NFC East: Renaldo Wynn

Free agency: NFC East

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An early look at the free-agent situation in the NFC East.

Note: These projected lists reflect notable unrestricted free agents for each team. The NFL will not issue an official list of free agents until the signing period begins March 5.

Dallas Cowboys

Unrestricted free agents: G Montrae Holland

Key figures: The Cowboys don't have a huge interest in retaining Holland, a man who's never really challenged for playing time. But Dallas has a long list of restricted free agents because of the likely scenario of an uncapped 2010 season. Wide receiver Miles Austin is obviously the biggest name on the list. The Cowboys would like to get a long-term contract done, but Austin's going to be asking for big money after his breakout season. For now, the Cowboys will likely sign Austin to the highest tender, which would pay him roughly $3 million in 2010. There's also a chance Dallas will try to work something out with restricted free agent Marcus Spears. Owner Jerry Jones has been very complimentary of Spears' work in '09, so we'll see if he receives an extension. It will also be interesting to see whether the Cowboys reward safety Gerald Sensabaugh for a fine '09 season. He's seeking a multiyear extension. But with the potential of a lockout in 2011, negotiations are up in the air.

New York Giants

Unrestricted free agents: QB David Carr, LB Danny Clark, P Jeff Feagles, DT Fred Robbins

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Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesFullback Leonard Weaver rushed 70 times for 323 yards and two TDs in 2009.
Key figures: The Giants would like an upgrade at the backup quarterback position, but it's not like there are a bunch of reliable candidates floating around. It will be interesting to see how much progress Rhett Bomar makes this offseason. Coach Tom Coughlin loves what Clark brings to the locker room, but the player looked slow in coverage and he's a progress stopper at this point in his career. It's time to let him move on. Feagles can punt until he's 50 -- and he might give it a try. Robbins was benched late in the season, so the writing's on the wall with him. His production has tailed off the past two seasons because he's been asked to stay on the field too much.

Philadelphia Eagles

Unrestricted free agents: DE Jason Babin, S Sean Jones

Key figures: The man who's missing a major payday (for a fullback) is Leonard Weaver. He was an All-Pro for the Eagles and he would be an unrestricted free agent if not for the uncapped season in 2010. The Eagles now hold the hammer in negotiations -- and they've been known to use it at times. Babin is a decent pass-rush specialist, but he sort of faded down the stretch. Jones is a capable backup, but he should not be in the starting mix. Philadelphia would be wise to work something out with restricted free-agent guard/center Nick Cole. He's a versatile player who bailed out Andy Reid when the Stacy Andrews experiment didn't pan out in '09. And no matter his status as a restricted free agent, it's time to get something done with Jason Avant. He's quietly carved out a very important niche in this offense.

Washington Redskins

Unrestricted free agents: LS Ethan Albright, OT Levi Jones, DE Phillip Daniels, C Casey Rabach, P Hunter Smith, G Mike Williams, DE Renaldo Wynn, P Todd Yoder

Key figures: Cornerback Carlos Rogers is a restricted free agent, but he's looking for a new destination. It will be interesting to see what Mike Shanahan and Jim Haslett choose to do with Rogers. Will they try to get him back on the right path or see if they can deal him for a mid-round draft pick? This unrestricted list doesn't have a lot of juice. Rabach could certainly help a team at center, but he didn't set the league on fire in '09. It's probably time to move on without aging players such as Wynn and Daniels. I enjoyed the Williams weight loss story, but it's hard to imagine him being part of the rebuilding process at Redskins Park.

This we'll be the dullest free-agency period in years, but we'll be here to cover all the non-action.

Haynesworth officially out against Cowboys

November, 22, 2009
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We've been hearing it all morning, but the Redskins have made it official that defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will not play today against the Cowboys. It's obviously a huge blow for a team that depends on Haynesworth to be a disruptive force in the middle of the defense.

Haynesworth
Haynesworth will be replaced at defensive tackle by Kedric Golston. But here's the one silver lining: A former NFL scout just informed me that he thinks the Cowboys will be able to play a "pocket-controlled" game, which means they'll have a better opportunity to keep Tony Romo from extending plays with his feet.

The thought is that Haynesworth is so disruptive that he would force Romo to constantly leave the pocket. But that's about the only positive news I can offer Redskins fans right now.

In other news, Fred Smoot will start in place of Carlos Rogers at cornerback for the Redskins. Rogers was pulled for a series last week against the Broncos and he was pretty vocal about it.

Here are the other inactives:

Cowboys: QB Stephen McGee (emergency), S Ken Hamlin, CB Allen Rossum, LB Jason Williams, G Montrae Holland, C/G Duke Preston, T Marc Colombo, LB Curtis Johnson

Redskins: CB Kevin Barnes, RB Clinton Portis, FB Eddie Williams, TE Chris Cooley, LB Robert Henson, T Mike Williams, DT Albert Haynesworth, DE Renaldo Wynn

Live from FedEx Field, it's the Beast

October, 26, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

LANDOVER, Md. -- Greetings from the biggest NFC East game of the evening. I've just been handed tonight's incactives, so let me pass them along:

Redskins: Kevin Barnes, Quinton Ganther, Robert Henson, Chris Samuels, Chad Rinehart, Marko Mitchell, Anthony Montgomery, Renaldo Wynn

Eagles: Kevin Kolb (third quarterback), Dimitri Patterson, Joe Mays, Mike McGlynn, Max Jean-Gilles, Kevin Curtis, Victor Abiamiri, Omar Gaither

Eagles coach Andy Reid obviously has a lot of faith that left guard Todd Herremans is fully recovered. I'll be interested to see if Stacy Andrews gets any reps at right guard. Something tells me that we won't see tonight.

Skins sign former Bengals first-rounder Jones

October, 20, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Good news, Skins fans. Help is on the way with former Bengals first-round pick Levi Jones on the way to town. The Bengals released their left tackle a month after selecting Alabama's Andre Smith in the first round of the '09 draft. Jones started 89 games for the Bengals, but he missed the final six games of the '08 season with a leg injury.

He had a tryout with the Packers in September, but nothing came out of it. If he's healthy, I'm sure the Redskins will plug him in immediately at one of the tackle spot. In fact, I would bet he'll end up at left tackle, which will allow Stephon Heyer to move back to the right side.

I have no clue why the Redskins waited so long to bring in Jones, but maybe they were waiting for word on Chris Samuels' neck injury. The Redskins released running backs Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason on Tuesday and re-signed Renaldo Wynn.

I'm told Jones was a fan favorite with the Bengals. He went to Arizona State on an academic scholarship before deciding to walk on the football team. And some of you will recall his infamous Las Vegas fight with Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter. The Skins could use a brawler up front -- and it shouldn't take Jones long to crack the starting lineup.

The Inactives: Giants suiting up three corners

September, 13, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants will be thin at cornerback and heavy on wide receivers. I just secured a copy of the inactives and it appears that Terrell Thomas, Corey Webster and undrafted rookie Bruce Johnson will be the only cornerbacks in uniform Sunday.

In a surprise move, the Giants will take six receivers into today's game. Rookie Ramses Barden is the only receiver on the 53-man roster who's not active. Here's the complete list of Giants inactives:

WR Ramses Barden, CB Aaron Ross, T Adam Koets, T Tutan Reyes, T Guy Whimper, DL Leger Douzable, LB Clint Sintim

The Washington Redskins put reserve running back Marcus Mason on the inactive list. He's had an excellent preseason, but Jim Zorn decided he couldn't take more than three running backs to the game. Here are the other inactives for the Redskins:

RB Marcus Mason, CB Kevin Barnes, C/G Edwin Williams, LB Robert Henson, G Chad Rinehart, T/G D'Anthony Batiste, DT Anthony Montgomery, Renaldo Wynn.

Wednesday Beastlines

August, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys

  • This would be one pricey pizza if true. 
  • Marc Colombo and Jay Ratliff got into a fight Tuesday: "The more you get into it [training camp], the edgier you get and things happen," coach Wade Phillips said. "But the players are fine. It's things that happen in football."
  • David Moore has more on the scuffle.
  • Dallas Morning News beat reporters compile a list of camp notes thus far.
  • According to Charean Williams, there are some confident cornerbacks here in Dallas: "I feel like I can be real good," Mike Jenkins said. "I feel like I can be one of the top corners out there. I've always had that confidence in myself. I've never downplayed myself. I can go out there and get beat by 300 yards, and I'm going to come back and say the same thing next week. That's my mentality."
  • Quarterback conditioning is quite essential: "At all positions you've got to be great with your lower body, and the quarterback is no different," offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said.
  • Jean-Jacques Taylor thinks this defense will prosper with Phillips at the helm: "Now we don't have to ask someone what Wade thinks about us doing things a certain way or making a change in the defense. We can just ask him," Bradie James said. "It's his defense. The middle man is gone. I've learned so much since he took over the defense."
  • Roy Williams doesn't feel too much pressure to replace Terrell Owens.
  • Receivers coach Ray Sherman sees Patrick Crayton as the big No. 2 receiver: "Patrick is the guy right now," Sherman said. "Patrick is having a very good camp, and I think the guys are really in tune. They don't care about who starts. The only thing we want to do is be productive and help this team get to where we want to go, and that's basically where the focus is now."
  • And Sam Hurd is challenging Miles Austin for that next receiver spot: "I'm sure they feel like, if they're as good as they can be, then they'll get the playing time," Wade Phillips said. "I think that's a healthy way to compete."

Eagles

  • Jeremy Maclin is now having to play catch up to the rest of the team: "It'll be my responsibility to get him ready," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "We have the best receiving coach in the league (David Culley), and he takes his responsibility seriously as well. Some guys (who are contract holdouts) fit right in. Some players, it may take two to three years for them to become great."
  • Eagletarian reports that missing camp isn't something Maclin really wanted to do: "It's been a little hard," Maclin said. "Obviously, I am a competitive guy and I want to be out here playing, but it is what it is and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future has in store."
  • What's been the history of rookie holdouts?
  • Asante Samuel is glad to be back: ''I'm happy to be out there,'' Samuel said. ''Just keep getting better. That's what we're here for, to keep getting better and have that communication down with your teammates.''
  • NFL officials visited the Eagles to refresh them on some rules.

Giants

  • Antonio Pierce is not sorry about the way he reacted: "I am not sorry for how I acted that night," Pierce said Tuesday in his first comments since he faced a grand jury last week. "I'm not sorry for how I responded. I am sorry for putting myself in position that I had to respond the way I had to respond. There's a lot of lessons I learned from this. I've taken them to heart. I've taken them seriously."
  • Ralph Vacchiano has more from Pierce about actual play on the field: "Like every year, I always come up with ways to push myself and ways to push my teammates," Pierce said. "And with everything that happened last year with the negative play in the playoff game and things that were said about me, I'm looking forward to looking those doubters in the eyes again and, like I always say, shut them up."
  • The Giants have Antonio Pierce's back, Jay Greenberg reports.
  • In other news, Eli Manning doesn't want to throw as many interceptions this season ... or in training camp.
  • Mike Garafolo says the secondary has definitely stood out at training camp so far: "We've always tried to be aggressive with the secondary," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We do play a lot of press (coverage), so we've got to teach that because we're bringing the safeties down a lot. It's been a good start."
  • Former Steelers coach Bill Cowher has some words of wisdom for Plaxico Burress: "Whether you like it or not, you are a role model," he said. "People look up to you, kids look up to you. You have to accept that responsibility. When you make a choice, you better understand the responsibility that goes with it."

Redskins

  • Jeremy Jarmon chose training camp rather than improving his French skills.
  • Ryan O'Halloran reports that Jarmon is now studying hard to catch up: "I don't know how he's doing it," safety Chris Horton said. "I definitely see him upstairs [at Redskin Park] when everybody else is on break and he has his playbook open. He's doing things well out there, and if he continues to work he'll be good for us."
  • Renaldo Wynn is now on the kickoff team: "It's not new for me because I played on kickoff return the past couple of years," Wynn said. "Before that, I hadn't played on teams since my rookie year [with Jacksonville in 1997]."
  • David Elfin caught up with former Redskin Bruce Smith.
  • It's already been a rough start for some linemen. 

Tuesday Beastlines: Summer Edition

June, 30, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys


Eagles

Giants

Redskins

Friday Beastlines: Non-print edition

June, 5, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley 

Cowboys

  • Fresh back from an extended vacation, Tim MacMahon has a story on the Cowboys' answer to the Wildcat formation. It's called the Razorback -- for obvious reasons.
  • I apparently stepped all over a "TV sound bite" during my dogged pursuit of an answer from Jerry Jones on the DeMarcus Ware contract situation Thursday. Consider this my heartfelt apology to all my pals in the local TV market.

Eagles

  • Here's a sobering column from Inquirer columnist Phil Sheridan. The only part I disagree with Phil on is that it takes a couple of years for a rookie running back to get up to speed at that position. I think rookies can make an immediate impact at that position, in part, because it requires instinctive players. If Westbrook is slowed by this injury, I think LeSean McCoy will be ready to go. Am I being overly optimistic?

Giants

Redskins

Beast Exclusive: The Devin Thomas interview

June, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

In my official role as the Redskins whisperer, I'm often allowed to line up (brief) phone interviews for the blog. You guys asked for second-year wide receiver Devin Thomas, so that's who we delivered. And on Wednesday, he answered a few of your (thoughtful) questions.

 
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  Devin Thomas says he's become smarter about his preparation for practice and games.

Now it's time to unveil what else Thomas told me during our rollicking visit that touched on fascinating topics such as his Google searches (for himself) and his day trips through Shenandoah Valley. For those of you interested in football, we also touched on Thomas' disappointing rookie season. OK, let's get to it. Please enjoy Thomas' fireside chat with the Beast:

[Always start with a softball] MM: So how are OTAs going?

DT: Pretty good. [Jason] Campbell and I hooked up for a touchdown on a double move today, so that was a nice feeling.

MM: Who did you burn?

DT: A young guy [safety Michael] Grant. We got him on the double move, but he still ended up making some plays.

MM: How beneficial is it for you that you can compete against guys like DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers in practice?

DT: It's huge being able to go up against some of the top competitors in the league at that position. And they give me instant feedback. They'll tell me what tendencies they're picking up on and how I can do certain things better. All three of them -- Fred [Smoot], D-Hall and Carlos -- have the same abilities, so there are some good battles to be had.

MM: What did you make of Jason Campbell's offseason?

DT: I pretty much talked to him through the entire thing. And we just kept working hard together. When things got boiling [with the pursuit of Jay Cutler], I sent him a text to let him know I was with him. He's a self-motivator, and his mind he was still the Redskins quarterback. That wasn't changing unless they were going to ship him off -- and it never happened. People have been playing my abilities, too. Jason and I will have the same little grudge this season. We'll have a little chip on our shoulder, so we'll want to showcase what we've been working on.

MM: Why did you seem to have a tough time making the adjustment from college to this level? You and Malcolm Kelly both seemed to have some issues in training camp.

DT: It was just trying to get comfortable in the daily situations. I showed up in pretty good shape, but you really have to take care of your body. I had to learn the hard way to balance my speed in practice because I went out and pulled a hamstring early on. I can stay out there longer because I'm smarter about how I prepare. I'm a speed guy, so I was basically trying to fly around people all the time in practice. Santana [Moss] has helped me learn how to balance my speed a lot better. He also talked to me about setting up defensive backs. I can be looking inside with my eyes and suddenly explode outside. In college, you could sort of run past everyone. It's different here.

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What's in Mosley's Mailbag?

May, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Hope you're having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Since many of you were kind enough to drop me a note during the week, I've sworn off the holiday in an effort to shed light on some important Beast-related items. Let's get right to it:

Mav in Philly starts us off with a question about the Eagles' cap situation: What do you see the Eagles doing with their cap space? Do they take a wait-and-see approach to see how far they can get in the playoffs and then use the space to plug missing holes for 2010? Or do they spend that money now? Sheldon Brown seems to have hit his value ceiling to me. Could we package him and Reggie Brown along with a draft pick for anything at this point? I just know if the Eagles don't win (or at least make it to) the Super Bowl this year, the fan base will go berserk that they didn't do enough.

Mosley: I think the Eagles would consider adding another defensive end if the right guy becomes available. It wouldn't surprise me at all if Andy Reid tried to sign Greg Ellis if he's released by the Cowboys. He's scheduled to make $4.15 million this season, but there's no way he sees that money. It's far more likely that a team such as the Patriots, Bengals, Eagles, Panthers or Redskins sign him for somewhere in the $2 million range. Ellis could start at defensive end for several teams in the league, but his time as a starter at outside linebacker in Dallas has come to an end. I don't think there's a tremendous amount of interest in Sheldon Brown. The Eagles will wait and see if anyone has an injury in training camp. They'd be thrilled to get a third-round pick for Brown, but that's unlikely. There's no market for Reggie Brown. He may not make the team coming out of training camp. Hank Baskett, Jason Avant, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis should all claim roster spots. Brown could be the odd man out.


Tee in Iraq is addicted to the Beast: If the Redskins are so desperate for D-line help and want [Brian] Orakpo at linebacker, why don't they try to get on Simeon Rice? What's going on with Joe Horn and is he still trying to play? Any word on Marvin Harrison?

Mosley: I don't think Simeon Rice is on the Redskins' radar. He wants to play for the Bucs, but it's hard to imagine him making a significant impact anywhere. I think the Redskins believe the rotation of Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn on one side and Andre Carter on the other is enough to be successful. Hopefully they'll realize that Orakpo doesn't belong at SAM linebacker. That's only the 37th time I've mentioned that in the past three weeks. Joe Horn doesn't have anything left and Marvin Harrison's pretty much in the same boat. Harrison will be a Hall of Famer. 

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Monday Beastlines for Giants, Eagles, Redskins

May, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com staff

New York Giants

  • New defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan will utilize the same scheme former coordinator Steve Spagunolo used, but with a few tweaks, reports the New York Post's Paul Schwartz.
Philadelphia Eagles
  • No one's wearing Randall Cunningham's No. 12 or Brian Dawkins' No. 20 at minicamp. The Inquirer's Bob Ford says the Eagles should either hand out the numbers or retire them.
  • Although the team made a number of additions this offseason to upgrade the running game, that doesn't mean the Eagles will run the ball more, writes the Philadelphia Daily News' Rich Hofmann.
  • Brian Dawkins' departure leaves a large leadership gap to be filled, says the Philadelphia Daily News' Paul Domowitch.
  • Melanoma has forced defensive coordinator Jim Johnson to make changes, but he won't stop coaching: "It's part of my life," Johnson said. "It keeps me going. I don't feel any different coaching. I'm coaching the same way."
  • Larry O'Rourke is impressed with the Philly special teams.
Washington Redskins

Five burning draft questions in The Beast

April, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

By this time next Thursday (it's officially 3 p.m. ET), I'll be boarding a flight to New York for the NFL draft. Through the magic of live-blogging, my plan is to take you to Radio City Music Hall with me. With that in mind, it's time to address Five Burning Draft Questions in The Beast:

1. Will Redskins owner Dan Snyder select USC quarterback Mark Sanchez?

Sanchez
Mosley: With the 13th pick overall, the Redskins should only take Sanchez if they've truly given up on Jason Campbell. And based on their recent attempt to land Jay Cutler, some of you probably think Washington has already turned its back on Campbell. Well, I think we have a split vote on that one at Redskins Park. And unfortunately for Campbell backers (me), head coach Jim Zorn can't win a contest against the formidable duo of Snyder and Vinny Cerrato. It was Zorn who moved quickly to reassure Campbell even while desperate attempts were being made to land Cutler several doors down.

Snyder and Cerrato met with Campbell, but that was simply window dressing. The club decided to take Campbell's trade value for a spin -- and it didn't like the results. After investing all this time (and a first-round pick) in Campbell, it's looking like the Redskins are ready to start all over with Sanchez, who dazzled scouts and innocent bystanders at his recent pro day. I think Snyder-Cerrato are suffering from a condition we're calling "RyanFlacconitis," which has caused front office types around the league to mistakenly think that pretty much any rookie quarterback with a solid background (Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco) can lead them to the playoffs. The best result for Redskins fans would be for Sanchez to go off the board before No. 13. I may be in the minority (shocker), but I'd love to see what Campbell could do in his second season with Zorn. Who knows? Maybe the Redskins let Sanchez learn for a season behind Campbell. On second thought, that will never happen.

2. What will the Giants and Eagles do at wide receiver?

Boldin
Wouldn't you like to know? I thought the timing of Ken Whisenhunt's "we're all ears on Anquan Boldin" comment was pretty interesting. Did it just happen to immediately follow a report that a Braylon Edwards to the Giants trade was imminent? I think not. If the Browns truly want to move Edwards, they may have lost a little leverage. Now that the Cardinals have gone public, Giants general manager Jerry Reese could play their situation against any potential Browns' offers. As Scouts Inc. stalwart Matt Williamson pointed out Wednesday on the NFC West blog, the Eagles appear to be a better fit for Boldin than the Giants. Boldin would the perfect complement to speedsters DeSean Jackson and Kevin Curtis. In New York, he might not be quite as effective. But if Reese thinks he can get a better deal from the Cards, then more power to him. Heard Boldin do a local radio show in Dallas recently and he indicated once again that he loves his teammates, he just doesn't care for management. If the Giants end up with Edwards and the Eagles trade for Boldin, I might have to redo my NFL schedule analysis. Surely no one wants that to happen.

3. What will the Cowboys do with the No. 51 pick?

Let's be honest. Not having a first-round pick makes the draft far less interesting. It's also made talk radio in Dallas much more of a challenge. In my Dallas Morning News days, I would've had seven mock drafts by now. But with the proliferation of mock drafts -- my pastor has one -- I've decided to take a year off. But anyway, the Cowboys aren't going to feel pressured to take any specific position at No. 51. The only way they take a quarterback is if Josh Freeman ends up in a free-fall. I'm hearing the Cowboys are in love with Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas, who is one of the best free safeties in this draft. He's 5-11, 202 pounds, but scouts say he plays much bigger than that. He's a tough run defender and his athletic ability (4.5 in the 40 and 37-inch vertical) is pretty impressive. The Cowboys signed Gerald Sensabaugh in free agency, but I think Delmas would be starting by midseason -- if not before. The other safety they really like is Darcel McBath out of Texas Tech. Excellent ball skills (eight interceptions) and he grew up in nearby Gainesville, Texas. Jerry Jones loves the homegrown kids. I'm not saying McBath's going at No. 51, but he's certainly a name to remember. In terms of receivers, the Cowboys think Brian Robiskie could be an effective receiver in the league for the next 10 years. If he's there at No. 51, they'd have a hard time passing him up.

4. Don't the Redskins need a pass-rusher?

Could all this talk about Mark Sanchez be a huge smokescreen? If so, the W
ashington Post has bitten hard. That's why I think there's definitely some interest in Sanchez, but it won't happen in the end. The 'Skins desperately need a right tackle and a defensive end. I certainly respect the work of grizzled veterans such as Phillip Daniels, Andre Carter and the immortal Renaldo Wynn. That said, Redskins fans are suffering from a condition widely known as "Haynesworth fever." There's a thought that you pay the guy $41 million in guaranteed money and he suddenly makes old men young again. Folks, Phil Daniels isn't going to return from a serious knee injury and suddenly have 10 sacks. The Redskins need to surround Haynesworth with talent in order to get their money's worth. That's why Snyder has to forget about a quarterback and find a way to get his hands on Brian Orakpo. Yes, I know some scouts struggle with recommending University of Texas kids because they've been pampered so much, but Orakpo is the real deal. I've been watching him manhandle Big 12 blockers for years. Snyder and Cerrato have to find a way to move up and get him.

5. So what do the Eagles do with those two first-round picks?

Well, you could always send that No. 28 pick over to the Cardinals for Anquan Boldin. I don't think the Cardinals will come close to getting a Roy Williams deal, which is to say they won't get a first- and third-round pick for Boldin. And I think Boldin is much better receiver than Williams. Of course, there's always the chance the Eagles actually make those first-round picks. If Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher is there at No. 21, that's the direction Andy Reid will go. At No. 28, drafting Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew wouldn't surprise me at all. So what about running back, you ask? Well, I don't think the Eagles have to take someone in the first round -- especially when there are guys like Rashad Jennings out there in the second or third rounds. You can find productive backs in later rounds. Ask the Cowboys and Giants about that. And I seem to recall a man by the name of Westbrook who wasn't taken in the first round. This flies in the face of what Philly writers are saying, but you have to go out on a limb every now and then -- or every day for that matter.

If you have questions regarding this column, please feel free to utilize the Mailbag. I'm planning to spend a lot more time reading your mail in the coming days. Thanks for your continued support of The Beast.

On the Clock: Washington Redskins

April, 3, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Teams needs: Defensive end, offensive tackle, linebacker, guard

 
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  One player the Redskins are looking at is Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers.

Dream scenario: The Redskins were ready to mortgage their 2009 and 2010 drafts in order to land Jay Cutler. But it wasn't enough. Now, they'll stay at No. 13 overall and try to find more help on defense. Tennessee defensive end Robert Ayers is a player the Redskins have fallen in love with since he had a breakout performance during Senior Bowl week. He has a little baggage (a 2005 arrest), but he's coming off an excellent 2008 season in which he made 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage and took over several games. The Redskins desperately need help at left end, and Ayers would be a Day 1 starter. Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn are serviceable, but at this point in their careers you don't want to lean on them heavily. There's also a chance that Vinny Cerrato tries to trade out of that 13th pick and make a run at Ayers or even offensive tackle Michael Oher. The Redskins don't have much ammunition in the draft (five picks), so a trade could put them in a better situation. Actually, the dream scenario is Brian Orakpo slipping to 13, but that's a stretch. There's some thought that the Raiders might take him at No. 7. Also keep your eye on LSU defensive end Tyson Jackson

Plan B: The Redskins are high on USC linebacker Brian Cushing. They need to surround Albert Haynesworth with disruptive players, and Cushing has the build (255 pounds) and the athleticism to be an effective pass-rusher. And don't forget that the Redskins aren't exactly stacked at strongside linebacker.

PollCenter: On the Clock
What is the Washington Redskins' biggest positional need? VOTE

Scouts Inc. take: "After going with skill in the first three rounds of the draft last season, I expect the Redskins to stay on offense if and only IF one of the offensive tackles happens to be on the board. I think Ole Miss OT Michael Oher will be the pick if he is there. Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith is also a possibility. The Redskins also need to address their pass rush so if defensive end Everette Brown from Florida State or Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin were available they would be considered. The bottom line is they need to address their line play on both sides of the ball, but I think they would go OT over DE. Regardless, the Redskins are in a very good spot and will find a very good player who will fit a huge need on their roster." -- Jeremy Green, Scouts. Inc.

Who has final say? Ultimately it's owner Dan Snyder, but executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato is running the room. If the Redskins trade out of the pick, Cerrato will be the reason why.

Now On the Clock: Denver Broncos, April 5.

Previous On the Clock: New Orleans Saints. The team-by-team series.

Redskins re-sign Daniels

March, 31, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

  Daniels

The Washington Redskins turned to a familiar face Tuesday in an effort to bolster their defense. As expected, Phillip Daniels re-signed with the team for a one-year deal worth $845,000.

In the last two weeks, the Redskins have turned back the clock to sign both 35-year-old Renaldo Wynn and the 36-year-old Daniels. Neither player is a dominant pass-rusher, but they should provide some much-needed depth. Daniels hasn't had a nine-sack season since he was with the Bears eight years ago and his best season with the Redskins came in 2005. Still, he's a respected voice in the locker room and he should be able to help against the run.

Will he have much of an effect in the pass rush? Well, he combined for 5.5 sacks in the 2006-07 seasons, so I don't expect him to suddenly have a 10-sack season. I guess it won't take long to find out how valuable Albert Haynesworth is. If he can turn guys like Wynn and Daniels into threats, then maybe he's worth $41 million in guaranteed money.

Redskins sign another familiar face in Wynn

March, 17, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Free agency is turning into old home week for the Redskins. First, they signed former guard Derrick Dockery and now they've welcomed back defensive end Renaldo Wynn. ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli confirmed the one-year deal for the 34-year-old Wynn, who played for the New York Giants in 2008. Wynn played for the Redskins from 2002-05 after beginning his career in Jacksonville.

He's certainly not an every-down player at this point in his career, but he gives the Redskins some much-needed depth behind Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels -- if they ever get around to re-signing him in free agency. Behind those players, the Redskins have Alex Buzbee (returning from an injury), Chris Wilson and Rob Jackson. Wynn's a player who can give you 10-15 defensive plays, and he's still fairly solid against the run. But if Albert Haynesworth turns Wynn into an elite pass-rusher at age 34, then he truly will be the best defensive player in the league.

It's easy to laugh and point to another aging player the Redskins are bringing in, but it looks like Wynn signed for the veteran minimum. If that's the case, this is probably a solid move. I know that some Eagles fans hated to see Wynn go, although they might not admit it now.

All in all, this is a smart move by the Redskins. Now about that right tackle spot?

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