The Redskins acted as if they signed Jerry Rice in his prime this week when an arbitrator ruled the Jets improperly matched a five-year, $7.95 million offer sheet signed by Jets return man Chad Morton. The Jets failed to match a provision in the Redskins' offer to void the final two years of the deal, which led to his ending up in Washington. Morton is good at returning kickoffs, averaging over 26 yards per return and scoring two touchdowns last season, but he has never been a great punt return man and he isn't exactly a third-down back like the Redskins think he can be. He is a solid cover player on special teams. Paying that kind of money for a kickoff returner is a big investment, and this is certainly one move the Redskins will regret making. Return men are not hard to find, or at least they shouldn't be.
Don't worry, they'll figure that out in DC AFTER the season. They'll finally realize how well-spent all that money was for a kickoff returner who everyone will kick away from and thus make no impact.