Redskins Reconstruction: defensive backs

Redskins Reconstruction: defensive backs
April 1, 2011, 4:00 pm
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Friday, April 1, 2011 12:00 PM By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger Note: Free agency based on rules from 2009 and previous years of four years of NFL experience to become a free agent. The guidelines for this year are as yet undetermined pending resolution of the NFL lockout. Good fit Eric Wright, Browns 5-11, 192, age 25
Drafted by Browns in 2nd round (53 overall) 2007
Career: 59 games, 55 starts He had a rocky 2010 after three solid years in the league bit at age 25 he is young enough to recover and get his career back on track. Wright has decent size at 5-11, 190 and excellent athletic ability. Jim Haslett and company would have to coach him up on playing the run a bit better but, again, at his age he still can develop. Other good fit: Antonio Cromartie may display questionable judgment off the field at times but between the white lines he can be a shutdown corner. Bad fit Nnamdi Asomugha, Raiders 6-3, 215, age 29
Drafted by Raiders in 1st round (31 overall) 2003
Career: 122 games, 99 starts What, are you kidding? One of the very few true shutdown corners in the game would not be a good fit in Washington? In terms of talent and character, of course he would be a great addition to any team. Asomugha, however, will command a deal averaging around 10 million a year. The Redskins have too many holes to fill to invest that much money in one position. And, with Asomugha about to turn 30, thats a deal that could look pretty bad in its latter years. Washington has seen way too many of those in the past decade. Other bad fits: If the Redskins options boil down to 30-year-olds like Lito Sheppard and Nate Clements (who is likely to be released by the 49ers), they should bump up their offer to retain Carlos Rogers. Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at You can reach him by email at and follow him on Twitter @RealRedskins