Arrington makes the move to New York, Skins sign Holdman, Lloyd; draft approaches.
Item: LaVar Arrington signs with the New York Giants.
Reaction: It's where he wanted to go all along. It's
close to home; it's in the NFC East – and he gets to play Washington
twice a year – and it's the media capital. If Arrington plays well there, and
the Giants win, he'll be a major star and the endorsement potential will
increase. It helps that he'll be reunited with Antonio Pierce, who lobbied hard
for the ex-Redskin to join him.
There's also some irony involved here: Arrington was close
to Sam Huff, who started out in New York and
was traded to Washington.
To this day, Huff considers himself a Giant first and foremost.
The lone question remaining about Arrington is his health.
We started to see his extra burst toward the end of the season, a good sign for
him. But will we see it consistently
next year? Two times a year, we'll find out.
Item: Brandon Lloyd signs a contract extension.
Reaction: I want to believe he's not the troublemaker
he was portrayed to be in San
Francisco. But one NFL executive blamed the problems on
coach Mike Nolan. We'll give Lloyd a pass and see how he fits in; and defensive
coordinators out West didn't like facing him because any ball near him was a
potential catch. He does have a tendency to drop some easy balls, but the good
thing for him in Washington
is that he will be a third or fourth option. That's dangerous.
Item: The Redskins re-sign Warrick Holdman.
Reaction: It's funny; the Redskins did not like the
mistakes Arrington made and would pounce on them. But Holdman made similar
mistakes and they wanted him back. Go figure. Holdman isn't much of a
playmaker, either. But what he provides is insurance if Chris Clemons, or a
rookie draft pick, can't play. Because this draft is deep at linebacker, I'd
look for the future starter in the second round.
Item: The draft is less than a week away.
needs to add depth, something it hasn't always had in recent years. In the Dan
Snyder era, the Redskins often had big names to start, giving them some flash,
but they lacked substance. Thanks to Joe Gibbs and his staff, they're getting
closer to having the necessary depth. The draft is where you often find it,
giving teams younger and cheaper alternatives. And because of their approach to
free agency, they can afford to draft the best player available.