After the dismissal of Scot McCloughan in early March, many Redskins fans expected the worst for the team in free agency. Despite McCloughan's ouster, the team has excelled in bringing in new players, and Monday's announcement that the team agreed to terms with Pro Bowl LB Zach Brown adds to the foundation.
Beyond Brown, Bruce Allen has moved to sign defensive linemen Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee, safety D.J. Swearinger as well as wideout Terrelle Pryor. The moves all address needs, and Brown, Swearinger and Pryor should all excite fans. McClain and McGee bring question marks, but head coach Jay Gruden talked about his excitement for both young player's potential.
Throughout all the moves in 2017 free agency, a trend has emerged for the 'Skins: One-year contracts.
Pryor and Brown will play this year on a one-year deal. And, oh yeah, Kirk Cousins is currently only signed to a one-year deal as well.
It's not just the Redskins. There's a growing trend of one-year deals throughout the NFL this offseason, but the 'Skins will have three of their highest profile players facing free agency after the season.
Does this mean the 'Skins are going all in on a 2017 title run? Probably not.
Washington brass has been clear that free agency is not the way to build a team, that comes via the draft. With 10 selections in the upcoming draft, the franchise should be able to do just that.
Free agency is meant to supplement a team, fill in spots of need, and one-year deals allow for that. Another big year for Pryor and Brown and it's entirely possible both players leave the Burgundy and Gold next year, but both guys could also net a compensatory pick for Washington in return. The Cousins situation has been covered in-depth, but the 'Skins can still bring their QB back in 2018 without a long-term deal.
It's natural to wonder if red flags popped up before a player signs a long-term deal, but more than likely, it's about money. Players want more of it, teams want to give less out.
A one-year deal can be a bridge to a long-term, big-money contract. Ironically, Cousins might be the best example of that in the NFL, and other player are starting to follow the example.
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