The Washington Redskins have completed the first actual trade of the NFL offseason, and it's not the one you think. While the world awaits the completion of the Donovan McNabb deal with Minnesota, the Redskins and the Denver Broncos consummated and announced a trade that sends defensive lineman Jeremy Jarmon to Denver and wide receiver Jabar Gaffney to Washington.
Good deal for Washington, I say. Jarmon was a bad fit as a defensive lineman in the 3-4 scheme. The Redskins just added Barry Cofield, who can probably play any position on their line. And as we all know, they've been a mess at receiver. They apparently agreed, because in the past 24 hours they have come to an agreement to re-sign Santana Moss; agreed with Donte' Stallworth on a one-year contract; and now added Gaffney to a wideout stable that also includes Anthony Armstrong and 2011 draft picks Leonard Hankerson and Niles Paul.
I thought the Redskins might sit out the receiver market and let Armstrong and the young guys develop. But they apparently decided that wasn't good enough and they needed to get presumptive starting quarterback John Beck more help. They poked around on Santonio Holmes before he went back to the Jets Wednesday morning on a five-year deal, and some reports today have linked them to a possible pursuit of Braylon Edwards, whom the Jets likely can't afford now that they've spent so much on Holmes and seem to be driven to get Nnamdi Asomugha.
Edwards would still fit, as the Redskins could use someone of his size and big-play ability. Gaffney is more of a possession receiver who runs his routes and doesn't drop the ball. This is good, and they certainly have a use for someone like that. But they were clearly dissatisfied with what they had at the position, and it's not outrageous to think they might keep working on it, even as they continue to hunt for offensive and defensive line pieces.
INCIDENTALLY: On the McNabb deal with Minnesota, which will get its own post here once it's finalized, I think the Redskins have to be thrilled to have received anything in exchange for McNabb. One (and possibly two) sixth-round picks might not seem like much, but a week ago it appeared as though they were going to have to release him and get nothing.