Coming off a 3-13 season, free agency may be the best friend the Washington Redskins have. New head coach Jay Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen won't be shackled by the recently lifted league-imposed salary-cap penalty.
But even with more money to spend, Gruden and Allen have several needs this offseason. The priorities have to be bolstering a pitiful offensive line and adding talent to a suspect secondary.
They should also be on the lookout for some useful pass-catchers to give quarterback Robert Griffin III a few more weapons.
Having that many holes to fill will require some smart shopping. It will also mean taking some risks on both injuries and age.
Fortunately, several potential bargains on the market could boost the weak positions on the roster. These include an aggressive and opportunistic veteran cornerback, as well as a pair of experienced offensive linemen.
Here are the eight hidden gems that the new regime in Washington should pluck from the bargain bucket this offseason.