While I applaud the reserve and fiscal restraint that Bruce Allen has demonstrated so far this free agency period, is he unaware that the Redskins have gaping needs?
Allen is a great contrast to Vinny Cerrato, whose lavish spending and collecting of aged, over-the-hill players has left the roster decimated and youthless.
The Redskins bypassed the usual "money to blow" scenario that dominates the early days of free agency, but now it's time for Bruce Allen to wake up, show some true front office ingenuity and begin signing players to contracts of true value rather than hype.
Allen inherited a 4-12 team with only 5 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft.
The other teams with this few picks are the NY Jets, Jacksonsville, Chicago, Carolina, and Atlanta. With the exception of Carolina, whose fall from grace since the 2004 Super Bowl season has been an arduous one, the other respective teams have made significant free agency moves to bolster their clubs.
Is it our turn yet, Bruce?
The past few days have bared witness to teams aggressively sifting through the free agency market and making improvements by signing players to valued contracts.
The Chiefs, already strapped with 1,100 yard plus back Jamaal Charles, signed 1,400 yard Jets castoff Thomas Jones for a paltry (by NFL standards) $5 million over two years. LaDell Betts made more than that.
The Bills added depth to their offensive line by signing tackle Cornell Green.
The Titans scored in the clearance bin by signing linebacker Will Witherspoon.
When teams like the Lions and the Browns are more active in free agency than the 'Skins, it's a cause for concern.
The following are 10 Free Agents that the Redskins should sign now. They're not all big names but they will add depth and address some of the needs the Redskins have.
*The players are organized in alphabetical order by last name.
The embattled former Pro Bowl quarterback has run the the football gamut in Cleveland, and his harsh parting words will never endear him to the Cleveland fans.
Meanwhile, the quarterback question looms over the Redskins. Whether it be whipping boy Campbell, Jersey Shore look-a-like Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford, the Redskins could benefit from an experienced veteran. Anderson is 26, has 34 career starts and has a rifle-for-an-arm.
The 26 year old Bell is a restricted free agent but the Saints bestowed upon him the lowest level of tender, guaranteeing New Orleans only the right to match any offer sheet he received. The Saints have a slew of free agents to re-sign, some for "mucho dinero," and appear willing to part with Bell.
The Super Bowl winning Bell has experience with zone blocking and spent the 2007 season with Mike Shanahan's former team the Broncos.
Despite missing three games, Bell finished with 654 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, which would've lead the 'Skins in rushing categories. He's a big, physical runner who'd be a great complement to Clinton Portis, or could even be used as a starter.
In an injury reduced season, Bryant still started 11 games and his 600 yards receiving would've placed him second on the Redskins roster.
Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El were the only Washington receivers to tally more catches than Bryant's 39, and Randle El is ponying up for a wintery season in Pittsburgh.
Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas combined for 3 touchdowns. Bryant scored 4 alone. AB is 29 and capable of a 1,000 yard receiving season.
Yeah, I said it. Sign JD!
He's 35 and coming off an abysmal season. But he rarely saw the field his first 5 years in the league and has won many ball games.
He has playoff experience (including a Super Bowl), locker room leadership and would be a solid backup. Whomever the Redskins choose to start behind center, Delhomme would serve as an apt mentor.
He's at the tail end of a storybook career and his "Wal-Mart price tag" won't be a burden for a player who can deliver so many intangibles.
Larry Foote visited Redskins Park and didn't sign along the dotted line? WTF?
Bruce Allen needs to take notes from Kyra Sedgwick and not Ben Roethlisberger (sorry, in poor taste) on how to seal-the-deal.
If Jim Haslett is going to makeover the Redskins into a 3-4 defense, he needs players with 3-4 experience. It should be noted that Foote's first seven seasons in the NFL were played in Pittsburgh, famous for their 3-4 defense, under new Redskins linebackers coach Lou Spanos. Dr. Neil Clark Warren (I owe him a plug! Thx doc!) couldn't find a better match!
Foote is soon to be 30 but still capable of being a 100 tackle linebacker.
Big Mike Gandy is 31 years old and has been a consistent starter for the past five seasons.
He suffered a sports hernia towards the end of last season, and Arizona seems intent on moving on and not re-signing the tackle, but the Redskins could benefit from signing Gandy. He's experienced at tackle but can also play guard.
The Redskins suffered last year from lack of depth at offensive line and are still very thin even with the signing of Artis Hicks. Gandy will surely come at a bargain price and could compete for a starting job.
Newly released Colts guard Ryan Lilja is just 28 and resilient. After missing the entire 2008 season, he reclaimed his starting spot in 2009 and started every game including the Super Bowl. He is versatile (can also move over to center) and a good run blocker.
With only five seasons under his belt, he still has plenty of tread left in the tires and would be an immediate starter at guard. He played on one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and would serve as another quality veteran presence with a winning mentality. He would be an instant upgrade on one of the NFL's worst offensive lines.
"Fast" Willie Parker also got the walk-thru at Redskins park but left with the money in his wallet that he arrived with.
Age and injury have slowed down the 29 year old, but serving in a back-up role he could lighten the load for Clinton Portis considerably. He still averaged four yards a carry last season and when given the opportunity, showed glimpses of the old self. In the season finale, he rushed the ball 12 times for 91 yards.
He's not the answer to the Redskins backfield future, but the NFL is a two back league. Parker can fill that second back void for now.
Pitts will be 31 at season's start and missed most of last season with injury, but he's still a starter in this league. He started every game of his career prior to the 2009 season and played under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.
The Redskins have major offensive line issues and signing a proven starter can only help. Derrick Dockery and Casey Rabach are the only sure starters the Redskins currently have under contract and Pitts could shore up that interior.
Pitts is not a big name and his injury last season would surely lower his asking price.
3-4 defense? No problem. Rushing the passer? Gladly. If Haslett is serious about the Redskins adopting a 3-4 defense, then signing JP would be a great way to help with the transition.
He's played in the 3-4 defense for pretty much his entire NFL career and excelled in it. In the past 10 seasons, he's been one of the NFL's most productive linebacking pass rushers. He's 32 but totaled 9 sacks in a shortened season last year. He's only one season away from the monstrous 17.5 sacks he posted in 2008 with the Fins.
He'd be a great mentor to Brian Orakpo, if even for only a couple of seasons. He also played for Haslett during the 1999 season so he should be knowledgeable of the schemes to come.
He's fiery, passionate and a real spark plug that would add some personality to the Redskins defense.