Redskins Free Agent Additions: Why Not Sign Edge or Warrick Dunn?

Travis EvansCorrespondent IAugust 20, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Edgerrin James #32 of the Arizona Cardinals runs the ball against Tyrone Carter #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Steelers won 27-23. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Warrick Dunn and Edgerrin James are still free agents and many fans don't realize the Redskins need a third-down back and viable back up if they want Portis healthy in November and December.

Ladell "Bettis" sure doesn't play like a Bus and last year made Portis run every down every game. Portis's body started to wear down around week eight before then Portis was on track for 2,000 yards by rushing for an average of 125 yards per game.

One way to keep the offensive struggles down and keep the Redskins fresh all year is to pick up Dunn or Edge. Both are free agents but Dunn makes the most sense seeing as he has played in the West Coast offense before and can catch. Dunn also has big play ability and can run inside.

Last year's stats for Dunn are 786 yards rushing, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Not flashy, but surely better then Betts who didn't even rush for 300 yards.

As for Edge his glory days are over Jason Campbell is not Peyton and Moss isn't Harrison.

But Edge is an ideal third-down back rushing for 514 yards, a 3.9 yard average. He can run over people and is bigger than most backs and that helps get vital short yards.

A huge problem the last couple of years has been the inability to score in the red zone—Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly help and so would Edge.

We sign big names every year why not put the money where we need it for once on the offense what you think.