Shanahan: Redskins could be quiet in free agency despite needs

March 12, 2013

Even though the Redskins released cornerback DeAngelo Hall and restructured the contract of defensive end Adam Carriker to get below the salary cap, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan indicated his team likely won’t make much of a splash at today’s 4 p.m. start to free agency.

The Redskins were only about $1 million under the cap, according to Shanahan. He said the team was talking to “a number of people” regarding restructuring more contracts. But Washington has to create enough room to be able to sign both Lorenzo Alexander and Fred Davis, if not more of their own unrestricted free agents.

And so, Shanahan said this past weekend’s negotiation window featured some talks between Washington and player representative, but he made it sound as if the talks didn’t go very far.

“You just get a chance to talk to different agents,” Shanahan said. “Sometimes there is some posturing going back and forth to see if somebody is willing to sign for a certain amount of money, and there are a lot of things that go on. But our situation is a little different, we’re not able to go out in free agency and we might be able to do it for one guy or two guys depending on what the money is. That is just the hand we were dealt and are dealing with.”

Several agents who had players that they expected to garner serious interest from the Redskins said as of late in the day Monday, the team either hadn’t contact them, or had “only general” or “just exploratory” talks, and that they weren’t sure whether Washington would make a more serious push Tuesday.

Washington certainly needs cornerbacks now – both a starter to line up opposite Josh Wilson, and a nickelback. And free safety, and possibly strong safety, and right tackle must be addressed as well.

But will the Redskins be able to come up with the resources to find an impact player at any of those positions through free agency?

One player that had been on their radar – Arizona cornerback Greg Toler – was rumored to have re-signed with the Cardinals this morning, but in actuality remains on the market.

Fellow free agent corners Aqib Talib, Derek Cox and Kyle Arrington are believed to be players of interest for Washington, but it remains to be seen if their asking price is in range for the salary-cap strapped Redskins.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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