Thursday, February 7, 2013
Skins likely moving on from Jammal Brown
By Dan Graziano
Reports out of Washington say tackle Jammal Brown's contract will automatically void at 4:01 pm Friday, which will save the cap-strapped Washington Redskins $1.3 million on this year's salary cap. While this doesn't exactly leave a hole in the starting lineup, since the Redskins played the entire 2012 season with Tyler Polumbus at right tackle while Brown tried unsuccessfully to return from a hip injury, it does remind you that right tackle is an issue for Washington to address this offseason.
Do they bring back Polumbus, who was fine but not great as a full-time starter and is eligible for free agency? (Possible). Do they try again with Brown in spite of his inability to get on the field, since they still believe he's the best option for their zone-blocking run game? (Not likely). Do they elevate someone like Tom Compton? Do they go out on the free-agent market in search of a tackle, or try to find one in the draft?
Much of this offseason's focus in Washington will be on the defense, and in particular the secondary. But the offensive line needs tuning up. The Redskins started the same five offensive linemen in 16 of their 17 games in 2012, and that continuity was a big part of the reason for their success. But that doesn't mean the coaching staff won't look for spots at which it can improve.