The end of the Washington Redskins 2009 season is mercifully approaching, and so are the inevitable changes to be made by Bruce Allen. Without a salary cap in 2010, it will be a perfect time to clean up the roster without cap implications. The following is a list of predictions for 2010:
1. Jim Zorn is gone, along with the rest of the coaching staff. This is more than a possibility. It is a certainty—especially after the Monday night slaughter at the hands of the Giants.
2. Mike Shanahan will be hired, along with his chosen staff. Where there's smoke, there's fire, and Bruce Allen probably already has this deal ready to go.
3. Clinton Portis will be released. Portis is on the downslide of his career, and has become unreliable and ineffective.
4. Jason Campbell will be traded. Most scouts around the league view Campbell as a competent career-backup, but nothing more. The Redskins want to find the next great quarterback.
5. The Redskins will sign a veteran quarterback in the offseason. Allen will want to have veteran leadership to allow a rookie quarterback to sit on the sidelines for the first season (see No. 6).
6. The Redskins will draft a quarterback. With Bruce Allen at the helm, it will probably be in the second round rather than the first, using a pick acquired from a trade.
7. Chris Cooley will be traded. With the emergence of Fred Davis at tight end, Cooley's days in Washington are probably over.
8. Aging and/or injury-prone veterans will be purged from the roster. Chris Samuels, Randy Thomas, Phillip Daniels, Renaldo Wynn, Mike Sellers, and Todd Collins will probably be released.
9. LaRon Landry will be traded. He has made too many mistakes, and despite his enormous potential, has also shown an inability to be coached.
10. Other than a quarterback in the first round, the Redskins will select three offensive linemen, one linebacker, and a running back in the draft.