Redskins are Under New Management
By: Bernie Marshall
Category: Washington Redskins News
In a surprising move center Casey Rabach, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent at midnight, signed a three-year contract worth $12.3 million. Rabach may have been able to earn more had he waited until free agency opened because of the way contracts can be structured after midnight. Quarterback Jason Campbell and cornerback Carlos Rogers received first-round tenders from the Redskins earlier this week, Rocky McIntosh, Kedric Golston, Reed Doughty, Stephon Heyer and Chris Wilson received second-round tenders. Anthony Montgomery, Will Montgomery, and Lorenzo Alexander also received low tenders. Some of the tendered players will re-sign with the Redskins shortly after they hit the market and take advantage of the fact that there is no salary cap and the 30% rule will not apply.
The Redskins brought in veteran center Casey Wiegmann, who played one season for Mike Shanahan in Denver on Thursday for a visit, but was not signed. Shortly after Bruce Allen left the podium media reports started rolling in that “defensive end Julius Peppers to the Redskins was a done deal” and Lance Zierlein of KGOW in Houston reported, via Twitter, that the Redskins would be "charging hard" after Peppers and that he expects a deal to be done by Friday. Two hours later the Redskins had an additional seventeen million dollars (due to Thursday’s cuts) and the clock struck midnight. Thirty minutes later, Julius Peppers was still a free agent, “Redskins -1” (actually three different corporate Jets) was still grounded, and the off-season champs had signed a total of zero Free Agents. ESPN reported a bidding war between Washington and the Bears for Pepper’s services. As the Bears head coach landed in Carolina, “Redskins -1” remained grounded in Virginia. The first ten hours came and went without a single free agent signing.
Over the past eleven years the Washington Redskins have entered the free agent signing period as if they owned the first three picks in a NFL fantasy draft. Over the past twenty-four hours, management has lower the average age of last season’s oldest NFL roster, have been linked to Julius Peppers, Jason Babin, Chad Clifton, Darren Sproles and Tony Pashos. On day one of free agency the Redskins have focused on their own roster. Bruce Allen stated that “Peppers just wasn't in the team's plans”
The Washington Redskins are definitely under new management and are being led by Bruce Allen. For those that don’t know Mr. Allen, he’s the guy that went in to his first free agent signing period as the Washington Redskin’s GM not thinking the team was one player away from the Super Bowl.
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