No matter how much salary cap space the NFL docked them, the Washington Redskins were serious about improving the wide receiver position in free agency.
The Redskins moved quickly to sign free agent receiver Pierre Garcon, they’re reportedly deep in talks with free agent receiver Josh Morgan, and now we have yet another report of yet another free agent receiver landing in Washington: Eddie Royal.
According to 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., the Redskins have agreed to terms with Royal. However, we’ve heard that there’s no done deal yet.
Whether the deal gets done or not, it’s clear that we’ve got our second straight offseason of the Redskins looking to sign free agent receivers. Last year it was Donte Stallworth and Jabar Gaffney and this year it’s Garcon, possibly Morgan and possibly Royal.
Last season Royal played in 12 games for the Broncos, starting eight of them and finishing the season with 19 catches for 155 yards. Those aren’t particularly impressive numbers, but then again the Broncos’ offense wasn’t conducive to big receiving numbers last season. But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan knows that in the right offensive system Royal can put up big numbers: As a rookie in 2008, Royal caught 91 passes for 980 yards and five touchdowns. His coach that season was Shanahan.
So it’s easy to see why Shanahan would want Royal as one of the new receivers for Robert Griffin III.