Redskins Reconstruction: Defensive line

Redskins Reconstruction: Defensive line
March 30, 2011, 2:02 pm
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:30 a. m. By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger
CSNwashington.com Note: Free agency based on rules from 2009 and previous years of four years of NFL experience to become a free agent. The guidelines for this year are as yet undetermined pending resolution of the NFL lockout. Good fit Marcus Spears, Cowboys Note: Free agency based on rules from 2009 and previous years of four years of NFL experience to become a free agent. The guidelines for this year are as yet undetermined pending resolution of the NFL lockout. 6-4, 298, age 28
Drafted by Cowboys in 1st round (20 overall) in 2005
Career: 88 games, 78 starts What could be better than stealing a starter away from your division rival? Spears has been a solid 3-4 defensive end and would be a good fit on the Redskins line. He just turned 28 and hes coming off of a knee injury that cost him eight games last year, but those were the first games he missed since coming into the league in 2005. Other good fit: None, at least at the critical nose tackle position, which will be a very difficult area to upgrade in free agency. Players who might have been solid options, but not stars, at nose tackle, such as Aubrayo Franklin of San Francisco and Paul Soliai of the Dolphins, were given the franchise tag. That speaks to the high demand and low supply at the position. Bad fit Shaun Ellis, Jets 6-5, 285, age 33
Draft by Jets in 1st round (12) in 2000
Career: 170 games, 157 starts He can bring some pass rush pressure, something that the Redskins were sorely lacking from the end position in 2010. But Ellis will be 34 before the season starts and he has no place on a team that is trying to get younger. Other bad fit: End Cullen Jenkins is likely to be leaving the Packers but he just turned 30 and he has missed 17 games the last three seasons. He is a better fit for a team that is one or two players away and not for the rebuilding Redskins. Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @RealRedskins.