Perhaps it is residual optimism from the new head coach and coaching staff changes, but this offseason feels different from those in recent years. For once the Washington Redskins have some cap space and the wherewithal to put it to good use during free agency.
As with any free-agent period, there are some things the 'Skins should look out for when courting their top targets.
After slapping the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo, per Rich Tandler of Real Redskins, Washington has just over $18 million to work with, though further roster moves could clear some more. The $11 million investment in Orakpo changes what the Redskins can do in free agency, particularly if they intend to add several quality players as opposed to just one or two.
Here are the pros and cons of some of the top free-agent targets for the Redskins.