Two days after Jay Gruden talked about the planned lineup at the middle of the offensive line, the Redskins put another name into the mix that could continue the transformation of the offensive line.
Gruden said that the plan was to have newly-signed Shawn Lauvao play left guard and move Kory Lichtensteiger from left guard to center to replace Will Montgomery, who was released. Chris Chester would remain at right guard. But that was before last Friday’s signing.
Mike McGlynn, 29, made the Redskins his fourth NFL team in six seasons in the league when he signed on Friday. He has been a starter for the Colts the past two seasons at right guard and at center. If you believe the rankings at Pro Football Focus he was better at center than guard but he wasn’t very good at either. Two years ago McGlynn ranked 36th and dead last among guards who played at least 75 percent of their teams’ snaps and it wasn’t close. His overall grade was minus-22.7 and the next player up on the list was minus-12.1.
But the Redskins apparently don’t pay too much attention to PFF rankings. One of their first signings of the free agency period was Lauvao, who ranked 33rd among guards.
McGlynn’s contract makes it look like he’s almost assured of a roster spot but perhaps not a starter. He got a two-year deal worth $2.7 million with a $200,000 signing bonus. That bonus pretty well assures that he’ll be on the roster this year. His salary is $925,000 this year with a cap hit of $1.15 million.
That’s money doesn’t quite say “you’re our starter” but the line starters, outside of Trent Williams at left tackle and Lauvao starting at one of the guard spot, are far from being set in stone. It would not be surprising to see McGlynn push Chester and/or Montgomery Lichtensteiger.
At the very least the acquisition of McGlynn impacts 2012 draft picks Adam Gettis and Josh LeRibeus and 2011 seventh-round pick Maurice Hurt. They have seen very limited action in their time in the league and as of right now at least one of them is in danger of being released.
Every team in the NFL would love to add to their pass rush, and the Redskins are no exception. The team withdrew its contract offer to Junior Galette, spurring rumors that they were looking elsewhere.
The Redskins recently had linebacker Pernell McPhee in for a visit, and rumors are swirling that the former Bear is close to joining the Burgundy and Gold.
Nothing has been confirmed, but if McPhee does come to Washington, it would be in the hopes that he can provide a boost to the team's pass rush. The linebacker has proven himself capable of getting to the quarterback in his seven seasons in the NFL, recording 31.0 sacks in his career, with 21.5 of those coming in the last four years. He's also forced at least one fumble in each of the past five seasons.
Playing in the DMV again would mark a homecoming of sorts for McPhee, who played in Baltimore for 4 seasons after being drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 draft before signing in Chicago as a free agent.
Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 24, 33 days before the NFL draft.
The Redskins week that was
A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington.
Free agency update: What's next for the Redskins on the D-line? The Redskins have been casting out lines for defensive linemen since before free agency officially started but they haven’t been able to reel one in. Part of the issue might be that they know that Vita Vea and Da’Ron Payne are likely to be available in the draft. They have to balance spending big on a lineman vs. being able to get one pretty cheap for the next five years.
Redskins make a D-line contract change, gain roster flexibility—Speaking of the D-line, the team negotiated the removal of a salary guarantee for one player to give themselves more flexibility when it comes time to cut the roster down to 53 in September. See the post for details.
Redskins guarantee Alex Smith a whopping $71 million in new contract—In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big f-----g deal. It showed that the Redskins aren’t afraid to pay a quarterback big money if they think it’s the right guy. It should be noted that whether or not they chose the right guy is something that remains to be seen. Although the post shows that it’s plausible for the Redskins to terminate the deal after three years, I anticipate Smith playing out at least four if not all five years of the contract.
Redskins add another ex-Cowboy as they sign Scandrick—Orlando Scandrick has struggled with injuries the past few years and Redskins fans did not greet the news of his signing with great enthusiasm, to say the least. To point out the bright side, his contract is not pricey by NFL terms ($2.6 million cap hit this year, no guaranteed money beyond a $1 million signing bonus) and from what I have been able to gather it’s possible that change of scenery might give him a boost for a year or two.
Tweet of the week
Well before free agency started, I wrote that the Redskins’ top priorities in free agency should be to get extensions done for Smith, Brandon Scherff, and Jamison Crowder. They should have about $15 million to work with after a few more free agent signings and that would be plenty to get all of those extensions done. And if they do score a big free agent signing, it would be worth it to restructure the contract of someone like Ryan Kerrigan to get them done.
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