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Need to Know: Five reasons the Redskins haven’t signed your favorite free agent

Mar 17, 2014, 4:17 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 17, 21 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

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Are you wondering why your favorite free agent not signed with the Redskins? Here are five possible reasons.

Money—This is often, but not always, the issue. The team thinks the player is worth X dollars per year. The player and his agent think he’s worth X plus Y dollars. The team might go up a little and the player’s camp might come down a little but ultimately they just can’t come to an agreement. Or, the Redskins called the agent, found out what the opening contract demand were and then didn’t call back. If you’re wondering why a particular player isn’t getting interest from anyone, it’s often a case that he’s pricing himself out of the market.

Length of contract—This is something that could be a hang up in getting a deal done with someone like Anthony Spencer. He might want a one-year deal to have a “prove it” season after he missed almost all of last year with an injury so that if he plays well he can hit free agency again in a year. The Redskins might want him on a two-year deal so that if he does break out they are rewarded with another season of having him under contract.

No interest in the team by the player—Perhaps the free agent you covet doesn’t want to play for the Redskins. It could be that the player wants to stay closer to home. Or he heard about the traffic and the high cost of housing in Northern Virginia. And even the most avid fans would have to admit that the recent history of losing and turmoil on the team could turn off some players.

Not a scheme fit—Your free agent may be ranked in the top 10 on every website you can find but perhaps he doesn’t fit in what the Redskins do. It’s just not a fit at any price if the player’s strengths are not what your scheme emphasizes. The Eagles’ Chip Kelly talked about it this week and the same could apply to the Redskins and most other teams

The player may not want to sign yet—This could apply to a player like Champ Bailey. He is likely to get a one-year deal and even if there is mutual interest (no reports that there are, just an example here) there’s no reason for him to rush and sign a deal. Maybe after minicamps are over, a coach will look at his defensive backs and might think Bailey is worth a little bit more than they thought. A player in Bailey’s situation has nothing to lose and everything to gain by waiting.

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Timeline

—It’s been 78 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 174 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 21; NFL Draft 52; Training camp starts 128

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  1. Hart - Mar 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Good article man. Its just like the average Joe choosing a job. Maybe the company is known for layoffs..or known to treat the workers like dirt. With no recent winning history. Maybe the $ in Denver is better than Washington. At least you KNOW the games in December would still matter there.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      For now. Manning’s NFL hours could be over and year now.

      Which is why they’re such big f.a. players this year.
      ~

  2. thewayniac - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    There also seems to be a lot of uncertainty in Washington these days. New coaching regime, the RGII soap opera, where Kirk Cousins will land (or stay?). That right there seems like its enough for and offensive guy to stay away, and the Skins could use some help on the O-line and a secondary wide receiver. I’m a Texans fan, but a lot of my friends are Skins fans so I watch the, regularly. They are just a few moves away from taking the East back.
    Following along and am going to show this to them. Nice work.

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