If you’ve been following the Redskins this offseason then you already know that the team has been able to retain most of last year’s championship roster. But did you know that they are the NFL’s retention leaders?
Following the re-signing of CB DeAngelo Hall, the Redskins now have more returning starters than any other team in the league with 21 of their 22 starters on both sides of the ball expected back next year (previously cited by CSN Washington’s Rich Tandler and Draftmetrics.com). That leaves unrestricted free agent safety Madieu Williams, who is still on the open market, as the lone remaining player.
The next closest competitors are the Patriots, Packers, and 49ers who each retained 19 of their starters. Five teams were able to keep 18 and the list goes on.
That’s not a bad crop of teams for the Redskins to have their name referenced considering that in recent years all of those teams have been playoff mainstays and are often viewed as perennial Super Bowl contenders.
So what does that all mean?
Stability, camaraderie, and continued success are just a few words or phrases that immediately come to mind.
It also means that this offseason the Redskins have focused on retaining players who were key ingredients in last year’s recipe for success.
What Redskins fans witnessed last year was a team that boasted the league’s top rushing attack, consistent quarterback play, an opportunistic defense, and immediate contributions from the rookie draft class.
And seeing as the roster is relatively young at the skill positions suggests that consistent success is imminent. We can only hope that the rookies will build on last year’s success and have a strong second season.
So kudos to the front office for going into the offseason with a plan and executing that plan despite somewhat difficult circumstances and chock it up as a positive first step in the team’s NFC East Championship defense.
With OTA’s set to begin in 11 days at Redskins Park, Redskins.com’s Brian Tinsman takes a look at the team’s strengths and offers storylines to watch. Check back later as he evaluates the quarterback position in the next installment of ‘Redskins Roster Review’.
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