Redskins opt not to deal for tackle

Updated: August 20, 2003, 11:47 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | NFL Insider
The Washington Redskins will no doubt be on the receiving end of criticism for not pulling the trigger on a trade for Lional Dalton or Ted Washington, especially considering the interior of their defensive line is extremely thin. But the Skins should be commended and not derided for not letting panic cloud their judgment.

This is not to say that the Redskins don't have serious issues with their defensive tackle rotation. They currently have Jermaine Haley and Bernard Holsey as their starters, and both are not quite good enough to be effective starters. In fact, they might be the worst defensive tackle duo in the league.

But the price for Dalton and Washington was too high. The Redskins wanted to acquire Dalton, but only if the Broncos would agree to accept a conditional draft choice, according to the Washington Post. That way, the Skins wouldn't be out of a pick if Dalton failed to make the squad. Denver instead found another team to deal with who was willing to take a risk on the sixth-year player.