News broke earlier this week that the Redskins had re-signed interior offensive lineman Will Montgomery, in a deal that may be more important than initially meets the eye.
With only four interior linemen on the roster for next season, the Redskins had an obvious need to address, with the ability to make other moves. Montgomery’s proficiency at both center and guard gives the Redskins the option to target either position in the draft or free agency.
And if injuries strike again in 2012, the Redskins know that they have a quality player to fill in accordingly.
ProFootballFocus.com named Montgomery the best center in the division, and “easily the best lineman” on the team:
Center: Will Montgomery, WAS
Montgomery was easily the Redskins best lineman as he thrived in Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme. He didn’t allow a sack all year and opened up some significant holes for Washington’s backs. With his contract expired, the Redskins will need to find a way to keep the best C in the division around.
ESPN NFC East Blogger Dan Graziano agreed in his assessment of the All-Division team:
Center: Will Montgomery, Redskins. Kept playing well as the rest of the line crumbled around him.
In his first season as a full-time starter, Montgomery was a rock of stability in 2011. He was one of only two offensive players to start all 16 games this season, along with right guard Chris Chester. He also provided the type of versatility along the offensive line that this team desperately needed, splitting time between center and left guard.
Over the last two seasons, Montgomery’s 29 games ranks first on the offensive line (Jammal Brown 27, Trent Williams 24), and ties him for first on the offense. After a successful 2011 campaign, Montgomery showed that he can handle the rigors of a 16-game season.
“I think I played well,” he said after the season. “There’s still some things I think I could do better, but I think I gave our club a chance to win each week, and I’m only gonna get better from here.”
When asked at the time how he felt about testing the waters of free agency, Montgomery sounded noncommittal at best.
“I know how to block safeties and free techniques and Mike linebackers,” he said with a grin. “Whatever else happens besides that, we’ll see what happens.”
And what happened was his return to the hometown team. Check out these 2010 highlights of Montgomery, delightfully set to Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” (via REDSKINrey):
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