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Friday, January 16: Redskins in Pro Football Weekly

Posted by Matt Terl on January 16, 2009 – 9:10 am

I didn’t read a lot of ProFootballWeekly.com over the season, but maybe I should start. Just looking over the site briefly today turned up plenty of Redskins content.

They named Chris Horton to their All-Rookie team, which brings back happy memories of all those weekly awards from early this season.

Even though he was nearly Mr. Irrelevant last year, Redskins SS Chris Horton used his big-hitting ability to make an instant difference. Besides his 76 tackles, he also had three interceptions.

They’ve got Jon Jansen offering up his thoughts on this weekend’s Cardinals/Eagles game, which are about what you’d expect — can the Eagles stop the Cardinals passing game, and can the Cardinals stop McNabb and Westbrook — and on working in TV.

Former players, I think they just get a little more instant credibility because people say, ‘Ok, well, they lived it. They saw it. They must know what they are talking about.’ If they actually knew that none of us know what we are talking about, they’d be disappointed.

It’s a good, self-deprecating line, but Jansen is either being polite or disingenuous — he’s terrific on TV, and should have a comfortable job there whenever his playing days finish up.

But wait! There’s even more!
They’ve also got projections of the Redskins’ offseason moves, including further rumblings on the potential trading of Carlos Rogers.

The most likely to go? Believe it or not, Carlos Rogers. Through the first part of the season, Rogers was playing at a Pro Bowl level, but he fell off and eventually was demoted to playing nine defensive snaps in the loss to the Bengals. The club would like to work out a long-term deal with free-agent-to-be DeAngelo Hall, and not Rogers – whose deal has one year remaining – and could use him as trade bait. One estimated guess at Rogers’ value: a second-round pick, which would offset the draft-pick shortage somewhat.

I have mixed feelings on this one. I think Rogers had a terrific season, even after he supposedly “fell off”. He may not be the best at, you know, catching the ball, but that’s why he’s not a wideout. His cover skills remained strong, and you can never have too many good cover guys. At the same time, if you can get great value for him, I can see the sense in doing it.


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