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Need to Know: Five notes on the Redskins’ Tuesday signings

Mar 12, 2014, 5:11 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 12, 26 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

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Here is a comment on each of the free agents the Redskins signed on Tuesday:

LB Perry Riley—They got him for three years and $13 million when he was looking for $7 million per year. He’s not a great player or even a very good one but it would have been difficult to operate the defense with two new middle linebackers.

WR Santana Moss—We heard a few weeks ago that the Redskins had some preliminary talks about a contract but nothing recently. Most assumed he was gone even before the news that Andre Roberts was coming. But he’s back on a one-year deal and the receiving roles will be sorted out.

WR Andre Roberts—The highest-ranked player they signed today, Roberts will come in with a bit of a chip on his shoulder after being demoted to No. 3 receiver in Arizona last year. He just turned 26 so his prime years are ahead of them.

OL Shawn Lauvao—He was Rotoworld’s 10th-ranked guard but certainly a mystery to most Redskins fans. There will be some changes along the line for the first time since 2011.

LB Adam Hayward—You probably don’t want him as a starter at inside linebacker but he could do it in a pinch. His three-year contract pays him about $1 million per and his job will be to serve as one of the mainstays on special teams.

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—It’s been 73 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 179 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 26; NFL Draft 57

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  1. skinsfan5182 - Mar 12, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    I knew nothing about Adam Hayward prior to today but I kinda like the signing after checking his Madden rating. He’s a 70 overall (not great) but with an 83 speed-86 agility and 88 acceleration rating. From those stats it looks like he’s a pretty athletic speedy inside linebacker. I know you can’t evaluate a player on his speed and agility alone but he certainly does have some of the most coveted tools available to become a productive player. I can definitely see him starting opposite P.Riley. Hopefully our coaches can coach him up to become a better player because he does have potential.I think the front office definitely saw/knew something about this guy to bring him to Washington.(more like Maryland&Virginia) hahaha.

  2. kenlinkins - Mar 12, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Well now, It seems that the only people in panic mode the last week were us fans. The sky didn’t fall on Tuesday as GM Allen didn’t get on the phone and try to out bid 31 teams for star players. He took the “Improve your team when you can where you can” method and found 3 Free Agents that filled a need and resigned two of his own Free Agents and all the deals are well within the range of what I would call normal for the skill levels involved. Hats off to GM Allen as today 2 more guys (DE Smith and DB Graham) that also fit the same pattern visit Redskins Park. Seems GM Allen did a good job of playing his cards close to the vest and not allowing others to know his plans as media reports had us signing every one from Byrd to Talib and spending every last Cap dollar on day one. It was a normal day at the office for the Redskins, which IMO was a nice change of pace. Looking forward to seeing who else we sign and the Draft in May. Chicken Little out!

  3. jonevans511 - Mar 12, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Rich- Have we seen all we’re going to see (both on the good & bad ends of the spectrum) from Riley? There are times i feel he has the skills & heart to be “very good”, but then he makes odd decisions and takes himself completely out of the very next play. I like the guy personally but understand all the criticism; you think his ceiling is higher then what it appears to be now?

  4. kenlinkins - Mar 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Rich: In this new pass happy NFL most agree that every team now needs a OLT, QB, #1WR, on offense, a DE/OLB pass rusher, Shut down CB, Safety. That these 6 guys are the heart of a winning team and account for about 50% of the Cap money of the 53 man roster. I understand that is only 6 of 22 (26 if you count nickel back, KR, Punter and LS) which is 23% to 27% of the starters and 11% of the roster. With the CBA and rookies being so cheap the first 4 years, why wouldn’t any team now just draft these 6 positions to increase there odds of finding a very good player and have him on the cheap for 4 or 5 years? They could pick up guys as undrafted free agents, Free agents who didn’t pan out or could not fit under the cap to fill out starters, or move drafted guys (OLT to ORT or G, #1 CB’s to Slot CB or Safety, OLB to ILB, and anyone who could run and tackle to Special Teams). In college this has already happen to many of these guy to keep better players on the field. I understand that each NFL position has required skill sets, but if the top 6 position are so KEY and WORTH so much, won’t logic (and math) say to only draft these positions? Don’t most teams not draft Punters, Kicker, LS just for that reason? Could this be something we start seeing in the draft? Archives

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