Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: June 21, 2010 12:59 pm

Jammal Brown Trade Could Shift NFC East

There are rumors that the Cowboys showed interest in Jammal Brown. The two-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle, of course, wound up in Washington. This could ultimately prove to be a power-shifter in the NFC East.

The Redskins did not have a quarterback who could consistently threaten a defense through the air in 2009. Obviously, the chaos with Sherm Lewis replacing Jim Zorn as the play-caller didn’t help. But whoever was calling plays couldn’t trust the mechanical, indecisive Jason Campbell.

When new head coach Mike Shanahan, along with GM Bruce Allen, solved this problem by trading for Donovan McNabb in the spring, critics tipped their caps, paused, then said, “Wait, your offensive line still stinks.” Indeed, there was no replacement for injured/retired Chris Samuels at left tackle, and Stephon Heyer’s fleckless technique and poor lower-body strength made for a hopeless situation on the right side.

In response, Shanahan and Allen signed Vikings veteran Artis Hicks and drafted athletic but raw tackle Trent Williams fourth overall. Then, over the weekend, they traded for Brown. The former Saint not only infuses power and nastiness into the right tackle spot, he also relegates Hicks to a more-fitting utility backup role. Depth has been a problem with the Redskins’ front five for years.

Brown’s arrival also aids the rest of the front. Washington’s interior line – guards Derrick Dockery and Mike Williams, and center Casey Rabach – are cogs who play to the level of those around them. In other words, good tackle play makes for good guard play in Washington.

The only concern is that all of these linemen are road-grading blockers; how will they perform in Shanahan’s agility-based zone scheme? In the very least, with McNabb on board and an adequate front five, Washington will now be competitive in passing situations. A decent offense factored with what has been a rock-solid Redskin defense translates to a fourth playoff contender in the NFC East this year.

Posted on: June 19, 2010 4:36 pm

Analyzing the Jammal Brown to the Redskins trade

The Saints have traded left tackle Jammal Brown to the Redskins. Brown was unhappy with his restricted free agent offer in New Orleans and wanted a long-term deal. The Saints were realizing that they’d just won a Super Bowl without the powerful two-time Pro Bowler (Brown missed virtually all of 2009 with a hip and hernia injury).

What’s fascinating is that the Redskins spent the No. 4 overall pick in the draft on Trent Williams. So do they plan to use Brown on the right side? Brown has the skill set to be a dominant right tackle, but you wonder how receptive he’d be to the switch given that he’s looking to make premium left tackle money.

FOX Sport’s Jay Glazer reports that in exchange for Brown, the Saints are receiving a conditional draft pick. Brown’s immediate replacement will be Jermon Bushrod, though second-round rookie Charles Brown will certainly get a close look at some point.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 18, 2010 9:49 am
Edited on: June 18, 2010 9:53 am

Another take on Haynesworth

Did you think Albert Haynesworth’s absence from Redskins mini-camp and his want of a trade – even though he signed that $100 million contact last year and received a $21 million bonus in April – was indefensible? Think again. ESPN.com’s Patrick Hruby rides in to Haynesworth’s defense.

Hruby compares Haynesworth’s attempted use of leverage to bargaining to buy a car, and he says Haynesworth’s desire not to play in the newly-installed 3-4 defense is similar to being hired by a restaurant as a pastry chef, only for that restaurant to change the style of food it serves while making you a sous chef.

Can’t say I agree with most of Hruby’s opinions, although I think it’s fair to say that the Redskins front office was “stupid enough to cut such a large check.”

But it’s an interested read nonetheless.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 17, 2010 3:34 pm

Super Agent Eugene Parker Loses Big Money

Imagine being fired just months before you’re set to receive a six-figure commission. According to Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson, that’s the position Eugene Parker finds himself in. The renowned agent (client include Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Michael Crabtree and others) was fired by Redskins left tackle and No. 4 overall pick Trent Williams Thursday. 

The NFLPA requires that Williams wait four days before hiring a new agent. Whoever he hires will have to immediately get started on the rookie’s contract negotiations.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 16, 2010 7:45 pm

More on the Haynesworth Drama

The Washington Redskins gave Albert Haynesworth a $21 million check on April 1. (It was believed to be the single biggest check in NFL history.) Haynesworth should have said April Fools! at the time. The dishonorable defensive tackle consulted with the NFLPA before skipping the team’s mandatory minicamp. Haynesworth wanted to make sure that his bonus money was protected. Sounds like it is.

But the Redskins are reportedly searching for loopholes in Haynesworth’s contract that would allow them to go after that money. Don’t expect this story to go away anytime soon. The story’s final chapter will either be about how a really foolish organization allowed a punk player to get away with grand larceny, or it will be about…well, considering Haynesworth has already made tens of millions even without that April 1 check, the other way the final chapter could go would still involve one really foolish organization allowing a punk player to get away with grand larceny.

More interesting than the final chapter is the chapter right before it. Will we read about Haynesworth getting traded? Released? Rejoining the team after infuriating everyone in the locker room?

A trade is unlikely (Haynesworth isn’t worth sacrificing draft picks for, and teams wouldn’t want to pay his base salary). The prediction here: if the Skins can’t find a way to suspend him and go after his money (ala the Eagles and Terrell Owens), he’ll get released.

--Andy Benoit

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