For those fathers who woke to the news of the trade of former Saints Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jamal Brown to the Washington Redskins, I say happy fathers day to you. To quote cousin Eddie from Christmas Vacation, "that's the gift that keeps on giving".
Well, it seems this time that the Washington Redskins didn't come away with a years subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club. Instead, we got the Christmas Bonus we as loyal fans have been so deserving of for our years of loyalty to this team. We now get to put in that hugh inground pool, that up until this point, we didn't have enough money in the bank to cover the check we wrote. That pool is one Mr. Donovan McNabb, who was brought to Washington to resurrect a beleaguered franchise. But what good is a pool, if the check we wrote to have it installed is going to bounce. Well, hopefully the Redskins front office will not have to face that problem. Maybe now, the pool will be installed as soon as the ground thaws, and we can focus on just adding water. After that, its all fun and games.
The addition of Jamal Brown adds significant water to a pool that was viewed by many as being half empty. This recent downpour just helped raise the water level to at least cover the pretty floral designs that grace the top of the liner. We can now use the diving board without concern of cracking our skull in water that was previously considered too shallow. Does this mean that when your 300lb uncle decides to do a canon-ball at the next family party, that the waters will spew so greatly that uncle Lewis' cigar will be extinguished from over 30 feet away; I don't think so, but at least he wont break his fat ass as he plunges to the bottom of the 9 foot deep end.
Brown was a two-time Pro Bowl tackle(2006, 2008), for the Saints, who have had a very good offensive line for the last 5 years. Up until injury forced him out of the line-up in 2009, he had played in, and started 15 of 15 games dating back to 2006. He is only 29 years old, and has played in, and started 58 career game, all for the Saints. He should be a bookend tackle for the next 4-5 years for the Redskins. His addition gives the Redskins two Oklahoma Sooners manning the two tackle positions.
His return from injury(Brown had both hip and groin surgery for a sports hernia) will be the key to this whole scenerio for the Redskins. I would imagine that Allen and Shanahan did their homework before trading for Brown, so the injury concerns should be minimized in the minds of fans. You can, however, never predict how a player will return from such injuries, and if that return will elevate that player to the status he once enjoyed as one of the elite tackles in the game.
Either way, the Redskins should become a much better offensive unit with the addition of Brown.
Eventhough it was the Jelly of the Month Club, that was viewed as "the gift that keeps on giving", it appears we didn't get hosed on this deal. So, happy Fathers day to all the Redskins Dads out there! I hope you enjoy the gift that the Redskins have given you; a gift that should keep on giving for years to come