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Collins, Cartwright Among 15 Free Agents


Even though free agency starts Friday, the business of signing the team's own free agents remains a priority.

The Redskins enter the 2008 free agency signing period with 15 unrestricted free agents and two exclusive right free agents on the roster.

The group of unrestricted free agents includes three players who ended last season as starters: quarterback Todd Collins, guard Jason Fabini and linebacker Randall Godfrey.

Rock Cartwright and Derrick Frost, both special teams regulars, are also unrestricted free agents.

Here's a look at the team's unrestricted and exclusive rights free agents. (The Redskins have no restricted free agents this year.)


Ryan Boschetti, DL

Boschetti completed his fourth season as a Redskin, but he saw action in one game last year. Few players are as energetic and gung-ho at practice as Boschetti, but he was not able to crack the lineup.

Reche Caldwell, WR

Down the stretch, Caldwell emerged as a reliable target for Todd Collins, particularly on third downs. Signed two days after the regular season started, Caldwell learned the offense and was a contributor, finishing with 15 receptions for 141 yards.

Rock Cartwright, RB

Cartwright has handled kickoff return duties for the last two seasons and remains a key contributor on coverage duties. He had a 25.8-yard kickoff return average last season and was second in special teams tackles with 36. Cartwright may not be the speediest of returners, but he is quick to identify and charge through holes.

Mark Brunell, QB

After three seasons as a starter, Brunell took a back seat last year. He was a backup to Jason Campbell and Todd Collins. The 37-year-old QB did not see any game action and he could be considering retirement.

Todd Collins, QB

It was a whirlwind month of December for Collins, who took over for an injured Jason Campbell and led the Redskins on a four-game winning streak. He completed 67-of-105 passes for 888 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions to close out the regular season. Was it enough to earn a starting job in free agency, even at age 36? He could return to the Redskins if there's promise of a training camp competition.

Rick DeMulling, OL

DeMulling originally signed with the Redskins in Week 3 after Randy Thomas went down with his triceps injury. He saw limited action during the regular season.

Jason Fabini, OL

Fabini joined the Redskins last offseason and was expected to be a key backup. Instead, he was an invaluable starter at right guard when Randy Thomas and Jon Jansen went down with injuries. Fabini played in all 16 games and helped the Redskins to the 12th-ranked rushing offense.

Derrick Frost, P

Frost's NFL career has been marked by bouts of inconsistency, but in 2007 he turned in his best season. He had a 41-yard punting average last season, good enough for 18th best in the league last year. His 36.4-yard net average was 21st in the league.

Randall Godfrey, LB

Godfrey, a 12-year veteran signed in training camp, was a backup most of the season, but he stepped up as a starter for Marcus Washington and Rocky McIntosh when they were sidelined with injuries. Godfrey logged 32 tackles and two forced fumbles as a reserve. He was mulling retirement last offseason, and could consider that an option again.

Brian Kozlowski, TE

For the second year in a row, Kozlowski was signed midseason by the Redskins. He served mostly on special teams, seeing occasional action at tight end. Last year, he grabbed one pass for five yards. He is 37 years old.

David Macklin, CB

Macklin was signed as a nickel cornerback last offseason, but it appeared he was passed on the depth chart by Leigh Torrence. Macklin, an 8-year veteran, was inactive most of the season, seeing action in two games and recording five tackles.

Keenan McCardell, WR

McCardell joined the Redskins on Oct. 1 to provide 16 years of veteran experience to the wide receivers corps. He ended up playing in 10 games and catching 22 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown. At age 37, McCardell could consider retirement, but he still has skills to continue playing.

Pierson Prioleau, S

Prioleau has been an invaluable reserve for the Redskins and has experience playing both safety spots as well as special teams. He had 38 tackles on defense and 16 special teams tackles.

Mike Pucillo, OL

Pucillo entered the 2007 season as a backup interior offensive lineman. Part of his job was taken over by versatile Lorenzo Alexander, who saw an increased role due to injuries. Pucillo ended the 2007 season on IR with a back injury.

Omar Stoutmire, S

Stoutmire, an 11-year veteran, had two stints with the Redskins last season, including late in the year. He saw limited action as a reserve.


Nehemiah Broughton, FB

It was a disappointing 2007 for Broughton, who suffered a knee ligament injury during off-season work last year and was placed on IR. The 5-11, 255-pound fullback has had limited NFL experience, so he will have to prove he's healthy this offseason and earn a roster spot.

Shaun Suisham, K

Suisham was solid in his first full season as an NFL kicker. He kicked two game-winners, both in overtime. But in the Redskins' Wild Card playoff game at Seattle, he missed a critical 30-yarder. For the season, Suisham was 29-of-35 on field goals.

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