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Bruce Allen: We will be active in free agency

Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen AP

The salary cap penalties imposed on the Redskins a couple of years ago have left the team without much ability to spend during free agency.

Those penalties are out of the way, however, and this offseason brings with it the possibility of more activity for a team that’s usually been busy in the offseason since Dan Snyder bought the team. During an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen all but promised that the team would be moving at a brisk pace once free agency gets underway.

“We’ll have some room,” Allen said, via the Washington Post. “We’re gonna have some room to do some things. But we have some players who are free agents, and we’re going to talk to them first, to try to retain them. But we have the ability to maneuver around, and we’ll be active in free agency.”

Linebacker Brian Orakpo, cornerback DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Perry Riley are a few of the in-house free agents that the Redskins will have to sort out, but there’s enough cap space to do things in a variety of ways which should make the Redskins one of the more interesting teams to watch when the action starts in March.

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31 Responses to “Bruce Allen: We will be active in free agency”
  1. deflateddome says: Jan 23, 2014 3:45 PM

    Allen might want to keep Snyder out of those meetings.

  2. rodvmunchiii says: Jan 23, 2014 3:49 PM

    Lets see with the Bucs here’s some of Allen’s signings.

    A 54-year old Tim Brown.
    Various generic 38-year old offensive linemen.
    A 46-year old Charlie Garner

    That’s pretty much the entire Allen-Gruden years in Tampa. Oh and lots of bad drafts.

    Good look Redskins!

  3. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Jan 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    Too bad the 1st time in years the Skins can actually spend money in free agency that there is a bunch of nobody’s available at wide-out. Figures… this team is cursed with bad luck.

  4. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    Dam Right We Will Be. HTTR FOR LIFE.!!!!!!

  5. metalman5150 says: Jan 23, 2014 4:00 PM

    Bruce Allen giving his best to right this team.
    You must admit, running a Professional team has got to be a difficult task. Especially difficult, is when your adversary accuses you of defiling ‘the spirit’ of salary cap. Even more difficult with media persecution around every corner attempting to make your franchise as unwelcomed-a-guest, as Andrew Jackson made the natives feel, 1830.

  6. olefballcoach says: Jan 23, 2014 4:03 PM

    Garcon had over 100 catches this year so we dont need a number one.. The draft should help with that.. there are O lineman ,Safeties and corners that are available.. Redskins will be good to go next year!!

  7. micklegrande says: Jan 23, 2014 4:04 PM

    Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden ran the Raiders into the ground.

    Bruce Allen and Jon Gruden ran the Tampa Bay Bucs into the ground.

    Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan have run the Redskins into the ground and he’s about to cap it off with Jon’s brother, Jay.

    How does this guy stay employed?

  8. granadafan says: Jan 23, 2014 4:06 PM

    Well-deserved sanctions for trying to cheat the cap.

  9. metalman5150 says: Jan 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    Bruce Allen needs to be on the field, every play. Making tackles and shedding blocks!!!
    Clearly, Bruce Allen is not good enough for micklegrande.
    Maybe micklegrande isn’t even good enough for himself!

  10. jcaro5566 says: Jan 23, 2014 4:17 PM

    It’s funny how when Allen was hired everyone was saying “now the adults are in charge” referring to all of the bad spending the previous regime had done.

    Now the new regime is getting ready to do the same. When will the Redskins ever learn that whenever you spend on free agents it is always done at a premium and adversely impacts your depts and overall team development.

    No wonder this team has one of the worst, if not the worst, winning percentages in the last 25 years! Go ahead and open up your pocket book Redskins since it has been such a help to you in the past.

  11. rodvmunchiii says: Jan 23, 2014 4:19 PM

    For those thumb downing me, here’s something from The Washington Post (not to mention my memory as a life-long Buc’s fan).

    “Hand-picked by Gruden after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, Allen went 38-42 in Tampa. Before they were fired, Allen and Gruden had three winning seasons, two losing seasons and never won a playoff game. They started 9-3 before losing their last four their final year together.

    His free agent signings included Todd Steussie, Derrick Deese and Charlie Garner, basically Over the Hill Gang II at that point — except they all got cut because they were done.”

  12. cuda1234 says: Jan 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    But where are they going to find an NFL-caliber qb?

  13. vtsquirm says: Jan 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    Is the league going to drop another bogus cap penalty on the skins right before the new league year?

  14. onearmsteven says: Jan 23, 2014 4:27 PM

    why is this a news story? the redskins have more cap room than all but 5 teams in the league… i’m sure the other teams with millions of room in cap space will also spend money. crazy!

  15. onearmsteven says: Jan 23, 2014 4:28 PM

    It’s funny how when Allen was hired everyone was saying “now the adults are in charge” referring to all of the bad spending the previous regime had done.

    Now the new regime is getting ready to do the same. When will the Redskins ever learn that whenever you spend on free agents it is always done at a premium and adversely impacts your depts and overall team development.

    No wonder this team has one of the worst, if not the worst, winning percentages in the last 25 years! Go ahead and open up your pocket book Redskins since it has been such a help to you in the past.

    the redskins won a couple super bowls in the last 25 years, but good try.

  16. wagon151515 says: Jan 23, 2014 4:34 PM

    This team will have some money to mess around with in free agency, but not as much as people might think. Like 8 of the 11 starters on defense are free agents. So they are going to have to re-sign or sign all of these new starters which is going to quickly eat up a lot of that cap room. A lot of cap room because there are a lot of free agents on this team.

  17. ravenswhat says: Jan 23, 2014 4:44 PM

    That RG3 trade will prob set them back at least a decade. They’ll prob have to pay him in 2 years due to lack of options and kill any salary cap they have at that point.

  18. justintuckrule says: Jan 23, 2014 4:49 PM

    As a Giants’ fan, I was disappointed to see us take away their cap money. Not because of the whiners saying how unfair it was…no…it was because the Skins have done such a bang up job over the years signing complete sloths to that team.

    We did them a favor taking away their money. Now, they’re back to ruining their team with it just as they’ve done since the inception of FA.

    Cheers, skins.

  19. 4greatestvikingever says: Jan 23, 2014 4:49 PM

    Albert Haynesworth says he’ll sign for another $100 million….

  20. elitocruz says: Jan 23, 2014 5:01 PM

    as a giant fan, spend away Mr. Snyder!

  21. PriorKnowledge says: Jan 23, 2014 5:05 PM

    I hope Bruce learns the principle of “Bang for the Buck.” I am tired of the Redskins overspending on free agents: Especially over the hill ones.

  22. thegregwitul says: Jan 23, 2014 5:27 PM

    Bruce Allen: “Aqib Talib, welcome to Washington DC. We are rather pleased you suggested moving the full amount of your five year deal to a signing bonus. It’s unique, but hey, you’re a unique guy. We look forward to seeing you at the facility. The cab is waiting outside the airport.”

  23. laserw says: Jan 23, 2014 5:31 PM

    As a PO’d Redskin fan (I’ve bled Burgundy and Gold since 1970), I must say that there is precious little to like about this team – a horrible head coaching choice, an untalented, undisciplined, prima donna as a QB, and a defensive player named Hype-po that has no impact on any game he plays and gets the credit for being the second coming….

    Now we will resume our over-spending ways on washed up Veterans that should be out of the league. We’ll win the offseason Super Toilet Bowl and resume our place in the laughing stock of the league. At least we could blame the turmoil on Shanny for his years, but the fact remains this team will continue to try to buy achievement instead of earning it.

  24. joparks2012 says: Jan 23, 2014 6:45 PM

    I am sure the Skins will be active but to say that they didn’t learn anything from their mistakes is presumptuous. I am sure they can put together a decent defense without having to sign the best and most expensive player at each position. Not everything that Shanahan did was bad. He signed some decent FAs over the 4 years he was here. The Skins just have to avoid the caviar and champaign FAs and make sure whoever they sign will fit into their system. You can exploit the market by going after good character professionals. You can build a contender with a few all-stars and a lot of high charater blue collar players. I also realize that this is all speculation until the FA period begins. If they go back to being the Yankees of the NFL, I’m sure most of the Skins fans would rather they didn’t.

  25. dlr4skins says: Jan 23, 2014 6:54 PM

    laserw is really jerry jones

  26. 25cuts says: Jan 23, 2014 8:14 PM

    Eagles will own you again this season. Enjoy watching McCoy shred your team, again! 👍

  27. mutohasaposse says: Jan 23, 2014 8:55 PM

    Hopefully Gruden and Allen get this thing turned around. The Skins haven’t been consistently good in a long time. Until they turn it around people will stick to the stereotypes without waiting to see if the Skins really can improve.

    People rally around the same old Skins, “only sign overrated aging players,” tirades. Haynesworth was an awful signing SIX years ago. Since then they have avoided that route. The reason the Skins are in better shape isn’t solely because of the cap penalties, the Skins stopped signing the big price tag guys before sanctions even fell in to place.

    Hopefully things get turned around so we won’t have to hear the same generalizations over and over again from people that solely follow their own team and don’t know what’s really going on.

  28. pr0jecktpat says: Jan 24, 2014 12:33 AM

    They need to be smart with their money, but they shouldn’t be afraid to spend money on hardworking players. I know Snyder will want some flashy new FA to tout, but at the end of the day Allen needs to bring in guys who are hardworking team players.

    Let Orakpo go, he isn’t bad, but not nearly as good as people make him out to be. If he asks for a manageable contract that is short-term then perhaps resign him, but his injuries of late have really been a hindrance to him and the team.

    D. Hall is hit or miss with people, just like his ability to play his position. This team has a lot of ball hawks on the roster, and they need to bring in a few good cover guys. He is another player I don’t mind not being resigned, but I’m sure he will be picked up by the Skins with a short term contract.

    Riley is a consistent team player that hasn’t missed a game in over three seasons. Bring the guy back.

    Not an amazing FA market this off season (at least to me), so hopefully they don’t waste money on old/scrub players like normal.

  29. skinsdiehard says: Jan 24, 2014 12:35 AM

    Cap room only because we have a lot of free agents? That’s fine if most of them are replaced with cost effective players and young players deserving of promotions like S - Phillip Thomas, ILB Keenan Robinson, OLB Brandon Jenkins, CB Chase Minnified, CB David Amerson, RT Tom Compton, WR Leonard Hankerson and NT Chris Baker.

  30. skinsdiehard says: Jan 24, 2014 12:50 AM

    Time wil tell. Skins get blamed a lot for bad FA signings due to Washington media. But they should be acknowledged for having more good ones than bad actually: WR Laveraneus Cole, LB London Flether, CB Shawn Springs, DE Phillip Daniels, DT Cedric Griffin, LB Marcus Washington, G Kory Lichtensteiger, G Randy Thomas, G Chris Chester, C Will Montgomery, DE Andre Carter, NT Barry Cofield, CB DeAngelo Hall and WR Pierre Garcon.

  31. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jan 24, 2014 9:44 AM

    Can’t wait to see what veterans they overpay for this year! Hail to Dan Snyder’s checkbook!

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