Cullen Jenkins and free agency

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Postby 1niksder » Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:49 pm

JLC has put out his list of free agents the Skins will sign

The Washington Redskins, who largely sat out the free-agent market in 2010, are prepared to make a splash this year, numerous sources familiar with the team's offseason plans said Tuesday.

Facing a serious lack of talent at crucial positions, the longtime NFC East doormats have put together a list of high-end free agents they want and will be very aggressive in pursuing them as soon as the NFL lockout is lifted, according to the sources.


Signing New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes reportedly is the primary objective of Redskins coach and chief decision maker Mike Shanahan. Guard Marshal Yanda, a player whom the Baltimore Ravens will vigorously fight to retain -- just as the Jets will make a concerted effort to retain Holmes -- also is coveted in Washington.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins and brother Kris, who's oft-injured but was very effective for the Jets when healthy, also are key targets for the Redskins, and league sources would be surprised if the team didn't land both, with competition for those two players not likely to be as steep as for Holmes and Yanda.

New York Giants defensive lineman Barry Cofield, despite being a 4-3 player to this point, also has been the subject of offseason planning by the Redskins, who operate a 3-4 defense.

The sources said the Redskins also will work hard to retain some of their own free agents, with wide receiver Santana Moss still in their plans, though it will be tricky to sign him and Holmes. Right tackle Jammal Brown, despite his checkered injury history, also remains in Washington's plans, and the team is optimistic about re-signing him.

Backup quarterback Rex Grossman will be re-signed (Shanahan remains dedicated to John Beck being his starter, team sources said); cornerback Phillip Buchanon will be pursued, given the woeful state of the team's corners; and the Redskins' staff has wavered on the merits of retaining linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who didn't fare well in 2010 evaluations and seemed ill-fitted to the team's scheme.

It all adds up to what could be a pivotal offseason for Shanahan, who already has fallen under scrutiny following clashes with top players and acute struggles on both offense and defense during his first season in Washington.

Team sources maintain that they can't foresee the Redskins keeping either quarterback Donovan McNabb or defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. Receiving much for either in a trade will prove quite difficult given their contracts, and several team sources believe Shanahan ultimately will take anything he can for Haynesworth. The Redskins are particularly concerned that if they release Haynesworth, he will sign with the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles and reunite with his former Tennessee Titans position coach, Jim Washburn.

With trade options for McNabb limited, team sources expect Shanahan ultimately to release him. The Minnesota Vikings would be among the teams interested in the quarterback, league sources have said

Shanahan, who has a long history of offensive wizardry, is desperate for a playmaker, which makes Holmes so attractive (contrary to reports, the Redskins haven't spent much time discussing Holmes' Jets teammate, Braylon Edwards). The Redskins also are desperate for impact offensive lineman, and if they miss out on Yanda, they likely will target two other Ravens -- Chris Chester or Jared Gaither -- since Washington's offensive line coach, Chris Foerster, has ties to those players from his time in Baltimore.

The Redskins hope young left tackle Trent Williams will continue to develop and that either Will Montgomery or veteran Kory Lichtensteiger can compete with Casey Rabach at center, with Artis Hicks at one guard spot and Brown, if re-signed, at right tackle. Yanda would greatly improve the interior of the line opposite Hicks at guard, but again, adding him is a big if.

Washington's defensive line, which lacked the personnel to switch to the 3-4 last season, needs a makeover, and the team hopes to address it with quantity and quality, sources said.

The Jenkins brothers have ties to the Washington area, and both have been standouts in a 3-4. Nose tackle is a major issue for the Redskins, and Kris Jenkins, coming off another season-ending surgery, could be a bargain on the open market. Cullen Jenkins is a versatile 3-4 lineman who can play multiple positions and is a natural fit for Washington.

Cofield, though lacking experience in the 3-4 scheme, has been a regular topic of conversation at Redskins Park, and the team believes he could be a major upgrade. San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin also has been linked to the Redskins, but sources said he hasn't been a focal point.

Shanahan has been unwavering in his support of Beck, to the dismay of some in the organization who haven't seen anything to suggest the former Raven and Miami Dolphin can be a competitive starting quarterback. With the 2010 season lost, Shanahan chose to play Grossman over Beck, and some at Redskins Park wonder why Beck, if he was indeed the future, didn't receive the call in those meaningless games.

"He is set on Beck," said a source familiar with Shanahan's thinking. "That's his guy. He isn't just saying it for the media or to blow smoke. He's serious as hell about it."

Grossman, who has almost no other free-agent options, is nearly certain to re-sign with the Redskins on a cheap, short-term deal. Washington still needs a third quarterback, with Vince Young a possibility (he hasn't been the subject of much internal discussion at this point, according to sources).

The Redskins also know that at some point in the next six to nine months, they must sign star safety LaRon Landry to a long-term deal. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract

With Jason's track record we can assune.... :shock:

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes won't be contacted by the Skins, Guard Marshal Yanda will resign with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants defensive lineman Barry Cofield will sign with a team that plays the 4-3, he says San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin hasn't been a focal point of the Skins, so he'll be one of the Skin's first signings and Vince Young, like Holmes won't even be contacted.

The Jenkins brothers might work out as package, as would Chris Chester or Jared Gaither

Whatever JLC writes is normally wrong when it comes to the Skins, so all guess work is over.

Take what Jason says and know it won't happen.

We must be getting close to a CBA :D
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Postby SkinsJock » Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:35 pm

The Washington Redskins, who largely sat out the free-agent market in 2010, are prepared to make a splash this year, numerous sources familiar with the team's offseason plans said Tuesday.


thanks 1niksder - when this idiot has to both quantify and qualify his reports, you can almost guarantee that he is guessing .. AGAIN

what a twit :lol:
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Postby yupchagee » Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:28 pm

The Jenkins brothers might work out as package,


Right. That way there would be a decent chance that 1 was healthy.
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Postby 1niksder » Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:57 pm

yupchagee wrote:
The Jenkins brothers might work out as package,


Right. That way there would be a decent chance that 1 was healthy.


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Postby Chris Luva Luva » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:00 am

I'd take Chris Jenkins and make him a rotational player. As a 4-3 guy that successfully transitioned to the 3-4, he'd be a great mentor to the young guys struggling in that predicament. All of this is being said if he comes in at a reasonable price. 1-2 year contract, get some decent reps from him.
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Postby RedskinsRule56 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:26 pm

I say no to either Cullen or his older brother Kris. They both are injury prone. Cullen has only played in 2 full seasons out of the last 5. I do not want to take that risk. Kris has played in a total of 7 games over the last 2 years and he is north of 30 not a good idea to sign him either.
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Postby Red_One43 » Fri Jul 15, 2011 6:33 pm

Chris Luva Luva wrote:I'd take Chris Jenkins and make him a rotational player. As a 4-3 guy that successfully transitioned to the 3-4, he'd be a great mentor to the young guys struggling in that predicament. All of this is being said if he comes in at a reasonable price. 1-2 year contract, get some decent reps from him.


I Understand where you are coming from. Kris is the best pass rushing NT on the market. He will not be expected to play expect in packages. Aubrayo Franklin is a run stuffing NT (We must sign him - he has missed only a handful of games in his career). If you get both, you have Frankilin starting and Jenkins playing in the pass rush packages. Chris Neild would have time to develop and have two studs to mentor him. I think since Kris, reportedly, visited (I never heard confirmation that he did visit) and left without a contract, that means that the Skins will pay market value only for him. I do believe that the interest in him is real and for the right price we will sign him.

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Postby Red_One43 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 6:54 pm

Free Agents You Meet in Hell
A look at the NFL players whom front offices should avoid.
By Bill Barnwell
JULY 18, 2011

Speculating on NFL free agents is a risky business. With 18 years of the modern free-agency system in the books, you would think teams and their front offices would know whom to avoid. But year after year, contracts whose net worth rivals the GDP of several developing countries are given out to players who have little to no chance of earning out that money.

For general managers, free agency is a minefield. One misstep can cost you your job, your livelihood, and sometimes your soul. (How else would you describe the existential pain of sitting next to Matt Millen in the commentator's booth?) But never fear! We come bearing information that can help save wayward general managers from themselves. When evaluating NFL free agents, there are certain archetypes that stand out as particularly bad bets. Avoid the following types at all costs.

Without further ado, we present the free agents you meet in hell.


I thought that this was a good read read with a little tongue in cheek twist.
Barnwell includes the following types of free agents you definitely want to beware and he includes 2011 examples.

The Veteran Running Back:
2011 free-agent examples: DeAngelo Williams, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams

The Second/Third Wide Receiver In An Effective Passing Offense
2011 free-agent examples: Steve Smith (Giants), Malcom Floyd

I'd add the Packer's WR James Jones to this list.

The Defensive End Coming Off Of A Big Year
2011 free-agent examples: Jason Babin, Charles Johnson


The Veteran Steelers Defender
2011 free agent example: Ike Taylor

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/678 ... -meet-hell

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