Saturday, March 05, 2005


Redskins Trade Laveranues Coles To The Jets.

NEW YORK - Laveranues Coles finally got his wish. The disgruntled Redskins receiver is headed back to the New York Jets after asking out of Washington.

Coles was traded Saturday for the speedy Santana Moss, a deal that was in the works for over a week. Moss' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in a phone interview the deal was contingent on both players passing physicals. Moss had his physical scheduled for Monday at Redskins Park.

Coles started his career as a Redskin with great fanfare, having a solid season in 2003. Alas, last year, his numbers were down dramatically. Much of the blame could be placed on the anemic quarterback situation-- Mark Brunell could've been replaced with Barney the Dinosaur and the offense would've run about the same. However, Coles, and the rest of the Skins receiver corps, seemed to do little well aside from dropping passes.

Whether picking up Moss is a good idea, who knows. He's got some rust to work out. But, when combined with David Patten-- the other new Redskins receiver-- the Redskins receiver corps should get a bit of a spark from the infusion of fresh blood.

Sadly, not all is well with the Redskins, as earlier this week they lost linebacker Antonio Pierce, who played brilliantly last year in Washington's outstanding defense. To make matters worse, cornerback Fred Smoot is unhappy too, and eager to test the waters of free agency.

While he didn't have as great a season as his fellow pass defenders Shawn Springs and Sean Taylor, Smoot makes up for it with a lot of heart and inspiration. It'd be a shame to lose him, especially when those three players made such a great defensive team last season.

Oh well. That's free agency for ya.


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