In recent years, the Washington Redskins have made a practice of either signing big name free agents, or trading for big name players. Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder’s motto seemed to be “Let’s make a deal.” Unfortunately for Snyder and the Redskins, more often than not those newly acquired players don’t live up to expectations.
That leaves Washington in a tough situation. The price Washington pays for these unproductive big name players are future draft picks. Considering the Redskins’ recent history of football futility, those draft picks are usually high first round picks. If Washington keeps trading those picks away, how are they going to build a winning franchise?
However, there are exceptions. The Redskins sacrificed their first round picks in 2013 and 2014 to select quarterback Robert Griffin III during the 2012 NFL draft. Griffin III has proven to be a transcendent talent on a limited Washington team that would be winless without him.
The current Redskins’ roster has few non-tradable players. Griffin III, running back Alfred Morris, and linebacker Ryan Kerrigan are those players. After them, it can be reasoned that everyone else can be traded. The question is, does Washington have anyone else on their roster that another NFL team would want? If so, how much would other teams give up for that player?
Making matters worse, the Redskins are limited in their free agency spending for 2013 because of the $36 million salary cap hit the team will incur for the 2012 and 2013 NFL seasons. That is the punishment they must face for circumventing league rules regarding player salaries for the 2010 season, when there was no salary cap.
Simply put, Washington cannot receive any real value for anyone on their roster outside of Griffin III, Morris, and Kerrigan. Therefore, they have no choice but to continue the season with their current roster, which is a good thing. This is part of the growing process for the Washington Redskins. The days of building with yesterday’s big names are over. The Redskins must win and lose with their roster as is. It would go a long way towards returning the team to its former glory.