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Smoot a Goner?

Dec 30, 2004, 11:48 PM EDT

After months of happy talk about it being a virtual certainty that Fred Smoot would return to the Redskins next year, things suddenly turned gloomy today. From WarpathInsiders.com’s ace Redskins reporter John Keim:

Fred Smoot isn’t optimistic about returning, even as the Redskins say he should be.

”Just say it’s a gut feeling,” Smoot said. ”A gut feeling.”

When asked if he felt that if there was no deal before season’s end, then there’d be no deal at all, Smoot said, ”Yeah, that’s how I think.”

Smoot stressed that he wants to return. Coach Joe Gibbs said, ”We really like him. He’s a heck of a player and he has a great outlook on things. We’ll make every effort to sign him. We were going hard at it and then it reached a point where there was a stalemate. Both sides reached a point where we both said we’re better off waiting.”

Perhaps this is the disappointing season and his current injury talking, but there certainly is cause for concern here. Rarely is heard a discouraging word from the mouth of Fred Smoot. If he says that doesn’t like the way things are going in the contract negotiations, there must be some serious difference between the two sides.

The guess here is that Smoot and his agent have an inflated estimation of the cornerback’s market value. He is a good corner, perhaps a very good one, but he’s a cut or two below the elites in the league. If he’s looking for more than seven figures in guaranteed money the Redskins are right to draw the line.

This may come down to Smoot testing the market in March. If he gets a crazy offer, he’ll go. If not, he’ll probably stay for the offer the Redskins have on the table right now.

  1. mbarnes202 - Jan 2, 2005 at 11:58 AM

    I don’t like the sound of this … somehow, I don’t think Garnell Wilds, Walt Harris, or Ade Jimoh can quite replace a Fred Smoot. Does this mean our #1 pick would be spent on someone like Rolle?
    Or maybe it’s a comment on the WR corps of the NFC East? Or, perhaps most likely, it’s the first of many painful decisions we’ll have to make due to the Brunell contract.

  2. mbarnes202 - Jan 2, 2005 at 3:58 PM

    I don’t like the sound of this … somehow, I don’t think Garnell Wilds, Walt Harris, or Ade Jimoh can quite replace a Fred Smoot. Does this mean our #1 pick would be spent on someone like Rolle?
    Or maybe it’s a comment on the WR corps of the NFC East? Or, perhaps most likely, it’s the first of many painful decisions we’ll have to make due to the Brunell contract.

  3. Doug - Jan 3, 2005 at 10:02 AM

    The parts in Greg Williams’ defense seem amazingly interchangeable. Fred Smoot is sounding more and more like his buddy Champ Bailey. He says he wants to be a Redskin, but what he really wants is a lot of money. I wouldn’t give it to him. Walt Harris, Garnell Wilds and Rufus Brown can all play the position. And Champ Bailey’s departure didn’t hurt this secondary in the slightest. In fact, I’ll take Shawn Springs over Bailey every day.

    The Redskins defense could go from being very very good to being totally dominant next year. That is what I expect to happen, Smoot or no Smoot.

  4. Doug - Jan 3, 2005 at 2:02 PM

    The parts in Greg Williams’ defense seem amazingly interchangeable. Fred Smoot is sounding more and more like his buddy Champ Bailey. He says he wants to be a Redskin, but what he really wants is a lot of money. I wouldn’t give it to him. Walt Harris, Garnell Wilds and Rufus Brown can all play the position. And Champ Bailey’s departure didn’t hurt this secondary in the slightest. In fact, I’ll take Shawn Springs over Bailey every day.

    The Redskins defense could go from being very very good to being totally dominant next year. That is what I expect to happen, Smoot or no Smoot.

  5. mbarnes202 - Jan 3, 2005 at 11:12 AM

    Well,
    Wilds and Harris did a good job yesterday, although they really got a lot of help from the D-line. Williams’ comment of “if I had any guts I would have started playing [Wilds] a month ago” probably spells the end of Smoot’s tenure with the ‘Skins. In some ways, it’s a shame, since Smoot did seem to put it all on the line for us, but I still hope he decides to stay, perhaps for less money.

  6. mbarnes202 - Jan 3, 2005 at 3:12 PM

    Well,
    Wilds and Harris did a good job yesterday, although they really got a lot of help from the D-line. Williams’ comment of “if I had any guts I would have started playing [Wilds] a month ago” probably spells the end of Smoot’s tenure with the ‘Skins. In some ways, it’s a shame, since Smoot did seem to put it all on the line for us, but I still hope he decides to stay, perhaps for less money.

  7. Muccman - Jan 3, 2005 at 4:58 PM

    I think our defense is great with or without Smoot, but it could only be better with his presence. Also, he has become a Redskin favorite with his energy and enthusiasm toward the game and will be missed if he really does decide to leave.

  8. Muccman - Jan 3, 2005 at 8:58 PM

    I think our defense is great with or without Smoot, but it could only be better with his presence. Also, he has become a Redskin favorite with his energy and enthusiasm toward the game and will be missed if he really does decide to leave.

  9. Doug - Jan 4, 2005 at 3:26 PM

    I would love to keep Smoot also. However, I read that the Redskins offered him an $11 Million signing bonus, and he wants $14 Million. It comes down to the question of whether you think he’s worth it. The Redskins organization has to save out some dollars for draft picks and free agent pick ups. We also need to sign Antonio Pierce and maybe rework Chris Samuels’ contract. It’s going to be a busy off-season.

  10. Doug - Jan 4, 2005 at 7:26 PM

    I would love to keep Smoot also. However, I read that the Redskins offered him an $11 Million signing bonus, and he wants $14 Million. It comes down to the question of whether you think he’s worth it. The Redskins organization has to save out some dollars for draft picks and free agent pick ups. We also need to sign Antonio Pierce and maybe rework Chris Samuels’ contract. It’s going to be a busy off-season.

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