Free Agency: Where Do the Washington Redskins Go from Here?

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMarch 18, 2013

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from some re-signings and the addition of a pair of veteran offensive tackles, the Washington Redskins have been quiet ever since the free-agent market opened last Tuesday. But the 'Skins are still in desperate need of help in the secondary and don't have a first-round draft choice at their disposal. 

At this very moment, Josh Wilson is the only cornerback on the roster who has started an NFL game. Safety Madieu Williams is gone, and who knows what to expect from Brandon Meriweather and Tanard Jackson. Can the Redskins find viable options for these spots in the draft?

Maybe, but if they can free up some cap space, they might want to make a run at some of the available players as the second wave of free agency gets underway. 

Looking specifically at defensive backs, here are some possible targets for Washington.


Cornerbacks: DeAngelo Hall (Redskins), Tracy Porter (Broncos), Captain Munnerlyn (Panthers), Adam Jones (Bengals), Kelvin Hayden (Bears), Stanford Routt (Texans)

They had a thing for Aqib Talib before he re-signed with the Patriots, so that's an indication that they do have some money to spend and want to do so by adding a corner. Talib signed a one-year, $5 million deal, so I've only listed guys that I believe would command less than that. 

Hall could return if the market doesn't live up to his expectations. Jones would be a nice replacement for Hall because of his ability to move inside and cover the slot. Munnerlyn and Hayden aren't typically good enough to start but would in Washington. Routt had a rough time in Kansas City before getting cut but was solid in Oakland in 2011.  


Safeties: Kerry Rhodes (Cardinals), Quintin Mikell (Rams), Michael Huff (Raiders), Abram Elam (Chiefs), Madieu Williams (Redskins)

Rhodes, Mikell, Huff and Elam are aging stopgaps. Signing players like that didn't work out well for Washington a year ago, but going that route might again be the Redskins' only option. Thus, bringing Williams back is also an option, but I think they'd rather get some fresh blood.