Redskins sign five on first day of Free Agency

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The Redskins started off the first day of the 2014 free agency period by adding three new players, and bringing back two more key members of the 2013 squad back to the team.

The new guys:

Guard Shaun Lauvao (Four Years, $17 Million) — A versatile, but best described as “average” guard who played 44 games in four seasons with the Cleveland Browns after being taken in the third round of the 2010 draft. He’s more experienced at right guard, but could play at either guard spot. He’s considered to be a good zone-blocking lineman with mobility, despite the 315lbs he carries. How this impacts the Redskins is the bigger question: does this mean Chris Chester will be a salary cap casualty, as some have speculated? Or would Lauvao move to left guard, with Kory Lichtensteiger moving to Center? This remains to be seen.

Linebacker Adam Heyward (Three Years, $3 Million) — He’ll provide depth at outside linebacker, but this was mostly a special teams acquisition. He was a very good player on Special Teams for Tampa Bay, and despite a dust-up with the Buccaneers coaching staff last season, he’s also considered a strong locker room influence. Many people speculate that this move was made to fill the void left last season by Lorenzo Alexander’s departure.

Wide Receiver Andre Roberts (Four Years, $16 Million) — a young (26) slot guy who still has upside that he’s growing into. He has sub-to-mid-4.4 speed and is crafty underneath, but got overshadowed in Arizona by Larry Fitzgerald and the emergence of Michael Floyd. He’ll provide a steady and reliable underneath option for Robert Griffin III, something they just couldn’t get out of Josh Morgan. The Redskins did bring back Santana Moss (more on that in a second), so you have to think they signed Roberts to be their #2 receiver opposite Pierre Garcon, with Moss coming in as the 3rd receiver, and Aldrick Robinson as the 4th (it also remains to be seen as to what they’ll get out of Leonard Hankerson — if anything — as he’s recovering from ACL surgery).

Washington also resigned linebacker Perry Riley, who is currently slated to be the team’s starting “jack” linebacker in the 3-4 defense, and wide receiver Santana Moss yesterday.

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6 Responses to “Redskins sign five on first day of Free Agency”

  1. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Business at hand after first day of FA.

    Starting FS. RYAN CLARK coming for a visit
    Starting and back-up SS’s. Sweating MERIWEATHER and DOUGHTY
    Nickel-CB. – TRACY PORTER done deal
    Starting ILB. – Back-up JASON HAYWARD and teams standout in the house.
    Add DE/NT -DT/NT JASON HATCHER in the house. DE CLIFTON GEATHERS too.
    Starting R-OT – pick 34 and T BRUCE CAMPBELL as a back-up.
    Starting LG/C.
    Back-up TE.
    Third-down RB.

    Approximately 3 million under cap to sign FS, 2 SS’s, RB, TE.

    At least, one vet will probably go. I’m betting both POLUMBUS, and STEPHEN BOWEN. That adds about 4 million to the cap.

    Picks looking like:

    034 – R-OT
    066 – ILB
    098 – TE
    130 – SS
    162 – G
    194 – RB

    UFA – P

  2. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Still have a FS and two SS’s to sign in order to have an adequate defense.

    Right now JOSH GUMBS is the sole SS on the roster under contract.

  3. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Just peeked at TANDLER’s top five RT’s. No help there I can see. Still think REDSKINS take the best available R-OT at 34. Move TE up to pick 66 with ILB DARRYL SHARPTON a REDSKIN.

    With both RAMBO and THOMAS [damaged goods] on the squad, I’ve got to believe the REDSKINS want more o-line protection for RGIII and look off S as a pick early. Personally, I think COMPTON, CAMPBELL and the 34th pick the best options over any trade or FA at this point.

    And they certainly need more targets. Another TE with the 66th pick.

    At safety, there have been no rumors or visits by SS’s to my knowledge. I think there’s enough in the bank for DOUGHTY. I don’t know if MERIWEATHER or a FA signing leaves money for extras. A vet may be released. Or maybe RAK’s contract can be extended and leveled a bit before FA runs out.

    The way I see it, FS RYAN CLARK and SS’s MERIWEATHER and DOUGHTY would just about finish up FA for the REDSKINS All on one-year deals.

    Picks become

    034 – R-OT [something I was screaming back in January 2012 before RGIiI became the QB.]
    066 – TE
    098 – SS
    130 – RB
    162 – DE [URBAN - Virginia].
    194 – PAT O’DONNELL – P Miami

    Of course if a better player is available when the REDSKINS pick then all bets are off, and this prognostication is just dogmeat.

  4. Ghost of Sammy Baugh says:

    Looks like C TEVIA STEVENS may land a job as a REDSKIN.