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.