Washington Redskins: Addressing the 2012 Off-Season

After getting off to a 3-1 start to the 2011 season, some people, and even players were talking Superbowl. Sadly, the Redskins stumbled to a 5-11 record to finish their season. It’s obvious what the problem was and you do not have to be an NFL expert to realize that they needed help at the quarterback position.

In the 2012 off-season, the Redskins need to address:

1) Quarterback – In this off-season, Rex Grossman, who took a majority of the snaps for the Redskins this last season, will hit the open market. For starters, I do not believe the Redskins will re-sign Grossman. The only other quarterback on the roster who has taken an NFL snap is John Beck. Lets just say that John Beck will not be the starter come opening day in Washington. I believe the Redskins can take two different routes in this off-season to secure a legitimate starting quarterback. Depending on what happens in Indianapolis with Peyton Manning, if he gets released and hits the market, the Redskins could very well take a look at signing him. They have the money available to do so but its a matter of Manning getting released and trying to convince him that the Redskins are a season or two away from a Superbowl title. The second option I see happening is the Redskins trading up with the Rams in the draft and drafting Robert Griffin III. He’s young, he’s talented, and he can very well be that next franchise quarterback. He put up some very impressive numbers at the combine and has shown a lot of potential. Although it would cost the Redskins many draft picks to trade up and acquire him, I believe he would be worth it.

2) Re-signing many free agents: Since the Redskins have over 40 million dollars to spend in this off-season, they need to address their own free agents. They have 19 unrestricted free agents and some top names like: Fred Davis, London Fletcher, LaRon Landry, Rocky McIntosh. I believe these players are to be looked at and at least three of them should get resigned. The exception could be London Fletcher due to his age.

3) Signing a Free Agent Wide Receiver – If you break down the wide receiving depth that the Redskins have, there aren’t too many big names besides an aging Santana Moss. I believe if the Redskins want to be successful they need to bring in a wide receiver from free agency. He doesn’t necessarily have to be the best wide receiver available but maybe someone like Marques Colston or Mario Manningham.

Top Free Agents – 1) Fred Davis / TE  2) London Fletcher / LB  3) Adam Carriker / DE  4) Rex Grossman / QB  5) Tim Hightower / RB  6) LaRon Landry / S  7) Rocky McIntosh / LB

Written By – David Rantisi- NFL Draft and Scouting Combine Writer

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