The NFL lockout appears to be closer to an end, which means the Redskins are closer to being able to make decisions on Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth and free-agent offers.Washington Post NFL Insider Mike Jones answered questions about these upcoming issues and more, including a team official’s admission about the lack of season-ticket sales for nearly 10,000 seats, in an online chat Friday.

Many readers wondered about the team’s potential moves during free agency once the lockout is over, and at least one thought highly of John Beck at quarterback instead of McNabb. Jones didn’t disagree with the reader’s assessment of the inexperienced signal-caller.

“I like Beck as a person,” Jones said, “and I like the way he carries himself and demonstrates a strong work ethic and strong desire. I think he was in the wrong place at the wrong time in Miami. ... He’s certainly smart enough. But the Redskins have to be able to protect him.”

That protection could come from a couple of offensive-line signings, according to Jones.

“I suspect that Mike Shanahan & Co. will go after some guards in free agency,” he said. “They still have Artis Hicks, who can play guard as well. First priority on that line has to be re-signing Jammal Brown, and then bolstering the guard position.”

Other chat highlights:

Do the Redskins have a couple of defensive tackle targets?

Who’s the possible odd wide receiver out?

Are the issues with selling season tickets related to their prices?

What does coach Shanahan need to do to keep fans interested this seaon?