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.