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Redskins Free Agency: Holes Remain

March 27, 2012

Free Agents, Post-Season


The Redskins have made some ground in the last two weeks of Free Agency. There are still holes that need be filled, however. Here’s a look at what we’ve done, and what has yet to be addressed.

Inside Linebacker – Unaddressed

Vernand Morency (#34) running behind a Daryn C...

The man-in-the-middle London Fletcher should be a Redskins priority as Free agency winds down.

As Free Agency rolls on (under cover, apparently), London Fletcher remains on the board. This market has been very slow for linebackers in general. Whether it’s the cap penalties hurting the negotiations is unknown.

Perry Riley is the only ILB currently on the Redskins roster with the capability (somewhat) of starting.

Notables still on the Market: London Fletcher, David Hawthorne, Bradie James, and James Ferrier

Safety -Signed Brandon Meriweather, Cedric Griffin

With the signing of Meriweather and Griffin, I am a little more at peace. I’m still not convinced that the position is complete, though. The Redskins lost SS LaRon Landry to the Jets, and released FS Oshiomogho Atogwe. Both actions hardly abhorred by fans.

Currently, the Redskins roster holds Meriweather, Doughty, Gomes, Griffin, Barnes (Played some safety in 2010) at the safety position (SS/FS). Meriweather and Doughty are the only two listed as safeties. All others are listed as defensive backs.

I will always be biased to the offensive side of the ball. Call me an action junkie, but there’s nothing better than seeing points on the board. There are definitely still holes here, as well.

Colts receiver Pierre Garcon

Pierre Garcon adds an immediate medium to long range threat to a struggling WR Corps

Wide Receiver – Signed Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan

The additions of Garcon and Morgan add depth to the struggling receiving corp. Pierre had a great year, even under the unsure arm of Curtis Painter. Morgan is a home-town kid that is happy to be back.

There are so many wide receivers on the roster at this juncture (9), there’s a strong possibility that some familiar faces from last season won’t be around at the end of August. In fact, right now we are the only NFC East team with more than 7 WR’s on the roster.

Left Guard – Unaddressed

As of right now, the interior line is Swiss cheese. Licht. is coming of of a big injury, and Maurice Hurt honestly should be hammering down a classic triple at Wendy’s before holding down the blind side with Trent Williams. Hurt did make progress starting eight games last season, but I would still like to see him as depth and not a starter.

Notables still on the Market: Vernon Carey, Jacob Bell

Right Tackle– Unaddressed

New Orleans Saints Offensive Tackle Jammal Brown

The Redskins acquired OT Jammal Brown from the Saints

Jammal Brown’s hip excuse is starting to get old and I don’t see him as the Redskins long-term solution. Undrafted rookie Willie Smith played three games at LT last season, there’s a chance Shanahan & Co. could have him transition to RT. He would still need an effective veteran to mold under.

Notables still on the Market: Demetrius Bell, Marcus McNeil

Running Back – Unaddressed

The RB’s currently on the Redskins roster include Roy Helu and Evan Royster. Both showed great promise last year, but neither have had a full season’s load on their backs.

Veteran Tim Hightower is on the market as an unrestricted free agent. Tim showed some capability early in the season, but went down with a knee injury. Mike Shanahan will more than likely try to bolster the depth in the backfield at some point this offseason.

Quarterback – Re-Signed Rex Grossman, No. 2 Pick 2012 Draft

Rex Grossman practicing at quarterback for the...

Rex Grossman practicing at quarterback for the Washington Redskins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then, of course, there is the Quarterback situation. The Redskins have likely secured their future with re-signing Rex Grossman, and acquiring the 2nd overall pick.

The acquisition of the No. 2 pick in the 2012 Draft is just that. The rights to THAT PICK. As a reminder, Colts owner Jim Irsay has publicly stated that they have not decided on the two quarterback prospects Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.

Evidence suggests the Colts will take Luck, including a statement from Colts’ GM Ryan Grigson on a conference call that the Colts will have Luck in for a visit to the team facility in the next few weeks. They will not, however, host Griffin.

 

Featured image via: The Washington Examiner

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