Gone Fishin: Who Should the Washington Redskins Lure This Offseason?
The season's all but over for the Washington Redskins—and I've got nothing to do but brood over a lost season and derive, in my mind, a winning formula for next year.
While we've all told Danny Boy to stop spending money, there are some quality players that would not only fit well in the organization, but add talent and depth at crucial positions.
First and foremost, I want to get more draft picks and develop champions and "fan-favorites." There are some established leaders and winners out in the free-agent market we should definitely show interest in.
Second priority—Offensive line.
Priority One: No. 23 Stays Put!
Before we get started, just thought I would give a picture of PRIORITY No. 1!
We know what his stats are like, and if you've been watching him since the 'Skins signed him, you know what he brings. Picks, blanket coverage, and fire.
Hopefully, the attitude problems don't re-emerge when he gets the big contract Snyder will offer. He wants to stay, so Snyder shouldn't have to break the bank.
Ditch Diggers and Plow Drivers
Mike Goff should be the first offensive linebacker we sign. He is a strong, mobile guard who can pull. He can also pancake, pass protect, and lead block downfield. He is also versatile and can play tackle if necessary.
The fact is, he is the best player at his position in the market this season.
And he should be fairly cheap. The Chargers probably won't be able to keep him.
He is a strong leader and keeps his mouth shut. He goes to work making star running backs and quarterbacks look good.
Ditch Diggers and Plow Drivers Part Two
Matt Birk is a Pro Bowl center and leader in the leagues best running game. He’s athletic for a lineman, but his strongest asset is his ability to read the defense and audible on the line. He spots blitzes, communicates well with linemen and QB, and blows through the line and down field blasting huge holes all over.
He is surrounded by quality on the Vikings' line, but he leads that group and would immediately take control of a talented offensive line with an identity crisis.
The problem is he is home in Minnesota, but Minnesota is grooming John Sullivan in hopes that he will eventually replace Birk. So he could be an easy and VERY COST EFFECTIVE pickup to fix O-line problems that cost the 'Skins the playoffs this year.
This dude's a freak!
His struggles in ’07 have definitely proven to be an irregularity. Back to form in '08, everyone will be lining up to lure him away from Carolina with huge contract offers.
And this would actually be money well spent. Over seven seasons, he has averaged eight sacks per—the 'Skins haven't had anyone putting up those numbers consistently since Charles Mann.
He has had double-digit sack totals four times in season and could do it again this season.
He has also had four interceptions in his career and is the bane of any quarterbacks existence.
A Terrell by Any Other Name
Pictures say a 1,000 words. This guy is a meteor.
Destructive to any offense, he can not only get to the QB, but will attack anyone with the ball. He has averaged in six season 8.7 sacks and stockpiled 363 tackles.
While he is a pure pass rusher, he has crazy range and can contain speedy backs and tackle, without fear of the biggest backs (Brandon Jacobs!).
While not as balanced, he would be a cheaper, yet highly effective, option in lieu of Peppers.
Who? Solid—that's Bart "Solid" Scott.
From the London Fletcher mold, but bigger, he is currently having his worst statistical season since 2004 before he became a starter. His lowest total since leading the depth chart is 92.
Good attitude, high motor, and could be a cheap, solid acquisition who would work perfectly in Greg Blache's system. Would add good, healthy depth to a LB core who could use it.
Good replacement for Marcus Washington if Marcus can't stay healthy.
Ditch Diggers and Plow Drivers Part Three
Gross was drafted in the first round five years ago and earned a starting role in his rookie season as a tackle. He is an extremely balanced tackle who is agile, mobile, and hostile (make sure you use loooonng I's).
Unfortunately, Carolina has slapped a franchise tag on him, so he would cost a small fortune—but that's never stopped Danny before.
You Can't See Me!
What a difference a year makes.
Ricky shows he still has the skill sets that made him an elite back over the years, but now he doesn't have to talk to anyone, lead anyone, mentor anyone—just carry the ball.
Could be a solid backup for Clinton if we can't get a big, play-making back in the draft—but only after the draft yields nothing.
His quirks would probably help him with this team, and he and Clinton would probably get along "famously!"
Only two unrestricted free agent kickers this offseason.
Shane Lechler, a Pro-Bowl punter, and Mike Nugent, an out-of-work placekicker. Wait until the draft is over, and pick one up—any one, I don't care, just find someone who can make a kick.
Sign Doug Flutie—he'd probably be better than Missum Suisham—DON'T DRAFT ONE, THOUGH!!!! Please!!!!
Draft, Develop, Win!
It's a timeless, effective plan!
Draft, develop, win!
The 'Skins have good, young talent with good attitudes and work ethic. Add to that—don't mess up the rotation.
See my article for a few ideas: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/86252-too-early-for-redskins-09-draft-ideas-never.