As the clock ticked down against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC playoffs, the Washington Redskins’ season ended in uncertainty, disappointment, anger, and blame.
At this point, all hope was lost until next season for Redskins fan. Griffin suffered a torn ACL, his second ACL tear on the same knee. Since this injury, Griffin has had major ACL surgery and is now rehabilitating that knee with a goal of returning in time for the Redskins 2013 season opener. Griffin said recently he will “be ready” to play. It’s just a matter of when. When asked about when he will return to the game he simply said: “I will be ready.”
In other NFL news, the free agent signing period began on Tuesday afternoon. Since then, several players have already switched teams. While the Redskins have yet to sign anyone, they have done some releasing. On Monday, the Redskins released starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Hall was cut because the Redskins were over the salary cap due to an $18 million sanction imposed for the way they structured contracts during the 2010 uncapped season. Head coach Mike Shanahan offered these thoughts on Hall on Monday:
"He's given everything I've asked him to give. He's gotten better each year. He's done the little things the right way and when you have to tell somebody that they're not going to be on your football team, it's a little hard, especially when your plan was to take care of the guys that took care of you." In other news, the Redskins reworked Adam Carriker’s contract in order to create more cap space to sign free agents and negotiate trades.
Finally, with the NFL Draft lingering, the Washington Redskins already are evaluating prospects. The April 25 date will hopefully bring a new crop of talent to FedEx Field as last year’s draft did with Robert Griffin III. In acquiring Griffin III, the Redskins lost a first round pick in 2013, but hopefully there will still be players left to fill voids in the Redskins roster. The Redskins are looking to shore up their secondary with this year’s draft and they have an eye on two standouts.
They are reportedly enamored with Matt Elam, a speedy hard hitting safety from the University of Florida. Elam was named an All-American this past year and was the backbone of Florida’s stingy defense. The other prospect the Redskins have in mind is a familiar name in national news.
Tyrann “Honey Badger” Mathieu was a standout for Louisiana State University in 2012 and a Heisman Trophy candidate. He has a natural nose for the ball and is truly a big play guy. Either player will bring a huge impact to the Redskins secondary as this seems to be a true weakness for the team. With all of the uncertainty surrounding Griffin’s health and seeing new faces in the burgundy and gold, it should be an interesting year in Landover.