Redskins Free Agency Round Up Day 1 – Free Agency Tracker
The 2012 NFL off-season has been anything, but boring for Washington Redskins fan. Really though, what do you expect from the team crowned “Off-season Champs” year after year?
Unless you have been living under a rock or abducted by aliens you knew that the Redskins agreed to trade with the St. Louis Rams late Friday night, giving them the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The pick is sure to bring the Redskins their first franchise QB in nearly three decades with Robert Griffin III.
Though the deal was agreed upon and confirmed over the weekend, it was not made official until the start of the league year today at 4pm.
Locking down the QB of the future gave the Redskins the ability to spend the early part of Tuesday’s Free Agency opening concentrating on giving RG3 the weapons he needs to succeed.
Bruce Allen wasted no time on Tuesday afternoon signing Free Agent WR Pierre Garcon within the first 30 minutes to a 5 year deal worth just over 40 million dollars. It’s important to note that Garcon’s salary for 2012 is only 5.6 million (helping the team deal with the wonderful NFL Cap-Gate fines).
Moments later word broke that San Francisco WR Josh Morgan had agreed to a deal as well.
Rumors late Tuesday night point to former Denver WR Eddie Royal agreeing to terms with the team, reuniting the versatile WR/KR with his former Head Coach.
The Redskins also brought back one of their own locking up DE Adam Carriker to a long term deal.
The flurry of WR signings does a few things for this team, and while on the surface the upgrades appear minor – I have to believe that these moves are nothing if not methodical.
While we have from now until September to argue whether these moves will work out, there is no denying that Allen has made good on his promise to infuse this offense with youth.
All three receivers are younger than 26 years old, and just like last year’s Free Agency class, they are hungry players entering the prime of their careers.
You have to believe that these moves also spell the end of the road for guys like Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney and Donte’ Stallworth in D.C.
While it is hard to see favorites like Moss on the way out, it is refreshing to see the Redskins getting younger at every position – not only through the draft, but through free agency as well.
For the first time since arriving in D.C. Mike Shanahan appears to be putting together an offensive unit that has his fingerprints all over it.
Free Agency Tracker:
QB Robert Griffin III – Trade with St Louis for 2nd overall pick in the draft
WR Pierre Garcon – FA Indianapolis
WR/KR Josh Morgan – FA San Francisco
FS Brandon Merriweather – FA Chicago
DE Adam Carriker
FB Mike Sellers
FS OJ Atogwe
Players on the Hot Seat
WR Santana Moss
WR Jabar Gaffeny
WR Donte’ Stallworth
SS Laron Landry
RT Jamal Brown
WR Brandon Banks
WR Anthony Armstrong
ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington
WR/KR Eddie Royal – FA Denver
RT Eric Winston – FA Houston
CB Aaron Ross – FA New York Giants
Posted on March 13, 2012, in Uncategorized, Washington Redskins and tagged eddie royal, Free Agency, Jabar Gaffney, josh morgan, London Fletcher, Pierre Garcon, Redskins Blog, Redskins Free Agent Signings, Redskins Free Agent Tracker, redskins sign, RG3, Robert Griffin III, Santana Moss, Washington Redskins. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.