The Washington Redskins are still over the cap thanks to last year's league-imposed penalty, so the 2012 NFC East champions don't have a great deal of options in free agency.
Instead, general manager Bruce Allen and head coach Mike Shanahan have smartly opted to retain useful players. The latest is left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, who just signed a five-year contract, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
That follows similar deals for blocking tight end Logan Paulsen and fullback Darrel Young. They've also done the same for opportunistic outside linebacker Rob Jackson.
Of course, as good as those moves are, the Redskins still have needs to address. Primarily, they need plenty of help in the secondary.
One way they can create funds is to wave goodbye to struggling cornerback DeAngelo Hall. CBS Sports indicates that the Redskins are strongly considering releasing the motormouth cover man.
One player the Redskins seemingly don't want to see is tight end Fred Davis. The Giants are reportedly keen to retain Davis, who bore the franchise tag in 2012.
He's had his problems, serving a suspension for drug abuse in 2011 and missing nine games last season due to injury. However, when healthy and available, Davis is one of the best young players at his position in the league.
The Redskins offense certainly needs him in 2013.