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Washington Redskins

Impact moves: Even at the admitted risk of having overpaid, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan landed two frontline wide receivers in Pierre Garcon (Indianapolis) and Josh Morgan (San Francisco). Middle linebacker London Fletcher, the heart and soul of the defense, was re-signed. The Redskins are trying to patch their secondary with veterans like Cedric Griffin, Brandon Meriweather, Tanard Jackson and Leigh Torrence. Veteran leadership was secured when Fletcher re-signed.

Significant losses: Free safety LaRon Landry left for the New York Jets. The team's medical staff will shed no tears. Landry and the docs disagreed on how to treat an Achilles' tendon condition.

Top draft needs: The Redskins addressed their biggest weakness in early March. They jumped to the No. 2 spot in the upcoming draft for the chance to secure Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Analysis: A busy offseason reflects the need for head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen to lift Washington out of the NFC East basement. The impact of a $36-million salary-cap penalty over the next two seasons tempered what may have otherwise been a more ambitious spending spree.

Grade: A
- Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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