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Washington Redskins Free Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors, Storylines

James DudkoFeatured Columnist IVOctober 9, 2016

Washington Redskins Free Agency Tracker: Updated Signings, Rumors, Storylines

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    The Washington Redskins are expected to be big players in free agency, following their huge trade with the St. Louis Rams for the no.2 overall pick in April's draft.

    With that pick most likely being used on quarterback Robert Griffin III, wide receivers Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston and Mario Manningham will be near the top of the Redskins' list of targets.

    The Redskins could also use an upgrade along the offensive line. Washington could enter the bidding for New Orleans Saints guard Carl Nicks, or may view Baltimore Raven Ben Grubbs as a better scheme fit.

    Finally a cornerback to compete with the inconsistent DeAngelo Hall would certainly be welcome. Kansas City Chiefs youngster Brandon Carr and Tennessee Titans ace Cortland Finnegan headline a strong cornerback class.

    Washington certainly has the cap space to be busy once free agency begins. The estimated cap figure in the first Redskins free agency tracker was $40,442,640.

    Since NFL.com confirmed the cap has been set at $120.6million and following the new deals given to Fred Davis, Will Montgomery Darrion Scott, Spotrac.com estimates the new figure at $32,758,580. 

The Redskins Free Agents

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    May 13, 2012: NFL.com reports that the Redskins have brought back running back Tim Hightower on a one-year contract. Hightower performed well prior to a season-ending injury and will be part of an intriguing rotation, along with youngsters Roy Helu and Evan Royster.

    May 1, 2012: Redskins.com has confirmed the dual signings of kicker Neil Rackers and linebacker Jonathan Goff. Rackers, formerly a member of the Houston Texans, should be given every chance to supplant the inconsistent Graham Gano. While ex-New York Giant Goff can partner London Fletcher at inside linebacker.

    April 24, 2012: The Washington Post has reported that the Redskins have signed rush end Chris Wilson. The ex-Redskin rejoins the team after two seasons in the CFL and can be a valuable reserve behind Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan.

    April 23, 2012: CSNWashington.com has reported that the Redskins have signed linebacker Bryan Kehl. The four-year pro is a special teams ace and is expected to backup at inside linebacker. Kehl has NFC East experience, having begun his career with the New York Giants.

    April 16, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Redskins have re-signed LB London Fletcher.

    April 13, 2012: NFL.com is reporting that the Redskins have added another piece to their rebuilding secondary, with the signing of safety Tanard Jackson. The ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneer is said to have signed a one-year deal to move to the NFC East.

    April 11, 2012: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Redskins have re-signed DE Kedric Golston and signed free agent CB Leigh Torrence.

    Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sports Net Bay Area is reporting the Redskins have signed S Madieu Williams.

    April 10, 2012: Redskins.com reports that the team has signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup offensive tackle James Lee. The signing is expected to bolster the depth of the Redskins front five.

    March 20, 2012: The Washington Post has reported that restricted free agent Kory Lichtensteiger has signed his tender to return this season. Lichtensteiger will earn $1.2 million this year and will hope to put his injury problems behind him.

    March 18, 2012: The Washington Post has confirmed that the team has re-signed quarterback Rex Grossman on a one-year deal.

    Grossman has excellent knowledge of the offense which will prove invaluable to prospective draft pick Robert Griffin III.

    March 16, 2012: Espn.com has reported that the Redskins have agreed terms on a one-year deal with Minnesota Vikings defensive back Cedric Griffin.

    March 15, 2012: Report: Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports the Redskins sign safety Brandon Merriweather to a two-year $6 million deal.

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    Update: According to ProFootballTalk via their Twitter, the Redskins have officially signed WR Josh Morgan. The deal is reportedly worth up to $12 million with $7.5 guaranteed.

    Alex Marvez of FoxSports.com is reporting via his Twitter that Pierre Garcon has signed a five-year $42.5 million contract with the Redskins. Reportedly $21.5 of it is guaranteed.

    Jason La Cafora is reporting via his Twitter that the Redskins have signed defensive lineman Adam Carriker. The deal is reportedly worth $20 million for four-years with #7 million guaranteed.

    March 12: ProFootballTalk is reporting the Redskins have released Oshiomogho Atogwe and Mike Sellers saving the team $4.5 million dollars.

     

    The following players are unrestricted free agents (UFAs). These players can negotiate with any other NFL team:

    Rocky McIntosh ILB

    Tim Hightower RB

    London Fletcher ILB

    LaRon Landry S

    Donte' Stallworth WR

    Rex Grossman QB

    Sav Rocca P

    Adam Carriker DL

    Kedric Golston DL

    Sean Locklear OT

    Phillip Buchannon CB

    Doug Worthington DL

    Keyaron Fox ILB

    London Fletcher headlines this group and re-sigining the veteran tackling ace has to remain a priority for the Redskins front office.

    Rex Grossman and Tim Hightower present interesting dilemmas. Grossman has his issues, but his system experience could prove invaluable to a rookie quarterback in 2012.

    In the same way, any rookie would benefit from having a player of Hightower's versatility in the backfield.

    Adam Carriker is a player many would like to see stay in D.C. He has made one of the more successful transitions from a 4-3 defense to the 3-4 base currently favoured by the Redskins.

    The future of La Ron Landry remains a major question. While he is capable of big plays, his injury history and potentially high contract value could convince the Redskins to part ways with the all-action safety.

    The following players are restricted free agents (RFAs). NFL.com lists the restricted tender values at $1.26 million for regular tenders, $1.927 million at the second-round level and $2.742 million for a first-round tender.

    The Redskins have the first option at retaining these players with the right to receive draft picks as compensation should any of them sign elsewhere:

    Evan Royster RB

    Willie Smith OT

    Aldrick Robinson WR

    Byron Westbrook CB

    Kory Lichtensteiger C/G

    Graham Gano K

    The Redskins moved quickly to tender Gano and Lichtensteiger. When healthy Lichtensteiger is a highly effective zone blocking lineman. However, he has been beset by injury and the Redskins may use free agency to find a more durable alternative at left guard.



Redskins Add Pair of WR's: Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan and Line Up Eddie Royal

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    Update 3/15: Even though it was reported that Royal and the Redskins had agreed to terms on a contract, Mike Jones of the Washington Post updates that those talks had fallen apart. Today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via his Twitter that Royal has agreed to terms with the San Diego Chargers on a three-year deal.

    Update 3/13: The Washington Post is reporting the Redskins have agreed to a contract with WR Eddie Royal. It is reported to be a 2 year contract worth $12 million dollars.

    Royal knows the Shanahan offense well, having played for Mike Shanahan with the Denver Broncos in 2008. His scheme expertise would be crucial in helping ease the transition of Robert Griffin III.

    - According to ProFootballTalk via their Twitter, the Redskins have officially signed WR Josh Morgan to a five-year deal. The deal is reportedly worth up to $12 million with $7.5 guaranteed.

    The 26-year-old is a tough and dependable pass catcher and runs intelligent routes. Morgan provides the offense with a reliable and effective target over the middle.

    NFL.com is reporting that Pierre Garcon has announced he is about to join the Redskins. This author has his reservations concerning Garcon, notably his early career inconsistency and the fact that his best production came in a contract year.

    However, the 25-year-old wideout is a rising talent and has the speed and potential to be the kind of potent vertical threat Washington's offense must have. He a more cost effective alternative to Vincent Jackson and has plenty of upside.

    Pairing the 6'0" 210 pounder with Robert Griffin III will increase the big play potential of the Redskins' offense in 2012. Swooping for Garcon so soon is a decisive start to a critical free agency period.


Hottest Free Agent Rumor: Vincent Jackson, WR, San Diego Chargers

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    UPDATE 3/13: Pierre Garcon reports on his Facebook page that he will sign with the Redskins

    Update 3/13: According to ProFootballTalk via their Twitter, the Redskins have officially signed WR Josh Morgan. The deal is reportedly worth up to $12 million with $7.5 guaranteed.

    Update 3/13: The Washington Post is reporting the Redskins have agreed to a contract with WR Eddie Royal. It is reported to be a 2 year contract worth $12 million dollars. 

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    Chargers big play wideout Vincent Jackson continues to be linked with a move to Washington. Nbcspots.com has recently suggested the Redskins are ready to make a major push for the talented flanker.

    The move makes sense from the standpoint that Washington's passing game must have an elite playmaker at wide receiver. The Redskins need to be able to stretch the field and strike some fear into opposing defenses in 2012.

    Jackson offers the ability to do just that. He is a powerful pass catcher and one of the more prolific deep threats in the game. While his contract value is expected to be high, the impact Jackson could have for a rookie quarterback would surely justify the investment.

    If the Redskins are serious about Jackson, expect an early move to land him once free agency begins tomorrow.

Jackson's More Cap Friendly Alternative: Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants

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    UPDATE 3/13: Pierre Garcon reports on his Facebook page that he will sign with the Redskins.

    Update 3/13: According to ProFootballTalk via their Twitter, the Redskins have officially signed WR Josh Morgan. The deal is reportedly worth up to $12 million with $7.5 guaranteed.

    Update 3/13: The Washington Post is reporting the Redskins have agreed to a contract with WR Eddie Royal. It is reported to be a 2 year contract worth $12 million dollars. 

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    CSNWashington.com has suggested that the Redskins could widen their search for a more explosive wide receiver to include Super Bowl 46 hero Mario Manningham.

    The New York Giants youngster has largely flattered to deceive during his time with Big Blue. Yet despite some drops and poor route running, Manningham is a legitimate deep threat who has come up big when the G-Men have needed him the most.

    The 26-year-old is a younger and very likely cheaper alternative to Jackson, who would come with valuable NFC East experience. Manningham's acquisition would have plenty of upside for the Redskins and add some much needed big play capability to the offense.

A Low-Key Signing to Look out For: Eddie Royal, WR, Denver Broncos

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    UPDATE 3/13: Pierre Garcon reports on his Facebook page that he will sign with the Redskins.

    Update: According to ProFootballTalk via their Twitter, the Redskins have officially signed WR Josh Morgan. The deal is reportedly worth up to $12 million with $7.5 guaranteed.

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    One name for Redskins fans to keep to keep an eye on in free agency could be Denver Broncos receiver Eddie Royal. The diminutive pass catcher was drafted by Mike Shanahan in 2008.

    Royal started 15 games for Shanahan, collecting 91 receptions for 980 yards. He certainly has the speed to get behind a defense and improve the Redskins deep passing game.

    At 5'10" 185 pounds, Royal lacks the prototypical size many may want for Washington's receiving corps. However, the 25-year-old possesses invaluable knowledge of Shanahan's offense.

    The more players with scheme expertise the Redskins can surround a rookie like Robert Griffin with, the better.

    3/13: The Washington Post is reporting the Redskins have agreed to a contract with WR Eddie Royal. It is reported to be a 2 year contract worth $12 million dollars. 

Fixing the Secondary: Brandon Carr, CB, Kansas City Chiefs

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    Report: Jason La Canfora of NFL.com reports the Redskins sign safety Brandon Merriweather to a two-year $6 million deal.

    Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting via his Twitter that the Cowboys have signed Brandon Carr to a 5 year contract worth $50.1 million dollars.

    Adding a more consistent ball hawk to the secondary should be one of the Redskins main priorities during free agency. Brando Carr is perhaps the best corner on the market.

    The Kansas City Chiefs ace enjoyed his finest pro campaign in 2011 and is a good fit for Washington's defensive system. Having learned from legendary secondary guru Emmitt Thomas, Carr has the skill and versatility to be major asset in Washington's coverage schemes.

    He is an ideal press corner, comfortable with both man and zone techniques. Carr would bring a more disciplined brand of play to the Redskins secondary, which could well be worth his projected high cost.

Carr's More Cap Friendly Alternative: Richard Marshall, CB, Arizona Cardinals

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    Richard Marshall is an interesting cap friendly alternative to Carr, for the Redskins to consider. The 27-year-old possesses a versatile skill set and posted good numbers in Arizona's schemes in 2011.

    Marshall has experience of the Pittsburgh Steelers-style blitzing 3-4 the Redskins are running, having played under former Steelers secondary coach Ray Horton with the Cardinals last year.

    Marshall is an excellent force player against the run and has above average zone instincts. He is also a decent blitzer, evidenced by last season's two sacks.

    This trait in particular may appeal to Jim Haslett who likes to bring pressure from all angles and doesn't really have a cornerback adept at blitzing the backfield.

    Marshall would be a smart acquisition for the Redskins and would come at a cheaper cost than Carr, who could well emerge as free agency's highest paid corner.

A Low-Key Signing to Look out For: Terrell Thomas, CB, New York Giants

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    If the Giants decide not to risk offering Terrell Thomas a new deal after his ACL injury, the Redskins should seriously consider bringing him to D.C.

    When healthy Thomas is a talented corner. Equally aggressive and technically skilled, Thomas recorded 11 interceptions in his first three seasons prior to his injury.

    He has the size at 6'0" and 191 pounds to take on the league's more physical receivers and has plenty of NFC East experience.

    While he may not start right away, Thomas would at least solve the Redskins issue at nickleback, as well as providing serious competition for starters Hall and Wilson. Thomas has the ability to reward any team willing to take a chance on him.

Dream Scenario: Landing Carl Nicks, LG, New Orleans Saints

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    Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting via his Twitter that the Buccaneers have agreed to a deal with former Saints guard Carl Nicks.

    Inserting Carl Nicks into the lineup would quickly transform Washington's offensive line from an area of major concern, into a genuine team strength.

    Nicks is perhaps the most dominating lineman in the NFL today. His massive frame and polished technique would finally give the Redskins a legitimate elite performer along their front five.

    Nicks is likely to demand a major contract form any potential suitors. However, this shouldn't scare the Redskins away.

    They have the cap room to make a deal happen and the offensive line has been weak for so long, that few could criticise them for making a major investment in this area.

A Worthy Alternative: Ben Grubbs, LG, Baltimore Ravens

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    Update: Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting the Saints have signed guard Ben Grubbs to a five-year deal reportedly worth $63 million.

    If the Redskins deem Nicks too expensive, it's hard to imagine many fans being too broken hearted about settling for Ben Grubbs.

    The Baltimore Ravens ace is a technically proficient, resourceful and athletic blocker, who is a perfect fit for Washington's zone-based blocking scheme.

    Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen poached Chris Chester from the Ravens a year ago and could look to do the same with Grubbs. His addition would give the Redskins a rising star at left guard and solidify a key area on the line.

    Be sure to refer to both free agency trackers, during what promises to be a frantic free agency period for the Redskins.

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