How aggressive will the 'Skins be on Friday?

Ever since Daniel Snyder bought the Washington Redskins in May of 1999, the team hasn’t been shy about spending money to acquire big-name free agents.

The organization made headlines in 2000 when they signed cornerback Deion Sanders and defensive end Bruce Smith to contracts worth approximately $56 million.

And they were at the forefront of the free agent market again last season, guaranteeing over $40 million to defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth just a few minutes after the start of the new league year.

As we slowly make our way closer to Friday, March 5, the Redskins are once again rumored by many to have their checkbooks out and ready to rock. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King tweeted this morning that he expects Washington to be the busiest team in the league early Friday morning.

“Team I expect to busiest at 12:01 a.m. Friday: Wash (surprise!).”

Does this come as a surprise to any of you?

The Redskins are coming off an awful 4-12 campaign that led to the dismissal of head coach Jim Zorn. They haven’t won a playoff game since defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10 in the wild card round of the 2005 playoffs and have posted just two winning seasons in the last ten years.

That type of on-field production doesn’t sit too well with an ultra-wealthy, free-spending owner like Snyder. It’s why he went out and signed Haynesworth last year and why he recently locked-up new head coach Mike Shanahan to a five-year contract worth approximately $7 million per year.

And because Snyder loves to spend--in addition to the fact that he just brought in a high-priced, Super Bowl winning coach--you can bet he'll be draining the back account once again during free agency.

With big-time names like defensive end Julius Peppers, linebacker Karlos Dansby, running back Darren Sproles and safety Antrel Rolle set to hit the open market on Friday, there's no doubt that you’ll be hearing about the Redskins over the next 36 hours.

After all, they’ve already been linked to each of the four aforementioned names.

The only question is, who do they want to break the bank for this year?

As a fan of the Redskins, you've got to love having an owner with deep pockets who makes the start of free agency this much fun.

NOTABLE REDSKINS FREE AGENT SIGNINGS SINCE 2000

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