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Redskins taking a look at top free agent guard Ben Grubbs

Baltimore Ravens Pitta celebrates scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots with teammates Smith and Grubbs during the NFL AFC Championship football game in Foxborough

When Carl Nicks signed his five-year, $47.5 million blockbuster in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, Ben Grubbs moved to the top of the list of free agent offensive guards.

The Saints made a push to sign Grubbs in the wee hours Wednesday morning, and the Redskins have now jumped into the mix.

Rich Campbell of the Washington Times reports that Grubbs is “in play” for the Skins, though Campbell doesn’t know the seriousness of Washington’s interest.

The Redskins could use an upgrade at left guard, which has been Grubbs’ position for the past four seasons in Baltimore. Redskins incumbent left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is coming off a torn right ACL and MCL.

Grubbs entered free agency as the No. 23 overall player on PFT’s Hot 100. Due to signings at the top of the list, he’s now the 15th best free agent available.

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22 Responses to “Redskins taking a look at top free agent guard Ben Grubbs”
  1. adlent says: Mar 14, 2012 2:41 PM

    Good to see the Redskins at least admitting interest in an offensive lineman. HTTR!

  2. ravensgrl says: Mar 14, 2012 2:50 PM

    I really hope the Ravens can find a way to keep Grubbs in Baltimore.

  3. madenatewell says: Mar 14, 2012 2:51 PM

    How the hell do they have cap room? I thought they lost like 36M…?

  4. cwt123 says: Mar 14, 2012 2:55 PM

    I know there are creative ways to handle the salary cap, but how are the Redskins signing all these free agents?

  5. huskersrock1 says: Mar 14, 2012 3:00 PM

    The Redskins are signing all of these free agents because they are only taking 50% of the penalty this year. Plus they are probably using signing bonuses to move salary into future years. I would probably draft a guard though.

  6. jdfrox says: Mar 14, 2012 3:03 PM

    The definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result. Here we go again with the Skins signing every free agent they can and trying to raid the Ravens. Year after year it happens yet year after year the Skins are mediocre to bad and the Ravens are fighting for conference championships. When will the Skins get over their Skinsanity and learn that it’s about drafting well.

  7. cdrion21 says: Mar 14, 2012 3:03 PM

    Because even with the penalty they went into free agency in the top half of the nfl in cap room

  8. anactualnflowner says: Mar 14, 2012 3:04 PM

    Is it obvious who runs the show in Washington or what?

    Washington Redskins
    General Manager: Bruce Allen
    Responsibilities: Speak only when spoken to. Make sure Snyder and Shanahan have a fresh pot of coffee brewed at all times.

  9. jmsincla says: Mar 14, 2012 3:06 PM

    Guys, the Redskins were something like 32 million under the cap pre-capgate. They only had to lose half of the 36 mil this year (18) so that put them around 14 to start free agency.

    Numbers I’m seeing, they are currently around 8 million under cap. With guys like Santana Moss, Jamaal Brown, (maybe others) likely on the way out, they aren’t in trouble cap wise.

  10. rg3isvictory says: Mar 14, 2012 3:17 PM

    Why are people always surprised that the Skins know how to work the Cap? A solid guard or two, a safety or two and CB will finish another FA for the skins!!!

  11. bhester1906 says: Mar 14, 2012 3:31 PM

    Please get a new joke. Truth is the redskins don’t spend crazy anymore. They need a guard they pursue a good guard. What’s the big deal?

  12. coldaszice says: Mar 14, 2012 3:35 PM

    Bruce Allen was brought to DC because he is reguarded as being a “CAP GUY.” Not the most hands on with the players but thats why him and Shanny can co exist! Dont stress Redskins nation no more Cerrato!!

  13. baddegg says: Mar 14, 2012 3:49 PM

    jdfrox says:Mar 14, 2012 3:03 PM

    The definition of insanity. Doing the same thing over and over and hoping for a different result. Here we go again with the Skins signing every free agent they can and trying to raid the Ravens. Year after year it happens yet year after year the Skins are mediocre to bad and the Ravens are fighting for conference championships. When will the Skins get over their Skinsanity and learn that it’s about drafting well.

    ————–

    What’s your solution. Stay put with the same guys that got you 5 wins last year?

  14. clw1906 says: Mar 14, 2012 3:56 PM

    Jdfrox it’s a combination of both and why the hell ru worried about what the skins are doing?

  15. redskin1 says: Mar 14, 2012 4:03 PM

    how about signing london fletcher before we lose him,comon bruce

  16. johnnyblumpkin says: Mar 14, 2012 4:11 PM

    Baddegg sez:
    What’s your solution. Stay put with the same guys that got you 5 wins last year?

    ————————————————–
    No. Learn how to keep a majority of your draft picks and pick the right talent. You get younger and don’t tie up all your cash on dead money.
    Then take your cap space and bring in complimentary, seasoned players to fill needs not addressed in the draft.
    Rarely do you have the top teams making big FA splashes. Coincidence?

  17. thatdudewiththemarauder says: Mar 14, 2012 4:58 PM

    madenatewell says: Mar 14, 2012 2:51 PM

    How the hell do they have cap room? I thought they lost like 36M…?

    We all think they lost 36mill. Dan will not lose that much cash. They are going to get this settled with the NFL. They should sue and I would not be surprised to see the Skins and Boys picking 33rd and 34th in next years draft. HTTR!

  18. jonbravo says: Mar 14, 2012 6:32 PM

    Skins are finally doing things right! Other fans and owners just don’t understand cap genius like Bruce The Juice Allen…We’re signing young talent, 25,26 …we used our draft well last year….and dammit we used it better this yr. RGIII boyee. Offense is blazing fast …still need secondary help though…HTTR HTTR HTTR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. rebel2650 says: Mar 14, 2012 6:34 PM

    Would have liked to have gotten Nicks, but thanks to the obvious attempts to derail the Redskins’ plans by the NFL and GODell, that wasn’t going to happen!
    Grubbs is a great alternative to Nicks though, and the Skins could do a lot worse than signing him to a big contract!
    Now all we need is a few more pieces, and we’re finally in a position to compete with anyone!

  20. jonbravo says: Mar 14, 2012 6:37 PM

    Most people don’t realize that if we didn’t make those moves in the infamous “uncapped” year, we’d be in the same predicament currently w/ only 14-17 milly this year…. NFL and Deuchebag Goodell can’t stop the Danny train….Choo Choo mutha @&@&$

  21. bmoreballers says: Mar 14, 2012 9:43 PM

    Wouldn’t be an off season without the skins signing a raven

  22. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 14, 2012 10:28 PM

    johnnyblumpkin says:
    Mar 14, 2012 4:11 PM
    Baddegg sez:
    What’s your solution. Stay put with the same guys that got you 5 wins last year?

    ————————————————–
    No. Learn how to keep a majority of your draft picks and pick the right talent. You get younger and don’t tie up all your cash on dead money.
    Then take your cap space and bring in complimentary, seasoned players to fill needs not addressed in the draft.
    Rarely do you have the top teams making big FA splashes. Coincidence?
    @blumpkinface
    The Skins have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL. They are doing exactly what you were suggesting they do. Who did they pick up last year? Donte Stallworth (for pennies on the dollar), Jabar Gaffney (in a trade, and he had a career year), both complimentary players. Now they are getting younger at receiver, and possibly cornerback. The only older player they might get would be Grubbs. You didn’t see them going after Moss. Because they were 36 million under the cap going into free agency affords them the opportunity to spend frugally in FA. Get your facts straight. You truly are a blumpkin face.

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