Heard something very interesting on the latest Bill Simmons podcast: According to Michael Lombardi, the Skins had a monster offer out for Santonio Holmes and he turned it down. Lombardi is a pretty knowledgeable dude so I’m taking it as truth. There were plenty of reports the Skins targeted Holmes, but I never knew there was an official offer.
What does this mean? I think the biggest factor in Holmes’ decision was that he likes playing for Rex and the J-E-T-S, and he knows that is a team with very real Super Bowl aspirations. Washington may have the same aspirations, but for 2011 they are not based in reality.
What we need to remember here is that despite a relatively low-key free agency signing period – Danny hasn’t opened the vault for anybody yet – the Skins tried to sign a marquee free agent for a lot of cash. Old habits die hard. The Shany/Allen regime proved wiser to not go after the next WR (probably Braylon Edwards) on the market with the same cash once Santonio said no. Baby steps. We’re not there yet, but we’re learning. I’ll let the Wolf explain.
We covered the big signing from yesterday, Steve Bowen, and the Skins also added versatile backup linemen Chris Chester from Baltimore. Chester can do a lot of things, but 5-years and $20 million seems like a lot for a career backup. Also the Skins now have all 12 draft picks signed, including first round pick Ryan Kerrigan.
What I do like is it seems the team is focused on rebuilding the defensive and offensive lines this offseason. Last year, trench play was a serious negative for the Skins. The Cofield and Bowen signings along with rookies Kerrigan and Jarvis Jenkins should be a big improvement. I think Orakpo could be in for a big year with all the additional help along the line.
The Skins still have a lot of money under the cap. Looks like Flozell Adams is available, who I’m not wild about, but he would be better than ever letting Stephon Heyer step on the field again. Flozell the Hotel is old at 36, but still good, starting 16 games for the Super Bowl losing Steelers last year.
The Adams thing is purely my own speculation, I just noticed it on the wire this morning and he seems like a reasonable stopgap for a year or two. Here is a list of other free agent o-linemen, some have signed and some are still available. Some big names are still out there. Also, randomly, Vince Young might be going to Philly, because they don’t have a mobile QB with a questionable past on the roster.
I also wouldn’t mind a few more linebackers coming to town. We should see some decision on our own guys too, Rocky, Jammal Brown, etc, soon. Camp opens today, football is in the air. I can’t F’N wait.