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Offseason Champs Update: A Look At The Skins’ Moves So Far

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.

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  1. Matt

    July 27, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    First off I love this site, so its not hating, but Stallworth is a cheap vet with something left in the tank, if it doesnt work we cut him, nbd. also per lineart, from Bill Barnwell that knows more than you:

    Matt Leinart was benched for a Hall of Fame quarterback and waived last year by a coaching staff that actually believes in the professional viability of Derek Anderson as a starting quarterback. There’s no guarantee that Leinart’s ever going to show the form that made him the 10th overall pick in 2006, but he’s more deserving of another shot than, say, Kyle Boller.

  2. Matt

    July 27, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Leinart* i should learn to spell

  3. Vince Reynolds

    July 27, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    You don’t understand, we sign Leinart, we ARE going 1-15 this season. Which in turn means great things are happening in 2012 with Luck on board. Snyder and Co. are just toying with the NFL at this point. It’s all a part of the plan!


  4. Jon Forrester

    July 27, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Leinart doesn’t make much sense with Trent Williams at Left Tackle. You would need a great Right Tackle with a left handed QB to protect their blindside.

  5. Jules

    July 27, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    I had the same initial reaction about Stallworth but it’s just like Willie Parker, Larry Johnson and Joey Galloway. If he comes in and kills it, great. If not hopefully at least the rookies view him as competition and step up their game and then we cut him.

    The Leinert thing is about to give me a panic attack though.

  6. pearlbullets

    July 27, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    I’m so happy Donovan McNabb is gone. He’s already being a bitch about the trade to Minnesota according to Pro Football Talk.

  7. Chris Mottram

    July 27, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    “If he comes in and kills it.”

    Unfortunate phrasing, re: Stallworth.

    And Leinart is more deserving of a shot than Kyle Boller? Well in that case, SIGN HIM UP!

  8. Puttz

    July 27, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    So far so good. If McNabb and Haynesworth are gone by the end of the week then we are in a great position going forward. No bad contracts, lots of cap room, a bunch of newly draft players, more picks in 2012/2013 and some blocking blocks. There are a bunch of holes to fill but atleast we are starting to develop depth. QB will remain an issue but we are trending in the right direction.

    Of course, as I say this the Skins will sign 3 guys to stupid contracts and trade away next years 1st.

  9. ThisGuy

    July 27, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    “Trading washed up players for draft picks: This seems like a new and interesting concept!”

    Only a Redskins fan would be satisfied that we turned a 2 and a 4 into a 6 and maybe another 6.

  10. The Derper

    July 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Dante Stallworth? I’d rather have John Stallworth. And he’s gotta be in his 50’s.

  11. Jon Forrester

    July 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    And now Kellen Clemens

  12. Jules

    July 27, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Um well at least Clemens has a better attitude than Leinart.

  13. Puttz

    July 27, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    At least we didn’t spend $24M guaranteed on Holmes. Actually it probably would have been $30-$35M to pry him away.

  14. Carlos

    July 27, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Hate the Stallworth signing. He’s terrible and there’s no shot he’ll add any value. More wasting time by this FO that couldn’t be bothered to go after a sufficient # of undrafted FAs… compare that strategy to Pittsburgh’s for example.

    Leinart would be worth a shot. Turns out that USC offense was more a product of awful Pac10 defenses (cf. the pro careers of Leinart, the two RBs, Marcedes Lewis), but Leinart never got a great chance in AZ, and he seems like a fit for the Shanny offense.

    Moss is an overpay.

    Cofield I’m “eh” about. Not a terrible signing.

    McNabb is a disaster. They overpaid in the trade for him. Then he played more or less at league average and they ripped him in the press, benched him and crushed his trade value. Now they are excited to get a 6th for him. And he’s still better than whoever is going to start for the Skins.

  15. Jeff Vitkun

    July 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    I’m fine with all those signings. And if they really want to bring in Leinart, and he beats out Clemens, Grossman and Beck, I’ll be the first to hoist a beer bong.

  16. Tony

    July 27, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    I just went to to see if i could find any highlights of Kellen Clemens. Other than 1 game against the ravens, every other video i find is of him “struggling” against defenses.
    His best season was in 2007, where he threw for 1500 yards, 5 tds, and 10 INTs.
    What is goin on in redskins park? Was this a real signing? or just a joke.

  17. A Fine Messi

    July 27, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    S. Moss
    J. Gaffney
    A. Armstrong
    H. Hankerson
    D. Stallworth
    M. Kelly
    T. Austin
    B. Banks

    seems like quite a dilema now, doesn’t it?

  18. Jules

    July 27, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Don’t forget draftees Paul and Robinson.

  19. Jamie Mottram

    July 27, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    I don’t think Stallworth, Kelly nor Austin will stick around.

  20. Ketel on Rocks

    July 27, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Stokley’s the newest member of the they-were-good-circa-2005 WR squad.

    When does Rod 50/50 Gardner get a call?

  21. Phil

    July 27, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Barry Cofield seems a little too small to be a NT at 306 lbs.

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