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.