Two days after Jay Gruden talked about the planned lineup at the middle of the offensive line, the Redskins put another name into the mix that could continue the transformation of the offensive line.
Gruden said that the plan was to have newly-signed Shawn Lauvao play left guard and move Kory Lichtensteiger from left guard to center to replace Will Montgomery, who was released. Chris Chester would remain at right guard. But that was before last Friday’s signing.
Mike McGlynn, 29, made the Redskins his fourth NFL team in six seasons in the league when he signed on Friday. He has been a starter for the Colts the past two seasons at right guard and at center. If you believe the rankings at Pro Football Focus he was better at center than guard but he wasn’t very good at either. Two years ago McGlynn ranked 36th and dead last among guards who played at least 75 percent of their teams’ snaps and it wasn’t close. His overall grade was minus-22.7 and the next player up on the list was minus-12.1.
But the Redskins apparently don’t pay too much attention to PFF rankings. One of their first signings of the free agency period was Lauvao, who ranked 33rd among guards.
McGlynn’s contract makes it look like he’s almost assured of a roster spot but perhaps not a starter. He got a two-year deal worth $2.7 million with a $200,000 signing bonus. That bonus pretty well assures that he’ll be on the roster this year. His salary is $925,000 this year with a cap hit of $1.15 million.
That’s money doesn’t quite say “you’re our starter” but the line starters, outside of Trent Williams at left tackle and Lauvao starting at one of the guard spot, are far from being set in stone. It would not be surprising to see McGlynn push Chester and/or Montgomery Lichtensteiger.
At the very least the acquisition of McGlynn impacts 2012 draft picks Adam Gettis and Josh LeRibeus and 2011 seventh-round pick Maurice Hurt. They have seen very limited action in their time in the league and as of right now at least one of them is in danger of being released.