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Old 02-13-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Fixing the Secondary

As we all well know, the secondary is in need of some help this offseason. So here's where you post your plan for fixing the secondary.


Safety:

Cut/Let Walk: Reed Doughty, Trenton Robinson

Sign in FA: Chris Clemons-1 year, Kendrick Lewis-3 years

Resign: Brandon Meriweather-1 year, Jose Gumbs-1 year

Draft: No one. Unless, of course, Deone Bucannon falls to the 4th. LOL.

UDFAs: Johnathan Dowling, Daniel Sorensen. Obviously, any projected UDFA can easily be drafted, but assuming these two aren't, I'd love to bring them in to compete for depth.


Cornerback

Cut/Let Walk: Josh Wilson, E.J. Biggers

Sign in FA: Alterraun Verner-5 years, Chris Owens-1 year

Resign: DeAngelo Hall-2 years

Draft: Ricardo Allen

UDFAs: Phillip Gaines, Dexter McDougle
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:12 PM   #2
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Re: Fixing the Secondary

I can agree with all of this except we absolutely need to cut Meriweather and I'd rather keep Doughty.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:14 PM   #3
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Cut/Let Walk: Reed Doughty,


Hell no. He's the one bright spot in the group. I'd much rather have him than BM.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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I can agree with all of this except we absolutely need to cut Meriweather and I'd rather keep Doughty.
Well, I'm sure many fans agree that Meriweather needs to go. But my thinking is that he can stay on a 1 year deal and compete with Clemons for the starting SS spot. He played well near the end of last year, and he's our hardest hitter. And if you release Meriweather and Clemons gets hurt, then you have Thomas, who is practically a rookie, starting. I want depth in the secondary, particulary safety, this next year.
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Old 02-13-2014, 02:18 PM   #5
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Re: Fixing the Secondary

Doughty is a solid backup and a very good special teams player. Unless his play starts to decline or we can find someone to fit both roles, I'm okay keeping him.

I think the team needs to part ways with Merriweather, but as long as we have a solid replacement.
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:36 PM   #6
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Re: Fixing the Secondary

At Corner:
re-sign DeAngelo Hall and E.J. Biggers
Sign Tracy Porter or Sam Shields
Draft Shaquille Richardson

At Safety:
FS Jairus Byrd and SS Chris Clemmons
sign Taylor Mays
resign Reed Doughty
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Old 02-13-2014, 03:52 PM   #7
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Resign hall to a 1 or 2 year deal. Sign Sam shields to a josh Wilson-like deal. Let biggers, wilson walk. Plan on Crawford, Minnefield, and Amerson back.

At SS, let Rambo, Thomas and sign a vet ss to a 1 year deal to fight it out for the position. Sign a vet to a mult-year deal at Free Safety.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:10 PM   #8
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Is there a good pass rusher in the draft? A good pass rush can make a bad secondary look good.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:15 PM   #9
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Louis Delmas was just cut by the Lions for salary cap reasons. I am not sure what type of $$ he'll be looking for but I would put him up there right after Byrd as far as top free agent safeties go. I think the Redskins should looking into using some of the money they'd use to sign Meriweather and put it towards signing Delmas instead.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:16 PM   #10
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Cut Doughty? No! he is one of the very few players that earned his paycheck last year. The veteran minimum for a guy who is consistent and respected by his teammates is worth it.

To fix the secondary, you need to fix the Dline.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:23 PM   #11
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Re: Fixing the Secondary

Just to clarify Delmas is a strong safety and Byrd is a free safety. Meriweather is naturally a strong safety so that's why I'd much rather have Delmas than him. I'm just not sure what need is greater strong or free.
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Old 02-13-2014, 04:35 PM   #12
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Re: Fixing the Secondary

add a no 1 corner and a legit starting safety.

I like merriweather and thought he was the only safety who has the ability to play above average and occasionally ball.

doughty is an ideal vet back up on a cheap deal.

we def need another legit safety. someone average to above average at least. the other safety position should not be left up to hoping rambo or thomas make huge improvements.

corner - add a legit no 1, hall at 2 and amerson as the 3 ready to step in in case 1 or 2 gets injured.
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Cut Doughty? No! he is one of the very few players that earned his paycheck last year. The veteran minimum for a guy who is consistent and respected by his teammates is worth it.

To fix the secondary, you need to fix the Dline.
Let's not go overboard on Doughty. He's a solid special teams player and plays the run ok. He can't cover a stationary target. Great team guy, if he comes back on a low money deal and is relegated to special teams only, I'm all for it. He shouldn't get any defensive snaps after the preseason.
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Re: Fixing the Secondary

The secondary is a mess. Josh Wilson? You have to go! Not a good free agent signing at all. Rambo? I understand getting beat in coverage cause you're a rookie. But why can't you tackle? Merriweather? No fundamentals in tackling. But at least he wants to hit someone. For me it's a simple solution. Improve the pass rush and hope that we get better play from the young guys and the guys that were hurt. I WOULD NOT sign Byrd because we have two drafted guys at safety that need to develop.
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Old 02-13-2014, 06:26 PM   #15
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Doughty is a good backup and ST player, for sure, but he's not good enough to rely on as a starter in case of injury, and he has no upside. I just think we need to move on from him.
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