The Situation in Washington
It was announced this afternoon, via ESPN.com that former starting Quarterback Jason Campbell has signed his $3.1 million tender with the Washington Redskins.
Although this removes him from the Restricted Free Agent market, the possibility remains for the Redskins to trade Campbell in the coming days.
It's been no secret, with the coming of Donovan McNabb to Washington that Jason's time with the Redskins might be at an end.
Shanahan, though open to Campbell returning as a backup for McNabb, said he'd permit the quarterback and his agent to seek trade partners.
Additionally, reports all over have cited the possibility of the overpaid, over-hyped Albert Haynesworth being traded, despite the fact that the Redskins paid him a $21 million bonus just a few weeks ago on April 1st.
With the Easter Sunday shock of the McNabb-to-Redskins trade, Washington also kissed their second-round pick goodbye (as well as a conditional 3rd or 4th rounder in the 2011 draft), a pick that many had surmised might be used on a "second-tier" or "project" signal-caller - maybe Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy.
What's left over then, is a total of four picks in the draft, and only a single pick within the first three rounds.
How can a team that went 4-12 last season and finished in the bottom of their division expect to rebuild a team with so few draft picks?
The Draft Solution
It seems pretty clear to me that the answer here is that Washington needs to acquire more picks.
I'm not knocking the Donovan McNabb trade - I feel strongly that McNabb has a lot left in the gas tank, and that Philadelphia is going to regret trading a 5-time Pro Bowl Quarterback to a division rival.
The price of that trade simply left the Skins in a tricky situation regarding the draft.
By far, the most glaring need on the field is at left tackle. Anyone who saw the first 5 minutes of the recent film "The Blind Side" (or who knows anything about football, really) knows how important this position, and an offensive line in general is.
The Redskins have no options at the #4 pick overall. They have to take Russell Okung or Trent Williams to rebuild the offensive line if Donovan is going to last a second out on the field.
"But Evan", you say, "We also have other needs - depth at safety, and especially one of these talented young gun QBs that we can groom for the future".
Too bad. We traded away too many picks, and we don't have many options here.
There is a solution though. There are two players sitting in Washington right now who don't really want to be there.
Haynesworth has made it abundantly clear that he doesn't want to play in a 3-4 and doesn't think squat of Shanahan's authority in the new regime.
Campbell wants to be a starting quarterback somewhere, or at very least gain back some dignity. After all, getting your starting QB job yanked away in favor of the new guy is pretty humbling.
There have been rumblings about potential trade partners for both of these players. Campbell won't fetch much, maybe a 4th or 5th rounder best case, but at least that's something.
For Haynesworth, a more intriguing situation could take place.
Now that the Washington Redskins have paid Haynesworth an ungodly amount of cash for his services, other teams could afford the rest of his deal. In other words, Haynesworth is trade worthy.
For a team with a 4-3 defense and a need at defensive end, Haynesworth could do the trick, and give the Redskins something decent in return. I think to avoid further issues with Haynesworth and settle the issue, a 2nd rounder with an additional late round pick might be acceptable.
Trading these two players gets the Redskins back some valuable draft picks, and a chance to rebuild with players who actually want to be there.
I've heard many rumors about a Brandon Marshall to the Redskins trade, but the issue there is reportedly this same problem - Washington has no draft picks, which means nothing to bargain with.
The Broncos don't want Haynesworth (they also run a 3-4) or Campbell (see Orton, Kyle). With no draft picks really available to give (I don't consider giving that 4th overall pick away in a trade this year), the Marshall trade possibility doesn't really exist, unless Washington acquires something to give from another team, through another trade.
The bottom line is - there can be talk all day about additional radical moves that the Washington Redskins can make through the draft and with acquiring other players, but unless they are willing to clean house themselves, this football team is going to be stuck.