Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen is ready to spend some money, as he should be — he’s waited two years to do so, thanks to a salary cap penalty. The general manager now has $30 million in salary cap space for the burgundy and gold.
Allen talked to SiriusXM NFL Radio with Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan earlier this week and sounded liberated. “We’ll have some room,” Allen said. “We’re gonna have some room to do some things. But we have some players who are free agents, and we’re going to talk to them first, to try to retain them. But we have the ability to maneuver around, and we’ll be active in free agency.”
While this is great news, the Redskins need to focus on the home front before looking for outside talent. With defensive starters up for grabs such as Brian Orakpo, DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and Perry Riley, they should be aggressive in keeping them.
It just makes sense.
Riley led the defense in tackles (72), while Hall led in interceptions (four). Wilson is third to London Fletcher in tackles, which says a lot. Orakpo’s 10 sacks cannot be ignored. If anything, the Redskins should look to fill Fletcher’s position — which will be easier said than done. A veteran defensive player would be a great addition to this bunch. Here’s a group of players that know one another and have been through one interesting transition after another. To leave now, after coaching changes, quarterback changes (and drama) would be surprising. In addition, the offer to leave would have to be, well, very attractive.
I’m sure we’ll see everyone back this year. It’s all a matter of finding that right number on the paycheck. The Redskins need to pay these guys. We need them back.