Monday, June 21, 2010

Jammal Brown Could Be Huge For The Redskins

NOTE: This trade is tied into the Donovan Mcnabb deal.

When I first heard about the Redskins trading their 3rd or 4th round draft pick in 2011 to New Orleans for tackle Jammal Brown , I said to myself, here we go again. The Redskins giving away draft picks for older washed up players.

However, this trade has no reminisces of the T.J Duckett deal and the Jason Taylor trade a few years ago. Brown is a legit offensive tackle in the league and Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen might have added their second biggest offseason acquisition this year.

At age 29 and 6-foot-6 313 pounds, Brown played at right tackle in his rookie season, and then started at left tackle for the reminder of his six year career. He has started 58 games for the Saints in five seasons before his hip injury sidelined him last year. Brown also made the Pro Bowl in 2006 and in 2008 with the Saints.

If Brown stays healthy this year, the Redskins could have the most improved offensive line in the NFC. Brown is going to be a starter whether he's a left or right tackle. Here is the projected starting lineup for the offensive line with the addition of Jammal Brown.

LT: Jammal Brown
LG: Derrick Dockery
G: Casey Rabach
RG: Artis Hicks
RT: Trent Williams

So far, the starting unit is 10 times better then last season. Trent Williams will most likely start at right tackle, which means Brown will add a veteran presence at left tackle and protect quarterback Donovan Mcnabb's blindside. This trade also moves Artis Hicks to the right guard position and he is thrilled to have Brown in the roster.

Even if one of these starters get injured, look for tackle Stephon Heyer, and guard Mike Williams to fill the void. Shanahan could also add even more offensive linemen during training camp. Either way, the Redskins finally have some depth at the offensive line and it could make a major difference whether they win between 6-10 games in a wide open NFC East.

Therefore, this isn't a typical Shanahan or Dan Snyder type of trade. Its a good trade, and probably a steal for the Redskins given Brown age and versatility. Do you Vinny Cerrato would make this deal if he was the general manager?

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