Gruden: Redskins are 'for the most part' done in free agency

Gruden: Redskins are 'for the most part' done in free agency
April 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
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After signing DeSean Jackson last week, Jay Gruden says the Redskins’ work in free agency is mostly done and that the team’s focus will now turn to preparing for next month’s draft.

“I think we’re going to study [up] mostly on the draft right now,” Gruden said Monday in an interview on the SiriusXM Blitz. “Free agency—we’ve done enough here for the most part unless somebody else comes up that piques our interest.”

The Redskins have signed 13 new players since the market opened March 11, a significant haul highlighted by a pair of big acquisitions in Jackson and versatile defensive lineman Jason Hatcher. They’ve also added a safety (Ryan Clark), another wide receiver Andre Roberts, a cornerback (Tracy Porter), a guard (Shawn Lauvao), three linebackers (Darryl Sharpton, Akeem Jordan and Adam Hayward) to go with a host of backups.

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“Right now, we are very happy [about] who we have picked up in free agency,” Gruden said. “We’ve done a good job, plus we re-signed a lot of our key guys in [Brian] Orakpo, [Brandon] Meriweather and Santana Moss.”

As of Tuesday morning, the Redskins had $2,440,869 in salary cap space remaining. Only three teams—the Steelers, Saints and Lions—had less.

But, in Gruden’s estimation, it was money well spent.

“We feel very good now,” he added. “When I first got the job, our depth was very limited and we had blank spots all over the board. Now we feel good. We can go out right now and play a game. We have depth at every position and we feel like we can compete. We’re starting to shape something up pretty good here in Washington.”