Thanks to a ridiculous cap sanction imposed by the league, the Washington Redskins had to work like hell to get under the salary cap in time for the start of free agency. That means the 'Skins aren't likely to invest a ton of cash on the open market, but there have been indications that they could be in play for some key replacements or even upgrades.
While the team navigates the free-agent market with a strict budget, we'll be on hand every step of the way, providing you with the latest rumors, reports and instant analysis. Just keep coming back to this spot for updates.
3/20: The team has announced that it has signed CB E.J. Biggers
3/18: OT Tyler Polumbus tweets that he's returning to the Redskins on a two-year contract.
3/14: CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir reports that the Redskins have re-signed LB Bryan Kehl.
3/14: Mike Jones of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins have agreed to terms with OT Jeremy Trueblood.
3/13: CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir reports that Brandon Meriweather has saved the Redskins $1.25 against the cap by taking a pay cut.
3/13: Jenna Laine of the Sports Exchange reports that the Redskins will be hosting OT Jeremy Trueblood this weekend.
3/13: John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports that the Redskins have been in contact with CB Antoine Cason.
3/13: Mark Maske and Mike Jones of the Washington Post report that CB Aqib Talib remains a target for the 'Skins.
3/12: P Sav Rocca and DE Kedric Golston have both been re-signed.
3/12: Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Lorenzo Alexander is on the verge of leaving the Redskins.
3/12: Dan Hellie of NBC4 in D.C. reports that the 'Skins want to bring CB DeAngelo Hall back but that there are quite a few interested teams.
3/12: USA Today's Mike Garafolo reports that the Redskins "have expressed interest" in CB Aqib Talib as a possible replacement for DeAngelo Hall.
3/12: Mark Maske of The Washington Post reports that the Redskins are still in the mix to re-sign LB Lorenzo Alexander but "will face significant competition."
3/20: Signed CB E.J. Biggers
3/18: Re-signed OT Tyler Polumbus (two-year contract)
3/14: Re-signed LB Bryan Kehl
3/14: Signed OT Jeremy Trueblood
3/12: Re-signed DE Kedric Golston (three-year contract)
3/12: Re-signed P Sav Rocca (two-year contract)
Before the start of free agency: Signed OT Tony Pashos (one-year contract)
Before the start of free agency: Re-signed FB Darrel Young (three-year, $6.2 million contract)
Before the start of free agency: Re-signed LB Rob Jackson (one-year contract)
Before the start of free agency: Re-signed longsnapper Nick Sundberg (four-year contract)
Before the start of free agency: Re-signed TE Logan Paulsen (three-year, $4 million contract)
Before the start of free agency: Re-signed G Kory Lichtensteiger (five-year contract)
With Lorenzo Alexander reportedly jumping to the Arizona Cardinals, the Washington Redskins have lost another key defensive player, a veteran leader and a special-teams stud.
The Pro Bowl special teamer turns 30 this offseason, and by all indications the Redskins have less than a million dollars worth of cap space, so this isn't a surprise. The 'Skins have to prioritize what they do this offseason, and the focus should remain on replacing starters like DeAngelo Hall, Tyler Polumbus and Madieu Williams, rather than locking up reserve linebackers, regardless of how respected Alexander is in D.C.
However, it's still a tough loss. Alexander led the team with 19 special-teams tackles in 2012, earning his first-ever Pro Bowl nod. And with Brian Orakpo down and London Fletcher hampered by injury, he stepped up as a presence on D as well.
Only Barry Cofield and Ryan Kerrigan hit the quarterback more often than Alexander did last year (according to Pro Football Focus), despite the fact he started zero games. He also missed only two tackles on 325 defensive snaps.
This is an indication that the Redskins are placing confidence in their ability to draft and groom players, because with Fletcher nearing retirement, a lot of pressure will now fall on 2012 fourth-round pick Keenan Robinson, who made it onto the field for only 69 snaps as a rookie.
The Redskins need Robinson to replace Alexander. If he can't do that and Fletcher can't stay healthy, this D will take yet another hit in 2013.
May the best man win.
The Washington Redskins don't have the money to spend on a big-name right tackle like Andre Smith or Eric Winston, so instead they appear to be collecting cheap options in order to create competition for the weakest and only vacant spot on their offensive line.
They've now signed two unrestricted free agents this offseason, and both are candidates to start in that right tackle spot. Tony Pashos came in before the new league year began, and now Jeremy Trueblood will join the roster.
Pashos, Trueblood and 2012 sixth-round pick Tom Compton will likely battle it out for the right to replace Tyler Polumbus. That sentence wasn't sexy, I know, but at least they're mixing things up.
Pashos turns 33 in August and was out of football last season, while the 23-year-old Compton has zero NFL snaps under his belt. As a result, the 29-year-old Trueblood probably becomes the early favorite to win the job.
He struggled in 2012 but started 84 games in seven years with the Buccaneers. His Pro Football Focus numbers are abysmal but let's keep in mind that he's probably not going to be paid a lot and that Washington's hands were pretty much tied here.
Still, don't be surprised if they continue to look at offensive tackles on the open market as well as in the draft. Trueblood could be a stopgap option, but he isn't a long-term answer.
In comparison to his NFL peers, Tyler Polumbus did not have a good season as Jammal Brown's replacement at right tackle for the Washington Redskins. But because the 'Skins have almost no money to spend on top-flight free agents and lack a first-round draft pick, Polumbus is back with a chance to once again man the right side of Washington's line in 2013.
I know that's not something Redskins fans are excited about, but so long as the team doesn't know who the starter's gonna be they really can't turn away from any options. Beggars, not choosers.
As a pass blocker, Pro Football Focus rated Polumbus as the fourth-worst offensive tackle in the league last season. He allowed 53 total pressures in 15 starts. Not good, but Tony Pashos was out of the league last year and Jeremy Trueblood took only 82 snaps with the Bucs. Both of those guys will be 30 or older this season.
That's why you can't knock this move. The 'Skins are just collecting bodies and hoping that one emerges as a decent option.
The Washington Redskins continue to chase and collect former Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In fact, the only two unrestricted free agents the team has signed since the start of the new league year played for the Bucs in 2012.
The latest former Raheem Morris disciple to join the 'Skins: E.J. Biggers, who immediately becomes a favorite to start alongside Josh Wilson in D.C. The 25-year-old started 12 of the 13 games he played in last season, taking 83 percent of his snaps on the outside.
He's not a big name, but the former seventh-round pick at least has some upside. The advanced stats indicate Biggers is underrated and he'll bring a breath of fresh air to a decrepit secondary. He gave up fewer yards per cover snap than any Bucs corner last year, according to Pro Football Focus, and his 6.2 PFF coverage rating was higher than any corner in the NFC East.
Biggers is also familiar with the scheme thanks to the time he spent with Morris in Tampa. He wasn't immune to rainy days during his first near-full year as a starter and was schooled on a few occasions, but the Redskins don't have the money to be picky.
With 24 career starts under his belt, Biggers easily becomes the second-most experienced corner on this roster. The 'Skins would love to see youngsters like Chase Minnifield or Richard Crawford emerge to steal starting spots this summer, but at least now they have some tested insurance in case that doesn't happen.