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Redskins Making the Best of Tough Off-Season Decisions

Let’s be honest for a minute Redskins fans – some of you are pretty disappointed in the first week of the 2012 NFL Off-Season.

Sure you are probably excited the Redskins made the trade that will “save the franchise” and hopefully bring RG3 to DC. But, missing on big name difference makers like Vincent Jackson or Eric Winston has been a tough pill to swallow.

Toss in watching a fan favorite and All-World Gym Rat Laron Landry walk out the door, and seeing Redskins targets like Aaron Ross and Eddie Royal sign elsewhere stings a little. Throw in the uncertainty of the London Fletcher situation and what happens next in NFL CapGate and I can see why the casual observer may be a little worried.

I mean, let’s be honest the Redskins always get their man right? Once a player is spotted around town with Snyder and Co. always been a done deal right? So what gives?

It is times like this when I am pretty happy there are grown-ups running the show in Ashburn.

Gone are the days of wining and dining superstar free agents and throwing cash at them until they have no choice but to sign on the dotted line.

Welcome to a new day in Redskins fandom – a day in which the front office is more interested in building a team then collecting superstars.

While some people have argued that the Redskins overpaid for Pierre Garcon or are “clueless” for letting Landry go to the Jets, I would say they are doing exactly what they need to build a complete roster.

Bruce and Mike are doing a fantastic job of stockpiling young players who are a perfect fit for the schemes the team is running. Forget the past where they would go get a superstar like Peyton Manning, who would have been an absolutely dreadful fit for this offense and force him into this system.

Forget scrapping young talent currently on the roster or blocking them with overpaid superstars, now we see the organization bringing in guys like Garcon who complement home grown talent and fit right into what Mike and Kyle want to do on offense. Garcon is a speedy receiver with big play ability who can stretch the field vertically and force defenses to account for him.

At the end of last season Kyle Shanahan spelled out exactly what he was looking for in regards to a playmaking WR. Garcon is exactly what Kyle was looking for so it comes as no surprise that at 4pm last Tuesday afternoon the first call Garcon got was Kyle Shanahan. 30 minutes later Garcon was a Redskin, and even though the initial price was considered high the truth is it was not bad considering a guy like Laurent Robinson just signed a deal $32.5 million. It is also worth mentioning that Garcon was willing to work with the Redskins to overcome the CapGate issues by costing only $2.5 million against this year’s salary cap, enabling the Redskins to bring in more players to fill out the roster.

While it has been tough for many local fans (especially the ones who represent Hokie Nation) to see Eddie Royal sign with San Diego instead of coming home, the truth is, it shows how far this front office has come in two years. Forget bidding wars, Bruce and Mike know what they are willing to give specific talent and are not going to over pay to get it. Instead of Salary Cap crippling deals like the one signed by Antwaan Randle El, they are able to bring guys in on team friendly deals like the Garcon deal.

The fact is, this team is making responsible decisions and is finally building this team the right way.

While it is sad to see a guy like Landry go considering he is among the best in the league when healthy, letting him go is a no brainier. The guy has not been healthy enough to stay on the sideline let alone the field and there is no room on this roster for a player who will has spent more time on the IR than in the game the past 2 seasons.

The biggest problem the Redskins have had over the last decade is making poor personnel decisions. Time and time again, they have set the organization back more than they have helped it compete and I for one am pretty happy it looks like they have turned the corner.

For the first time since Joe Gibbs returned 8 years ago, the future in DC is looking very bright.

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New Redskins in Uniform on Madden

 

OK I admit it, I am a Madden nerd. Every year I find myself waiting at midnight so excited to give EA Sports my hard-earned money for the newest Madden. I also admit that as soon as the Redskins announced roster moves like adding RG3 and Pierre Garcon, I had to update my copy of Madden to see how the new guys play.

I took a few pics of the new guys so you could see them all in uniform for the first time anywhere. OK maybe seeing the guys in Madden doesn’t count but it sure is fun. Sorry the pics are kinda crappy but since I have no clue how to rip screen shots right from the PS3 this is the best I can do.

You can check out the first video footage that I have seen on the internet of RG3 throwing a 17 yard TD to Pierre Garcon, and check out the pics of the guys in Redskins gear below.

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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:

Players Added

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

Players Re-Signed

DE Adam Carriker

Players Lost

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

Targets

ILB London Fletcher – FA Washington

WR/KR Eddie Royal – FA Denver

RT Eric Winston – FA Houston

CB Aaron Ross – FA New York Giants

Redskins Sign Pierre Garcon

The Washington Redskins first free-agent acquisition of the day came with former Indianapolis Colt’s wide receiver, Pierre Garcon. Garcon scored six touchdowns, while hauling in 947 yards last season.

Garcon took to Facebook to announce he would be signing with the Washington Redskins, saying the following:

“I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news… I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I’m very excited about the opportunity in front of me.”

Garcon could become the Kendall Wright for Robert Griffin III.

Washington is still in the hunt for another wide receiver and possible linemen. Stay tuned for more free-agent signings.