Redskins to Be Active Once Free Agency Begins

When the NFL free agent signing period opens up, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder will have his checkbook at the ready, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports.

According to La Canfora, who worked the Redskins beat before moving on the national scene, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has wide receiver Santonio Holmes (New York Jets) at the top of his wishlist. Free agent offensive lineman Marshall Yanda (Baltimore Ravens) is also on the list, as are defensive linemen, and brothers, Kris Jenkins (Jets) and Cullen Jenkins (Green Bay Packers).

During Snyder’s tenure as owner, the Redskins are always active in free agency, which aside from inside linebacker London Fletcher, hasn’t always worked out. Albert Haynesworth, Adam Archuleta, Brandon Lloyd, and Deion Sanders have all signed mega deals with the Redskins, only to fail to live up to the big contracts.

The Redskins have approximately $100 million in cash and $113 million in salary cap commitments for 2011, but those figures will reduce with the expected release or trade of Haynesworth and quarterback Donovan McNabb, who are due to receive $19.9 million in combined compensation next season.

With teams expected to spend between 90 and 95 percent of the salary cap in cash, the release of McNabb and Haynesworth would require the Redskins to spend tens of millions of dollars by the end of the league year to be in compliance with the salary floor.

Between Synder’s spend-thrift ways and the availability of hundreds of free agents, that shouldn’t be a problem.

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