Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Redskins Have Ideas for Free Agency

Jason La Confora reported today that the Washington Redskins have at least four players on their radar for free agency: WR Santonia Holmes, DE Cullen Jenkins, NT Kris Jenkins, and G Marshall Yanda. Let's break this down.

The possibility of signing former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes are very slim. The Jets have been adamant that retaining him for this season is a top priority. So don't get all ga-ga eyed over this. There's a better chance of Albert Haynesworth running his 40 yard dash than the Redskins signing Santonio Holmes. Holmes would be an excellent addition to a thinning receiving corp. Especially now that Devin Hester has suggested that the Chicago Bears sign Santana Moss.

Defensive end Cullen Jenkins, however, is a different story. The 30 year old Green Bay Packer recorded seven sacks last year. That's only two less than the 'Skins defense COMBINED last season (9). The Packers seem to be somewhat okay with parting ways with Jenkins. He would be a great addition and would certainly help free up the already dominant Brian Orakpo. The Redskins would have a lethal one-two punch coming off the edges. This also suggests that the Redskins coaching staff are looking for play makers up front, not just guys to sit there and take up space.

Nose Tackle Kris Jenkins (32 year old brother of Cullen Jenkins) has been plagued by injuries over the past two seasons. Jenkins missed 25 games over the span of two seasons and was released by the New York Jets. Jenkins is physical, tough, and nasty. If he stays healthy, he would be an excellent addition for the Redskins.

Offensive guard Marshall Yanda played right tackle for the Ravens last year to fill for the injured Jared Gaither. If the Redskins were to sign Yanda, he would most likely play Gard. If the team is unable to sign Yanda, Gaither could certainly be signed as well.

For those of you wondering, Mike Shanahan is dead serious about having John Beck as the starting quarterback in 2012. The team is also planning to try to retain wide receiver Santana Moss. As of right now, free agency appears to begin on July 28, two weeks from now, expect the Redskins to be talking to either of these free agents.