…It's hard to determine what's real and what isn't when it comes to the Redskins and free agency. Yes, we know Dan Snyder had dinner with the agent for Albert Haynesworth. But that wouldn't be the first time he's had dinner with the agent for a top player he had no intention of signing. Or couldn't afford to sign.
…If the Redskins do indeed sign Haynesworth, they would still have to make a couple big releases to afford him. You can't backload deals like in the past because of the uncapped years. So you have to have the cap room this year for a large number.
…It'll be interesting to watch what happens with DeAngelo Hall. His agent, a league source said, is frustrating the organization. They would much prefer to deal with his former agent, Joel Segal. But now it's Alvin Keels, a Virginia Beach guy who is very young (also represents Andre Smith). Segal, who works well with the Redskins, is not involved. We know this in part because he's excellent at returning calls and has not returned any this week. That's one sign he's not involved. We've also been told by the league source that it was just Keels doing the deal.
…Yes, a league source said the Redskins might have interest in Chris Canty. However, the source said there's a difference between interest and pursuit, the source said. He was not confident the Redskins would go after him but said it would be a good fit even if he's spent the past couple years in a 3-4. Canty, though, has the size Greg Blache likes in a left defensive end, giving him a young anchor. This move wouldn't be bad at all.
…One league source said the Redskins don't expect a lot of activity, but it will be more than last year. It'll likely be somewhere between last year and the Archuleta-Randle El-Lloyd year (yes, Lloyd was a trade, we know).
…Reed Doughty said his back is feeling great and he's running on a treadmill. If they had to practice tomorrow he could. He's hoping to return and was disappointed by not being tendered. His back will give some teams pause. Doughty is a good special teamer, but he's the No. 4 safety here at best. If they keep Mike Green around then Doughty is the fifth safety. Good guy to have; replaceable.
…The Redskins can always re-sign Demetric Evans if they don't snag Canty. But it's a wise move to see if they can get Canty first. He's simply much better and is younger. If they got Canty, here's what we could see: Canty moving inside on pass rush downs with Brian Orakpo going to end and Jason Taylor rushing as a standup linebacker. That's better than what they had this year.
…But we heard from too many people who thought Taylor was simply done. Some said that when the Redskins first got him and nothing changed their minds. People can't believe they wouldn't redo his deal. Nobody else would pay him what the Redskins are and we mean nobody.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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