For analysis of Saturday's and Sunday's moves, look at our Hotwire for the early part of free agency.
03.13.06 21:09 EST
As promised earlier, here is our talk with John Keim, editor of Warpath and our man at Redskins Park. He was at all three press conferences today and he talks about the scene there and he breaks down each of the five major free agents the Redskins have signed so far
03.13.06 20:55 EST
Some in the press are trying to say that the Redskins are done in free agency as far as the big names goes. I may well be. They have some money set aside for Ryan Clark and Demetric Evans and if they go elsewhere the Skins will sign some other, similar players. Todd Collins is likely to be signed as the third quarterback soon.
That being said, I do have to say that there may be one more bombshell left in the arsenal, one who plays defensive end for the New York Jets. To be sure, I would be very surprised if the Redskins were to sign John Abraham, but not totally shocked.
The compensation can be worked out. The Jets have made it clear that they want Ramsey. There is no reason why they would not look at a second-round selection plus Ramsey to be the equal of a first-round selection. If they have to throw in a mid-round '07 pick, so be it. If they can work out a money deal, it will happen.
And cap dollars can be created. They may have enough left anyway, given that they won't have any first-day draft picks to sign. If they don't right now, they can restructure a couple of deals and have it.
It's just a question of if the Redskins want him. If they want him, they can get it done.
This is more of a gut feeling based on a couple of things I've heard in the last couple of hours. It wasn't so much what was said as who was saying it. The story won't quite go away and there's a little fire with that little puff of smoke.
It could be blazing by Tuesday morning.
03.13.06 20:51 EST
The Andre Carter signing has been confirmed by multiple sources. Apparently, he's flying in to Redskins Park tonight and he'll be officially signed tomorrow. The terms of the deal are believed to be six years, $30 million, $10 million guaranteed. Those numbers are starting to look very familiar. Archuleta signed a similar deal as did Randle El (although his guaranteed money is a bit higher).
03.13.06 17:55 EST
There are rumors that DE John Abraham is very close to a deal with the Redskins. They seem to have originated on ESPN News, but we can't find or confirm anything. Stay tuned.
03.13.03 16:56 EST
NFL.com has reported that DE Andre Carter has signed with the Redskins. As usual, details to follow.
03.13.06 16:41 EST
The Redskins made a quick announcement that Khary Campbell will be returning to the Redskins. He's a reserve linebacker who is a demon on special teams.
03.13.06 14:58 EST
After the Randle El press conference, Joe Gibbs took a moment to address the Redskins own free agents, none of whom they have signed since the singing period began on Saturday. They lost Robert Royal to Buffalo on Saturday but they still hope to hang on to Ryan Clark, Demetric Evans and Khary Campbell. Gibbs said that they are talking to them every day and making sure that they don't sign anything without giving the Redskins a chance to respond.
03.13.06 13:06 EST
Vinny Cerrato said on NFL Radio that he didn't think that the Redskins had enough in terms of draft picks to make a play for John Abraham. With the caveat that he may be blowing smoke to try to tell the Jets that they can unload Abraham if they'll take less than a first, that probably makes the chance of Abraham wearing Burgundy and Gold next year are very slim.
03.13.06 13:03 EST
Here is analysis of the Archuleta signing by Lane Adkins of scout.com:
Archuleta has displayed the skills set to be a strong player in run support. While his pass coverage skills are often overlooked, Archuleta has displayed the ability to cover a good amount of ground, when put in that position. At times he can be too aggressive, causing him to be out of position or not primed to make potential big plays. Being a physical player, Archuleta has struggled with some nagging injury issues, but is expected to be a major contributor in the Washington defensive scheme, lining-up next to the greatly athletic Sean Taylor.
By the way, you can get Lane's analysis of every free agent
signing right here.
03.13.06 11:00 EST
WarpathInsiders.com's resident capologist PC gave me a rough estimate of the first-year cap dollars that have been consumed by the first four signings (Lloyd, Archuleta, Fauria, and Randle El). They have taken about $6 million out of the '06 cap and have about another $5 million to spend. This is with Patrick Ramsey still on the roster and a couple of restructures that could still be done not taken into account.
03.13.06 10:42 EST
The cost of doing business in the NFL is getting pretty steep. Adam Archuleta's deal with the Redskins averages nearly $5 million a year and contains $10 million in guaranteed money.
03.13.06 10:42 EST
Redskins sign Archuleta--Details to follow
03.13.06 09:19 EST
This is another entry in the "LaVar to the Giants, not so fast. . ." log. In an article in Newsday, agent Carl Poston says that just because the former Redskins linebacker visited the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants first, that doesn't necessarily mean that they are the front runners to acquire his services. "They just happened to call and set up meetings early," Poston said.
Poston also said that they had not yet talked contract numbers with the Giants, which is nonsense. They didn't go all the way up there to say hi and tour the Jersey swamps. Perhaps a detailed contract wasn't proposed, but certainly there was some "here's what it will take" talk from Poston and some "here's our initial offer" talk from the Giants.
03.13.06 07:45 EST
Lane Adkins of scout.com analyzes the Brandon Lloyd trade/signing:
Lloyd persevered through a long season in San Francisco to put up good numbers, with a terrible offensive team. The primary go-to receiver in San Francisco, Lloyd proved to be a solid receiver, with good speed and quickness. Lloyd's strength is his ability to create separation, catching almost everything thrown his way, and the yardage he collects after the reception. His route running has improved over the past year and should only get better working with the Redskins' staff. Trading a third and fourth round draft selection for Lloyd should prove to be a steal for the Redskins.
03.13.06 07:10 EST
There is a world of difference in philosophies between the Redskins and the Chicago Bears. Both teams made the playoffs last year. The Bears made it to the second round by virtue of a bye while the Redskins won in Tampa Bay to advance to that round. Chicago lost at home to Carolina while the Redskins fell on the road to the eventual NFC champion Seahawks.
The Redskins, however, seem almost desperate to improve, while the Bears are content to let well enough alone. This paragraph from an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, after referencing a "lotto-style payday" for Antwaan Randle El, who the Bears had targeted, says volumes about the way the two teams approach doing things:
The Bears talked Sunday with the agent for former St. Louis Rams safety Adam Archuleta, but they have not scheduled a visit and are likely priced out of the market for a player expected to command as much as $4.5 million per year. The Bears have the money to pay Archuleta if they want and could have upped their offer to Randle El, but with only one 2005 starter on the market -- linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, a restricted free agent whose rights the Bears control -- they don't feel compelled to make an immediate move.
Since the only team that has talked to Archuleta has been the Redskins, they are the ones who have set the market. The Bears are $15 million under the cap but they don't seem to want to spend the money to improve their team. That last line their about not feeling compelled to make an immediate move says volumes.
This isn't to say that one approach is necessarily better than another. Perhaps patience with the players you have is a good approach. The Redskins are notorious for throwing a lot of money around to no avail.
However, teams who are sitting on the sidelines in free agency so far had better get over the sticker shock of the current wave of signings. Between the $10 million increase in the cap that was already planned and the additional $7 million that came via the CBA extension there is an additional half a billion dollars--that's billion with a "b"--for teams to spend on player salaries. The price of doing business has gone up and the teams that realize that are going to be the ones who get the jump on the others.
03.12.06 22:33 EST
According to ESPN.com (it's an Insider story), Jets DE John Abraham is scheduled to visit Redskins Park tonight. The Redskins would have to make a trade for New York's franchise player if they were to sign him to a deal. The compensation market for franchise players is a bit hard to predict but without a first-round selection, the Redskins would have to get quite creative.
This is Abraham's first visit and it pretty well came out of the blue. As a matter of policy, the Redskins do not announce player visits, but word often leaks out through agents and through other means. Defensive end Andre Carter left Redskins Park earlier today without signing a contract. The position is considered to be a major area of need for Washington.