The Redskins entered the 2007 offseason with 11 unrestricted free agents and three restricted free agents on the roster. Ethan Albright and Mike Pucillo have re-signed with the club in advance of free agency, which starts Friday, March 2.
The group of unsigned free agents includes two starters in left guard Derrick Dockery and outside linebacker Warrick Holdman. Two other unrestricted free agents, cornerback Kenny Wright and safety Vernon Fox, also drew starting assignments last season.
The group of restricted free agents: offensive lineman Jim Molinaro, a former sixth-round draft pick, and defensive tackle Ryan Boschetti. The Redskins have tendered a qualifying offer to punter Derrick Frost, retaining his services.
Here's a look at the team's pending free agents, as of March 1:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
Derrick Dockery, G
Dockery has emerged as a dependable and durable starter on an offensive line that was dominant late in the 2006 season. The unit finished fourth in the NFL in rushing and yielded just 19 sacks, third-best in the league. Coaches may not want to break up the offensive line, so it would appear that re-signing Dockery would be a top off-season priority.
T.J. Duckett, RB
Duckett was acquired last August to help out in case Clinton Portis's injured shoulder was not at full health for the season. Duckett never really got on track in Washington, rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns on just 38 carries. A day after the Redskins season finale, Duckett said that he was looking forward to testing free agency.
Vernon Fox, S
Fox stepped in as a starter at strong safety the last six games of the season, logging 41 tackles and one interception. He starred on special teams, finishing with 23 special teams tackles--including a remarkable seven tackles and a blocked punt in the New Orleans game. He drew raves from Joe Gibbs for his special teams play, so the Redskins may want to keep Fox.
Warrick Holdman, LB
Holdman started 15 games at weak-side linebacker and one game at strong-side, totaling 98 tackles and one sack. Coaches may want to insert Rocky McIntosh into the starting lineup next season, and that means Holdman's situation could be tenuous. But Holdman has versatility--he can play all three linebacker positions--so the Redskins could look to retain his services.
Ade Jimoh, CB
Despite some rough patches early in his career, Jimoh has made it through four seasons as a Redskin. Due to injuries to Shawn Springs, he saw extensive action at nickel safety last season and logged eight tackles and three passes defended. He has made his mark on special teams, logging 19 tackles last season.
Brian Kozlowski, TE
The Redskins brought back Kozlowski in November after Christian Fauria was sidelined due to injury. Kozlowski saw limited action last season; he played in two games and caught one pass.
Todd Wade, OT
Wade signed with the Redskins in early September, fully rehabbed from a knee injury that sidelined him in 2005. He backed up Jon Jansen at right tackle all season, but did not see action until Week 15 when Jansen was sidelined with a calf injury. Wade acquitted himself well. He did not yield a sack and he helped the offense compile 161 rushing yards. A seven-year veteran, he may want to test free agent waters to see if a starting job is available.
Kenny Wright, CB
The Redskins signed Wright, an eight-year veteran, last offseason to serve as a nickel corner, but he was pressed into starting duty nine times due to injuries to starters Shawn Springs and Carlos Rogers. He recorded 43 tackles, one interception and eight passes defended.
Todd Yoder, TE
When Christian Fauria was sidelined for the season with an ankle injury, Yoder emerged as a reliable backup to Chris Cooley. A seven-year veteran, he served mostly as a blocker. His one reception of the season was a 4-yard touchdown pass from Jason Campbell in Week 10 at Tampa Bay.
Restricted free agents are players that other NFL teams can sign to an offer sheet after the Redskins have designated terms and tendered an offer sheet. The Redskins can match any offer to retain the player. If the Redskins do not match, they may receive a draft pick as compensation.
Ryan Boschetti, DT
Boschetti is regarded as a high-energy player and coaches like his versatility to play both tackle and end. The third-year player has not been able to get on the field--he was inactive for 14-of-16 games last season--and rookies Kedric Golston and Anthony Montgomery appear to have bypassed him on the depth chart.
Jim Molinaro, OT
Molinaro's season began with a knee injury in training camp, but he was back at full health by the start of the season. He served as a backup to Chris Samuels, but he saw action in just one game--as a blocking tight end. The third-year lineman has been a backup since the Redskins drafted him in the sixth round of the 2004 NFL Draft.