One can make the argument that PREVIOUS regimes should have taken care of Samuels' contract or not given Coles such a large signing bonus, etc. but so far Gibbs and the Skins have made the right moves:
1. Don't move in and set the market for key skill position players. For too many seasons the Redskins were fresh out of the gate setting an artificially high ceiling on guys like Coles and Randy Thomas and going back in time guys like Stubblefield. Allow the desperate teams to set an inflated pace and then move in and grab a mid-tier receiver or corner at reduced cost. We can see the beginning of this process in bringing in David Patten, a veteran receiver who has made plays to help his team win some big games. But certainly not a player expected to receive a large scale bonus. We can also see this in the club's restraint in rushing to make a deal on bad terms with Fred Smoot or causing a shock wave by offering a guy like Samari Rolle a mega deal
2. Concentrate on the offensive line first. This was one of the clear areas of concern heading into the offseason and acquiring a versatile veteran like Rabach that can start at center or guard is a quality move. The team also completed, perhaps a little belatedly, a contract extension for Chris Samuels to get stability at LT going forward and providing additional cap room to fill other holes. Lastly the team resigned long snapper Ethan Albright, probably the most underrated player on the team. Anyone remember the botched snaps in the 1999 playoff game vs. the Bucs or the Giants botched snaps against San Francisco a couple of years ago? Mistakes on special teams cost teams games.
3. Pass on Antonio Pierce at $6.5 million. The Redskins offered $5.0 million, which to me is fair for a guy who started just one season for the team at age 26. At 6'2 and 230 I have questions about Pierce playing behind a pair of DTs less rugged than the Redskins group of Griffin, Salave'a, etc. Do the Giants have the inside players to protect him in the run game? The other clear factor here is the Redskins already have a large portion of their defensive dollars invested in Marcus Washington and LaVar Arrington. Together with the resigning of Lemar Marshall, the Redskins simply could not responsibly add more to the LB position and not endanger the club's ability to improve depth at CB and DE. There are less expensive options at MLB. I think Gregg Williams will find one.
4. Continue to work the phones and try to finalize a deal for Coles. I don't see any way that Coles can return to this team after his doubts about the staff were made public. Even though he is no Randy Moss or Charles Woodson in terms of clubhouse lawyer and malcontent, his comments obviously haven't sat well with teammates and Coles' selfish wish to both gain his freedom from his contract and ensure recovery of every penny of his bonus money from a new suitor, shows he is a prima donna both about playing time and about the money.