With $18 million in salary-cap reductions ($36 million over two years) hanging over the Washington Redskins this offseason, the team's fans should be realistic in which free agents the Redskins will target and attempt to lure to D.C.
Washington general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan will attempt to fill the holes with middle-of-the-pack free agents, as it did last offseason when it signed Pierre Garcon, Brandon Meriweather and Josh Morgan.
While fans will salivate at the thought of seeing any of the big name free agents such as Dwayne Bowe, Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Jairus Byrd or even Brent Grimes in the burgundy and gold next season, it is extremely doubtful the Redskins unload big bucks on any one player...and for good reason.
The Redskins have less cap space than most teams and have a few pressing needs they must address if they plan to repeat as NFC East champs. The secondary tops the list, as it struggled most of last season. The pass rush was mediocre after injuries to Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker. The tight end position is a question mark with both Fred Davis and Logan Paulsen becoming free agents and the offensive line needs to add depth.
These five free agents are players whom the Redskins can realistically sign given their budget and all represent upgrades over the current players at their positions.