Golston & Rocca Re-Sign; Alexander on the way out
The first day of NFL free agency was a slow one as expected for the Washington Redskins. The only news of the day was full of speculation and the re-signing of players who were with the team last year.
Punter Sav Rocca was the first to resign, his deal was reportedly somewhere near 2 million over two years.
Rocca, 39, averaged 43.9 yards per punt this past season with 22 punts inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 43.1 yards in 2011, his first season in Washington. Rocca underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee (that he played with during 2012) after the 2012 season.
The Redskins re-signed defensive end Kedric Golston to a three-year deal worth $5.2 million with a $360,000 signing bonus. Golston has been with the team since 2006.
The big news of the day, or should I say not news of the day, was Lorenzo Alexander. Alexander reportedly will sign with a new team, although it’s not known at this time which new city he will call home. Arizona, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh are all reportedly in the running for Lorenzo’s talents.
The salary cap penalties the Redskins have to deal with this year have made it hard for the Redskins to stay in the running of keeping Alexander. He has already said he would give Washington a discount, but their offer had to be reasonable. He’s a respected leader in the locker room and time and time again gave the Redskins an edge in coverage. His ability to beat double teams in kick coverage enabled him to make numerous tackles.
But the fact is, the Redskins are so cash-strapped at this point that a special teams standout/back-up linebacker is a position the team feels like they have other quality depth at, unlike cornerback or safety.