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Man, this offseason is a difficult one to figure. So many "what if's" and situations that cloud the ability to look forward. I think the Skins staff will have a job just figuring out what order to approach the issues.

In my opinion though, this whole offseason will be determined by a couple key situations and their resolutions. Some of them they have control over, i.e. Arrington. Others are completely out of the team's hands, i.e. Taylor trial. I guess the only thing you can do is work on what you can control, and just try to plan for all contingencies in the situations you don't have control of.

To me, the whole offseason hinges on what happens with Arrington's situation. If we have to cut him, we may end up having to cut others just to be able to afford doing so. To me, it makes almost no sense to cut him. He's no Coles or Gardner who just wants out. He's not going to be a locker room cancer, that would have already happened if it were going to as things were much more acrimonious last year than they will be this year. By cutting him you lose a good player at a position where you don't have solid depth, and the ability to sign other guys that can help your team. It's a bad situation. On the other hand is restructuring which is much more appealing for obvious reasons. Most importantly it opens up many more options to the team for improvement. It may also be more appealing to Lavar as well, as his value on the market is low right now and he probably could not approach the salary he would have under a restructured deal with any other team. Hopefully we see this go through, it is the best decision for the good of the team.

So, if it goes through, then where are you? I personally think there is really only one starting spot up for grabs this year, at least for a newcomer, and that is #2 WR. There are certainly other areas are in need of depth, but there really are not any starting spots besides that WR spot that are truely vacant. At least not quite yet. DE needs attention, but the starters will likely remain that way, at least on first and second downs. QB will sort itself out in camp.

So what are our options at our spots of need? The simple answer is we don't know yet. We know what some of them are, but that can all change. Which RFA's will be tendered what options? That's huge, because it can mean the difference between the player being a viable option or out of the price range. Which players will be available when we pick? No idea for sure. Drafting in the late second is not a sure science by any means, many people could be available, or could not, it's almost impossible to accurately predict.

I think the team will break down all the players at position that they believe could help the team. Assign some score to each player based on their talent, and then weight the scores by positions of need. That's how I'd do it anyway. At least allows you to be somewhat prepared when decision time comes.

Not really exactly sure where I was going with this, but it helped me get my noggin around the situation. It's going to be interesting to watch it all unfold.

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I think the team will break down all the players at position that they believe could help the team. Assign some score to each player based on their talent, and then weight the scores by positions of need. That's how I'd do it anyway. At least allows you to be somewhat prepared when decision time comes.

This is exactly right, and exactly how the Redskins attack the free agency markets (restriced and unrestricted).

I agree with all of your points. I also agree that the biggest question mark in terms of bringing in a starter is at the #2 spot. Although I firmly believe that David Patten can afford us a good option there, we would still need a true #3/#4 since it appears that James Thrash is currently most valuable on Teams, and Taylor Jacobs just isn't pro material. Although, I'd be comfortable having Moss, Patten, and Thrash as our 1-2-3.

I do think that we need to pay attention to the convential TE spot, since although Robert Royal plays well at times, I'd like to at least have a competent backup. I think between Cooley, Sellers, and Manuel Junior we've got adequate competition for the H-Back spot.

I also think that we'll pay attention to offensive line depth. It was clear in the playoffs that we were nerfed in that area and in need of some serious buffage.

Otherwise, getting a speed pass rusher will probably be an area of focus, likely a 3rd down utility guy to complement Chris Clemons. Although I'm in agreement that Daniels and Wynn should and likely will remain our starters. We'll also need to evaluate depth at cornerback to potentially replace Walt Harris, and give insurance against continued injury to Shawn Springs who, bless his heart, isn't going to play forever. :(

The biggest storyline that I am extremely excited for, and can't wait to see play out, is the QB position. I desperately want Jason Campbell to show his stuff in camp and preseason, and take charge as our starting QB. I more expect Brunell to at least start the season at QB. In either case, I'm looking forward to seeing what Campbell has to offer, and what Brunell has left in the tank. Because face it, Brunell had a wonderful year last year. :cheers:

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This is exactly right, and exactly how the Redskins attack the free agency markets (restriced and unrestricted).

I agree with all of your points. I also agree that the biggest question mark in terms of bringing in a starter is at the #2 spot. Although I firmly believe that David Patten can afford us a good option there, we would still need a true #3/#4 since it appears that James Thrash is currently most valuable on Teams, and Taylor Jacobs just isn't pro material. Although, I'd be comfortable having Moss, Patten, and Thrash as our 1-2-3.

I do think that we need to pay attention to the convential TE spot, since although Robert Royal plays well at times, I'd like to at least have a competent backup. I think between Cooley, Sellers, and Manuel Junior we've got adequate competition for the H-Back spot.

I also think that we'll pay attention to offensive line depth. It was clear in the playoffs that we were nerfed in that area and in need of some serious buffage.

Otherwise, getting a speed pass rusher will probably be an area of focus, likely a 3rd down utility guy to complement Chris Clemons. Although I'm in agreement that Daniels and Wynn should and likely will remain our starters. We'll also need to evaluate depth at cornerback to potentially replace Walt Harris, and give insurance against continued injury to Shawn Springs who, bless his heart, isn't going to play forever. :(

The biggest storyline that I am extremely excited for, and can't wait to see play out, is the QB position. I desperately want Jason Campbell to show his stuff in camp and preseason, and take charge as our starting QB. I more expect Brunell to at least start the season at QB. In either case, I'm looking forward to seeing what Campbell has to offer, and what Brunell has left in the tank. Because face it, Brunell had a wonderful year last year. :cheers:

Thanks for the positional breakdown Dane, could not have done it better myself. I thought about going into all that, but decided against it as my post was already long enough for the time being. Your analysis was basically spot on what I would have said, so you saved me the trouble. LOL!

One thing I would add to it though. I think they will at least consider DT depth in there too, along with a backup plan for Taylor, which may already be somewhat in place but you better be sure. When Griffin or Salavea, or both heaven forbid, were out the D suffered bigtime. As soon as both of them came back healthy, things improved drastically. The loss of Noble was bigger than many thought, as he was very solid in relief and would have blunted the blow very nicely. If they can find another guy like him I think they will certainly consider it. Depends on price though. This may be a reason we were looking at Gabe Watson at the senior bowl. Utility guys like Boschetti are nice to have, but we need someone more suited to the role our DT's play in case of long term injury. At DE, I would not be surprised to see them look for a guy similar to Indy's Robert Mathis. Late round undersized DE who is a good pas rushing technician. All they really need is a thid down specialist, for now anyway. We do need to look into longterm replacements for Wynn and Daniels down the road though. Easier said than done though, there are simply no DE's in the draft that fit their role well. Everybody wants a tall fast DE now. The only DE in this draft that is even close to 300 pounds is Mario Williams, and we are not getting him.

Rabidfan: Man I knew I was forgetting something in there. LOL! How could I have forgotten that? Brain must be on the fritz this morning. That is another of the factors outside of the team's control, but it affects everything they do this offseason. It also affects the Arrington situation, as a new CBA would make cutting Arrington a little more doable the way I understand it.

Question? When do teams have to tender their RFA's? Is that like regular FA time frame, because I'd really like to see what happens with Curtis and Burleson. Can't make a call on the viability of bringing them here until we see what it will cost us. I think the Vikes will want to keep Burleson, but if they leave him dangle a bit I would be delighted to see the Skins grab him. Same may be true of Curtis. He proved to be very effective last year.

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