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Washington Redskins: 5 Biggest Moves Redskins Could Make in Free Agency

Korey BeckettContributor IIIJanuary 15, 2013

Washington Redskins: 5 Biggest Moves Redskins Could Make in Free Agency

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    Coming off of their first division title since 1999, it's evident that Washington Redskins don't need to make a big splash in free agency.

    And with severe salary cap penalties induced by the NFL, it's unlikely that they will be able to sign multiple big names like they have in the past.

    The Redskins seem to have changed their ways when it comes to free agency, but remember that they made big signings of Pierre Garcon, Joshua Morgan and Brandon Meriweather. But those weren't household names at the time, despite their high price tags.

    There is room, however, for the Redskins to make a big move or two in 2013. Also, I want to clarify that this isn't a list of players that the Redskins should sign or who I want to see them add, but rather a list of players that could be the biggest prize of the offseason for Washington.

Ryan Clady

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    The Redskins already have a franchise left tackle in Trent Williams, but there is another on the market that could either take his spot or move to right tackle himself.

    Washington likely won't be in the market for another high-priced tackle after the debacle that has been the Jammal Brown experiment, but Ryan Clady has proved to be an elite presence in the NFL.

    In the 2012 season, Clady allowed just one sack on his quarterback, Peyton Manning. That's it, just one.

    And it's not like he missed half of the season, either. He played every game and has played every game of his five-year career.

    If protecting Robert Griffin III is the priority of the offseason, then the Redskins wouldn't be foolish to use two of the league's best bookends on their offensive line. It would cripple their ability to bolster depth anywhere else on the roster, but it wouldn't be the worst move in the world.

    With the secondary likely to be the primary target in the offseason, though, don't expect this deal to happen unless the Redskins can re-work some serious cap room.

Jairus Byrd

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    With Madieu Williams being the current free safety for the Redskins, the team finished No. 30 in pass defense.

    A consistent playmaker in the secondary would be just what the doctor ordered for the Redskins, and Jairus Byrd is the top one in the secondary for this offseason.

    Even though the Bills struggled, Byrd was able to gather 71 tackles and 5 interceptions in the 2012 season, which was more picks than anyone else in the Redskins secondary. He would have tied for the team lead with London Fletcher, the middle linebacker.

    He's still trying to find the magic of his rookie season, when he finished with nine interceptions, but he would instantly become the best player for the Redskins secondary.

Dwayne Bowe

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    If you had to compile a list of wide receivers you feel sorry for, Larry Fitzgerald and Dwayne Bowe would be at the top. However, Larry Fitzgerald is not a free agent, so the attention turns to Bowe.

    After posting just 801 yards and three touchdowns in 2012, it's clear that Bowe is still somewhat effective even when his team's quarterback situation is a mess, but can put up top flight numbers with a good signal caller at the helm.

    His best year came in 2010 when he hauled in 72 passes for 1,162 yards and a mind-blowing 15 touchdowns. That was when Matt Cassel was still a somewhat respectable option at quarterback.

    With the duo of Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, as well as the fact that the Redskins have other wide receivers to draw attention away from him, Bowe could strive in the Redskins offense.

    He's not the best route-runner in the NFL, but he's physical and could be a perfect compliment to Pierre Garcon and the receiving corps.

    At the right price, that is.

Wes Welker

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    On the flip side of a large receiver like Dwayne Bowe is a smaller receiver like Wes Welker.

    After amassing over 1,300 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season, Welker has shown he's as dangerous as ever.

    The advantage of having a guy like Welker is the plays that he can make if Robert Griffin III gets under pressure and has to extend. Welker has the ability to break from his coverage and make something out of nothing for a quarterback on the run, which would be vital for the 'Skins.

    He's going to be asking for a lot of money, though, and he may not want to leave safety of playing with Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in New England. If he can be persuaded to go to Washington, though, he wouldn't regret it.

    And neither would the Redskins.

Anthony Spencer

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    It's always tough to see a former-Cowboy in a Redskins uniform, but Spencer may be worth it.

    After having a terrific season in which he totaled 11 sacks, Spencer will hit the free agency market hard. With Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan already controlling the outside linebacker spots for the Redskins, it may not make the most sense, but you can never argue against depth.

    The idea of rotating Spencer in with fellow-Boilermaker Kerrigan and Orakpo would be an exciting one, especially after Brian Orakpo's last two seasons have ended in injury.

    The worry about Spencer is that he stepped up big in a contract year. Any other season, it would actually seem like Washington was a likely landing spot for Spencer, but he may be able to pull more money in another location.

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