Picking One Free Agent to Fill Each of the Redskins' Holes
Free agency is only hours away. Players like Mike Wallace, Greg Jennings, Cliff Avril and Steven Jackson are going to be fielding offers from franchises throughout the league.
Once the most powerful team in free agency, the Washington Redskins will play second fiddle this offseason; while it may not be intentional, the NFC East division winners will have their hands full.
Below are free agents that would fill the holes in the Redskins roster.
Right Tackle: Eric Winston
Now that Winston has been abruptly let go by the Chiefs, the Redskins have another shot at him. At 29 years old, the former University of Miami product has some years left in the tank.
Right tackle has been an issue for the Redskins ever since Jon Jansen’s peak. They have tried free agents (Tyler Polumbus), trades (Jammal Brown) and undrafted free agents (Willie Smith and Stephon Heyer), none of whom panned out.
Signing Winston bolsters that position and will help keep Robert Griffin upright for the future.
Cornerback: Kyle Arrington
Arrington is the type of target that Mike Shanahan has pursued in the past. He’s an under-the-radar player who is not looking for top dollar.
He’s a young and productive defensive back that is coming from a great organization. It also happens to be a plus that Arrington is a local product and could be playing for his hometown team.
With the release of DeAngelo Hall, it appears evident that the Redskins front office will be addressing the cornerback position early in April’s draft. However, a second- or third-round pick cannot be relied upon as a starter initially.
That’s where Kyle Arrington fits in the mold. He’s can be used on the outside and coverage in the slot, while the pending rookie develops.
The market for free-agent cornerbacks remains high with Aqib Talib, Sean Smith, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and others; therefore, Arrington’s asking price will not be astronomical.
Given the Redskins' need to be frugal this offseason, signing the former New England Patriot is the safe route.
Tight End: Fred Davis
Prior to this past weekend, Fred Davis seemed to fit best with the Redskins. Given that his market value has substantially dropped over the past two seasons; the Redskins and Davis can mutually agree to come back at a moderate price.
Then Logan Paulsen was signed to a contract extension. So where does that leave the former second-round pick?
Are the Redskins abandoning the possibility of having a legitimate vertical threat from the tight-end position? Can Niles Paul really become more than just a special-teams player? Or is this need going to be addressed in the draft?
It looks like the Redskins are going to take their time with this decision, but Fred Davis seems like the safe route to go.
Mike Shanahan and his front office seem content with the roster that they have assembled; with the re-signings of Darrel Young, Paulsen, Rob Jackson, Chris Baker and Kory Lichtensteiger, don’t expect to see a lot of changes for next season.
Linebacker: Lorenzo Alexander
Lorenzo Alexander deserves to start in this league, but that potential position isn’t with the Redskins. However, that shouldn’t undervalue his role on this team.
It’s hard to imagine this team without one of their captains. While I’m predicting other NFL teams aren’t going to break the bank for the Pro Bowler, the Redskins will find ways to bring him back (maybe restructuring other contracts: Santana Moss and Josh Morgan).
Lorenzo Alexander can be defined as a "Redskin." Coming from a fan perspective, that's about the greatest compliment a football player can receive.
He has embraced this team wholeheartedly, as well as the fans, community and media. In addition to that, he's the most dominant special-teams player in the league, and versatility such as Alexander's is a commodity.