Redskins Reconstruction: Running Back

Redskins Reconstruction: Running Back
March 25, 2011, 2:09 pm
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Friday, March 25, 2011

By Rich Tandler

Note: Free agency based on rules from 2009 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 LeRon McClain, Ravens 6-0, 260, age 26
Drafted by Ravens in fourth round (137 overall) in 2007
Career: 63 games, 54 starts He could be the power back the Redskins have been missing for years. McClain has the size to power for yards when needed, and he still is nimble enough to operate in the one-cut, zone-blocking running game. McClain wont be 27 until late in the season and with just 314 career carries 232 of them in one year, 2008 he has relatively little wear and tear on his body.

Other good fit: The Redskins were set to make a run at the Chargers Darren Sproles a year ago until the Chargers made him a restricted free agent. He could be the third-down scatback the Redskins have not had in a long time. Bad fit DeAngelo Williams, Panthers 5-8, 210, age 27
Drafted by Panthers in first round (27) in 2006
Career: 64 games, 37 starts The buyer needs to be very wary here. Williams has missed 13 games in the past two years because of injuries. He will want to get paid for the 2008 season, when he gained over 1,500 yards. His production has fallen off since then. His 841 carries dont represent extremely high mileage, but if he hasnt hit the wall already, it appears that he may do so soon. Other bad fit: Brian Westbrook, whom the Skins wanted to bring in last year, is on the market again after showing modest productivity for the 49ers in 2010. The Redskins level of interest may not be as high this year.