Oh, this is good. Only six years ago, the Washington Redskins fell in love with Brandon Lloyd’s unworldly athleticism and handed the acrobatic yet unproven wideout a $31-million contract, also giving two draft picks to the 49ers in the deal.
Lloyd went on to catch only 25 passes in two incredibly disappointing seasons in Washington.
That was just one of the lowlights of the Vinny Cerrato era in D.C. Cerrato and team owner Daniel Snyder were a legendarily bad front-office tandem throughout the 2000s, and the move to trade for and sign Lloyd epitomized the franchise’s warped approach to free agency and team building.
Over the years, they also swung and missed with Deion Sanders, Adam Archuleta, Jeff George and Jeremiah Trotter, putting the icing on the cake with Albert Haynesworth in Cerrato’s last year with the team.
Now, there’s a whole new regime under general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan. But Snyder’s still calling the shots, and guys like Donovan McNabb are still being acquired.
That’s why it’s not surprising to hear that the longtime champions of the NFL offseason might be planning to spend big bucks on another top-end free agent, specifically at the wide receiver position.
Most of the speculation about the Redskins’ planned offseason retooling has focused on their strategy to upgrade at quarterback. But offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has publicly acknowledged the team’s need for a big-play wide receiver, and people with knowledge of the team’s plans say they appear to be focusing on the free agent market, which opens March 13, rather than the draft, for that player.
The obvious names leading the list of potential candidates to complement (or take over for) Santana Moss: Vincent Jackson, Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Pierre Garcon, Dwayne Bowe, DeSean Jackson and Mario Manningham.
Oh, and Brandon Lloyd just happens to be an impending unrestricted free agent as well. So maybe things will come full circle…