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Monday, March 05, 2007

March 5-- Free Agency Wrap up, so far...

London Fletcher comes to Washington the starter at middle linebacker after signing a free agent deal leaving Buffalo..

Fred Smoot is back signing a deal to be at the very least a nickel corner.. If Shawn Springs returns (more on that in a minute) Smoot will likely be the nickel back but will certainly push Carlos Rogers to be the starter opposite of Springs.. Smoot is extremely well liked in the locker room.. He is still recovering from a car accident he suffered before the Vikings season finale where he broke his jaw...
On Springs: I suspect he will either be traded or released if he refuses to restructure his contract.. His over 7 million in cap charge will limit the movement the Skins can make, but the decision on his future does not have to come until June due to the parameters of his contract.. Joe Gibbs says he expects to have his back and contribute, but I expect that only to be the case if he changes the current structure of his deal..

S Vernon Fox re-signs with the team.. He will be a back-up safety and special teamer..
FB Mike Sellars and G Randy Thomas agreed to contract extensions.. In the case of Thomas, this will help alleviate some cap room..

G Derrick Dockery left for a large guaranteed deal with the Bills.. The team had hoped to re-sign him but with their cap space limited and their payrole high on the other starters it became apparent they wouldn't be able to match..
Former Giants T/G Luke Petitgout visited Redskins Park on Monday.. Should he pass a physical, he will be the likely candidate to replace Dockery if the two sides can come to terms on a deal..
Washington also re-signed G/C Mike Pucillo who became an extra tight end in short yardage packages by the end of the year..

CB Kenny Wright signed a 3 year deal with Cleveland.. The Skins were not interested in retaining him.. CB Ade Jimoh will likely be resigned by the team..
P Derrick Frost received a qualifying offer and as a restricted free agent will likely be reatined as the punter..

K John Hall has yet to be relesed by the team but I suspect he will be before training camp saving the team 1.5 million on their cap.. Shaun Suisham will likely be the kicker next season..

The Newark Star Ledger reported that the Skins and Jets were in trade talks involving Ladell Betts.. I don't suspect the team would trade him unless the deal was overwhelming.. Washington spurned trade offers last year before resigning him to a very friendly cap deal..

More to come.. Stay tuned..


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