Alright, Redskin fans...it's that time of year once again.
This Friday the NFL Free Agency period begins in Dan Snyder's favorite time of year. Already there are rumors of the Skins possibly offering as much as 100 million dollars to Albert Haynesworth. They have already started the usual contract restructuring frenzy.
Now, just to be sure I give credit where credit is due, over the last two seasons things around Redskin Park have been scaled down somewhat. London Fletcher-Baker was brought in during '07 and last season Jason Taylor (after Daniels' injury) and DeAngelo Hall toward the end. These moves where more from necessity than just another shopping spree.
This appears to be a season that the financial moves of the past will begin to take their toll. The Redskins are in need of youth and depth in several positions but have little cap room to be able to fill those needs.
Players like Janson, Springs, Griffin, Kendall, and a few others are too close to the twilight of their careers to still be on the roster but the team can't afford to cut them.
First, let me say that this team's front office has been the franchise's own worst enemy. This team has more money going out to players not on the roster anymore than any other team in the league. Players like Janson—whose play has been on a steady decline for the last three seasons—still get their contracts restructured instead of being thanked and let go.
Last seasons draft was the first with anything close to a full compliment of picks in years.
This has got to be the season that a decision is made about Cerratto & Co.
Mr. Snyder has had ample time to witness the actions taken by his franchise, analyze the results, and compare them to other franchises around the league. The writing is on the wall—Cerratto has restructured this franchise into a hole that will likely take a house cleaning similar to the Titans a few years ago.
It is time for this franchise to take another direction. Once one of the most respected franchises in the league, it now seems to be stuck in the past.
We have had at least four coaches in the last 10 years but very little change—if any—in the front office. Jack Kent Cooke may not have been the most liked but he had the ability to find the right people to get the job done.
Take another look back to the past you enjoyed as a fan Mr. Snyder and find yourself a Scott Pioli or Jerry Reese to bring this franchise back to respectability and glory.
I once heard this pearl of wisdom—"a smart man does not rest on what he thinks he knows, he understands what he doesn't know and learns."