- The Washington Times - Friday, February 23, 2007

Redskins Stuff

* Wow, the Redskins certainly got a lot out of safety Troy Vincent, didn’t they? Signed at midseason to replace safety Adam Archuleta and help Sean Taylor develop, Vincent showed he couldn’t stay healthy and was eventually replaced by journeyman Vernon Fox.

What does this mean? I think it means the team is serious about moving Shawn Springs to safety (if he’s still with the team) or Adam Archuleta figures to remain with the team.

Although the exact dollars are tough to confirm, it is cheaper for the Redskins to keep Archuleta in 2007 (and put him on the bench) than release him.

* Most assumed Derrick Dockery and the Redskins would agree to a new contract before free agency started. But it now appears Dockery will hit the open market. This should worry the Redskins. As we previous noted, several teams have big-time money to spend and all it takes is one team to pull a Redskins-like move and grossly overpay for Dockery.

* Redskins assistants Al Saunders, Earnest Byner, Stan Hixon, Don Breaux and Jack Burns were spotted Thursday at the Indiana Convention Center. The defensive coaches will arrive during the weekend. Saunders said he’s in town until Sunday.

The Buzz

* Buffalo CB Nate Clements is a lock to leave the Bills. With New England locking up Ashante Samuel with the franchise tag (and a long-term deal involving $12-15 million in guaranteed money is probably on the horizon), Clements is the without-a-doubt top cornerback on the market. And the word is he’ll be going to the highest bidder. Expect the Jets and 49ers to compete with the Redskins for Clements’ services.

* Former Redskins and Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington could end up in Miami and be re-united with former Redskins assistant coach George Edwards. Those who follow the Giants said they were stunned Arrington was released two weeks ago after only one season. He struggled in the first month of the season, insiders say, because he was trying so hard to play within Tim Lewis’ flawed system. Once he started to react to the play instead of staying “in the system,” he had his best game, including a safety in the Dallas game. Later that night, though, he tore his Achilles’ tendon, ending his season.

* A Buffalo observer is a fan of MLB London Fletcher-Baker, who is expected to be a target for the Redskins. They say Fletcher-Baker is adapt in coverage 30 yards down field, has a nose for interceptions and is a solid tackler. His weakness, though, is taking on big blockers in the run game.

* Atlanta isn’t expected to retain DE Patrick Kerney. Although he might be too rich for the Redskins since several other defensive ends have been franchised, expect Washington make a call. Kerney opted out of his contract on Wednesday. The rub against him, though, is he can’t stay on the field.

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