While the biggest decisions the Redskins will have to make in the month of April involve the draft, those calls could be influenced by some of the ones they make in regards to their pool of restricted free agents.
While the biggest decisions the Redskins will have to make in the month of April involve the draft, those calls could be influenced by some of the ones they make in regards to their pool of restricted free agents. A deadline is looming here, as explained by NFL.com:
A total of 121 restricted free agents received qualifying offers from their old clubs and are subject to the first refusal/compensation system of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The old club has a right of first refusal to all players designated as RFA's. In order to submit an offer sheet, a new club must have available the required choice or choices, defined as its own or better choices in the applicable rounds, in the 2005 NFL Draft. Offer sheets may be submitted to players in this category no later than 11:59 p.m., New York time, on April 15.
A rundown of the Redskins' RFA's
RB Rock Cartwright (tendered at $656,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation) appears expendable after getting just two carries for no yards in 2004. Still, Gibbs likes the former fullback's character.
DE Demetric Evans (tendered at $656,000 with no compensation) made valuable contributions on Washington's injury-plagued defensive line. He'll be tendered and could see some interest around the league given that there would be no compensation.
QB Tim Hasselbeck (tendered at $656,000 with no compensation) is set to be Washington's No. 3 passer for a second consecutive year, though the fact that he carries no compensation might make him an attractive target in restricted free agency.
S Andre Lott (tendered at $656,000 with 5th-round pick as compensation) played in just four games in 2004 after being bothered by hamstring and pectoral injuries. However, he initially started ahead of rookie Sean Taylor and seems to have impressed the coaching staff. Lott carries fifth-round compensation.
DE Ron Warner (tendered at $656,000 with 7th-round pick as compensation) was an important backup contributor for the Redskins' D-line in 2004. He ended up starting two games and finished with 3.5.