We all know the routine by now. Who will join the Redskins and become the highest-paid player at the history of their position this off season?
1. Haloti Ngata (26) - the player than many consider the gold standard for nose tackles. This is the guy we wanted Haynesworth to be. I can't imagine he wants to come here after anchoring one of the league's best defenses on one of the league's better teams for his entire young career. Still, luring all-stars who don't want to play for us with huge dollars is the only thing we're good at.
2. LaMarr Woodley (25) - the best defensive player not named Ngata in free agency, and one of the top three or four outside linebackers in the NFL. The steelers have been running the 3-4 forever, and Woodley excels in the hybrid role DE-LB role. Like Ngata, it's inconceivable that he would leave the Steelers - unless someone were to suddenly make him richer than Patrick Willis.
3. Vincent Jackson (27) - this one is too easy. I have been in favor of a trade-and-extend with Jackson for some time now. Coming off of a lost season in 2010, now bidders can look forward to a lower price tag on VJax AND they won't owe the chargers a thing. Those bidders won't actually negotiate with Jackson, however, because Snider will pre-empt them with seven years and $75 million.
and just for fun, here are a couple of square pegs that I can't help but think are destined for the B&G next year...
4. Champ Bailey (32) - we need Champ and we don't need Champ. He also hated it here and we're a MUCH bigger mess now than when he left. Rogers and Hall seemed entrenched at the position, and yet our secondary is playing terribly. Maybe they let Rogers walk and sign Bailey for an embarrassingly disproportionate amount... after all, nobody is buying Rogers jerseys but a lot of disgruntled season-ticket holders still have a Bailey jersey in the closet. Bailey will be miserable after a week back in DC. I think they sign him to a 3-year deal.
5. Darren Sharper (35) - maybe we'll go for a little Mark Carrier redux and pair the old man with Landry. Of course, Laron would have to go back to free safety, though he has been much less effective thus far in his career. I'm sure that our genius defensive gurus will figure out a workaround so that we can get Sharper a surprise payday and lock him in until his 40s.