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The 80 (and 53 eventually) man roster in 2010: The Bigger Question

Currently (2/19/10) the Redskins’ roster has 77 players.  The breakdown of this total is 38 offensive, 34 defensive, and 5 special teams.  Assuming there will be no more than 5 free agents added to the roster after March 5, the numbers players on the current roster will need to be reduced by 2 in March.  Also assuming that the Team will managed to get an additional 3 players in the draft, that will amount to another 8 players that need to be waived after April 4 plus any UDFA (4 to 6) that will be brought in.  This means a reduction of 14 to 16 from the current roster by early April.  Depending on who those moves are will determine the difference of the face of the 2010 Team versus that of 2009.  

Some of the older players could be cut without much issue: Todd Collins ($2.5 million cap hit) and Renaldo Wynn ($.5 hit and also an unrestricted free agent). Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas should be given their due or let down slowly. Samuels should retire for his health’s sake as well as his nearly a $5 million cap hit. Thomas is also about a $5 million cap hit and he is still marginal for making it through an 18 game season. There is some advantage to the Team if they would be off the roster by March 1(?). The Red snapper, Ethan Albright, LS, as well as UFA, should be allowed to compete for this special team slot, yet young competition is on board in Nick Sundberg.

Some experienced backup quarterback such as Rex Grossman, UFA, (who is acquainted with Little Shanny’s offensive schemes) should be acquired.  Whether or not the Skins can sign Rex Hadnot is up in the air. Tiller - http://www.hogshaven.com/2010/2/17/1314987/ways-to-obtain-more-draft-picks – has suggested some, but many had serious injuries in the 2009 season or are restricted free agents.  UFA could be added for depth at some positions that would help in a 3-4 defensive scheme. More help is needed at FS and CB, yet the draft maybe the way to move for these roster positions, but not guys like Danby and their moola bucks demands.

The options that the teams with 1st to 3rd picks in the 1st round take may determine what the Skins do with the 4th pick.  For example, the Patriots may be willing to trade for the 4th pick if Gerald McCoy or Suh would be on board for their later 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick.  This can be mapped out before the draft.  The Skins would pick up an additional 2nd round pick and thus be able to get two early OL slots filled and any one of a QB, FS, or RB.  Another possibility would be to trade with Carolina for the Skins high 2nd round pick for Carolina’s later 2nd round pick and a 3rd round pick.  All of this would occur without the loss of some of the fan’s cherished favorites.  That gets the Skins up to 7 draft picks, if all goes well.  

It is likely that some player or players would need to be sacrificed to obtain more draft picks.  What the Team does not do with roster for the 2010 season will need to be done by the 2011or 2012 seasons, but resisting this change is denying the inevitable.  So the final roster is the Bigger Question for the 2010 season.  It maybe possible to find some players after the 53 man cut down in early September or by raiding some other teams’ practice squads as the season progresses.

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