Somehow, the Redskins’ dire situation at running back just turned into a major strength built on the shoulders of tried and true veterans. Yes, former Steeler Willie Parker just inked a deal with the Redskins worth upwards of $3 Million for one year.
Via the Post:
Parker is a six-year veteran who topped 1,000 yards from 2005-07, twice reaching the Pro Bowl. He began last season as the Steelers’ starting running back but lost his job to Rashard Mendenhall after suffering a case of turf toe. Parker visited the Redskins last month but didn’t agree to a deal until Friday.
The Redskins won’t be lacking in experience in the backfield. Parker is 29 years old, Portis 28 and Johnson 30.
I almost can’t believe this move. The Redskins are all of a sudden vying for the premier 3-headed rushing attack in the NFC East with the likes of Portis, Johnson, and Parker. There goes the prospect of Washington drafting a star running back — and clearly the Offensive Line is going to need to be the main focus of the draft if Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme is expected to take any sort of shape. With this kind of depth in the backfield — I wouldn’t be surprised if the Redskins ended up with dual 1,000 yard rushers in 2010.
Say what you want about the Johnson signing — now that Parker is on board there is no denying the Redskins are going to try and completely dominate the line of scrimmage and cram the ball down their opponents throats and wear out the defense. Hear that sound? It’s the unmistakable sound of the train getting back on track.