Washington Redskins: 5 Free Agents the Redskins Should Seek out
Well, this is certainly something we're not used to. Instead of talking about free agency, Redskins fans have been discussing the draft and actual football since March. What happened to this team and their fans?
Oh yeah, this guy.
Well never fear, there's still one Redskins writer that hasn't ignored what we used to call the best time of the year: Free Agency.
After maintaining the offseason championship belt for more than a decade, there's no way the Redskins won't make another splash after the 2012 campaign comes to a close. After all, that's half of the fun of rooting for this team.
So without any more hesitations, I present to you five free agents that the Redskins should be aiming for when February rolls around (hopefully after celebrating a Super Bowl title).
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Yes, he's out for the year with an injury.
Yes, he will be 30 next season.
Yes, he's expensive.
No, there's not a better option in free agency.
For one reason or another, almost every one of you are sold on Josh Wilson. I still haven't the foggiest idea on why that is. Regardless, Grimes would be a great short-term option in what is now the worst pass defense in the entire NFL.
I'm not saying that the Redskins should give him the $10 million that Atlanta is giving him this year, that is as asinine as DeAngelo Hall's slap. But then again, DeAngelo Hall's contract is asinine to begin with.
If, and I will say it again because I know how many negative comments I will get, if the Redskins can get him for a decent price, then why not?
He would instantly be the best corner on the team (not saying much, but you have to pay for talent).
I know the old saying from my friends over at ExtremeSkins goes: "Sign him...for vet min plus incentives", but he should be able to fetch a lot more than that, because the Redskins won't be the only team willing to open the wallet.
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It didn't go over so well.
Even my own father said he would ground me for even suggesting it. And I'm in my mid-20s.
I've decided to backpedal (something that DeAngelo Hall hasn't been good at in quite some time), and say that we should hang on to the "One Man Gang"....or Army. Or team. You folks called him a lot of things.
Anyway, back to Jennings. It may seem a little biased since I reside in his hometown (Kalamazoo, MI), but it's safe to say that he will be a great value for his talent if Green Bay decides not to hang onto him.
Right now, he's making less than $4M, and after a season where he has been injured and has at times looked replaceable, he probably won't be expecting too much more than that.
Santana Moss doesn't have a whole lot of time left (on the field that is), so a No. 2 receiver will have to step up, or step in. Look down the list for who that will be: Garcon will be No. 1, I'm still not sure about Josh Morgan, Brandon Banks doesn't stand much of a chance and Leonard Hankerson is a great third receiver.
Imagine a healthy Jennings and Garcon at the same time. Both out to prove that their careers haven't only been based off of having Hall of Fame quarterbacks (although RG3 may someday be there). It would make a nearly unstoppable offense, unstoppable.
I can just hear Redskins fans applauding now.
For years, you have been waiting for a good free-agent offensive lineman to come around. Especially at right tackle.
If there was just one single transaction the Redskins could make in the offseason, this should be it. He has been a second team All-Pro, he has been to the Super Bowl. He has protected Tom Brady.
He is under 30, he has only missed a half season due to injury (which is legendary compared to the rest of the Redskins line).
This guy would probably already be under contract if it wasn't for those silly tampering rules.
Just imagine a world where you get to watch the Redskins and don't have to wonder when in the world Jammal Brown is going to come back from injury. A world where you don't have to figure out who his replacement will be or how to spell his name.
That would be great. Make it happen, Danny.
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Byrd is the word.
I'm jealous that Buffalo fans get to say that.
But that's not the only reason that I want Jairus Byrd to be a Redskin. Ever since Sean Taylor tragically passed away, the Redskins have been grasping at straws trying to replace him.
They have failed. Miserably.
But enough is enough, and the Redskins pass defense absolutely needs him. He may be one of the biggest catches in free agency, money-wise, but how could it not be worth it?
Sign Vollmer, sign Byrd, take the rest of the winter off until the third day of the draft.
Of course, we'll never be able to replace Sean Taylor. He was about the only free safety that I could ever think of that could win games single-handedly. The guy was that good.
Now Byrd has had his injury struggles, but he certainly seems to have gotten over that this year. That's good enough for me.
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I don't care if this guy is in his mid-60s. Let's stop playing kicker roulette for two years. He still has a leg.