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The Redskins should get back to being the Redskins this year

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Remember last offseason when everyone lauded the Redskins for being relatively conservative on the free agent market?

Yeah, don’t expect that to happen again.

“We prepared for various options and will be able to be as aggressive as any team in the league based on what the rules are,” Redskins G.M. Bruce Allen told Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

This hardly comes as a surprise.  We passed along a note from Jones previously that the Redskins were “champing at the bit” to spend big dollars.   They certainly have plenty of places to spend their dough.

We haven’t done the Redskins post-draft team checklist yet, but there are still holes on the team at quarterback, cornerback, running back, wide receiver, and the defensive line. (You could arguably throw offensive line in the mix too.)

An annual contender for the NFL offseason championship, Washington may very well be the favorite this year.  They just have to wait longer than usual.

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38 Responses to “The Redskins should get back to being the Redskins this year”
  1. stoutfiles says: May 20, 2011 5:01 PM

    This year? You mean next year right, because there likely won’t be a season this year.

  2. trbowman says: May 20, 2011 5:03 PM

    They drafted two running backs, there isn’t a gaping hole there.

  3. wwwfella says: May 20, 2011 5:06 PM

    theres a difference between spending and spending wisely hopefully now they know the difference….HAIL REDSKINS!

  4. marinomanx13 says: May 20, 2011 5:06 PM

    I want the Redskins to be on “Hard Knocks” this year so very badly.

  5. tylerdurden0 says: May 20, 2011 5:09 PM

    The Redskins organization is a gaping hole.

    The good teams in the league build their teams through the draft. Picking up aged veterans is good to fill the occasional need or boost your team over the top but it should be the exception not the rule.

  6. bcgreg says: May 20, 2011 5:11 PM

    What were they the Greenskins or somethin’?

  7. snnyjcbs says: May 20, 2011 5:11 PM

    There will be no Free Agency this year, and if you look at their record on FA over the years they are bad, not as Bad as Old Shanny was in Denver lol, they do have Bruce Allen that after the Tampa fiasco has proven it was all AL in Oakland. McNabb really worked out well for them lol

  8. waynefontes says: May 20, 2011 5:13 PM

    Since “getting back to being the Redskins” means that Snyder is going to spend way too much money on someone who’s way past their prime….

    Don’t even think about it, Brett. Just let it go.

  9. toiletking says: May 20, 2011 5:16 PM

    This trainwreck would be HILARIOUS on hard knocks. Dan Snyder is the worst owner in sports history.

  10. hendawg21 says: May 20, 2011 5:17 PM

    First of all any story written by any so called sports reporter from the Washington Post is a joke…

    Do the Skins have holes yes do they have them as badly written in this story no…quite frankly all NFL teams have holes which is why they draft yearly and sign free agents.

    Bottom line does it really matter if there is no 2011 season by the time we get back to football they will have filled those holes via this year and next years draft,..

  11. smellmyface says: May 20, 2011 5:18 PM

    @tylerdurden

    Do you understand football? Every year teams sign FA’s. To say that good teams only sign the occasional one is retarded. Yes the Redskins have gone after all the wrong guys in the past but with Allen and Shanahan I dont think that will happen. You cant rebuild in the NFL anymore you have to be smart with a mix of draft picks AND free agency.

  12. rpiotr01 says: May 20, 2011 5:18 PM

    I can see two Packers winding up there. Cullen Jenkins is well publicized, but I can see them making a push for James Jones as well. They’re just the kind of organization to be that “one team” who makes him an offer that knocks his socks off.

  13. prmpft says: May 20, 2011 5:23 PM

    ..Oh – OK – y’know, just the other day I was wondering when…

  14. commandercornpone says: May 20, 2011 5:25 PM

    they need favre.

  15. golonger says: May 20, 2011 5:25 PM

    LOL…SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE!!!!!!

  16. skins23 says: May 20, 2011 5:35 PM

    Remember these names: Davin Joseph, Ryan Harris, Vince Young.

    Nnamdi we’ll sniff around but won’t overpay.

    Possibly Franklin at NT.

    Peace.

  17. goombar2 says: May 20, 2011 5:40 PM

    Yeah, this ought to be on Hard Knocks. Shanny is such a two faced goon, he’s probably telling Rex he’s the greatest ever on the practice field and then telling the Beck kid he’s the next Elway.

    I wonder what he says behind the scenes about Snyder? I wonder what happens when FA starts and Danny Boy just brings in some FA and tells Shanny he wants him to start.

    Really, the Washington was made for Hard Knocks.

  18. docredskin says: May 20, 2011 5:45 PM

    Exactly when, where, and by whom were the Redskins lauded? We are routinely lampooned during free agency, deserved or not. Instead of saying Washington will be big spenders, why not make a comment about how it’s time for the all-too-redundant references to free agent mistakes made long ago.

    Last year their biggest FA flop was, um, Artis Hicks maybe? The McNabb trade was a mistake, but making a play on a guy that had been a franchise QB is a defensible faux pas. Shanny and Allen have a measured approach. Atogwe filled a specific need. Was that a bad move, too? Would signing Cullen Jenkins be a bad move? The answer is no but that won’t stop the onslaught of jokes.

  19. tylerdurden0 says: May 20, 2011 5:47 PM

    @smellmyface (no)

    Dummy,

    Did you even read my post?

    I’m not saying that teams don’t sign FA’s or that it’s not important- I acknowledged as much in my statement:

    “Picking up aged veterans is good to fill the occasional need or boost your team over the top but it should be the exception not the rule.”

    Also, the “past” wasn’t that long ago… wasn’t it the Redskins who signed Albert Haynesworth to the biggest deal ever for a defensive player like 2 years ago?

    Giving up draft pick after draft pick and picking up old players that used to be awesome is a surefire way to ruin your organization (ie- The Redskins and Raiders). Successful NFL teams build their teams primarily through the draft (Colts, Steelers, Patriots, GIANTS etc). Its science…

  20. 1bigtex says: May 20, 2011 5:49 PM

    @ smellmyface

    “Yes the Redskins have gone after all the wrong guys in the past but with Allen and Shanahan I dont (sic) think that will happen.”

    I have a quick question. Who traded for McNabb? I mean wasn’t that Allen and Shanahan? Also, regarding that “you cant (sic) rebuild in the NFL anymore” statement, care to explain that one. Seems a bit obtuse. Thanks.

  21. dclogicatlast says: May 20, 2011 5:51 PM

    Cullen Jenkins is a lock. Book it. He’ll get big money from the skins and do ok. Smart thing to do would be punt this season and spend nothing. Get another top 10 draft pick, use it on a qb, and then spend like crazy to help him out. Skins are going no where next year no matter what they spend.

  22. joeflaccosunibrow says: May 20, 2011 5:59 PM

    Who writes this crap?

    Offensive line should be priority 1 and 2! Until all starting O linesman are under 30, they will stink! Portis was their 6th O linesman for the past 5 years.

    The game is won and lost at the line of scrimmage.

  23. coleman121280 says: May 20, 2011 6:00 PM

    I heard as soon as the Washington Redskins sign a free agent they make him sing….SING! SING FOR RAMSIS!!!!

  24. 07black350z says: May 20, 2011 6:21 PM

    @ docredskin…..its the same pathetic jokes that are made at ever cowboy’s story, most of which are made by people who simply read box scores to analyze football.. in response to what you said…mcnabb had been on a decline his final 2 years in philly..Albert Haynesworth was a blundering mistake..shannahan traded down numerous times in a weaker draft than most years..furthermore he is endorsing a guy who hasn’t taken a live snap since 07 as the hopeful starter @ qb..I would hold off before proclaiming that they have a mesured
    approach …as a cowboys fan I cannot wait to see rex or Beck under center

  25. docredskin says: May 20, 2011 6:39 PM

    Why is there never any mention of London Fletcher, Shawn Springs, Marcus Washington, Cornelius Griffin, Randy Thomas, the Santana Moss Trade, or, shoot, trading Doug Dutch to get there potential starting QB when we talk about their moves? These things, Beck notwithstanding, worked out well for the Redskins. Doesn’t fit the m.o., though, so sweep it under the rug.

  26. krow101 says: May 20, 2011 6:43 PM

    They always do good after strikes. Maybe they can win another… Superbowl *

  27. theothers09 says: May 20, 2011 6:48 PM

    So many people love to hate on the Redskins it’s funny. I understand Dallas, Philly, and the G-Men. They are in the NFC East. The rest of you are hating because you live in low income S. Hole cities and can’t afford season tickets. You hate that you teams have no money to spend. I am in no way saying the Skins don’t not need to get better in alot of places, but this is not the same ole same ole Skins of past years. Shanny and Bruce are NOT going to over pay free agents and you guys know that but the haters gota hate!
    Hail to the Redskins!!!!!!!

  28. andyreidcarboload says: May 20, 2011 7:02 PM

    Washington Redskins = 2011 Offseason Champions

  29. cruells says: May 20, 2011 7:02 PM

    With the Redskins being the Redskins they should..

    – Suck like you wouldn’t believe on defense
    – Bench they’re only hope at QB
    – Play like sh*t at WR
    – Overpay a FA that wont deliver and will cause problems.
    – Have overrated players
    – Have a stupid owner..

    Thats the Redskins being the Redskins..

  30. melonnhead says: May 20, 2011 7:22 PM

    Yes the Redskins have gone after all the wrong guys in the past but with XXXXX and XXXXXXXX I dont think that will happen.

    —————————————————–

    Replace the X’s with:

    Gibbs and Cerrato
    Schottenheimer and Schottenheimer

    Doesn’t matter, because The Danny is the one that gets sparkles in his eyes when he sees a big name pop up in free agency and it’s The Danny that brings them in.

  31. radrntn says: May 20, 2011 7:51 PM

    good, then trade haynesworth to the raiders.

  32. thefiesty1 says: May 20, 2011 8:25 PM

    What make anyone think they won’t be any different than they are year in and year out. They are the Skins! This year will probably be worse than normal.

  33. baddegg says: May 20, 2011 8:56 PM

    It’s not whether they spend on Free Agents, it’s whether they spend wisely. If they go out and get big name guys who have character issues or who are past their prime, of course that is stupid. But if they can pick up some good character guys with 5+ years left in the tank who will help the team, why not? Everyone says they should build through the draft and guess what, they are trying to do that! Now they should try to supplement it by picking up FAs. But they should focus on quality guys who they can integrate into the team concept to build — not disrupt — team chemistry.

  34. baddegg says: May 20, 2011 8:59 PM

    krow101 says: May 20, 2011 6:43 PM

    They always do good after strikes. Maybe they can win another… Superbowl *

    Oh you are so right putting the asterisk next to their Superbowls. Those Joe Gibbs teams sure did suck. (rolling eyes)

  35. Canyonero says: May 20, 2011 11:11 PM

    It just isn’t Washington without the insane spending.

  36. freedomispopular says: May 20, 2011 11:30 PM

    Has to make you wonder whether a guy like Dan Snyder really cares about restoring the player movement rules, and instead wants free reign to spend as much money as possible. And if that’s how Snyder feels, what about the rest of them?

  37. skinsdiehard says: May 21, 2011 12:52 AM

    cruells says:
    May 20, 2011 7:02 PM
    With the Redskins being the Redskins they should..

    – Suck like you wouldn’t believe on defense
    – Bench they’re only hope at QB
    – Play like sh*t at WR
    – Overpay a FA that wont deliver and will cause problems.
    – Have overrated players
    – Have a stupid owner..

    Thats the Redskins being the Redskins..
    ———————————————-
    This entire post sounds like jealousy. Why do you watch the Skins? The Skins were in the playoffs in 2005 and 2007 and started 2008 6-2. I don’t know what horrible team you are talking about. Even with injuries and a depleted roster, they finished 6-10 last year (better than the Cowboys, Vikings, Titans, Bengals, Cardinals, 49ers, etc…..all teams you are fooled into thinking are better than the Skins). Why do you care if we overpay a FA? The Skins passing offense was 12th in the NFL last year. How does that suck? Armstrong had one of the highest per catch averages and Moss finished with 93 receptions. WTF? Get your facts straight instead of rehashing news from 2000.

  38. skinsdiehard says: May 21, 2011 1:02 AM

    Canyonero says:
    May 20, 2011 11:11 PM
    It just isn’t Washington without the insane spending.
    ———————————————
    Another jealous statement. The only insane contract was Haynesworth and he will never even fully realize $100MM. What insane contracts are you talking about? $5MM per year for Andre Carter? Is that a lot? Deion played well in 2000 for one year. Was that an insane contract? What insane spending are you talking about? Shawn Springs? London Fletcher? Philip Daniels? Marcus Washington? Randy Thomas? OJ Atogwe? DeAngelo Hall? All good signings. You can’t name others outside of Haynesworth. I dare you to point out that Deion and Bruce Smith did not play well for the Skins or were grossly overpaid. Look at the contracts again. Prediction: Skins will have 6 pro-bowlers next year on a sucking team as follows: DE Orakpo, CB Hall, S Landry, S Atogwe, LT T. Williams and LB Fletcher….maybe 7 with WR Hankerson.

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