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NFL Free Agency 2011: Bidding Goodbye To Barry Cofield

Mike reported Barry Cofield's decision to sign with the Washington Redskins a little bit earlier. I wanted to follow that, though, with some thoughts on Cofield's decision to sign with the 'Skins.

Cofield, 27, will get the payday from Washington that he has wanted for a couple of years -- reports put his contract at six years, $36 million deal. Cofield apparently gets $12.5 million in guaranteed money.

Personally, I think the Giants were right here. That is elite money for a player who is not elite. Good yes, elite no. Last season was the best of his five-year career, with 54 tackles and four sacks. Good numbers, sure. Cofield, though, has never been a dominant force.

I am of the belief that the Giants will be just fine at the defensive tackle position with veterans Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard, and promising young players Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin.

On a different note, I am really not sure why the Redskins threw that much money at Cofield. I knew someone would, but I am surprised that it turned out to be a team that plays a 3-4 defense.At 6-foot-3, 305 pounds I have no idea what makes Mike Shanahan and company think Cofield can play the nose in their defense.