Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) looks over the line of scrimmage against the Chicago Bears during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Redskins to get big offensive linemen


When new coaches land with new NFL teams they are often working with players that fit the philosophies of their predecessor rather than their own. The Washington Redskins are a good example under first-year coach Jay Gruden.

Former coach Mike Shanahan has been a long time proponent of a zone blocking scheme that values lighter, more athletic offensive lineman. But that’s not what Gruden was used to last year with the Cincinnati Bengals.

NFL Network analyst Charlie Casserly recently spoke on ESPN 980 about about the offensive style shift for the Redskins and what it might mean for their free agent strategy.

“The body types in Cincinnati for their offensive line are radically different than the body types that Mike Shanahan had with his offensive line, so I think right tackle and guard are big needs for them and I think they will look to go hard there first,” Casserly said.

Free agents Jared Veldheer of the Oakland Raiders and Branden Albert of the Kansas City Chiefs are the two best tackles that have the weight that Gruden may be looking for. The Redskins could have the cap space to go after one of these two players, but it would eat up a large portion of their offseason budget.

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  • Adam Banig

    The Redskins can’t afford to pay top dollar for a RT. Albert & Vehldeer will go to teams to be starting left tackles.

    I think Velhdeer goes back to Oakland, they have the most cap space in the league.

    Albert, I think he’s in any number of teams from Miami, Det, Pitt, NYG, GB, NO, Atl, Car, AZ, Oak, SD, Indy, buff.

    Two players for skins fans to study and consider are Mike Pollak and Anthony Collins. They are free agents and were with the Bengals last year.

    I think LeRibeus will have a great shot at starting at one of the guard spots and Compton could start at one of the spots on the right side.

    I’d advocate cutting all of our starting lineman but Trent, saving nearly 9 Million in the process and re-signing them for vet min, non-guaranteed contracts and for competition. It’s not like these guys are small but for Kory L. I think Kory L would switch to center because of his size.

    • RC JUR

      I agree TOTALLY on cutting all the starting OL except Trent. Especially Polumbus. If any considered for re-signing it should be Kory L. and Wil M. as backups. Skins need to get T Compton involved more this season and maybe get back G C. Rinehart and a lesser cost FA Tackle in C. Brown from Saints. The defense is where primarily the FA money should go and I hope and pray Skins can get 3 players on DEFENSE. My wish is Ziggy Hood (Steelers), J. Dunbar (Rams) and CB Talib.