The Washington Redskins began free agency quietly, allowing the blue-chip free agents to move on without an offer—since that point, it has been a media circus. The Redskins signed free agents like Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan, and made a blockbuster trade to move up and select Robert Griffin III.
Now the noise is dying down as offseason workouts begin, but that does not mean the Redskins have their heads down. There are still some noticeable holes in Washington (secondary and offensive line) that Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan will be looking to fill.
With the NFL draft completed, teams will be looking to other rosters and free agency as a source of adding talent. Here we will explore three players who have been linked to the Redskins and why the burgundy and gold should pass.
There were rumors circling before the NFL draft about a potential move by the Redskins to acquire Aqib Talib, and now those rumors are back. CSN Washington is reporting that the former first-round pick may be headed to Washington. At this point these are unconfirmed rumors, but it should not take long for Redskins fans to see the connection and why they should pray this does not happen.
The connection between Tampa Bay and Washington is clear as day; Raheem Morris (former Bucs head coach) is now the secondary coach for the Redskins, and Tanard Jackson (former Bucs safety) is the starting free safety for the Redskins. If these were not enough, let's not forget who drafted Talib in the first round, Bruce Allen. There is an obvious connection between these teams presently, and it is not a stretch to see the Redskins acquiring Talib to fill a need at corner.
Despite the positional need and friendly relationship between these teams, the Redskins must stay away from Talib. Talib is a problem child, to say the least, and makes Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson look like model citizens.
Talib has had several encounters with the law and is scheduled to begin a trial for aggravated assault at the end of this month. Talib faces a sentence of up to 20 years if convicted and needs to be erased from Bruce Allen's memory.
While Talib is a talented player who would greatly improve a needy secondary, he is too dangerous. If Talib is able to escape this most recent charge, it is not a question of if, but when he will be disciplined again.
Once again the rumor mill is churning up big names in connection with the Washington Redskins and their needs in the secondary. Mike Jenkins has made it known that he wants to be traded out of Dallas, but no team has offered the right deal yet. At this point it appears that Jenkins will be spending this season as a Cowboy, but that can always change.
Jenkins is heading into the final year of his rookie contract and does not appear to have a long-term future in Dallas. After being selected 25th overall in 2008, Jenkins appeared to be an immediate solution for the Cowboys. In 2009, Jenkins was selected to the Pro Bowl, but has struggled to return to elite form since.
This offseason the Cowboys made moves to shore up their secondary by bringing in Brodney Pool, Brandon Carr and drafting Morris Claiborne. After drafting Claiborne at sixth overall and signing Carr to a massive contract, Jenkins appears to be sliding down the depth chart and looking for a new home.
While Jenkins has the talent to help the Redskins out, he is does not belong in Washington for several reasons. First, Jenkins will be heading into the final year of his contract and will be looking for an expensive extension. The salary-cap penalties imposed by Roger Goodell make it an unwise choice to invest tons of money in an unproven player.
Next, Jenkins has been on the decline for the past two seasons. Between injuries and subpar play, Jenkins has become an average corner who wishes to be treated (and paid) like an elite corner. Until Jenkins can show consistency in his health and play, he'll receive neither.
Between the financial implications, the resources needed to acquire Jenkins and his inconsistent play, Jenkins is a mistake waiting to happen. Washington would be wise to steer clear of this once-upon-a-time star and focus on developing their own talent.
McIntosh is a former Redskin, who left the team to pursue free agency and has come up empty so far. While the Redskins are thin at middle linebacker, there is no room on the team for Rocky.
McIntosh was a second-round pick for the Redskins back in 2006 and appeared to be a solid contributor early on. By 2007 he was starting nearly every game and becoming a consistent producer on defense. However, McIntosh has struggled in the final year of his contract.
In 2011, McIntosh was only able to start eight games and had a career-low 65 tackles (excluding his rookie season). This poor season, combined with high salary demands, have led to a less-than-welcome free agency. With London Fletcher as the only consistent piece at middle linebacker, there remains a hole that Bruce Allen may look to fill.
Despite feeling a need on defense, the Redskins need to resist the temptation to bring back one of their own. McIntosh brings problems to Washington on a financial and personal level.
Heading into 2011, McIntosh made it clear that he was not happy with his restricted free-agent tender and wanted an extension. His feelings became well-known and did not sit well with Shanahan and Allen. At this point, it is easy to say there is bad blood between the Redskins and McIntosh, and while some players may welcome him back, many in the front office may not.
The middle linebacker position is anchored by London Fletcher, and the Redskins have brought in Jonathan Goff and Bryan Kehl to add some depth. While this may not be the strongest middle linebacking group in the NFL, it is deep enough to allow the Redskins to pass on Rocky McIntosh.