Washington Redskins Should Extend Santana Moss

By Greg Bradshaw
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins is a franchise in need of some consistency. In 2012, the Redskins enjoyed their best season in quite some time. Washington finished the season as NFC East champions for the first time since 1999. It can be reasoned that success starved Redskins’ fans want their beloved team to reach the playoffs and advance deeper into the playoffs.

Redskins’ wide receiver Santana Moss has been the team’s most reliable receiver since he arrived in Washington in 2005. Currently, he does not figure prominently into the Washington offense. The team spent big money to obtain receiver Pierre Garcon in free agency in 2012. The Redskins also signed wide receiver Joshua Morgan to start opposite Garcon.  Young receivers Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson showed flashes of big play ability in 2012. If they continue to improve, Moss’ playing time could decrease considerably.

Moss will be 34 years old when the season starts .Despite the Redskins’ desire to remain younger at receiver, the team would be wise to ensure Moss retires a Redskin. He remains efficient in the passing game, with 26 of his 41 receptions leading to Redskins’ first downs. He also led Washington with eight touchdown receptions, solidifying the belief that he can still make big plays. The addition of Garcon, as well as budding superstars Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, has taken much of the offensive pressure off of Moss.

It would be hard to justify paying Moss the over $3 million that he’s due for 2013. The team hopes Moss would be willing to take a pay cut to remain in Washington. His veteran leadership would be extremely useful in the development of Hankerson and Robinson. Also, the Redskins will be severely limited in the 2013 free agent market because of sanctions imposed on the team due to salary cap circumvention. Redskins’ fans hope Moss and the Redskins can reach an agreement so that he can remain Griffin III’s most reliable target.

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