Whenever this labor dispute is completely resolved, it appears that teams will have an initial window to begin negotiating with their own unrestricted and restricted free agents. And then would come the full-blown free agency.
Here’s a look at the Redskins’ free agents and their chances of re-signing:
Santana Moss – He’s the biggest name on this list, and was the Redskins’ leading wide receiver in each of the last six years. Although he is 32, Moss remains productive. Mike Shanahan has said he wants to re-sign Moss, and No. 89 himself is on record multiple times saying he wants to come back to Washington. It won’t be a surprise at all to see him back in a Redskins uniform.
Carlos Rogers – Despite his paltry interception totals (just eight in six seasons), Rogers is a good cover corner with good size. But he wants to get paid, and it doesn’t seem like the Redskins are all that in love with the idea of bringing him back. The Philadelphia Eagles have been mentioned as a team with interest in Rogers’ services.
Jammal Brown – He and the Redskins have expressed mutual interest in re-signing, but Brown has admitted that if he got an offer from a team wanting him to play left tackle – his original position – he would have a tough time deciding. The Redskins could instead go after Ryan Harris, whom Mike Shanahan drafted in Denver. Harris said in a recent radio interview that he would welcome a reunion with Shanahan.
Rocky McIntosh – He likes it here, and attended some of the player-led workouts this summer. But McIntosh probably is better suited to play outside linebacker in the 4-3 (as he did the first four seasons of his career) than he is inside linebacker in the 3-4 (where coaches moved him last season). It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Redskins let him move on.
Kedric Golston – Before the lockout, when it looked like Golston – who started 13 games last season — would be a restricted free agent, the Redskins tendered him an offer. But now under the new CBA, he’ll be unrestricted. It’s hard to say if he will return. He’s a strong leader and special teams player, plus he likes the area and has said he wants to remain with the team. But the Redskins drafted Jarvis Jenkins in the second round, they have Adam Carriker, whom Jim Haslett trusts, Phillip Daniels and Jeremy Jarmon remain under contract, and Washington also has been linked to Green Bay defensive end Cullen Jenkins in free agency. Golston’s best bet may be going elsewhere.
Phillip Buchanon – Used mostly as a third corner (he did make five starts), Buchanon proved to be a solid veteran, racking up 49 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. The Redskins would like to have him back, and Buchanon has them atop the list of places he would like to go. Last night, a close friend of Buchanon’s tweeted the cornerback’s wishlist for destinations, and Buchanon re-tweeted it. Washington ranked first, followed by Tampa Bay, Miami, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, New Orleans, Oakland and the Jets. But if the Redskins believe neither Kevin Barnes nor Buchanon are what they need in a starter, then they’ll let him walk, stick with Barnes as the third CB and bring in someone else.
Stephon Heyer – The former Terp brings versatility, but he is seen by the Redskins as a backup capable of filling in at both right and left tackle. He didn’t attend any of the player-led workouts, but says he likes it here. But re-signing Heyer doesn’t seem to be a high priority for the Redskins. They didn’t extend him an offer before the old CBA expired as they did with Golston, and they do have two young tackles in Clint Oldenburg, who likely would’ve made the team last season had he not gotten hurt in the preseason, and Selvish Capers, who spent the year on the practice squad.
H.B. Blades – The fifth-year player out of Pitt has been a solid special teams contributor and backup to London Fletcher. He is undersized, however, and not as explosive as Washington’s other young backup ILBs, Perry Riley and Robert Henson. Henson missed all of last year following a preseason knee injury that required surgery, and the team’s medical staff hasn’t been able to evaluate his recovery this offseason. Blades wants to return, but if Washington does bring him back, it won’t be to fill the void created by a possible McIntosh departure.
Reed Doughty – The sixth-year veteran is another reliable backup and special teams contributor. The Redskins have a lot of safeties – LaRon Landry, O.J. Atogwe, Kareem Moore, Chris Horton, Macho Harris, Anderson Russell, Sha’reff Rashad – but of that group, Landry is the only true strong safety. Doughty, however, did well filling in for him last season, and that could help his chances of re-signing.
Chris Wilson – Another strong special teams contributor, Wilson made some big plays last year, but he is part of what is now a crowded outside linebacker unit comprised of Brian Orakpo, Lorenzo Alexander, Rob Jackson, and rookies Ryan Kerrigan and Markus White. The lockout could help Wilson’s cause, though, because Kerrigan and White both are making the move from DE to OLB and will be hurt by not having OTAs.
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