Rich Tandler’s five thoughts possibly related to the Washington Redskins and other matters.
5. The key to the free agent class the Redskins have assembled thus far is Pierre Garçon. He is the only one signed for longer than two years and he was by far the most expensive. I don’t think he needs to be a No. 1 receiver, whatever that is, to make the deal worthwhile. He does need to be a very productive receiver, developing the same rapport with Robert Griffin III that the quarterback had with Kendall Wright at Baylor.
4. I may or may not do a full post on this juvenile Fox Sports article where columnist tries to tell RG3 to pull an Eli Manning and say he won’t play for the Redskins. But a couple of quick points need to be made. First, the Redskins are hardly the worst franchise in the NFL. That’s been part of their problem, they haven’t gotten to awful and thus they have to expend extra draft picks to move up to get a player like Griffin. And the writer says that the Redskins need a running game. She must not have been paying attention in Weeks 11-16 when rookie Roy Helu ran for over 100 yards three times and then fellow first-year player Evan Royster cracked the century mark in two games. And that was behind a makeshift offensive line.
3. By all indications the Redskins’ short list for their quarterback search never did include Matt Flynn. He was eliminated early in the evaluation process. It is telling that he never seemed to be a priority for the man who knew his abilities inside and out. Joe Philbin took over as the Dolphins’ head coach after being the Packers’ offensive coordinator the whole time Flynn was in Green Bay. After Peyton Manning eliminated Miami as a potential land spot, the Dolphins made a very tepid attempt to land Flynn. The reportedly made him a lowball offer and quickly moved on to talking to Alex Smith once Flynn started to lean towards Seattle. Certainly if Philbin thought that Aaron Rodgers’ backup was the answer he would have moved heaven and earth to make sure that Flynn was his quarterback. He didn’t.
2. Back to Garçon, when you hear that the Redskins guaranteed him $21 million that is nonsense. He got an $11 million signing bonus and that and his $2.1 million salary for this year are fully guaranteed. The other $8 million or so is guaranteed only for injury not skill. Agents like to get these sort-of guarantees put into contracts and then feed them to reporters to make them look better. But by the time the details come out and the numbers are corrected everyone has moved on so the original, inflated guaranteed dollars figure is what sticks.
1. To reply to a frequently asked question, it seems doubtful that any resolution that the Redskins and Cowboys might get to a challenge of the salary cap penalties slapped on them by the NFL will help them this year. It is possible that they could go out today and get a quick injunction to void the subtraction of cap dollars. But it would be foolish of them to go out and spend the money as any quick decision can be overturned. The best the teams can hope for is a decision that would let them get the cap money back and let them spread it over 2013 and 2014. But there is no guarantee that they would prevail in court despite the NFL’s dismal track record in court. As anyone who has been paying attention to the way of the world knows, something that is unfair is not necessarily illegal.
38 days until the NFL draft; 174 days until the first Sunday of the NFL season