The Redskins showed a newfound level of maturity and restraint (albeit forced because of the cap penalty) and laid low as the Miami Dolphins took center stage on the first day of the new league year.
Washington engaged in a less reactionary approach and focused more on taking care of their own, re-signing punter Sav Rocca to a two-year deal and defensive lineman Kedric Golston to a three-year deal.
The big news of the day came from J.R. Rickert, the agent for special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander, saying he was one of three clients finding new homes.
Alexander's departure creates a void in special teams coverage and team leadership but the Redskins have more pressing needs in the secondary and have a limited number of resources. Had Washington not had a cap penalty, it's a safe bet Alexander would be wearing burgundy and gold in 2013.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that former Dolphins and Saints running back Reggie Bush leaves his visit in Detroit without a contract, then visits with the Cardinals, Redskins and Bengals would be next. Bush would be an interesting addition as a change-of-pace back to compliment Alfred Morris but he would either have to take a nice pay cut to join the Redskins or the team would have to restructure more contracts or release more players, neither of which don't appear imminent at this time.
The Redskins did lose out on a cornerback target in former Cardinal Greg Toler when he quickly signed with the Indianapolis Colts.