Brian Orakpo Brian Orakpo is back. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

So it’s been a week, long enough to form an opinion on the Redskins’ initial efforts in free agency. LaVar Arrington, Jason Reid and Dan Steinberg hand out grades in the Post Sports Live video below, which starts in earnest at the 1:30 mark.

I’ll throw a poll in below, fully recognizing that this is simplistic generalization. It’s tough to approve or disapprove of an offseason when only a small part of it is in the books.

In addition, one of the keys to free agency is to give reasonable pay to players who are still up-and-coming, in hopes they’ll outperform that contract, or at least turn in some of their prime years wearing burgundy and gold. The way to whiff in free agency is to pay based on past performance, and then get less than expected. So thinking about the Redskins’ moves as potential buy-lows might alter how you’d grade them.

On the flipside, there are certainly opportunities missed, when you consider some of the quality players who changed teams, and in many cases, the affordable contracts signed.

One more thing that’s easy to lose sight of, especially in the Redskins’ case: Many of their biggest moves since the Super Bowl have been retaining their own players. Franchising Brian Orakpo is the big one, but bringing back Perry Riley Jr. and Santana Moss and keeping DeAngelo Hall, Chris Baker and Aldrick Robinson from leaving round out the picture as well. So if you’re talking free agency, do you grade those moves too, or just the outsiders the Redskins brought in?

In any case, video, then poll:

The Washington Post's Jonathan Forsythe, LaVar Arrington, Jason Reid and Dan Steinberg grade the Redskins' free agent signings, assess the Wizards' playoff competition in the East, discuss how the Capitals can overcome losing Brooks Laich to injury and break down the NCAA tournament bracket. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)


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