One would think that after years of coming away with nothing by executing that formula, some very highly paid and certainly highly intelligent general manager would have adjusted his playbook. 

What we can take away from Washington's offseason plan is essentially this:

1) Draft Robert Griffin III and hope he's as good as Cam Newton or Michael Vick.

2) Surround him with some mediocre receivers and hope they click instantly.

3) Forget about the running game, it's a quarterbacks league now, baby!

4) Pray that your defense is on par or better than anyone else in the NFC because for the next three years we are not going to be able to add any talent to that side of the ball.

5) Blame the kicker when we end up with a 6-10 record. It's worked every other year.

Somewhat understandably, people are enthusiastic about signing Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan among others. Why shouldn't they be? They're both fine receivers.

Some might say Garcon was created by Peyton Manning, but his stats from last year with Curtis Painter throwing to him prove otherwise. The fans seem determined to remain blissfully ignorant, determined to forget that history repeats itself and events are cyclical.

Only a fool would expect the 2012 Washington Redskins to be a winner. 

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