Offseason Analysis: Washington Redskins
Washington was a tale of two halves last year starting 6-2 and finishing 2-6. Not the most promising recipe for an 8-8 season. The good news is they have some nice pieces in place. Jason Campbell is in a contract year, which is usually a nice motivator. Clinton Portis had an amazing season, but he wore down near the end. They simply went to the well too often with CP. After 342 carries, I expect Portis to be somewhat of a disappointment next year. Ladell Betts has to get more touches. He’ll be 30 next year so now is the time to start grooming another back. Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El were solid. Ideally Randle El would be the third WR and either Devin Thomas or Malcolm Kelly would earn a starting gig, altough neither did much to impress in their rookie seasons. A player that did impress was Chris Cooley. He led the Skins with 83 receptions. He could stand to reach paydirt more frequently, but fantasy owners had to like what he brought to the table. The O-Line is aging rapidly, but there likely isn’t room to add help via free agency. The Skins will just have to address the need via the draft. That’s probably the best way to do it anyway, assuming you’re patient.
On Defense the Skins will need Jason Taylor to restructure his contract. If he’s unwilling, he’s gonzo. Demetric Evans is one of the key Free Agents on Defense, and he’ll likely be re-signed. The same goes with Kedric Golston, Reed Doughty and Anthony Montgomery. I actually don’t see Washington as a big player this offseason for a change. They’re going to have to address needs on D via the draft as well.