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Report: Redskins want 'high-profile' FA wideout

Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:16 pm
Wayne and Garcon could reportedly be targeted by Washington. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Redskins, under Dan Snyder, are often referred to as the "offseason champs." This is not a good thing. But what might be a good thing, if the Redskins are truly intent on moving up to grab Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, is adding a talented wide receiver to a roster that features Jabar Gaffney the No. 1 target.

According to a report from Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the 'Skins have plans to do just that, and plan to add a "high-profile wide receiver" in free agency, rather than try and improve their wideouts via the draft.

The free-agent market for wide receivers is a good one, with guys like Marques Colston, Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne and Stevie Johnson all likely to hit the open market. DeSean Jackson, Wes Welker and Dwayne Bowe could also be available, although all three are expected to be franchised. (Maske specifically lists Vincent Jackson, Colston, Pierre Garcon as targets.)

Pursuing a wide receiver in this market, then, is a smart thing. There's talent to be had, and it's talent that's proven, rather than a risk in the draft. Additionally, the Redskins biggest need is at quarterback. And pursuing a "high-profile" wide receiver in free agency will help them no matter who they add under center.

If Washington's trying to pursue a big-name quarterback like Peyton Manning (provided he does, as expected, become available), adding a talented wideout will only make the team a more attractive destination, particularly if Manning wants to continue playing with Wayne in a new destination.

Should the Redskins make a hard push for both Wayne and Garcon, it's a clear indication of where they're going in their quarterback search. But it's a smart plan regardless, because if the Redskins end up missing out on Manning but landing RG3 in the draft, he'd be aided tremendously by the presence of veteran, talented wide receivers on the roster.

And the same thing applies to any quarterback that ends up with Washington. Even if the worst-case scenario plays out and Washington is forced to settle on someone like Kyle Orton to step in and play, it's pretty obvious that Orton will be better with players like Wayne and Garcon than he would be with someone like Gaffney.

Of course, that's all predicated on the Redskins taking a smart approach to their wideout plan and not out-pricing themselves. And that's never a guarantee when we're talking about Snyder's squad.

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Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:08 pm

Report: Redskins want 'high-profile' FA wideout

Orton is not only better than anyone on the Redskins current roster, might be a better QB then theyve had since???? IDK Thiesman?

Yes mark rypin and yes doug williams.  I know what I said. 

Since: Jan 25, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:54 pm

Report: Redskins want 'high-profile' FA wideout

Has Colston ever played a full season? Pass on Reggie Wayne... looking for last big payday.

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:47 pm

Report: Redskins will screw it up

3 years $36 million for Randy Moss

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 2:33 pm

Report: Redskins want 'high-profile' FA wideout

Somehow I just feel like if any of those guys go to washington they will disappear.

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