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Notes on the News 11.19.06

Notes on the News 11.19.06

Notes on the News:

  • Should LaVar Arrington wind up staying with the Redskins, there will be all kinds of criticism of the writers who have said that there was virtually no chance he would be back in 2006 (including at least one who said that using words from Arrington’s own mouth). If a contract renegotiation takes place and he stays, it will be because he changed his mind, not because any journalist was trying to create a sensational story out of thin air.

  • Look for whatever happens with Arrington to happen during the couple of weeks after the Super Bowl. Although his $6.5 million roster bonus isn’t due until mid June, giving the team some time to decide about him before actually writing out a check, the entire amount will count against the cap until he is gone. That’s a pretty substantial handicap to go into free agent shopping with. On top of that, so many other decisions depend on what the implications of Arrington staying, going, or renegotiating are.

  • Those who think that it would be a disaster if Jason Campbell took meaningful snaps for the Redskins in 2006 had better take a look around the league. Second-year quarterbacks Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, rookie Kyle Orton, and third-year QB Chris Simms all led teams with good defenses and solid running games to division titles or, in Roethlisberger’s case, the conference title game.

  • Now that the Redskins have been eliminated from the playoffs it is now open season on their assistant coaches. They’re all still under contract and the team is working to extend all of them, but under NFL rules the contracts can be broken if another team is offering them a promotion. It could be interesting to see how such rules would work in the case of Greg Blache. His title is Defensive Coordinator, although in reality he’s the defensive line coach. Gregg Williams is the Assistant Head Coach—Defense. Would an offer of a promotion to a true coordinator position be enough to free him from his contract? It’s probably a moot point since he turned down chances to interview last year, but it would be an interesting ruling.

  • I’m torn on whether or not the Redskins should look for a new place kicker. John Hall will pull down a salary of $1.4 million in 2006 and somebody had better be pretty much automatic for that kind of money. It’s not just the missed 36-yarder in Seattle, it’s also the six-game hole in the season due to a leg injury. But if you bring in an untested kicker you risk going onto the kicker carousel again and signing a vet doesn’t save you much money and you have the same injury risk.

  • Everyone knows that the team’s two biggest priorities going in to this offseason are a wide receiver to take some heat off of Santana Moss and a pass-rushing defensive end. There are two ways to acquire such a player and I would sign a free agent receiver and draft the DE. It generally takes a couple of seasons for a wideout to develop in the NFL while an defensive end can come firing right out of the blocks. Let’s take a stab at the Skins signing Koren Robinson at receiver and drafting Darryl Tapp of Virginia Tech as the end.

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New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

New free agent Doug Martin unlikely fix to Redskins' woeful run game

News broke Tuesday that the Tampa Bay Bucaneers released former Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin, and while the name certainly triggers value, his play of the last two seasons should calm the excitement. 

Since a 2015 season where Martin rushed for 1,400 yards and averaged nearly 5 yards-per-carry in 16 games, Martin has been suspended, undergone substance abuse rehab and missed games due to injury.

In the last two seasons, Martin has played in 16 of 32 games, rushed for 827 yards and averaged less than 3 yards-per-carry.

Over his six year NFL career with the Bucs, Martin has only played two full seasons. Those two seasons were great, in 2012 and 2015, but the other four have been largely disappointing. 

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The Redskins averaged just 3.6 yards-per-carry last season, and could definitely use a boost in the run game. It's entirely possible Washington might look to upgrade their offensive backfield this offseason, either in free agency or in the 2018 NFL Draft, but Martin does not look like the player to help. 

Early in the 2017 season, it appeared the Redskins run game might be a strength for the offense. After a disappointing effort on the ground to open the year in a loss to the Eagles, the Redskins rushed for at least 111 yards in their next three contests, including nearly 230 yards on the ground in a Week 2 win over the Rams. 

Injuries undid the run game, however, as Rob Kelley got hurt and the offensive line lost players, too. Over the course of the season, rookie Samaje Perine sustained minor injuries and Chris Thompson was lost for the year with a broken leg. 

Going into 2018, Kelley, Perine, Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are all on the roster and expected for now to stay with the team. That's yet another reason why the Redskins are likely to stay away from Doug Martin.

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Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Need to Know: Redskins' Junior Galette will be a valued free agent

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 20, 22 days before NFL free agency starts.

I’m out this week so I’ll be re-posting some of the best and most popular articles of the past few months. Some may have slightly dated information but the major points in the posts still stand. Thanks for reading, as always.

Galette to be a valued free agent

Originally published 12/13/17

Like the Redskins, the Broncos are no longer relevant in 2017. Both teams’ fan bases have started to look towards the coming offseason.

To give their readers what they want, the Denver Post published an article by Mike Renner of Pro Football Focus that discussed some of the top pending free agents who have done the most to increase their values in the past year. There were two Redskins named, one you would expect to see on such a list and one that might surprise some people.

Kirk Cousins is at the top of the list. “The Washington signal-caller is grading as a top-10 quarterback (82.8), and soon he’ll have the long-term contract of one,” Renner wrote. “Only this time its value will be exponentially higher than any one he would have signed back when he first became a free agent in 2016.”

But the surprising name is that of Junior Galette. After missing the last two seasons with two torn Achilles tendons, he played this year on a one-year, $800,000 deal. And while he hasn’t been on fire in the sack department with just two on the year, he has been getting pressure on the passer.

“He’s accumulated the 27th-highest pass-rushing grade of any edge defender this season, but in only 264 snaps,” wrote Renner. “At 29 years of age, it’s doubtful he ever gets back to the level of the contract that he once had on the table with New Orleans. With how he’s played this season though, some pass-rush-needy team will pay handsomely for his services.”

One team that could be considered to be pass rush needy is the Redskins. Preston Smith is the starter and supposedly one of the Redskins’ top pass rushers. But in 100 fewer pass rush snaps this year, Galette has only three fewer quarterback hits than Smith and six more hurries.

And after missing those two seasons, Galette has remained healthy. Although he was limited with a hamstring during much of the preseason, he has not missed a practice or appeared on an injury report this year.

But would the Redskins be willing to pay him “handsomely”? Perhaps a good comp would be Connor Barwin, who moved from the Eagles to the Rams this past offseason at the age of 31. He had five sacks in Philly in 2016. That got him a one-year deal worth $3.5 million.

Barwin likely will have more sacks on his ledger going into free agency so let’s say Galette could command around $3 million. Perhaps he could offer Washington a bit of a hometown discount and agree to something in the $2.75 million range. If that is the case, the Redskins would be smart to keep him around for another year.

Plenty of things could alter the equation. If Galette gets hot in the last three games and posts a few more sacks his price could rise. With Smith and Ryan Kerrigan both back next year, perhaps Galette will want to go somewhere that he might get more playing time.

The details need to be sorted out but don’t be surprised if Galette gets a lot of attention in free agency, as much as teams need pass rush, and if the Redskins have to make a very tough decision about how much he is worth.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

Timeline  

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/1) 9
—NFL Draft (4/26) 65
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 201