After a quick fling with the Washington Redskins, Eddie Royal married the San Diego Chargers for a three-year, $13 million contract with $6 million guaranteed.
Royal was at Redskins Park when free agency opened and Mike Shanahan nearly got him in the fold with a reported two-year, $12 million contract.
We can't say that Washington lost Royal. We never really had him. But, Royal, Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan are clues to Shanahan's thinking about the passing game. He's looking for 25 to 27 year-olds on the verge of a breakout. No receiver on the Redskins' 2011 roster fall in that age bracket.
Royal may not be in that class. His best season was his rookie year (2008) when he caught 91 passes for 980 yards and five scores as opposing defenses focused on stopping Brandon Marshall. Absent Shanahan and Marshall in Denver, Royal's numbers were rather pedestrian.
The Josh McDaniels years were not kind to Royal. McDaniels' offense shocked the world by featuring Brandon Lloyd.