Promoted. - Ed.
That one day, the Redskins would suit up both Jason Taylor and Shaun Alexander and still be under the salary cap...
And still have Clinton Portis...
I think the Alexander signing is probably a good one, and I kind of hope he never really sees the field. Although, imagining him back at a competent strength would really make quite a combination... although I don't see where Betts fits in that deal. Ultimately, I'd probably rather have Betts, unless Alexander shows he has a lot left in his tank (which I assume he doesn't).
I imagine that the Alexander signing was probably a good one, because of his familiarity with Zorn. It does sound fairly temporary, which is nice. Ladell Betts is more important to this team than many of us realize -- I can't think of a more dependable second option in the backfield. Then again, an MVP player is an MVP player -- and Shaun Alexander could re-emerge as at least a competent back.
I'm undecided about the punting situation. I'm a little worried about Jim Zorn's cronyism here midway through the season, having signed Alexander, the safety from Seattle/Chicago, and now Plackenmeier, another ex-Seattle guy. I hope that Brooks goes unclaimed so we can continue to groom him this season and let him get his sh*t together on IR considering we burned a draft pick on him.
But it's true, Durant Brooks simply was not cutting it and we had to make a move. I argued after last week that he was the reason we lost, because the defense was put in enormous holes several times. A consistent special teams game is something that every single good team MUST have, so I guess it's a good move.
Interesting moves here for Zorn. If Alexander wasn't who we signed, this wouldn't matter, but because he's capable of so much it does matter. And cutting Durant Brooks wouldn't be big news save for us drafting him as high as the 6th round. But sometimes, I guess you miss... and the odds of another team claiming a punter (who sucked) this late in the season seem small. Hopefully we can continue to work with him in the meantime.
We'll see how this plays into the Cleveland game -- and it will be pretty interesting to hear #35 (Alexander's new digits) called.