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Need to Know: Five who are more valuable to the Redskins than to another team

Feb 19, 2014, 5:22 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 19, 20 days before the start of NFL free agency.

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Here are five pending Redskins free agents (update: four plus one who just signed) who are more valuable to Washington than to any other team.

ILB Perry Riley— Riley is worth a premium to the Redskins not so much for his play on the field but more for what’s in his head. He has spent four years training to be London Fletcher’s successor calling signals in the middle of the defense.

WR Santana Moss—If the Redskins want him back it would be at least in part for his role as a steadying influence and leader in the locker room. Moss will be fine if he goes elsewhere but he wouldn’t have the same credibility with a new team.

CB DeAngelo Hall—Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris know what Hall can do and what he can’t do on the field. Off the field, his personality may not be a fit for every team out there but it works well with the Redskins. That’s why he was brought back for four years and between $4 and $5 million per year. He’s a fit.

S Reed Doughty—As with Hall, the coaches know his strengths and weaknesses well (even though circumstances often forced him to play outside of his areas of strength).

QB Rex Grossman—Even though the offense will change away from the Kyle Shanahan scheme Grossman has been in the last five years, Grossman is still valuable as a mentor for Robert Griffin III. The team may decide that their third-year QB doesn’t need his own counselor any more but if Grossman does stay that will be part of the equation.

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Timeline

—It’s been 52 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 200 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Free agency starts 20; Offseason workouts start 47; NFL Draft 78

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  1. O - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    Grossman is now more valuable to the Ravens and Browns not necessarily the Redskins anymore. As much as I despise him, I think he’s been a great mentor to RG3. The other guys we need back. We need our leaders back and young guys groomed to be leaders.

    • skinsdiehard - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:32 AM

      No we need leaders with talent. For too long this team has had vice versa.

  2. skinsdiehard - Feb 19, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    This article is ludicrous. Familiarity should not be overvalued when talent is so lacking. They need more size at WR and more speed on Special Teams. Moss and Doughty should be gone. Grossman on this list is a joke. Riley is too stupid in coverage…has no instincts or football IQ.

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      I must have missed the part where I advocated for the signing of all of these players. Oh, that’s right, I didn’t. Just taking a different look at things. You’re right about Moss and Doughty, dead wrong about Riley.

      • manchild157 - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:33 PM

        I agree about Riley. But I’m still scratching my head on Hall. Seems to make me think Wilson will not be back which is ok……and they gave Hall a big raise, another head scratcher. Don’t see him finishing the 4 year contract, as soon as they fit as many pieces this year as they can they will have some flexibility to upgrade over Hall. Maybe it’s a situation where Hall is a known commodity whereas they know what he can do for them and can’t get that production for the same money out of a free agent.

    • shermanp79 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      I say let Moss go. What is he really going to contribute? A good locker room guy didn’t help last year. His spot is for a young guy. We aren’t a team that is going to the SB. Garcon can be the leader. I think AR needs to start or actually play the slot. He was very productive his last year in college. He has more ability than a fly route. He needs to improve but how can he if he doesn’t play. Shanahan should have played AR over Moss, he did say in TC that he and Hanks had improved. But Shannahan did and didn’t do a lot of things to make you scratch our heads. I bring Dougherty back along with Riley of course needs to return. I think Grossman can go and we know Hall signed..

    • shermanp79 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:49 AM

      You are ready for baseball because you are out in leftfield!!! Riley has talent and got better as the year went along. He can make plays and has been near the top in takcles. He is just entering his prime and I expect big things out of him going forward. I think his big plays are going to increase going forward.

    • maxpower65 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      This article is titled “Five [players] who are more valuable to the redskins than to another team”. That doesn’t necessarily make them all valuable to us. It just means they would be more valuable to us than another team.

  3. alextwrs - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    I think Riley has the chance to be the leading tackler this year and really break out, he is more intelligent than you think diehard.

  4. alextwrs - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    Cut Grossman for god sakes!

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      He’s a free agent, no need to cut him.

      • maxpower65 - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:50 AM

        He might mean physically? Yikes!

  5. kenlinkins - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    OK: if we are willing to pay $1.25 million per INT (D. Halls new contract) and $1 Million per Sack (Tagging Orakpo) then Perry Riley is worth (say $45K per tackle = $5.3 million)??? I know this is not the way to look at players cost but just want to show it so that when watching the games in 2014, when Riley misses a tackle we can all say “There go’s another $45K he could of made). LOL There was a 90% chance D. Hall was going to sign here but I was hoping for a little bit better of a deal than AVG $5 million a year, until I see the contract details (like how much in 2014, how money FOR SURE money, etc) I will not judge it. ALSO< If Grossman was such a great mentor to RG3, should he take some of the blame for 2013, I mean it can not be ALL Coach Shanahan's fault can it? If Moss is such a great Locker room guy, why all the drama in 2013? AGAIN, can it be ALL Coach Shanahans Fault? IMO your statements much like math, they have to work both forwards and backwards, You can not just take what you want to prove out of the middle! As for Doughty, resign him and see if he can make the team again.

  6. colmac69 - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Think you sign riley to long term contract (imo he only going to get better now that fletcher no longer about),,, tag orapko..if he proves himself and stay inj free u could give him contract nxt yr…kerrigan contract is up nxt yr…he plays well in 14 do u give him long term contract as well?do u tag him or orapko nxt yr?then u got griffin out contract after 15 season…some tough decisions…..imo we got three quality linebackers who could b future at that position for nxt 5, 6 yrs if all cards fall right way….or maybe they all leave in nxt couple yrs

  7. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Moss is better than most think. if you compare how many times a player is targeted and target him the same amount as Garcon he is still a 1,000 yard receiver.

    MOSS GARCON MOSS Projected With Comparable Targets

    79 Targets 182 targets 158 Targets ( projected )
    42 receptions 113 receptions 84 receptions ( projected )
    452 yards 1346 yards 1,004 yards ( projected )

    Garcon had OVER twice as many targets I would safely say if you gave Moss that many targets he would have at least double the yards which is over 1,000. That’s with 24 less targets. I f he caught half of those 24 at 10 yards a catch average he has 96 receptions with 1,124 yards. Not elite but not bad. People need to consider that he gets on the field less and gets targeted less

    • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      it didn’t post the way I had it laid out but if you look under the names it has their #s and the last set is Moss’s projected with the same targets

      • kenlinkins - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        The question is ‘Why did he get on the field less”? Didn’t he practice WELL? (you know the grading stick the Coach Shanahan used to explain why most players dressed and or played?

        • timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 19, 2014 at 6:23 PM

          They moved him to slot because for some dumb reason a guy who got over 1,000 yards a year on the outside they felt was a better fit in the slot. which means less snaps, less targets, = less yards and catches

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