And the Redskins are one of the teams listed.
The USA Today singles out 15 teams as either winners or losers after two weeks of free agency, and the Redskins have landed on the right side of the equation. Most free agent power rankings are picked clean at this point, so where the Redskins sit is roughly how they’ll be judged for this free agent class.
For the second consecutive year, the Redskins have been looked to as big players in free agency, but have showed savvy restraint by avoiding the big-name, high-risk personalities. While fans have been forced to learn the names of underrated free agents (i.e. Stephen Bowen, Joshua Morgan), the results have shown that “calculated” is the new offseason motto in Washington.
Here’s what the USA Today’s Nate Davis said about the Redskins shopping list in 2012:
Washington Redskins: They paid handsomely to get the second overall pick from the Rams, but Robert Griffin III (or perhaps Andrew Luck) should finally be the franchise quarterback the ‘Skins have sought for decades.
Getting the deal in place prior to free agency also made D.C. a more attractive destination for players such as WRs Pierre Garcon and Joshua Morgan. Otherwise, credit GM Bruce Allen for some low-risk, high-reward signings (CB Cedric Griffin and S Brandon Meriweather) while retaining DL Adam Carriker and C Will Montgomery.
And let’s not forget Rex Grossman.
One underrated part of the Redskins-Ram trade is that it was consummated on the eve of free agency. Is it any surprise that the Redskins were then able to sign two young, talented receivers before the sun set on the first day? Trading up to secure one of the two most exciting quarterback prospects of this millennium sent a bold message to free agents that this team means business.
Interestingly enough, the Rams are also listed as one of Davis’s winners, with the Redskins’ haul of draft picks among the team’s victories. And there’s no reason why Redskins’ fans should begrudge that.
The trade for the No. 2 pick gives the Redskins a shot at one of two players that they believe in. If the Redskins get their guy and the Rams get their picks, there’s no reason why both teams can’t end up very happy with this blockbuster deal.
But that’s a discussion for 10 years from now.
The Philadelphia Eagles were the only other NFC East team listed by Davis, and they also ended up in the win column, primarily for their acquisition of Texans’ linebacker Demeco Ryans. It was a good trade on their part, and Redskins fans are certainly allowed to begrudge the Eagles.
What do you think? How to the Redskins look on your free agent list, and where would you rank the Cowboys and Giants?