Offseason Overview: Redskins to Have a Much Different Look in 08

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FRANCHISE PLAYER: None

TRANSITION PLAYER: None.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

• G Rick DeMulling was signed in September, cut in November and re-signed in December. He played sparingly in six games and will only return with a minimum contract.

• LB Randall Godfrey signed in training camp because of his history with assistant head coach Gregg Williams. Godfrey was a solid run defender while starting four games because of injuries to Marcus Washington and Rocky McIntosh. Godfrey, who mulled retirement last year, will be 35 in April and might choose to follow Williams to Jacksonville rather than return to the Redskins.

• TE Brian Kozlowski played in at least parts of the past four years for the Redskins. He was signed during the season in 2006 and 2007. He had one catch in three games last year and with Joe Gibbs gone, maybe the 37-year-old Koz is finally gone for good, too.

• WR Keenan McCardell was the Redskins’ 12th-round pick in 1991. He finally made his Washington debut in October 2007. McCardell caught 22 passes in 10 games and doesn’t plan to retire at 38. He has experience in the West Coast offense so perhaps new coach Jim Zorn wants him back.

• C/G Mike Pucillo was the extra lineman in jumbo packages in 2006. However, Pucillo’s surgically repaired back gave out in him in October and Lorenzo Alexander assumed his old role. Pucillo, who’ll be 29 in July, will have to prove he’s fully healthy to receive a new contract.

• S Omar Stoutmire played regularly as a backup in 2005 before signing with New Orleans where he started most of 2006. Stoutmire returned in 2007 but was cut and re-signed twice while playing sparingly in three games. Stoutmire will be 34 in July and is probably finished.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED

• WR Jerome Mathis: Not tendered as RFA by Texans; terms unknown.

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

• LS Ethan Albright: Potential UFA; terms unknown.

• DT Ryan Boschetti: UFA; terms unknown.

• RB Nehemiah Broughton: Not tendered as ERFA; terms unknown.

• RB/KR Rock Cartwright: UFA; $3.55M/3 yrs, $300,000 SB/$300,000 RB; $200,000 RB ‘09; 2008 cap: $705,000.

• QB Todd Collins: UFA; $9M/3 yrs, $3M SB.

• OT Jason Fabini: UFA; $870,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB; 2008 cap: $485,000.

• P Derrick Frost: UFA; $805,000/1 yr, $200,000 SB.

• K Shaun Suisham: ERFA; terms unknown.

PLAYERS LOST

• QB Mark Brunell: UFA Saints; 2 yrs, $1M SB, other terms unknown.

• WR Reche Caldwell: UFA Rams; $645,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.

• WR Brandon Lloyd (released; post-June 1 designation).

• CB David Macklin: UFA Rams; $770,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.

• S Pierson Prioleau: UFA Jaguars; terms unknown.

• OT Kevin Sampson (released/failed physical).

• C Ross Tucker: UFA; retired.

Despite a 9-7 mark and a playoff birth last season, the Redskins will look a lot different in 2008, with a new coach, new offense and hopefully better results across the board. Jim Zorn comes in with hopes of running a lot of 3 and 4 wide out sets, and while the team was not able to get WR Chad Johnson, they were able to draft wide outs Devin Thomas and Malcom Kelly, as well as tight end Fred Davis to go along with star TE Chris Cooley. If Jason Campbell can pick up Zorn’s new wide open offense fast, the offense can be fun to watch.

The defense last season did a nice job vs the run, but will have to shore up the pass defense, which was their undoing in their playoff loss to the Seahawks. It would also be a lift to put some more pressure on the QB, making those players make faster decisions to help out the secondary. Overall, the Skins are going to be a lot different this season, it will be interesting to see if its for the better or not.

Offseason Grade to Date: C+


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