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NFC East Preview: Washington Redskins

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Today we take a look at the Washington Redskins as we finish up our NFC East Previews.

2007 record: 9-7 Lost to Seattle in the Wild Card Round

KEY ADDITIONS

DE Erasmus James (trade Vikings).

S Stuart Schweigert: FA Raiders; terms unknown.

KEY PLAYERS RE-SIGNED

LS Ethan Albright: Potential UFA; terms unknown.

DT Ryan Boschetti: UFA; terms unknown.

RB Nehemiah Broughton: Not tendered as ERFA; terms unknown.

RB/KR Rock Cartwright: UFA; $3.55M/3 yrs, $300,000 SB/$300,000 RB; $200,000 RB ‘09; 2008 cap: $705,000.

QB Todd Collins: UFA; $9M/3 yrs, $3M SB.

OT Jason Fabini: UFA; $870,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB; 2008 cap: $485,000.

P Derrick Frost: UFA; $805,000/1 yr, $200,000 SB.

K Shaun Suisham: ERFA; terms unknown.

KEY LOSSES

QB Mark Brunell: UFA Saints; 2 yrs, $1M SB, other terms unknown.

WR Reche Caldwell: UFA Rams; $645,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.

WR Brandon Lloyd (released; post-June 1 designation).

CB David Macklin: UFA Rams; $770,000/1 yr, $40,000 SB.

S Pierson Prioleau: UFA Jaguars; terms unknown.

OT Kevin Sampson (released/failed physical).

C Ross Tucker: UFA; retired.

Here are some of the questions the Redskins face going to camp in 2008:

  1. Is Jim Zorn ready to be a head coach in the NFL?
  2. How will Jason Campbell and the offense adapt to the new West Coast style Zorn has installed?
  3. Follow up to Number 2: will Campbell even be the starter, or will Todd Collins unseat him?
  4. Is Joe Jansen healthy after a debilitating injury in Week 1 of 2007?

Jim's Take:

The consensus seems to be that this is a down year for the Skins, and that Zorn is in over his head, but I'm going the other way. I have a feeling that Zorn is going to be a breath of fresh air for this team in the second Post-Gibbs Era. They have all 22 of their playoff starters returning, and that should help. Finishing third sounds about right for the 'Skins, but they are going to be a very tough out, especially the second half of the season.