3 Veteran Centers Washington Redskins Could Acquire in Free Agency
Would the Washington Redskins be wise to plug in a more experienced dependable player to anchor their front five for the season?
The Redskins have mostly chosen to promote from within to rectify their porous offensive line. One such promotion has made utility backup Will Montgomery the team's starting center for training camp.
Mike Shanhan's complex zone blocking schemes require a smart and savvy pivot man to make the line calls and hold the group together.
As things stand the Redskins line is littered with largely inexperienced performers—30-year-old Jammal Brown is the greybeard of the group.
Roster cuts have made three interesting options available to the Redskins.
3. Rich Seubert
Salary cap victim Rich Seubert is a versatile and reliable lineman. The 32-year-old is competent at both guard and center.
Seubert could provide crucial depth for the Redskins' interior line. The former New York Giant still has enough left to start and would push youngsters Montgomery and left guard Kory Lichtensteiger all the way in camp.
The 6'3" 310 pounder has decent mobility and the vision and smarts to master zone techniques and lead the Redskins line.
When injuries struck along the Giants' line last season, Seubert stepped in admirably at center. The powerful run blocker would bring Super Bowl winning experience to D.C. and is a player the Redskins should strongly consider.
2. Shaun O' Hara
Powerful and resourceful pivot man Shaun O'Hara would be a great addition to the Redskins offensive line. Like Seubert, he would offer invaluable Super Bowl and NFC East experience.
The 34-year-old is a cerebral technician and would operate well in Mike Shanahan's blocking schemes. At 6'3" and 303 pounds, O'Hara has the size and tenacity to excel in the running game.
He also uses his hands extremely well, combining sound fundamentals with excellent leverage. He would be a big asset in a division featuring Jay Ratliff, Chris Canty and now Cullen Jenkins.
Injuries are a concern for O'Hara who struggled to stay healthy in 2010, managing only six starts. However, when fit he is still one of the top centers in the game.
O'Hara has already drawn strong interest from around the league and the Redskins would need to move fast to secure him. If he can prove his durability, O'Hara would be a great addition.
1. Olin Kreutz
Standing 6'2" and weighing 292 pounds, Kreutz is equally adept with a power or finesse style of blocking. He has the experience and technique to anchor the Redskins line.
Kreutz would be a huge help to the more inexperienced members of the front five. His command of the trenches and extensive knowledge of signals and schemes would be vital in restoring confidence in Washington's offensive line.
Center is the most important position along the offensive line. The Redskins are taking a gamble going with an unproven commodity.
Having only added Chris Chester to last year's unit, it remains to be seen if the Redskins have done enough to sufficiently strengthen one of the biggest weaknesses on the team.
Having a reliable veteran in the middle of the line could go a long way to increasing the efficiency of the offense.