Washington ex-NFLer warns free agents

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The first full week of NFL free agency in the year 2023 has now come to a close.

The first week is always the most exciting since that's when teams make their biggest impressions, and sometimes their biggest mistakes.

A former defensive back for the Washington Redskins, Fred Smoot, was quick to sound the alarm for players who are free agents and considering making a switch.

In the first minute of the Command Center episode "Free Agent Frenzy," Smoot issued a warning.

At the opening, Julie Donaldson stated that this week's broadcast would be centered on the Commanders' free-agent activity.

Next, former NFL tight end Logan Paulsen remarked on how the week has become into more of a spectacle than he remembered it being during his playing days.

Smoot's opening remarks, "It's more NBA-ish right now. The draft and free agency are the focal points of this offseason at the moment. 


Men relocating to new places is the main focus. As a man who has been there and done that, I can say this. It's not true that "the grass is always greener on the other side."

Marty Schottenheimer picked Smoot 45th in the 2001 second round. Smoot started 13 games in each of his four seasons in Washington, making him a good choice.

The cornerback for the Mississippi State Bulldogs ultimately made up his mind to test the waters of free agency in the National Football League.

In March of 2005, he made a contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Smoot was only in Minnesota for two seasons before being let go.

He came back to Washington and suited up for the Burgundy and Gold from 2007 to 2009.

Smoot seems to be cautioning anyone who will listen that it is unrealistic to expect improved fortune just by switching careers, joining a new team, or relocating to a different city.