While no free agent signings can be made official until Friday at 6 p.m., the Skins have put some moves in place over the past 12-ish hours. And they’re not all awful! So, let’s all get up to speed, shall we? We shall. First, the good…
They agreed to a three-year, $15 million deal with Santana Moss, with $6 million guaranteed. Retaining Moss, or signing someone his equivalent, is critical for the Skins patchwork receiving corps. At age 32, he’s still an extremely reliable target for John Beck. While they’re still going to make a run at Santonio Holmes, locking up Moss means they don’t have to sign Holmes. Which means they won’t overpay for Holmes. In theory, anyway. [UPDATE: The theory came true!]
They have a trade in place to send Donovan McNabb to the Vikings. And get draft picks in return! The deal would net the Skins a sixth round pick in next year’s draft, and a possible sixth rounder in the 2013 draft, depending on McNabb’s performance in Minnesota. Trading washed up players for draft picks: This seems like a new and interesting concept!
They added a new nose tackle with Barry Cofield. Alright, this isn’t a great signing, but it’s probably not bad either. Cofield has never played nose in a 3-4, but seems to have the right “tools” to do so. The Skins need an upgrade at the position, so hey, worth a shot for $12.5 million guaranteed.
They did not sign Kris Jenkins, as was previously rumored. Because he retired.
This is the Skins dabbling in free agency, so of course there is some bad…
They’re bringing on Donte Stallworth. He missed 2009 after killing someone with his car and had two catches for the Ravens last season. The Skins rewarded him with a one-year deal.
They have offered a deal to Matt Leinart. Reportedly. If the Skins are going to bring in more quarterbacks, they should probably be at least as good as Rex Grossman and John Beck.
UPDATE: Via Adam Schefter, the Skins have agreed to a one-year deal with QB Kellen Clemens, thus setting up the potential Clemens v. Grossman v. Beck quarterback battle in camp. Clearly this falls in the “good” category.