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Sunday Recap of Transactions

Posted by Brad On July – 31 – 2011

The entire day for me was wrapped up at Cleveland Browns training camp and away from the computer and cell phone.  It was nice to catch up with some old faces in the Browns organization but the day away was busy in the NFL world.  Here’s a list of what we missed:

The Washington Redskins and T Jamaal Brown agreed to a 5-year contract.

Deuce Lutui showed up to his Cincinnati Bengal physical overweight and was promptly sent packing back to Arizona.  Lutui’s weight has been an issue in the past as he has topped the scales at near 400 lbs in the past.

Tim Hightower was sent to the Washington Redskins for a conditional pick and Vonnie Holliday.  Hightower could start in Washington and appears to be a good fit in Shanahan’s running game.

John Kuhn signed a 3-year deal to stay with the Packers.  Packer fans will be happy as he’s a favorite of the Pack.

Fresh off an assault charge Cedric Benson re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Justin Blalock agreed to a 6-year deal to stay with the Atlanta Falcons

The Detroit Lions were able to retain the services of Chris Houston on a 2-year deal.

The Chicago Bears will not be able to retain Olin Kreutz so they signed C Chris Spencer to a 2-year deal.

Nick Barnett agreed to a 3-year, $12 million deal, $6 million guaranteed with the Buffalo Bills.  He will replace Paul Posluszny at MLB who was lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars earlier in free agency.

Daniel Graham will join the Tennessee Titans on a 3-year deal.

Aaron Rodgers made a public plea for the Packers to keep James Jones and today they listened.  Jones agreed to a 3-year deal to stay with the Packers.

Vonta Leach and the Baltimore Ravens agreed to 3-year, $11 million deal with $6 million guaranteed.

The New Orleans Saints agreed to a 1-year deal with CB Fabian Washington

‘Skins Stay Busy, Sign Chris Chester

Posted by Brad On July – 28 – 2011

Various outlets report that Baltimore F.A. C/OG Chris Chester is staying close to home, agreeing to a 5-year, $20 million deal with the Washington Redskins, who continue their aggressive maneuvering.Chesterstarted 14 games forBaltimorein 2010 and 47 games in his five-year career. He’s first in line for the center position recently vacated by Casey Rabach, but has the versatility to start at guard, giving the “Skins some flexibility as they continue to upgrade the O-line.

Okay, Barry Cofield and Cullen Jenkins I get, but Daniel Snyder has officially kicked the rebuilding of the Redskins’ D-line into “overkill” with the signing of free agent DE Stephen Bowen.

While any move that weakens the rival Cowboys is seen as a positive in D.C., the numbers in Bowen’s proposed deal are ridiculous. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports it as a 5-year contract worth $27.5 million, with $12.5 million guaranteed. While I recognize Bowen’s good size and athletic upside as a 3-4 DE, the reality is that he’s a career BACKUP who couldn’t oust Marcus Spears at the LDE position in Dallas when given the opportunity.

As usual, I believe that Snyder’s intentions are good. The Redskins have made improving the talent level along the defensive front seven top priority this offseason, but are they signing the right guys…and at what cost?

Jenkins Headed to D.C., as Expected

Posted by Brad On July – 28 – 2011
"Cullen Jenkins to Washington"It looks like the impending Washington/Cullen Jenkins marriage that has been rumored since May will finally come to fruition.
Reports say that the Redskins have beaten out Dallas for the services of the 8th-year veteran, a knifing 5-tech in Green Bay who should fill a similar role in Washington. Jenkins is 30 years old and coming off of injury, but he’s one of the better inside pass-rushers in the game, as his 7-sack total in an injury-shortened ’10 campaign proves.

Jenkins will join fellow free agent pickup Barry Cofield on a revamped 3-4 D-line in hopes of creating more pressure on the QB and easing the burden on OLB Brian Orakpo, the only Redskins’ defender to notch more than 2.5 sacks last season.
Terms of the proposed deal are as yet undisclosed.

Redskins At It Again

Posted by Brad On July – 27 – 2011
Various reports indicate that the Washington Redskins have inked DT Barry Cofield to a six-year contract (terms undisclosed). Cofield is coming off his best NFL season and will man the all-important NT spot in Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defense. Surprisingly, Dan Snyder and the Redskins have inked a player who’s actually in his prime (Cofield is 27 years old) to address a defensive unit that ranked second-to-last in the league last season. Not surprisingly, Cofield (6-4/306) is not a good fit in the 3-4, especially at the nose, where his pass-rushing skills (5 sacks in ’10) could be wasted.
Reports say that Washington is actively pursuing DE Cullen Jenkins, who actually is a good fit in the 3-4, but is approaching 31-years old and coming off of injury. Factor in the pre-lockout signing of 30-year old O.J. Atogwe (who the safety-starved Rams released due to his lack of range in centerfield) to a 5-year, $26 million deal, the re-signing of 32-year old WR Santana Moss for 3 years, $15 million, 30-year old WR Donte Stallworth to a one-year deal, and it’s apparent that Snyder and Co. are once again looking for the quick fix in free agency, with little regard for the future or team chemistry. Business as usual in D.C..  
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