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Redskins go on spending spree

On the first day of free agency, the Washington Redskins made the biggest splash.

Comfortably under the salary cap -- and with options aplenty in creating even more cap flexibility -- the Redskins have reportedly agreed to more than $150 million worth of deals with cornerback DeAngelo Hall and defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth.

Hall, a 25-year old from Chesapeake, came to the Redskins in the middle of last season after being released by the Oakland Raiders. He was in the first year of a lucrative contract with the team, but amid turmoil by the dismissal of head coach Lane Kiffin and for failing to adapt to the team's man-to-man defense, Hall was jettisoned. He thrived with the Skins, however, and with an aging set of "edge" players, he became a Redskins priority this offseason.

But Haynesworth may be the biggest free agent catch of the NFL offseason -- and it didn't take long for him to decide on heading to D.C. The deal will be announced later today, but the seven-year contract could make Haynesworth the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. Haynesworth anchored the Tennessee Titans' defense this past season and is just 27 years old. And while most defensive linemen are characterized as being a pass rusher or run stopper, Haynesworth does both particularly well and fufills one of the Redskins' biggest needs -- help in the trenches.

The next signing? Probably on the offensive line, where recently released Derrick Dockery could be considered. Dockery was a Redskins draft pick in 2003, but when the Buffalo Bills unexpectedly cut him prior to the start of free agency, giving Washington owner Dan Snyder yet another toy to pursue.

Are the signings of Hall and Haynesworth huge upgrades and a perfect allocation of resources, or more wreckless spending by Snyder that will handicap the team with aging, overpaid players in a couple of years?

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    The Skins better sign Laverneus Coles, Marvin Harrison, trade their first five picks in the next three drafts for Anquan Boldin, and heck, sign Manny Ramirez just to be sure... :)

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