Friday, February 8, 2013
Washington's RT situation
By Tim Kavanagh
When the Washington Redskins acquired Jammal Brown in 2010, and extended his contract in 2011, they thought they'd locked down one of their offensive tackle spots for years to come. The acquisition of Trent Williams gave them what should have been a great pair of bookend OTs. Unfortunately, Brown has struggled to stay on the field, with a hip injury the major issue as of late.
According to the Washington Post, Brown's contract will void on Friday; he'll still count $3.3 million against the cap this offseason in dead money, but they'll save $4 million on the cap in 2014.
Brown didn't play at in 2012, so this isn't a problem of finding a new starter -- Tyler Polumbus manned that position this past campaign. Will they move forward with Polumbus staying there, or add another option?
Dan GrazianoPolumbus is just one option
"Do they bring back Polumbus, who was fine but not great as a full-time starter and is eligible for free agency? (Possible). Do they try again with Brown in spite of his inability to get on the field, since they still believe he's the best option for their zone-blocking run game? (Not likely). Do they elevate someone like Tom Compton? Do they go out on the free-agent market in search of a tackle, or try to find one in the draft? Much of this offseason's focus in Washington will be on the defense, and in particular the secondary. But the offensive line needs tuning up. The Redskins started the same five offensive linemen in 16 of their 17 games in 2012, and that continuity was a big part of the reason for their success. But that doesn't mean the coaching staff won't look for spots at which it can improve."