QUEENSTOWN, Md.—The lockout has put teams with widespread roster needs such as the Redskins at a great disadvantage because they haven’t been able to improve through unrestricted free agency. And with no end to the lockout in sight, the Redskins are among the clubs eagerly awaiting some definition to the free agency landscape.
When a new collective bargaining agreement is reached and free agency finally begins, though, the Redskins will operate without many limitations.
“We’re prepared for various options, and we’ll be able to be as aggressive as any team in the league based on whatever the rules are,” general manager Bruce Allen said here today at the Mickey Steele Celebrity Golf Tournament.
The Redskins got Clinton Portis’ scheduled $8.3 million salary off the 2011 books when they released him on Feb. 28. The following day they cut left guard Derrick Dockery, whose 2011 base salary was $3.8 million, and linebacker Andre Carter.
Two days after releasing Dockery and Carter, Washington signed free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe to a five-year, $26 million deal. He was eligible to be signed because St. Louis released him prior to the end of the league year.
But the Redskins have more front-line needs to fill (receiver, defensive line, etc.), and they also need better depth.
The impact free agency could have on their ongoing building process will largely depend on how it is structured.
In one of the scenarios most favorable to them, rules would be similar to the 2009 offseason, when all players with more than four seasons of NFL service were eligible for unrestricted free agency. That would result in the biggest free-agent pool in history.
In addition to parameters about player eligibility, the existence of a salary cap also is uncertain.
“When free agency comes, we have a game plan in place,” Allen said. “We think we can add players to all the positions to add to the competition.”
…Allen today addressed a few other topics, as well. But the dearth of news during the lockout means we have to stretchhhhhhhh them out in a few posts. Stay tuned.