The Washington Redskins have enjoyed a resurgence of late, but there can be no arguing that the most glaring needs for 2013 are at cornerback, safety and right tackle.
It’s unlikely that Josh Wilson or DeAngelo Hall will be cut from the team, but both players should see their contracts restructured to reflect their performances a little more. Bringing in a cornerback who can start, especially after an injury or poor play, is essential to the long-term development of the team.
Brandown Meriweather will return at safety next year, but he is also in the final year of his deal and there is still no real indication of how well he will perform in a Redskins uniform. The first half of the Philadelphia Eagles game was very encouraging, but the sample size isn’t big enough to make a judgement just yet.
Right tackle, meanwhile, should be an open spot, with Tyler Polumbus becoming a free agent next year. Polumbus has had a poor year and hasn’t shown enough to justify keeping him on the roster. Jammal Brown has shown nothing of value since 2009, so don’t expect to see him next year, either.
Tom Compton is a project, and although Rich Tandler reported that his pay increased to a level above most practice squad players—to curb any temptation to join another team—he is unlikely to make the transition to a regular starter by the start of the 2013 season.
With this in mind, the following slides outline three targets for the Redskins front office to pursue in the offseason, either through free agency or the draft.