Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Redskins 2015-16 Free Agency: Day 1

With the 2015-16 league year officially starting at 4 p.m. EST today, the Washington Redskins have signed a flurry of aging veterans with massive contracts.

No, wait, that was the old way free agency was handled at Redskins Park. The team's new regime is remaining patient and not dangling money bags above the biggest named players. In fact, general manager Scot McCloughan recently stated the draft as being "the lifeline of your organization." I cannot speak for everyone, but that is music to my ears.

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Still, the Redskins did sign one free agent that should have an impact on defense; 26-year-old Stephen Paea

Paea's deal is worth $20 million over four years. His contract seems cheap compared to Ndamukong Suh's six-year contract worth $114 million and $60 million guaranteed. 

In 2011, Paea was drafted in the second round (53rd overall) by the Chicago Bears. He is coming off a career season where he recorded 33 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. At this point, it's hard to tell if he will play at nose tackle or defensive end. Regardless, pencil him in as an upgrade for Washington.

Unfortunately, the Redskins have lost a key player of their own to free agency. Speedy running back Roy Helu Jr. was signed to the Oakland Raiders on a two-year deal. The 26-year-old is from the Bay Area, which most likely impacted his decision, considering that the Raiders' history of losing would not entice any player. Now the Redskins must begin their search for a solid backup RB behind Alfred Morris.