The Redskins face an unprecedented phenomenon this offseason that will make everyone forget the Vinny Cerrato days of playing fantasy football with Dan Snyder's money.
The phenomenon is called the "RGIII effect," and it's a direct result of what you're seeing out of Washington today. There has been a change of culture in D.C. because Griffin has finally made Redskins football relevant in the national scheme. That means a lot of things, but mainly that for the first time, players actually want to come to the nation's capital.
Free agents want two things: money and championships. For years, the former hasn't been a problem for players coming to the 'Skins, but that option often results in poor effort and disinterest. Now, Mike Shanahan is free to seek players looking to build a championship team based around the new face of the NFL.
While it will be easier to pull free agents towards D.C., Shanahan will still have to deal with the $18 million cap penalty that will severely limit what they do after the playoffs. Big-name players looking for a big payoff probably won't end up in Washington, but there are a lot of solid pieces around that could fit under the cap this year.
The Redskins' biggest areas of need are at the free safety position and right tackle, but they also have needs at corner, tight end and inside linebacker with London Fletcher winding down his career. A lot of those spots will be filled through the draft, but they can help themselves out by finding good players in free agency.
Here are five guys the Redskins should look at during the offseason.