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Team checklist: Washingon Redskins

We’ve written up five post-lockout prescriptions so far: The Cowboys, Patriots, Jets, Dolphins, and Bills.  None of those teams have more work before the 2011 season starts than the Redskins, so let’s get right to their to-do list.

1. Dump Donovan McNabb.

There’s no doubt this will happen; the only question is whether the Redskins will drag out the process in an attempt to get something in return for McNabb.  Considering all factors, we doubt any team will trade for McNabb, even if they could re-negotiate the $10 million bonus he’s due this offseason.

McNabb can also essentially force a release by refusing to renegotiate with other teams.

2. Find competition for John Beck.

No matter how much we hear Mike Shanahan likes Beck, it defies logic to believe the team won’t get quality competition for him.  They could bring back Rex Grossman, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see a bigger name emerge with so many veteran quarterbacks available.  Vince Young and Marc Bulger make some sense.

3. Sign a starting receiver or two.

We listed receiver as a big need, even after the team drafted three players in the draft.  The logic is simple: At this point, their projected starters would probably be Anthony Armstrong and Leonard Hankerson, a third-round rookie.

Bringing back Santana Moss can’t be ruled out.  The Redskins are logical candidates to get in on the Sidney Rice sweepstakes, or perhaps Mike Sims-Walker if they aim lower.

4. Add a right tackle, more offensive line depth.

Tackles Jammal Brown and Stephon Heyer could be free agents.  The interior line isn’t terrible, but the team needs depth there.  As Rich Tandler of CSNWashington.com writes, incoming free agents could potentially challenge for any starting gig outside of left tackle Trent Williams.

5. Make a decision on Albert Haynesworth.

It’s time to get off the pot. The Redskins held on to Haynesworth too long last year, only to sink more money into a ship that is not getting off the bottom of the ocean.  Shanahan seems determined to try to get something in return for Haynesworth.  Good luck with that, especially with legal issues.

6. Add a veteran to the running back mix.

This is low on the list of priorities after drafting two backs in the middle rounds.  Still, the team could use a legitimate veteran in camp to join Ryan Torain and two rookies, Roy Helu and Evan Royster.

7. Sign a starting cornerback.

Carlos Rogers is likely to be a free agent and recent words indicate he’s not wild about coming back.  He should only return if the league returns to 2010 rules.  Cornerback Philip Buchanon is also a free agent.

8. Look for a nose tackle.

They drafted Jarvis Jenkins, but he’s going to play defensive end.  We told you this team had a lot of needs. We believe G.M. Bruce Allen; the Redskins should be as aggressive as any team in free agency.

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23 Responses to “Team checklist: Washingon Redskins”
  1. RoofDude says: May 24, 2011 12:23 PM

    Bruce Allen is going to help the skins a lot. It will take some time though. He knows what he is doing. Im no skins fan but, respect Allen & Shanny. If they can keep Danny boy signing the checks, & ONLY signing the checks… they will rebound.

    I wish it wasnt so, as Im a skins hater but, that is reality.

  2. heyguru1969 says: May 24, 2011 12:23 PM

    Team Checklist:

    EVERYTHING! Especially Ownership!!

  3. boysroll says: May 24, 2011 12:31 PM

    they forgot 8 and 9….owner and coaching staff….this team is in big trouble.

  4. robschwartzberg says: May 24, 2011 12:33 PM

    @RoofDude- on what basis did you decide that you respect Allen? Look at his drafts and FA signings while with Tampa Bay. They were horrible. He and Gruden nearly ruined the franchise. Yes Gruden won the SB, but Rich McKay was still GM at that point. Allen came in for the Gradkowski and Garcia show.

  5. wwwfella says: May 24, 2011 12:34 PM

    as long as their spending money on free agents and not trading away draft picks no real concern Snyder has money to burn. HAIL TO THE SKINS!!!!!!

  6. baddegg says: May 24, 2011 12:43 PM

    “McNabb can also essentially force a release by refusing to renegotiate with other teams.”

    And the Redskins can essentially force him to negotiate with other teams by holding on to him leading up to the season, lessoning his chance of starting for a new team right away.

    McNabb wants more than money I think…he wants to start and win. It’s in his best interest to renegotiate and facilitate a trade IMO.

  7. kevinfromphilly says: May 24, 2011 12:47 PM

    #8 – Get a sun lamp for Shannahan. He needs to work on his tan.

  8. bigmikeskinsfan says: May 24, 2011 12:49 PM

    oh look, boysTroll has lame jokes. surprise, surprise.

    we know we have a long ways to go but we are on the right track and once the FA period passes and we havent gone crazy on one single player the jokes will start to die off.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: May 24, 2011 12:52 PM

    I think Sidney Rice or Vincent Jackson is their top free agent target. This team desperately needs a playmaker at WR.

    If they collapse this season with Beck/Grossman, they enter the Andrew Luck sweepstakes in 2012.

  10. tombradyswig says: May 24, 2011 12:55 PM

    new owner, new GM and mostly new coach and OC!!

    FAIL!

    bwaahahahahahhhaahhaahahahah

  11. clintonportisheadd says: May 24, 2011 1:19 PM

    Bernie is right—

    This team needs to do nothing. Tank the season. Go 0-16. Then get Andrew Luck and start to rebuild.

  12. phinfan says: May 24, 2011 1:45 PM

    They drafted that kid Chris Neild for Nose Tackle.

  13. dlr4skins says: May 24, 2011 3:21 PM

    boysroll says:
    May 24, 2011 12:31 PM
    they forgot 8 and 9….owner and coaching staff….this team is in big trouble.

    Only an idiot would keep making comments when their team picked before the ‘Skins.

    I would say 8 and 9 are boysroll’s mom for team groupie and a cosmetic surgeon for the owner.

    Only Dallas fans would try to eat a turd sandwich and call it prime rib. Have you ever been to Texas? Apparently they eat alot of them judging by their IQs.

  14. karlpilkington says: May 24, 2011 3:23 PM

    boysroll says:
    May 24, 2011 12:31 PM
    they forgot 8 and 9….owner and coaching staff….this team is in big trouble.

    2173 i
    Rate This

    MY GOD MAN, You need to see a doctor for your OCD. You comment more on our team than your own.

  15. jbcommonsense says: May 24, 2011 3:28 PM

    McNabb will definitely renegotiate his contract. Otherwise he will not be able to look for jobs elsewhere until opening day, which is a terrible situation for an aging veteran QB hoping to start someplace.

  16. rajbais says: May 24, 2011 3:49 PM

    Missing on the checklist:

    1. “Idiocy and Incompetence Removal” Spray. This spray can be used on
    a. Daniel Snyder
    b. Mike Shanahan
    c. Jim Haslett
    d. Donovan McNabb

    2. A new owner.

    3. A new head coach.

    4. New offensive and defensive coordinators.

    5. A new quarterback.

    6. A happier Chad Dukes (for those who don’t know, look for his rant on YouTube).

  17. philo13181 says: May 24, 2011 3:50 PM

    Vince Young doesn’t make sense… he makes STEAK

  18. calzone21411 says: May 24, 2011 4:24 PM

    could one more redskin fan say “we are on the right track?” Only delusional redskins fans say that in the offseason while we are winning yet another off-season super bowl.

  19. smellmyface says: May 24, 2011 6:41 PM

    @rajbais

    You just proved to everyone you have no clue about football by saying you listen to Chad Dukes.

    How about add to that checklist only people that understand the game be able to comment, not the people that put on a jersey to have a fantasy football draft.

    girlsroll… go on over to a Cowboys thread and comment on how horrible of a draft they had.

    Why would they need a new GM? Everyone knows Allen is a numbers and contract guy. He is not picking players. Sure Shanahan has had some bad picks but what NFL coach hits on every pick? And to the people that say same old Redskins because they will sign some free agents. What else should they do? This roster went to sh1t under Dan and Vinny. They can only get so much in the draft and look to free agents to fill the other holes. There is no rebuild in football nobody wants their team to suck for years just so they can say we did it through the draft.

  20. rajbais says: May 24, 2011 8:08 PM

    @smellmyface The Chad Dukes thing was a joke!!!!!!!

    Grow a pair!!!

  21. rajbais says: May 24, 2011 8:33 PM

    I should have been a little more specific about the defensive coordinator … a 4-3 defensive coordinator!!!

    Jim Haslett cost a true double digit 4-3 end like Andre Carter a job after switching him to a position that he failed at in San Francisco, 3-4 outside linebacker.

  22. karlpilkington says: May 25, 2011 7:43 AM

    smellmyface says:
    May 24, 2011 6:41 PM
    @rajbais

    You just proved to everyone you have no clue about football by saying you listen to Chad Dukes.

    How about add to that checklist only people that understand the game be able to comment, not the people that put on a jersey to have a fantasy football draft.

    girlsroll… go on over to a Cowboys thread and comment on how horrible of a draft they had.

    Why would they need a new GM? Everyone knows Allen is a numbers and contract guy. He is not picking players. Sure Shanahan has had some bad picks but what NFL coach hits on every pick? And to the people that say same old Redskins because they will sign some free agents. What else should they do? This roster went to sh1t under Dan and Vinny. They can only get so much in the draft and look to free agents to fill the other holes. There is no rebuild in football nobody wants their team to suck for years just so they can say we did it through the draft.

    Elliot, is that you. Chad does know football and maybe you have heard of the guy he does the show with. Umm that would be Lavar Arrington. I guess he doent know football either.

  23. orakpwnd1983 says: Jun 15, 2011 12:20 PM

    hahah like DC 101.1 is relevant……all i hear is terrible morning radio and the same damn Blind Melon song, or Creed tribute…

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