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Hi, I’m abroad and haven’t had much time for the blog but I have some free time today so I decided to throw this post together on account of the prediction that the lockout has a chance at ending July 21st.
Positions of need: QB, WR, OL, NT, DE, CB
QB: In all likelihood there won’t be any upgrade. John Beck has been rumored to be the starter…
John Beck playing in last years preseason finale (John McDonnell-The Washington Post)
WR: I would love to see Santana Moss resigned and there seems to be mutual desire on both sides to get a deal done. Currently there is no one on the roster (sadly), including Santana, who is a real number one wide out. The third round addition of the U’s Leonard Hankerson was a great move and I am a big Anthony Armstrong fan but a number one still needs to be found.
Now this may not sit well with Redskins fans but here’s the addition of Braylon Edwards: a physical, big, number one WR. He has been immature in the past but I still remember in playoffs when he talked about hearing from Dennis Byrd and how it inspired him. He didn’t have the greatest game of his life by any means but his TD against the Pats showed that he wanted it more than anyone:
ESPN’s John Clayton on free agent Braylon Edwards: “Watch for Washington to make a big bid.”
I will say that I am a little bit reserved because I don’t want to do that classic Redskins move and overpay him. Nevertheless he’s the signing at WR. Okay, fine, maybe I’m sipping a little Koolaid…
OL: First things first, the Redskins lockup Jammal Brown to be a mainstay at RT. The other signing is at guard, Davin Joseph, still only 27 and would be a good fit for the team. His contract would be somewhere between 5-8 million dollars a year which is definitely reasonable.
Will the Redskins be able to pry him away from Tampa Bay? (Photo via thepewterplank.com)
NT/DE: I would love to say that we get NT Aubrayo Franklin but my signing is the (future) former Green Bay Packers DE, Cullen Jenkins. He seems like a no-brainer to me because Jim Haslett is a fan of throwing out unconventional looks and Jenkins fits perfectly with that. And on top of that, according to the Washington Post, the Skins and Jenkins share “mutual interest.”
"#BOIII!! I just scored a big fat contract" (Photo via Wikia.com)
The signing of Jenkins fits nicely because he also can get to the QB, freeing up room for the two-time Pro Bowler Brian Orakpo. Not to mention it will also make it easier for rookie Ryan Kerrigan, who will have to transition to OLB. Again, though, the key to this whole offseason is not to overpay.
CB: Here’s where it gets fun. Even though the best corner (along with Revis) is on the market, Nnamdi Asomugha, I don’t think the Skins get him. Not because they don’t pursue him and offer him a Fat Albert sized contract but because he decides to go elsewhere.
"YES! I'm even richer!!"
So, after failing to get Nnamdi the Redskins still manage to have enough time to call up Jonathan Joseph and get him signed to a nice contract. Also the fact that he is only 27 while Nnamdi is 30 is a plus. See? Not all my picks are the biggest names. But… if Nnamdi does sign with the Redskins… I can already taste the Koolaid I’ll be drinking.
JJ and DHall would fit nicely together (photo via columbussports.com)
Those are the signings, hopefully I didn’t just jinx everything.