1--R. W. McQuarters The ex-Bear left Redskins Park on Thursday without signing a new contract. Like with Courtney Brown, it is a good sign that the Redskins didn’t make McQuarters one of the preemptive, way above market value, make sure he doesn’t leave without a deal offers that they were famous for in years past. It seems that he’ll solicit a few other offers, including one from the New York Giants, before deciding. This isn’t a make or break signing for the Redskins, but McQuarters would be a good acquisition. He would be an upgrade over Walt Harris if only because he can return punts. That’s a role still up in the air with talk of Chad Morton being released after June 1. Santana Moss has been a solid and occasionally spectacular punt returner, but Joe Gibbs doesn’t like to use his starters in that role except in emergencies.
2—Randy Thomas It was widely perceived that Thomas had an off year in 2004 and looking at the Redskins’ inability to run up the middle it’s difficult to dispute that notion. Still, the view here is that he is not a question mark for the team going into the season and that with Jon Jansen back on his right and a quality center in Casey Rabach to his left, Thomas’ performance should improve back to a solid, if not Pro Bowl level. His play had better improve. His salary cap charge jumps from just under $2 million this year to just under $5 million in 2006.
3—Sonny Jurgensen A few years ago I asked a trivia question on a radio show that I was doing here in Richmond, VA and I thought it would be an easy one; who was the last Redskins quarterback to lead the NFL is passer rating? I didn’t figure it would take long before the correct answer, Sonny Jurgensen, came up. Well, I was wrong. The listeners—and these were Redskins fans, it was a Redskins show—guessed Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien, Brad Johnson, virtually every player who had taken a snap for the Redskins in the past 20 years except for Brian Mitchell. Yes, everyone knows him as the guy on the radio broadcasts, but since his records have been buried in the pass-happy days since his retirement in 1974, he doesn’t get appreciated. Jurgensen was one of the best pure passers who ever played. In his prime, if he had an incompletion it was usually either dropped or thrown away. “Misfire” wasn’t a concept he dealt with.