Obviously yesterday was a very busy day for the Redskins as they picked up a few marginally talented wide receivers in Jabar Gaffney and Donte Stallworth, as well as defensive tackle Barry Cofield and cornerback Josh Wilson from Baltimore. We’ll also mentioned that the Redskins also signed backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, but if it isn’t bad enough the guy is named ‘Kellen,’ he isn’t much of a QB either. The meaningful news here is that this might end the much celebrated Rex Grossman era in D.C. Yes, those are tears.
As it stands, Grossman is just one of 10 Redskins free agents, who the organization will soon have to make a decision about. This list includes:
Jammal Brown, H.B. Blades, Rocky McIntosh, Carlos Rodgers, Kedric Golston, Phillip Buckhanon, Reed Doughty, Mike Furrey, Rex Grossman, Stephon Heyer and Chris Wilson.
Here is what we think they should do.
The Redskins need depth at the offensive line position, but do need to lose some deadweight. Even after four NFL seasons, there are too many times that Stephen Heyer plays like a rookie, and leaves his QB, blindsided. The Redskins should cut him and try to keep Brown.
As we all know, Jamaal is a health threat. He’s missed entire NFL seasons in past years, and played most of last season with an injured hip. Still, Brown appears to be open to playing on either side of the line, and the Redskins could certainly use his versatility and veteran presence, on a still young line.
At QB, Kellen Clemmens is awful, but as the Redskins decided to bring him in for one year, there is now no conceivable reason to keep Rex Grossman. Goodbye.
At the cornerback position, Phillip Buckhanon finished with 49 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles, as the Redskins #3 cornerback. Those are very solid numbers for a number three corner, but I still don’t see Buckhanon as much more than a stop-gap player at this point. 30 is by no means ancient, but in the NFL, at a position where speed and athleticism is so important, I’m not sure Phillip is going to get much better, and with Josh Wilson being brought in on Wednesday, the Redskins have better options. On the other hand, one player that the Redskins should not pass on is cornerback Carlos Rodgers.
If you judge cornerbacks by interceptions, Carlos certainly won’t be your guy, as he has some of the worst hands in the league. Still, if you asked me if I’d rather have the flashier DeAngelo Hall, he who had an NFL record tying, four interceptions against Chicago, or Rodgers, who hasn’t had four interceptions in one full season, and in a Maryland millisecond, I’d tell you I’d rather have Rodgers.
Watch the highlights for the other team, time, after time, Hall gets burned on double moves by the oppositions wide receivers. Rodgers on the other hand, consistently sticks to his man, and is less likely to get beat deep. The Redskins need to make sure that they do not listen to the much louder Rodgers detractors, and stay with a player who offers them a better man-on-man performance, in terms of defense. Rodgers needs to stay.
At safety, I’ve never found Reed Doughty to offer anything special. He just doesn’t seem to react quickly enough to be a starter, I think his time has come and the Redskins should not attempt to re-sign him.
We haven’t seen that much of him in the past few season’s but I like the explosiveness of Chris Wilson, even as he is still a little raw. Rocky McIntosh is another very explosive player, who finished last season with 110 tackles and seemed to be in the heart of every play. McIntosh started last season stronger, opening the 2010-11 season with a 10 tackle effort against Dallas and a 14 tackle effort against Houston, but his play somewhat dropped off at the end of the year, and at times he needs to take better angles in his attempts to tackle. Still I think McIntosh displays the type of explosiveness this team needs. He should be kept for that reason. H.B. Blades however does not exhibit the same level of speed and explosiveness that McIntosh has, so he should not be given an offer.
At defensive tackle, Kedric Golston had his moments, but was far too inconsistent at times. If you can’t find anything slightly better or younger in the free agent market, it would be wise for the Redskins to try to sign Golston, but I think the team can improve on this position.
At wide receiver, I don’t think the Redskins gain anything by trying to keep Mike Furrey, who was injured all of last year, and hasn’t contributed at the NFL in a couple years.