Redskins Rumors: Analyzing Hottest Reports Heading into Free Agency

John RozumCorrespondent IJune 14, 2016

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:  Fred Davis #83 of the Washington Redskins celebrates the Redskins first touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins have made some intriguing moves with the 2013 NFL free agency period about to commence.

Offensively, their strong-suit is continuing to slam the rock and get physical up front. When a team features a punishing back like Alfred Morris, utilizing his ability provides a distinct advantage in the passing league and boosts the running threat of a mobile quarterback like Robert Griffin III.

However, Morris cannot produce effectively without solid blocking and a passing game capable of keeping defenses honest. Speaking of defense, the Redskins were suspect in coverage last year. So, fixing this aspect is required to remain NFC playoff contenders.

With the market set to open up, let's check out the latest from Washington.


Key Offensive Players Retained

Washington made some key moves to keep vital contributors intact. First, according to his Twitter feed, lineman Kory Lichtensteiger was retained:

This was huge for the Redskins, as Lichtensteiger is a reliable run-blocker and is quite athletic for his 6'2", 284-pound frame. He played a crucial role in Washington, leading pro football in rushing offense, which obviously led to the quick impact of running back Alfred Morris.

The offense is also seeing tight end Logan Paulsen back in our nation's capital, per Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Even though Paulsen is more of a run-blocking contributor, he displayed exceptional dependability and useful skills in the passing game as well.

He caught 25 passes on 37 targets, which comes to a 67.5 reception percentage on his targets. If anything, his potential simply gets increased as Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins now have another reliable target inside the red zone.


Latest Regarding Fred Davis

Based on an article by Rich Campbell of the Washington Times, the Redskins may keep Fred Davis around:

When the Redskins negotiated tight end Logan Paulsen’s new three-year contract, they told him they project him to continue as Fred Davis’ backup, Paulsen said Saturday afternoon.

He is recovering from surgery he had in late October to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.

“They said they want to bring Fred back,” Paulsen said. “Their goal is to have him be the starter.”

With Paulsen emerging as a sound receiving target and remaining a reliable blocker, Washington gets amplified with Davis in the mix as well. Between 2009 and 2011, he racked up 1,621 yards 128 receptions and scored 12 touchdowns.

Although 2012 ended frustratingly with an injury for Davis, he is still only 27 years old and has the talent to develop into a key contributor. Given the rest of Washington's offensive personnel, the Redskins only get stronger by retaining Davis for 2013.


DeAngelo Hall Gone

DeAngelo Hall's tenure in Washington is over. According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post the veteran cornerback has been released:

The Redskins have released cornerback DeAngelo Hall, a person with knowledge said.

Washington was $3 million over the salary cap last week because of the $18 million penalty they had to absorb this year and are expected to make more roster moves.

This comes as no surprise because Hall was part of a secondary that ranked No. 30 against the pass. In addition, the Redskins gave up 31 passing touchdowns and a 61.8 completion percentage.

Although Hall still defended 14 passes and made 95 tackles, he doesn't lock down one-on-one like we've seen from previous seasons. Furthermore, his contract situation was not helping Washington in the salary cap.

For Washington to continue their reign of the NFC East, getting better-positioned in cap space while addressing the coverage in the draft is a solid first step defensively.