I was just thinking and that's dangerous. We keep reading that Fred Smoot more then likely is going to leave, in that the Skins have offered him a max SB of $11 million. Well I wouldn't offer him more then that, but I do believe Smoot can get more then that on the open market, because there is always out there one team that is willing to overpay.
But I wonder if the Skins couldn't work out a sign-and-trade deal behind the scenes, before free agency opens. Kind of like we did with Brunel last year. The parameters of the deal were worked out BEFORE free agency opened (draft compensation, SB, etc) and then the first day of free agency the trade was allowed.
Now what I'm thinking about is NOT Franchise Tagging or Transition tagging Smoot -- which the Skins don't have the cap room to do -- at least until they restructure Samuels contract -- but simply reaching an agreement with Smoot and his agent; and another team that wants to acquire him; and is willing to give us say a 1st or 2nd round draft pick or a quality player in return. Something that's agreeable and makes all parties involved happy.
Why would this work?
1. First of all Smoot would get the SB and long-term contract he wants.
2. Second, we would get some compensation in return -- a 1st or 2nd round draft pick or even a quality player, instead of letting a quality player walk for nothing.
3. Third, the team that acquires Smoot would get a player they want, WITHOUT having to get into a bidding war when free agency opens, which guarantees that they get him at a price they like.
The Redskins cannot trade Smoot at the moment, because he is a UFA. But they can trade him if he agrees to this and signs a Redskins contract -- and then they trade his contract to another team the next day.
So why wouldn't Smoot say no and just wait for free agency to open? He could of course. But the Skins could bluff and hint that they would Franchise Tag him, which would prevent him from getting a BIG PAYDAY, SIGNING BONUS & LONG-TERM CONTRACT. Kind of like what occurred last year with Chris McAllister, Charles Woodson, Walter Jones and Walter Pace. The risk to the player is that what if he gets seriously injured and his career is over, he will never see his big payday.
Now the Redskins would not REALLY want to go through with this and tie up $6 million or more in cap space, but they could still use it as leverage in bargaining with him.
And who would be interested in Smoot? A lot of teams interested in improving their defense..... like Kansas City, Minnesota and Oakland for starters. So how about the possibility of getting Smoot to sign a deal and trading him to Oakland for Phillip Buchanan straight up or for a 2nd round draft pick? Now I know a lot you guys are going to say Buchanan can't hold Smoot's jockstrap and that is true so far. But Buchanan is still young and has a lot of promise and is a hell of a punt returner.
And more importantly -- the Skins get something in return for Smoot without letting him walk for nothing. Plus Buchanan is another one of those Miami guys. You know, the ones who know how to play football. And we need to collect as many of those guys as we can.
Why would the Raiders do this? Because Buchanan has publicly stated he wants out of Oakland and rumor has it that the Raiders are tired of dealing with the Postons and not going to re-sign Woodson. The extra $5 million in signing bonus the Skins save, is then used to re-sign Antonio Pierce.
O.k., guys fire away. But remember where you read this prediction. Cuz Om has stated in the past, that I shouldn't have to crawl back to gloat.