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Saturday, March 22, 2014
Bruce Allen: Redskins not done with deals

By John Keim

The first wave of free agency didn’t solve every problem, nor did the Redskins expect that to happen. But they still have other ways to bolster their roster, with more players still available – and with the trade market starting to form next week.

When coaches and general managers convene in Orlando starting Sunday for meetings, league business will be discussed. So, too, will potential deals now that teams have a better sense of what they need – and don’t want.

In other words, the Redskins aren’t done. Far from it.

“We’re still having conversations with players and next week I’m sure there will be a lot of discussions about teams offering up players for trades,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said.

Yes, Allen will be receptive to such talk.

“I’m listening to them, absolutely,” he said.

Whether or not something happens is another matter. And it’s his job, of course, to find other ways to improve, and that includes trade talk. Yes, quarterback Kirk Cousins has said he would welcome a trade, but the Redskins have said they’re not interested in trading him.

The overall point, though, is that it’s tough to accurately judge their offseason right now. There’s too much of it left; too many moves they can still make in addition to the draft. Another wave of players will hit the open market after the draft after getting released.

The Redskins have hosted safety Ryan Clark, linebacker Anthony Spencer, receiver Kenny Britt, center Brian de la Puente and guard/center Mike McGlynn in the past nine days. All remain unsigned. Britt told Buffalo reporters Friday he would make up his mind in a few days. In addition to the Redskins and Bills, Britt also has visited New England and St. Louis.

“We have a lot to do,” Allen said. “Everybody here is focused on 'Let’s find another way to get better.'”

To date, the Redskins have added pass-rush help but have yet to solve their issues at safety, though they did re-sign Brandon Meriweather. They've signed defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, guard Shawn Lauvao, receiver Andre Roberts, cornerback Tracy Porter and linebackers Darryl Sharpton, Akeem Jordan and Adam Hayward. They also re-signed corner DeAngelo Hall and linebacker Perry Riley.

The logical conclusion, based on signing Hatcher and franchising Brian Orakpo, is that the pass rush was the Redskins' top priority. That's where the big money went.

“I don’t think it’s any secret in the NFL the last 75 years that the line of scrimmage is very important on both sides,” Allen said. “Adding some depth is very important and that’s what we continue to try and do.”