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15 Times The Redskins Were Offseason Champions

With DeSean Jackson signed, it’s time to make it official: The Washington Redskins have won the offseason. Again.

1. So there was that time we drafted Heath Shuler…

Shuler was signed with the third overall draft pick in 1994 and held out for a seven-year, $19 million contract. He was benched after his second year with the Redskins and has had more Congressional victories than playoff appearances.

2. …and then Michael Westbrook.

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Michael Westbrook was the fourth overall pick in the 1995 NFL draft and was a great hope for the struggling Redskins. Despite his talent, he had trouble staying on the field due to injuries. He is most remembered for punching teammate Stephen Davis.

3. And those times when we signed Bruce Smith…

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He signed with the Redskins — in a five-year deal worth $25 million — coming off one of his worst seasons as a pro, having recorded only seven sacks the year prior for Buffalo. “That’s not enough,” he told reporters. He averaged 7.25 sacks in four years in Washington.

4. Deion Sanders…

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Deion signed a seven-year deal worth $56 million. He played one season, and recorded four interceptions and a forced fumble.

5. Jeff George…

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He signed a four-year, $18 million deal. In two seasons, he threw 7 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.

6. Brandon Lloyd…

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The Redskins traded two draft picks for him, and gave him a $10 million signing bonus. In two years, he caught 25 passes for 379 yards — and zero touchdowns.

7. Adam Archuleta…

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From that six-year, $30 million contract, the Redskins got one year and 49 tackles.

8. T.J. Duckett…

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The Redskins traded a third-round pick for 38 carries and two touchdowns from Duckett.

9. Albert Haynesworth…

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When the Redskins signed Haynesworth to a seven-year, $100 million deal, he told reporters, “You’re not going to remember Albert Haynesworth as a bust.” He played two seasons in Washington and recorded 6.5 sacks.

10. Rex Grossman…

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The Skins signed him twice! For his Redskins career, he threw 23 touchdowns and 24 interceptions.

11. Steve Spurrier…

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Let’s not leave the coaches off this list. Spurrier signed a five-year, $25 million contract. He went 12-20 and resigned after just two seasons, but we’ll always have that 4-1 preseason in 2002, when anything seemed possible.

12. Mike Shanahan…

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He signed a five-year deal worth $7 million per year. He was fired after four years and only won 24 games in those four seasons.

13. Dana Stubblefield…

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He was signed for six years and $36 million. He played only three years of that contract in Washington, and had seven sacks.

14. Donovan McNabb…

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The Redskins traded two picks for McNabb, then benched him, then signed him to a five-year, $78 million extension. After all that, he still only played part of one season, and went 5-8 as a starter.

15. And, as of April 1, DeSean Jackson.

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History says we shouldn’t be excited about winning the offseason AGAIN…

…but it’s kind of hard not be excited, right?

Especially if we can do this to the Giants …

And THIS to the Eagles.

In conclusion: Welcome to the Redskins, DeSean…

And thanks for being part of another fabulous, winning offseason.

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