A Bolt of Lightning for the Redskins

The NFL free agency period begins Friday.

Last year at this time, the Redskins signed $100 million defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. This year, the Redskins are rumored to have interest in Chargers running back Darren Sproles. The Redskins “are going to be among those in the bidding,” said Kevin Acee, of the San Diego Union Tribune.

The short running back is lightning in a bottle. He could be a great fit behind Clinton Portis and provide the burst none of the Skins backs can. Sproles can also help on special teams. Sproles would be an ugrade on punt and kickoff returns. Punt returns may have been the worst part of the game for the Redskins last season. Antwaan Randle El eventually got replaced, and then a rotation formed at the end of the season.

The 5-foot-6 speedster finished the season with 800 plus yards in receiving and rushing. He did have his worst year in yards per carry in 2009. He averaged less than four yards a rush. He is a great third down back. He's got great hands and can turn a short gain into a huge play.

If you know one thing about the Redskins, they will pay up. Even if the Skins can't sign the free agent running back, expect them at least to make an offer.

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