2009 starts today
Saturday 28 February 2009
0700: when I left base and wandered to the Garage last night at about 9pm ET, Derrick Dockery was just leaving Detroit without a deal, I commented below that unless the Lions were ready to throw a pile of money at Derrick that he likely would not sign. Then when I woke up this morning I read that Derrick had signed with the Redskins just a couple of hours later, five years 27 million dollars with 8.5 million guaranteed and 11.5 million over the first two years. This signing reunites Derrick with the team that drafted him in the third round of the 2003 draft, Derrick was a solid left guard for Washington before leaving for a huge deal with Buffalo before the 2007 season, the Bills cut him unexpectedly this week. He becomes the immediate starter at left guard, rendering Pete Kendall as a backup if needed at all. After the debacle of trying to replace Derrick in 2006 it is likely the team will not take him as much for granted this time around.
Friday 27 February 2009
1230: Derrick Dockery is in Detroit right now but that does not mean he will sign with them, all things being equal Detroit will need to way overpay this year to get starting quality veteran talent off the street, unless they want to start shoveling money out the door the Lions will need to do a season's penitence before coming around.
Albert Haynesworth is in the Ashburn house, Redskins press conference scheduled for 5pm today, get in front of a TV, I will see if I can find it on the web, I would guess Redskins.com.
Something I have observed over the years that Jason La Canfora has covered the Redskins as the Washington Post's beat writer, many Redskins fans do not like him, my guess is principally because he is critic as much as scribe and if you get out there on message boards and chat rooms there are a whole bunch of Redskins fans that think any form of criticism of the team operation makes you a hater. I think it goes without saying but bears repeating that I do not agree with this position and now that I have made a straw man for Jason it can go ahead and hate on him for his first look at the 100 million dollar gamble, wherein Jason has the nerve to point out that in post season meetings Vinny Cerrato pressed coaches to explain 2-6 second half and the consensus was a need for three young, starter quality offensive linemen.
Instead on the first day of free agency the Redskins went out and spent a spaceship full of money on a guy that has never played sixteen games in a season, never takes 100 percent of the snaps at his position, has had anger management problems, may have motivation and or weight problems and by virtue of a five game suspension for stomping his now twice yearly opponent in the face will be a repeat offender next time Mr. Goody Goody Goodell has to weigh in on a discipline problem...
... to play defense.
1045: the Redskins will release cornerback Shawn Springs today, Shawn was headed into the final year of his contract and was imminently cuttable, something he was not two years ago when the team first began to tire of him. Washington will save six million dollars in salary cap room with this cut which I am sure they will sign right over to Albert.
Matt Terl over at the ORB (Official Redskins Blog) sums up Vinny Cerrato's interview on state owned radio ESPN 980, he talks about signing DeAngelo and Albert, as well a reference to creating more cap room. I got a hilarious bacn mail message from the state owned ESPN 980 yesterday, beat reporter Frank Hanrahan is a guest on every show all day so clearly the team knew they were going to make big news and wanted to be sure they controlled the message on the radio outlet where they control the message.
0900: are the Redskins trying out Cleveland Browns veteran safety 6-3 210 30 year old Nick Sorenson? Bob Pappa and Randy Cross on Sirius NFL Radio just did a segment with Nick, they asked how things were at the Browns' Berea Ohio facility on the morning of free agency, Nick responded that he was in a car in Virginia heading for a workout. Could be a private workout for anyone I suppose, or is he at Ashburn right now? With Reed Dought likely gone this could be a third tier free agent the team was talking about.
Also, as I read the morning reporting on Ashburn's dealing I note that Cowboys free agent defensive end Chris Canty (Wahoowa!), what with the Redskins landing Albert Haynesworth, has canceled his trip to Redskins Park and the team is no longer pursuing him.
0800: the Redskins Insider story on the signing of DT Albert Haynesworth has been updated, looks like his deal is seven years, 55 million dollars, more details to come...
0700: I go to sleep with the knowledge that the Redskins had locked up a young and skilled cornerback and awake to the news that Washington in fact did manage to land the prize of the free agent market, Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. Barring a complete Dana Stubblefield class flameout the Redskins defense suddenly got a lot better. No word yet on Albert's deal, we will hear about that later today.
The team also continues to talk with free agent and former Redskin left guard Derrick Dockery and free agent defensive end Chris Canty (Wahoowa!) is expected to visit today, Chris is arriving on Dan Snyder's jet.
1220: so it begins, at seventeen minutes past midnight Jason La Canfora reports on Redskins Insider than the Redskins have signed cornerback DeAngelo Hall to a six year 55 million dollar deal with up to 23 million dollars guaranteed. Wowzers. That is huge bad news for Shawn Springs.