Claimed by the Redskins at the tail end of the 2013 season, J.D. Walton would seem to be a fixture in Washington's plans for next season.
Formerly a starter with the Denver Broncos, Walton has been out of commission for nearly two years after suffering a broken ankle in 2012.
But listen to SBNation's Mark Tyler, and Walton could very well be Washington's starting center come next season.
In Tyler's comparison of Walton and the incumbent starter, Will Montgomery, the scale ticked in Walton's favor:
Walton seems much better at communicating blitzes and defensive line formations. He excels at keeping his head on a swivel and picking up free blitzers, or helping another linemen on a double team. He also does a nice job on his peel-back blocks, even showing the ability to get to the C-gap to pick up a free defender. Second, Walton is much better at the point of attack against larger defenders. He has a very solid hand punch, uses his leverage, and doesn't allow defenders into his body.
With Montgomery carrying a cap charge of $3.4 million for next season, according to OverTheCap.com, Walton could very well fulfill Tyler's proclamation if Montgomery is indeed a cap casualty.
Or, at the very least, Walton's re-signing could incentivize Montgomery to restructure his deal.