Washington hasn't added any free agents thus far which is incredible since this team has spent a lot of money on free agents in the past and tried to build their club with players from other teams. In fact, some would contend no team has wasted more money and got so little in return for their investment in free agency. Could they be learning something? The fact that they have so little available money under the salary might have something to do with it.
The team added some street free agents such as RB Eric Shelton, DE Kevin Huntley, LB Rian Wallace, and CB Eddie Jackson.
Mark Brunell/QB - He was released and signed with the New Orleans Saints. But Washington was able to re-sign backup QB Todd Collins.
Rick Demulling/G - The journeyman offensive lineman wasn't offered a contract.
Brandon Lloyd/WR - The team finally pulled the plug on one of their worst acquisitions in recent memory. Lloyd did latch on with the Chicago Bears where he'll be reunited with his former college head coach, Ron Turner who is Chicago's offensive coordinator.
Keenan McCardell/WR - This may be the end of the line for the solid veteran receiver.
Reche Caldwell/WR - He played sparingly last season for Washington and has signed with the St. Louis Rams.
Mike Pucillo/OL - The versatile backup remains unsigned.
Randall Godfrey/LB - He's close to calling it a career.
Omar Stoutmire/S - The journeyman safety remains unsigned.
Pierson Prioleau/S - He could re-sign with the team or join his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, in Jacksonville.
David Macklin/CB - He didn't play much for Washington and signed with the St. Louis Rams.
Pre-Draft Team Needs
1) Defensive End - Washington's defense only posted 33 sacks (up from
2006's total of 19) and they really only have one true pass rusher in DE Andre Carter. For this defense to be solid, they have to get two good young pass
rushers out of this draft.
2) Wide Receiver - WR Antwaan Randle El is best used in a No. 3 role and the team is looking for a receiver with size to play opposite top WR Santana Moss. They had visited with D.J. Hackett, a big receiver, who wound up signing with the Carolina Panthers. The team lacks depth at the position so they could probably use two solid receivers out of this year's draft.
3) Cornerback - Starting CB Shawn Springs has had his share of injury problems over the years and he's 33 years old. Their other starting corner, Carlos Rogers, is coming off of ACL surgery. Depth is an issue at this point and Springs can't be counted on from week to week.
4) Defensive Tackle - Veteran DT Cornelius Griffin turns 32 in December and while the team is high on Kedric Golston, he's not exactly proven himself yet to be a solid player.
Other Issues to Address