So after a long day of speculation, here are the official moves:
The new Redskin is S Michael Green.
To make room on the roster, the team released S Justin Hamilton and put S Reed Doughty on injured reserve.
Those moves are official, done, and I saw Michael Green — Mr. Irrelevant in the 2000 draft (as in the last player in the draft, not the Brothers Mottram) — heading back with Greg Blache to get his playbook. He’s a guy who suffered a bunch of injuries — an achilles, a knee — and has been rehabbing them. Although he too has a Seattle connection, Coach Zorn says that “this is Greg [Blache]’s safety that he’s had for years.”
Then there’s the unofficial moves, which Coach Zorn made the somewhat unusual move of discussing just a few minutes ago.
Despite what’s been reported, this is unofficial stuff: Durant Brooks has been waived/injured. The team worked out Shaun Alexander, and are “working on the situation,” according to Coach Zorn, although he is, emphatically, “not officially signed.” The team also worked out four punters, two of whom were young guys, and two of whom were Ryan Plackemeier and Josh Miller. Again according to Coach Zorn, the team still “has Plack here. Nothing is official yet, and nothing has been signed.”
Alexander is probably the biggest name, a former league MVP and all that, but the fact of the matter is that his signing amounts to adding a fourth running back to the roster to pick up some injury slack. Says Zorn, “Rock Cartwright immediately fills that spot,” at least while Alexander “gets up to speed.”
Moving Doughty to IR ends his season, and Green represents a more experienced safety on the roster in place of Hamilton; it’s largely a special teams move. (As Zorn emphasizes: “When you lose a Reed Doughty in your special teams corps, it’s not like you can just replace him.”)
The big move, really, is the punter switch. I find it somewhat ironic that after breathlessly following the punter battle through training camp, neither of the two candidates is the starting punter as of Week 7 of the season.
Plackemeier will be the second Ray Guy Award winner punting for the Redskins this season.
Unofficial word is that much of this will be a bit less unofficial soon, but that’s where we stand for right now. (I hope that made sense.)
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