March 10, 2010

Midweek Roundup: 'Skins Ink Kemoeatu

The Washington Redskins signed their second free agent today under new coach Mike Shanahan. It's a potential nose tackle in former Carolina Panther Maake Kemoeatu.

Kemoeatu (that's quite painful to type, but I'll get used to it) is a massive 6-5, 345 lbs. He is a candidate to anchor the Redskins' new 3-4 defense. He's a talented force who could prove to be very disruptive.

The downside? Kemoeatu is coming off an Achilles' tendon tear that left him sidelined for the entire 2009 season. If he can recover from that, Kemoeatu will be a an important asset.

Frank Herzog, the legendary Redskins' play-by-play announcer, retired from broadcasting yesterday. He hadn't called a 'Skins game for several years, but I'll never forget hearing, "Touchdown, Washington Redskins."

Thanks for the memories, Frank.

I've been praising the Redskins for their patience this offseason. I'm not the only one either. The buzz around the NFL is that the Redskins are actually moving away from their aggressive, free-spending ways.

Antonio Bryant signed with the Bengals earlier today. He never ended up visiting Washington nor were the 'Skins interested in him as initial reports suggested.

However, RB Larry Johnson is set to stop by on Thursday.

The Redskins previously hosted Willie Parker earlier this week.

It's clear the 'Skins are in the market for a backup to Clinton Portis seeing as they cut Marcus Mason, Ladell Betts and Rock Cartwright while allowing Quinton Ganther to test free agency.

I prefer Parker, but he left without signing so it remains to be seen if he was interested.

No rumors that I've heard of linking the Redskins to OJ Atogwe, but he could be a good fit at free safety in DC.

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