Ranking the Redskins' 5 Best Remaining Free-Agency Options
In a somewhat unfamiliar fashion, the Redskins have remained rather conservative through free agency thus far. But even with most popular names having already found new homes, there are still available players who'd fit in Washington and help fill a need.
Here's a look at a handful of names—some by way of report, and others by way of idea—who make the most sense for the Redskins moving forward.
5. Kenny Britt
There's plenty of risk involved from both a durability and work ethic standpoint, but wide receiver Kenny Britt remains an intriguing target for the Redskins.
Adding Andre Roberts helps to shore up the slot receiver position, but the Redskins still need a large target opposite Pierre Garcon, and Britt could help fill the void. According to Pro Football Talk, the 6'3", 223-pound Britt will meet with the Redskins on Tuesday following his visit to New England on Monday.
Given his legitimate concerns, no one should expect the world from Britt—or for him to fulfill his draft potential as a first-round draft pick in 2009. But he's only 25, clearly has natural talent as a football player and shouldn't cost a fortune.
4. Zoltan Mesko
The Redskins special teams unit was a disaster last season, and the punter position was no exception. Sav Rocca is long gone, and the Redskins still need to address the position.
The bigger names like Pat McAfee and Donnie Jones are off the list, but a guy like Zoltan Mesko is still hanging around, as is the guy who took his place in Pittsburgh midseason last year, Mat McBriar. Neither are top boots in the league, but the Redskins could afford to bring them in.
Addressing the punter position isn't glamorous, but it remains a need in Washington.
3. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Wishful thinking here, but the Redskins would welcome another corner in Washington.
Signing Tracy Porter was a move made to help improve the team's situation at slot corner, but think of the team's increased flexibility by adding a starting-caliber corner like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Because the Redskins missed the boat on potential safety signings, and there doesn't appear to be any interest in former Dolphins safety Chris Clemons, the Redskins could afford to beef up the cornerback corps, especially if they plan to roll with a youngster in the deep half in 2014.
2. Akeem Jordan
Despite re-signing Perry Riley and bringing in lesser known names like Darryl Sharpton and Adam Hayward, the Redskins could use more help in the middle of their defense.
After spending the first six seasons of his career in Philadelphia, the Redskins are plenty familiar with Akeem Jordan. And according to Redskins beat reporter Chris Russell, there's mutual interest between the 28-year-old linebacker and the Washington front office.
Although Jordan would likely be a depth signing for most teams, he'd be competing against Keenan Robinson, Sharpton and Hayward for a starting spot with the Redskins in 2014.
1. Donald Penn
The Redskins have made moves to (hopefully) improve the offensive line by adding guard Shawn Lauvao and releasing Will Montgomery in order to move Kory Lichtensteiger over to center, but it's not finished. The need at right tackle remains.
Donald Penn is a soon-to-be 31-year-old veteran who's a natural left tackle, but who may be willing to move to the right side in the latter years of his career.
Sure, he won't net left tackle money, but Penn is at least interested. According to multiple reports, including ESPN's John Keim, Penn is in Washington and set to meet with everyone on Monday.
Penn may not be the long-term answer at right tackle, but he'd be a dependable stop-gap. He hasn't missed a start at left tackle in six years.