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Redskins Free Agency Has Been … Good?

There have been plenty of Hot Takes about the Skins’ free agency activity, so let’s add another to the pile: It’s actually been pretty successful, all things considered. Here are five reasons why:

1. They’ve addressed needs. Sure, the secondary is still a dumpster fire at this point, but the Redskins have more holes in their roster than a single free agency period can fill. But they’ve done well to shore up some of those gaps. They signed WR Andre Roberts, who NFL types seem to unanimously agree is a high quality No. 2 option, offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao, who is a strong pass protector but needs work in run blocking, offensive lineman Bruce Campbell for pocket change (or a quarter-million dollars to you and me), special teamer Adam Hayward, and veteran cornerback Tracy Porter, who is a guy that plays a position at which Washington is horrible. These probably aren’t the moves that immediately take them from a 3-win team to back atop the division, but they will make the team better and none of them are cap-crippling longshots.

2. Jason Reid doesn’t like it. So it must be good. He wrote this column blasting Bruce Allen after Day 1 of free agency for signing “role players” instead of “star-caliber players.” And the “star” player he chastises the Skins for missing out on? Mike Mitchell, who Reid says Washington should have gone “all out for” instead of choosing to sign multiple players. So, the Skins should have thrown more money than any other team was willing to offer at a player coming off a career year? Isn’t that what we’ve been begging the team not to do for years? Certainly Mitchell would’ve been a welcome addition to the horrible secondary, but I’m happy spending the money to fill three needs instead of just one.

3. Redskins ain’t gonna Redskin, apparently. They are not the laughing stock of free agency. They did not give Aqib Talib a $56 million contract. Even if Reid’s school of thought is more accurate than mine, I’m happy to err on the side of using the “less is more” approach.

4. They’ve kept homegrown talent. Perry Riley and Brian Orakpo are remaining with the team, and that’s a good thing. Riley is a no-brainer with London Fletcher gone (especially at just $13 million over three years), and while Orakpo is going to be overpaid next season ($11 million), letting him walk would open up yet another hole to fill. It’s not often they actually draft talented players; it’s probably a good idea to keep the few they do beyond their rookie contracts.

5. Santana Moss is sticking around. Terms aren’t available, but it’s a one-year deal for about a million bucks. This is happy news because a) We all love Santana Moss and aren’t ready to see the sun set on his career; b) Even at 34, he’s probably the third best wide receiver currently on the roster.

Former Managing Editor at UPROXX; former Senior Editor at @SBNation; former ska-zine editor, fan of bad sports teams and good beer.



  1. AJ

    March 13, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    I’ve always sort of just ignored Reid on Twitter and in the overall media/interwebs-sphere. His article was so stupid that instead of yelling at him twitter like I wanted to, I just simply unfollowed him. It was gratifying. We’ll see what the final product looks like but so far I like what the front office has done during FA. Also, F Jason Reid.

  2. Jules

    March 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Agree on all points. While we desperately need a safety we can’t afford to break the bank on it. They’ve piled up some decent guys today. Nothing pro-bowl caliber probably but could have some advantages. Plus they’re all young, which is a huge step in the right direction from the past.

    Oh yeah and F Jason Reid. I unfollowed he and Mike Wise on Twitter over a year ago and can barely bring myself to read anything they write without gagging.

  3. Ketel on Rocks

    March 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM

    Was kind of lukewarm on the FAs yesterday, but with today’s additions the puzzle pieces are starting to come together. Porter and Roberts we nice value pickups as are the further additions. Also, I wasn’t in love with the Orakpo signing, but it makes more sense in this context.

    The only negative was the Browns guard seemed like an overpay, and Browns fans apparently were cracking up at the terms of the deal. But all things being equal, I’d rather get 5 able bodies than one star player.

    The good news is the Cowboys and Giants look like they are in serious decline with FAs jumping ship and not really replacing them. The bad news is the Eagles look like they will run away with this division next year. A McCoy and Sproles backfield… *barfs*

    And yes, J. Reid is a hack.

  4. thigh master

    March 13, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    I love Redskins fans – always upbeat, but always end up beaten down

    it doesn’t matter who they sign, they still suck

    • Chris Mottram

      March 14, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      I, for one, have never written a negative word about the Redskins.

  5. Ketel on Rocks

    March 13, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    I’m certainly not getting my hopes up for a playoff situation next year. It’s just nice to not mortgage future years of cap space.

  6. Pepper Rodgers

    March 14, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    For some reason, I remember Mister Irrelevant being disappointed that Skins drafted Perry Riley instead of Bruce Campbell a few years back. This last week must feel like Christmas for you guys!

    • Chris Mottram

      March 14, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      How did you remember something we wrote four years ago? I didn’t even remember this. But here is what Jamie said then:

      “It doesn’t hurt to bolster the LB corps, but I would’ve liked them to grab Maryland OT Bruce Campbell, who slid all the way down and was still on the board. “

    • Robear262

      March 17, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      Why would anyone ever write a negative word about the ‘skins? We’ve done everything perfectly the last two decades. Just glad I was born in ’89 so by the time I could actually remember things we’ve been at the top of league in terms of wins and free agent acquisitions.

  7. Illformula

    March 14, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    Would you rather have Tana or Steve Smith at the same price?

    I’ll always appreciate Tana but Smith has better hands and is probably faster at this point.

    Agree with everything else.

  8. Carlos

    March 14, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Not sure when you posted this, but 28M for 4 years of a 31 yr old (turns 32 in July!) DE coming off a career year? That’s a move only Reid (and the Danny) could love.

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