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Gman84
07.03.2010, 09:20 AM
Artis Hicks in on a three year deal. Not a great player by any means but versatile and at this point I'd suspect he is the favourite to start at RG.

Tony Pashos is still possible, there is a deal on the table for him but he is visiting the Browns first. I'd be comfortable wih a right side of Hicks and Pashos competing with Heyer and BMW for time.

JD for breakfast
07.03.2010, 11:11 AM
I'd say he's an upgrade on what Randy Thomas has been producing the last couple of years so it's a good pick-up. If we do get Pashos and take Russel Okung at #4 that gives us a pretty decent starting OL of: Okung-Dockery-Rabach-Hicks-Pashos with Williams, Heyor and Leichtensteiger as back-ups

Hannibal
07.03.2010, 11:36 AM
Artis Hicks in on a three year deal. Not a great player by any means but versatile and at this point I'd suspect he is the favourite to start at RG.

Tony Pashos is still possible, there is a deal on the table for him but he is visiting the Browns first. I'd be comfortable wih a right side of Hicks and Pashos competing with Heyer and BMW for time.

Hicks is universally underrated, I think you will be pleasantly suprised with his performance if he breaks into the starting lieup.

The_Hangman
07.03.2010, 11:40 AM
Hicks is universally underrated, I think you will be pleasantly suprised with his performance if he breaks into the starting lieup.

I don't know too much about him, so that's excellent to hear.

Gman84
07.03.2010, 10:29 PM
Pashos went to the Browns instead.

lochhibs
08.03.2010, 03:07 AM
i was hoping more signings would have been made by now.a lot of the offence needs improving and youu cant do it all in the draft.i thought snyder would have splashed the cash with it being an uncapped year and bruce allen said they would be on the phone at the stroke of midnight when it opened.were they on the phone to artis hicks for 3 days?disappointed so far.hope to see a few new faces soon.

my_friend_goo
08.03.2010, 08:25 AM
i was hoping more signings would have been made by now.a lot of the offence needs improving and youu cant do it all in the draft.i thought snyder would have splashed the cash with it being an uncapped year and bruce allen said they would be on the phone at the stroke of midnight when it opened.were they on the phone to artis hicks for 3 days?disappointed so far.hope to see a few new faces soon.

Truth is, the free agent market isn't great this year. Hicks' versatility hopefully means he'll be able to secure one spot on the line. The line last year was plain awful. The team can't really downgrade there, but there's not much available as an upgrade either. The team appear to be offering similar deals to all journeyman linemen coming in and ability-wise, they all seem to be fairly interchangeable, but at least can play at NFL level.

As for other positions, wait and see. I'm not expecting a dramatic turnaround next season, but instead a strategy of build through the draft and fill the gaps with serviceable players with experience. Whether this will yield better results than the "covet perceived all-stars and fill the gaps with any old scrub" remains to be seen, but that strategy wasn't proving to be a recipe for success, was it?

boltonredskin
08.03.2010, 09:06 AM
i was hoping more signings would have been made by now.a lot of the offence needs improving and youu cant do it all in the draft.i thought snyder would have splashed the cash with it being an uncapped year and bruce allen said they would be on the phone at the stroke of midnight when it opened.were they on the phone to artis hicks for 3 days?disappointed so far.hope to see a few new faces soon.

There's another major reason why the cash splashing hasn't happened yet, and that's because everyone's still got their eyes firmly fixed on the CBA for which negotiations are on-going. If we (or anyone else, for that matter) starts splashing the cash wildly this year and then the cap returns in 2011, what are they going to do then? Re-structuring of contracts is problematic, as we have already seen with the likes of Thomas Jones having to be traded purely to get out of fulfilling large, guaranteed payments, and most likely it would lead to a massive overhaul of players.

Unfortunately, the grim spectre of a lock-out hasn't gone away from the 2011 season, and the hit in the pocket that everyone would take should that happen (God forbid) doesn't require any further elucidation. So I think we're into the pattern that we're going to see has been established, of slow consolidations and sensible salary management. And as has already been said, there's not too much out there on the offering this year either. I had personally hoped we might have been able to take a look at Burleson, but the Lions moved fast on him and with the reputation for a poor offense that we have been saddled with, I'm not altogether surprised that Washington isn't automatically the first port of call on a receiver's schedule.

npmallon
08.03.2010, 10:03 AM
Don't forget that the free agent pool is further restricted by the fact that a lot of players have become restricted free agents because of the current CBA coming to an end and no new CBA being agreed just yet.

This years draft has also got a lot of talent at a lot of positions. Although there may not be as many 'Blue Chip' players, teams are being very careful not to give up their draft picks for a solid RFA.

Our front office appear to be using this unique opportunity to balance the books a bit better. We are also getting the opportunity to hold on to some decent players at a good price by tendering them some contracts.

Gman84
11.03.2010, 01:30 AM
Ma'ake Kemeatu in the house now. A low risk signing for the NT spot, no real bonus, contract of incentives which makes sense given his health. Hopefully he is ready to go to camp and he can help in the rotation. Might be a bargain at a tricky position to fill.

skinsfan.uk
11.03.2010, 02:06 AM
Ma'ake Kemeatu in the house now. A low risk signing for the NT spot, no real bonus, contract of incentives which makes sense given his health. Hopefully he is ready to go to camp and he can help in the rotation. Might be a bargain at a tricky position to fill.

Love this signing. Frees Haynesworth up to play D end and gives us 2 big bodies on the line (between oxygen breaks obviously). As Gman points out it's an incentive heavy contract so no real financial risk and as his agent said, why would they agree to such a contract if they weren't confident of being ready to go week 1.

Like the Hicks move, he was the best backup on an excellent o line which probably puts him top of our depth chart right away!

Would like to re sign punter smith next, he really steadied the ship for us on punting and there's the trickery as well. Can't see us getting Foote with him visiting the Cards looking for $8m up front but we will see... In Shanny and Allen we trust!

RickySanders
11.03.2010, 03:12 PM
TE Sean Ryan signs. Redskins become his 7th team in the NFL.

wuds100
12.03.2010, 10:23 AM
Rumoured trade for Adam Carricker of the Rams reported on NFL.com

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d816e4d17&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

Also on NFL.com we are featured in there state of franchise section where they
discuss our moves so far and the upcoming draft with some good stuff from
the draft guru Mike Mayock.

wuds100
16.03.2010, 01:57 AM
Larry Foote adds to the list of players strongly linked though headed
elsewhere (3 year deal with the Steelers),
This new approach has to be a huge positive for the long term success
of the franchise with a view to building through the draft and only using
FA to fill holes, Hopefully Shanahan and Allen get it right in April and despite
being in the take a OT club I would now accept a QB though if they deem
Bradford or Clausen there choice to take us forward.

JD for breakfast
29.03.2010, 11:15 PM
Today we've added CB Phillip Buchanan from the Detroit Lions. He's an 8-year veteran who was 17th pick overall by the Raiders in 2001. I doubt he'll dislodge Rogers and Hall from their starting spots but he's served as a specialist kicki andf punt returner in the past with some success so he'll compete for that slot on the roster, as well as competing for a place in our nickel and dime packages

my_friend_goo
30.03.2010, 07:51 AM
Today we've added CB Phillip Buchanan from the Detroit Lions. He's an 8-year veteran who was 17th pick overall by the Raiders in 2001. I doubt he'll dislodge Rogers and Hall from their starting spots but he's served as a specialist kicki andf punt returner in the past with some success so he'll compete for that slot on the roster, as well as competing for a place in our nickel and dime packages

Well, by no means a solution to our potential secondary woes, but he's unlikely to be challenging for a legit starting job just yet. The important thing is it's a 1-year, $1.5M deal (w/ incentives). That means he'll have a year to prove himself, then be gone. That in itself is a great thing. I could have seen Vinny/Danny making it a 3-year deal for a bit more money, then making it seem like an inspired signing.

The_Hangman
30.03.2010, 08:51 AM
Great pick up, imo.

JD for breakfast
30.03.2010, 06:14 PM
Well, by no means a solution to our potential secondary woes, but he's unlikely to be challenging for a legit starting job just yet. The important thing is it's a 1-year, $1.5M deal (w/ incentives). That means he'll have a year to prove himself, then be gone. That in itself is a great thing. I could have seen Vinny/Danny making it a 3-year deal for a bit more money, then making it seem like an inspired signing.

Like I said he won't be a starter in our secondary, more likely to compete with Alridge, Thomas and possibly Hall for return duties. Unless we draft some jet-heeled speedster in the draft that is. Purely a depth signing