This modern era of the NFL is about far more than putting people in the seats and points on the board.
Numbers do play an integral role, though, especially with regard to negotiating long term contracts. For the Washington Redskins, 2012 will be vital in signing and securing the services of not only the newer faces on the roster, but some of the older, more seasoned ones as well.
Gone are the days when players would sign and stay with a team for the duration of their careers. Free agency, in all of its muddled glory, has effectively erased that type of longevity from the NFL landscape.
The Redskins, however, are laboring diligently to establish some type of continuity moving forward. It's zero hour in Ashburn and with the arrival of Robert Griffin III, it's more important now than ever to make sure a few key pieces are retained over the long haul.
With that in mind, here are four Redskins that are in immediate need of long term deals.