Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: July 13, 2011 12:09 am

Plax says Bears in top 3, Bears not interested?

Posted by Will Brinson

Plaxico Burress will be one of the most sought-after discussed free agents once the offseason begins. And though his age may be an issue, it seems like he's going to get a gig.

But where? Well, how about Chicago, where the Bears are in need of a possession receiver to compliment Devin Hester? How convenient -- Plaxico said he'd be interested in going to Chicago, even calling the Bears one of his top-three choices to play.

"Oh without question, without a doubt [the Bears are among my top three destinations]," Burress said on "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on Tuesday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. "My decision making is going to come down to what I said, playing with an elite quarterback, playing with a running game, playing with a great tight end, and Greg Olsen is already that guy, in my estimation he'll be a Pro Bowler this season.

"That's the same situation I went into when I made my decision to go to New York. It's a pretty similar situation."

Quick aside: it's unbelievable how Drew Rosenhaus clients who don't really have an open market continually find themselves in high-demand. I mean that seriously -- the guy makes things happen.

However, this flirtation with Chicago may not exactly be worth pursuing. Sean Jensen of the Sun-Times notes in the same article that multiple sources tell him the Bears are only interested in Plax at a "bargain basement price."

Apparently, the combination of Burress' prison time, plus his age and character concerns all mesh poorly with his inability to fit into Mike Martz' scheme that way other receivers might.

But, hey, what if he ended up going to Chicago along with Washington wideout Santana Moss? That would make for a pretty spicy set of wide receivers, right?

Yes it would, but it probably won't happen. If there's one thing we've learned about Rosenhaus clients it's that they're probably not taking the cheapest deal on the market, even if it might mean a better situation.

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Posted on: July 12, 2011 6:23 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2011 6:40 pm

Hester wants Bears to sign Santana Moss

Posted by Will Brinson

For as amazing as Devin Hester's been as a returner during his career with the Bears, he's never quite worked out as a receiver. He's had his moments, of course, but it's usually been a lack of a decent quarterback or another receiver on the field that's kept him from maxing his big-play potential.

Which is probably why he wants the Bears to go out and sign Santana Moss once free agency starts up.

"Anybody that can come in and help out the team, I’m down for it, and a guy like [Moss] can come in and really help out a lot," Hester said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I’m hoping we can get him."

That might seem simple -- "Hey, Bears, go spend money!" -- but it could be a little tougher to pry Moss away from the Redskins.

See, even though he's a free agent, he has stated that he'd like to come back to Washington, although his reasoning seems predicated on his preference to not negotiate a contract.

If he's willing to be swayed, though, certainly Chicago offers a better situation: Hester (a fellow former Miami Hurricane) on the other side will force teams to play off him more than anyone in Washington, and Jay Cutler's far better than the three-headed monster that is Donovan McNabb/Rex Grossman/John Beck.

But, hey, to each his own -- if Moss really wants to hang around and kick it with the Shanahans, more power to him.

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Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:08 pm

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

Posted by Will Brinson

With very few exceptions, there's little certainty about this NFL offseason. Some things -- Kenny Britt getting in trouble, for example -- are guarantees. And some things -- Donovan McNabb not playing for the Redskins next year -- seem like guarantees.

Which is why it's so surprising to hear Mike Shanahan say the words, "I love Donovan McNabb." But that's exactly what he said on Friday at a youth football camp.

"I love Donovan McNabb," Shanahan said, per Jennifer Williams of CSNWashington.com. "He’s one of the best guys you’ll ever be around. You cannot find a better person in the world.

"The thing that you do when you put a football team together is you sit down and make some tough decisions, and I will sit down with him once we are able to talk.”

They won't be able to chat until there's a new collective bargaining agreement, of course, and that means it's anyone guess as to when they'll be face-to-face.

Once they do chat, however, it's a virtual lock that Shanny's going to be shipping McNabb out of town, at least based on his criteria for evaluating players anyway.

"You're evaluating obviously on their talent, character and age," he said.

Character might be important and Shanahan might really love McNabb as a person. But based on his decision to bench Donovan for Rex Grossman last year, as well as certain comments from certain quarterbacks during this offseason, it's pretty obvious that he doesn't believe McNabb nails the trifecta in terms of things he's looking for in a quarterback.

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Posted on: July 7, 2011 11:45 am
Edited on: July 7, 2011 11:55 am

Report: PHI wants Haynesworth, WAS won't cut him

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We mentioned in Tuesday's Hot Routes that Albert Haynesworth had a suitor. New Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn was Haynesworth's position coach in Tennessee and, according to a Yahoo source, Washburn's "convinced he can get the most out of Haynesworth," and that "he wants him badly."

Now, via the Philadelphia Sports Daily's Tim McManus, the feeling's mutual: Haynesworth reportedly wants to come to Philly.

"It would be his greatest chance to rise amongst the elite a final time," McManus wrote Wednesday. "The 6-6, 335-pound tackle would be reunited with defensive line coach Jim Washburn and have a chance to play the type of ball that got him the seven-year, $100 million contract with the Redskins in the first place. Haynesworth is interested in attacking the quarterback; Washburn wants his linemen to do just that. Their final year together in Tennessee, such harmony resulted in 8½ sacks and three forced fumbles."

And then Haynesworth signed with the Redskins, where careers go to die. That's not to say he's without blame; in fact, you could make the case that the circumstances Haynesworth finds himself are mostly his doing. Still, that doesn't change anything; Washington got virtually nothing for their eight-figure investment, and even though it's clear the two sides would be better off without each other, that might not happen anytime soon, at least not without the Redskins getting something for their trouble.

A source tells McManus that “They are not going to cut [Haynesworth]. If the Eagles or anyone else wants him it is going to have to be by trade. Because if they cut him, that’s giving him his way.”

We wrote last month that the Redskins front office suffers from the sunk cost fallacy, an economic theory that says that GMs and coaches are unwilling to cut their losses with underperforming or overpriced players because they're the ones most attached to the investment (which is now a sunk cost). AdvancedNFLStats.com took it a step further: "New managers are not beholden to their predecessors’ sunk costs, and are freer to make rational decisions."

Which led us to write at the time: "Unfortunately for the Redskins, Allen -- who inherited Haynesworth from Vinny Cerrato -- hasn't followed that advice. Presumably because in the back of Allen's mind is the fear that if he cuts Haynesworth, not only does that mean tens of millions of dollars down the drain (sunk cost!), there's the chance that another team will sign him, and worse, he will play well."

NFL Network's Jason La Canfora said weeks ago that the 'Skins "should have taken a fifth for him last offseason and ended the circus then.”

Of course, this is the same outfit that not only traded within the division for Donovan McNabb and gave him a contract extension during the 2010 season, but benched him nine weeks later for Rex Grossman. As it stands, Washington will be lucky to get a fifth-rounder for McNabb.

The lesson: Don't spend lavishly on players who don't fit your system (this should be obvious, we know). And if you do, you can't be afraid to unload them to the highest bidder, even if it's less than market value. (The very same market, ironically, you inflated by overpaying for said players in the first place.)

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Posted on: July 6, 2011 4:44 pm

Hot Routes 7.6.11: MJD losing carries already?

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Albert Breer of the NFL Network is sitting on the side of the street in New York (like, literally) waiting on lockout-related news. Here's his latest update.
  • SB Nation Atlanta reports that Sean Weatherspoon is going above and beyond what he needs to do during the lockout, getting together with Missouri teammates to workout. I have an unholy amount of love for 'Spoon and I'm hoping it doesn't manifest itself in an ill-advised DPOY pick this preseason.
Posted on: July 5, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: July 5, 2011 1:28 pm

Redskins shouldn't expect much for McNabb

Posted by Ryan Wilson

It's been a recurring theme this offseason. Anytime the conversation turns to matching a veteran quarterback with a team desperately in need of a starter, Donovan McNabb is usually mentioned as an afterthought if his name comes up at all.

It's not altogether shocking; McNabb is 34 and has been average (or worse) the last two seasons. But the manner in which McNabb was relegated to QB scrap heap has been something of a surprise. Washington gave division rival Philadelphia second- and fourth-round picks last offseason for McNabb, presumably because new coach Mike Shanahan thought the 11-year veteran could still play at a high level.

It only took eight weeks before Shanahan yanked McNabb late in a game against the Lions for Rex Grossman. And by the final month of the season, McNabb was on the bench for good, his Washington career effectively over some 14 weeks after it started.

So why would the 'Skins give up on McNabb less than a year after trading for him? In May, a source told CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco that it's all because "The son doesn't like him." That would be Shanahan's son, Kyle, who is also Washington's offensive coordinator.

Technically, McNabb is still a member of the Redskins, but that'll change soon after the lockout ends, and for better or worse, it will also usher in the John Beck era. The only question is if Washington will trade or release McNabb. The latter is contingent on the former, although there's no guarantee that other teams think enough of McNabb, especially given his hefty contract (signed after Week 1 of the 2010 season), to give up much to get him.

The Washington Post's Jason Reid writes that a confluence of reasons will likely lessen the demand for McNabb's services.
Forget about holding out for the highest draft pick. Don’t keep McNabb on the roster throughout the preseason in an effort to create a bidding war. That would only prolong a lingering, ugly situation that requires resolution as quickly as possible. …

The Shanahans did so much to devalue McNabb that the Redskins should not expect to receive much in exchange for a player beginning his 13th season. Also, teams are expected to ask McNabb to rework his contract to facilitate a trade, so the Redskins will need his cooperation, limiting potential trading partners.

McNabb probably would give back his $3.5 million signing bonus if the Redskins were willing to release him when the lockout ends, but Shanahan wants something more than money after squandering second- and fourth-round picks on McNabb. If the Redskins move McNabb a minute after a new collective bargaining agreement is formally implemented or wait until the day after their first regular season game — the option deadline — it would still be surprising if any team offered more than a sixth- or conditional seventh-round pick for him. Shanahan needs to let McNabb move on at any price.
Wherever McNabb ends up, it will probably be as a backup. The Dolphins, Titans, Vikings, and Seahawks are all in the market for veterans, either to challenge for the starting job or mentor young QBs currently on the roster.  

If there's a silver lining it has to be this: whatever role McNabb assumes in 2011 -- even if he's out of football -- it will almost certainly be preferable to what he endured in Washington last season.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:04 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:04 pm

McNabb works out with Eagles

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It seems pretty clear Redskins QB Donovan McNabb will not be playing football in Washington in 2011. I think that’s something most of us will agree with, although that didn’t stop McNabb from saying next year is going to be a “special season” (where that "special season" will happen, nobody knows).

McNabb's nightmare year
So, it might have raised some eyebrows when CSN Washington reported McNabb worked out with his former Eagles teammates Wednesday morning.

“I’m just working out right now,” McNabb said. “As you can see, I’m in some great shape, and I’m only going to get better.”

But in case you were thinking McNabb might return to Philadelphia -- despite Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb (for now) already 1-2 on the depth chart (it’d be tough to have a “special season” when you’re the quarterback who is never activated on game day) -- think again. McNabb’s workout Wednesday was simply a workout of convenience.

Apparently, McNabb was in town for a charity event, and since he was already in the neighborhood, he decided to drop by, do some agility drills and toss around the medicine ball.

“I’m just focused on working out,” McNabb said. “It’s what I do in the offseason.”

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:03 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 2:11 pm

McNabb: '2011′s gonna be a special season'

Posted by Will Brinson

If you had to pick one word to describe Donovan McNabb's 2010 season with the Washington Redskins, you probably wouldn't pick "special."

Perhaps "disastrous," "nightmarish," "hellacious" or "miserable" might come to mind, not "special." But the likely-to-be-ex-Skins quarterback thinks the coming season is going to be "different" and, in fact, "special."

"2011 is different than 2010," McNabb said via NFL.com. "For those who wanna sit back and dwell on what happened last year, so be it. But 2011′s gonna be a special season. A season in which I feel that I've prepared myself well — not just conditioning and strengthwise, but most importantly getting back to the fundamentals. And I look to display that in the 2011 season.

"And for those who feel like it can’t be possible: I'll prove you wrong."
McNabb's nightmare year

The first thing that strikes me about McNabb's statement is that he a) thinks/knows he'll be gone from Washington in 2011 and b) that he thinks/knows he'll get a pretty good shot to start come 2011 with a team that needs a quarterback.

Maybe I'm reaching there, and maybe McNabb is simply being optimistic about his chances to bounce back in a new opportunity. But given that he thinks he'll "prove [people] wrong" and almost knows that he'll end up in a specific opportunity that will give him a chance at redemption, you have to think he has an idea of where he might play next season.

Which is really weird, considering there's been VERY little talk about teams want to ink McNabb in the coming year.

All that speculation aside, though, can McNabb actually redeem himself in 2011 and prove people wrong? (Or, perhaps, prove Bruce Allen right?)

It's certainly possible, especially if he ends up in the right situation (handing off to Adrian Peterson, in a hypothetical example), but unless a greater market for McNabb materializes as we -- hopefully! -- get closer to having free agency and a full season, it seems unlikely that he'll end up in a better spot than he was to start last year.

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