Allen: Redskins Will Evaluate Campbell First
"The coaches have met with Jason and (new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan) has spoken to him," Allen told FanHouse in a phone interview. "But I know it sounds tedious and time-consuming, but we want to look at every snap he's taken."
The Redskins will be one of the most closely watched teams this off-season. With no salary cap in 2010, some people around the league point to Redskins owner Dan Snyder as one of the most likely owners to go nuts and spend in free agency. And the situation with Campbell and that No. 4 pick has draft watchers curious.
But if Allen is to be believed, the Redskins haven't even gotten to the point where they've decided how to approach free agency, because they're still looking at their current roster.
"We're spending our time here evaluating and learning our current players, and our focus is on that," Allen said. "What we're doing this off-season is focused on three areas of evaluation -- our players, free agency and the draft. Right now, we're kind of locked in on that first area."
With the scouting combine set to start Thursday, there's obviously been some draft preparation going on in D.C. But Allen was trying to make the point that new head coach Mike Shanahan has assembled a new coaching staff of people from different backgrounds and they all need to get on the same page about what they already have before moving forward.
"It's good, I think -- a fresh approach, a serious eye," Allen said. "The staff Mike has put together, they're not all from one team or one idea, so we're building a lot of fresh opinion here and I think it's going to be a benefit to us going forward."
As for how the Redskins will operate in this year's new free agency climate, with more restrictive rules on players but no cap on team spending, Allen shrugged off the notion that it'll be drastically different.
"There are players who are going to be free agents, just like any other year," he said. "Restricted free agency has been around since 1994. We evaluate the players in the same manner."