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Last Friday, former Redskins general manager Charley Casserly said on the NFL Network that beefing up the offensive line to protect quarterback Robert Griffin III should be a priority for Washington in free agency (via Rich Tandler of CSN Washington):
If you think of Gruden in Cincinnati, they had a much bigger offensive line than what he's inheriting in Washington. So they need to get bigger to be able to drop-back pass better. They don't have a first-round pick so in free agency look for them to come roaring out of there in free agency for offensive line help.
Casserly is spot on—improving the light offensive line is on par with remaking the secondary. Now the question is which free agents will be fielding calls from Bruce Allen.
From a familiarity standpoint, the Cincinnati Bengals' Anthony Collins is a logical target to replace Tyler Polumbus at right tackle. Collins (6'6", 308 lbs) played for Gruden in Cincinnati and showed an ability to play both left and right tackle.
Another intriguing name is Kansas City Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz, who is thought of by many as the best guard on the free-agent market. Tandler has the 27-year-old on his list of free agents the Redskins could sign.
Schwartz, ironically, spent part of last month working as an intern at ESPN 980 in Washington D.C., the radio home of the Redskins:
On his last day at the station, Schwartz talked about his impending free agency on ESPN 980's Inside the Locker Room. The Denver Broncos and New York Giants came up as potential suitors, but when asked if he's heard anything from the Redskins, Schwartz replied, "No, unless my agent didn't tell me."
Teams can't officially start negotiating with players until March 8, so it's possible that Washington could have interest in the mammoth 6'6", 332-pounder. But if it does, it'll have to get in line.
Other names to watch include Cleveland Browns prized center Alex Mack and Chiefs guard Jon Asamoah. Last month, The Washington Post's Mark Bullock took an in-depth look at both of these players, as well as Cincinnati's Collins.
Washington will also look to bolster the O-line in May's NFL draft, but identifying experienced linemen to keep Griffin upright starts next week.