Quick jump on '07
By John Murphy, Yahoo! Sports
December 29, 2006
Falling out of playoff contention is never a good thing, though 12 NFL teams have done just that going into the final week of the regular season. But the blow of knowing that Week 17 is nothing more than a reminder of a disappointing campaign is cushioned slightly by the prospect of finishing with a top-10 pick in April's NFL draft.
To that end, here is an early look at what the six NFC teams that have been knocked out of playoff contention are facing this offseason.
~ ~ ~ WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-10)
The Redskins are without some of their draft day fire power as they dealt a 2007 third-round pick and 2008 fourth-round choice to get running back T.J. Duckett into the fold.The impressive play of Ladell Betts in the absence of Clinton Portis gives them a huge chip to use on the open market, as either player could potentially bring back a starter and draft choice, or just a high-round selection. The Texans would probably greatly prefer an established star back over the potential of a rookie that could struggle early to adapt to the NFL game.
Expect to see the Redskins go full steam after Bills free agent cornerback Nate Clements , but they must find a pass rusher and could overpay Baltimore's Adalius Thomas if the 49ers don’t beat them to it.A good fit for the ‘Skins in the draft would be Florida defensive back Reggie Nelson or LSU safety LaRon Landry, who would serve them well in the fact that they can play more of the center-field role, allowing Sean Taylor to revert to playing with reckless abandon.