Biggs: Redskins reportedly eyeing top free agents

New general manager, new coach, new year, new playing rules for signing players and same ol’ approach from the Washington Redskins.

Right?

If we buy into today’s reports – and why wouldn’t we – the Redskins will come out swinging with owner Daniel Snyder’s robust checkbook Friday when the NFL’s shopping season opens.

The Redskins reportedly will target two of the bigger names available, including Julius Peppers, who could potentially be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme the Redskins are expected to shift to under new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

It’s no surprise the Redskins will target the biggest name in free agency. But did they learn from their experience last year with Albert Haynesworth? Later this spring, he will have pocketed $32 million from the team. Washington, obviously, is hoping for more production from him in Year 2. Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that the team is expected to target Peppers, who made noise a year ago that he wanted to play for a team that utilizes a 3-4 scheme.

On the other coast, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Redskins “are going to be among those in the bidding” for running back Darren Sproles. The Chargers would like to bring him back but opted not to tender him because that move would have come at a price tag of $7.3 million.

Stay tuned.

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