5 Biggest Needs Redskins Have Yet to Address This Offseason
Slow and steady wins the race. Perhaps that's the Redskins' motto for free agency this offseason?
While much of the last couple weeks has been quiet on the Washington front, the Redskins have addressed some areas of need and continue to negotiate with free agents. Here's a look at a few spots on the roster that remain in need of attention.
5. More Speed
In an otherwise low-key free agency period, the Redskins haven't done a whole lot. But of the few signings they have made, adding receiver Andre Roberts stands out, as he's a guy who brings quickness and big-play ability to their offense.
The Redskins need more of that. On defense, too.
With much of the free agent market having already been picked apart, the Redskins will likely wait until the draft to improve their team speed. But regardless of whether they choose to take fliers on low-cost guys before then, or wait until May, it wouldn't hurt them to add more quickness.
The Redskins have one punter on their roster and his name is Robert Malone. He's been waived five times in his three-year career.
Needless to say, the Redskins desperately need a punter.
Perhaps new special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica saw something in Malone during the punter's short stay with the Jets last season where Kotwica served in his same position. Maybe Malone goes on to become the starter and the next Ray Guy. But that's doubtful. Albeit a boring position, the Redskins need lots of help in the fourth down boot department.
3. Right Tackle
While the Shawn Lauvao signing didn't exactly scream "appealing," the Redskins have made moves to hopefully improve the offensive line. Whether it be adding a guard like Lauvao, or adding a center by way of subtracting Will Montgomery and moving former guard Kory Lichtensteiger over to center, the Redskins are at least making moves.
Meanwhile, the right tackle position remains an area of need. Although Tyler Polumbus wasn't nearly as bad in pass protection last season as he was in 2012, there's plenty of room for improvement. And that's why adding a veteran like Donald Penn—who fits the mold despite playing his career on the left side—remains an option, following his visit to Redskins Park earlier this week.
2. Inside Linebackers
It's not that the Redskins have been completely mute on the task of addressing the middle of their defense—they just haven't done anything worth hollering about.
Re-signing Perry Riley was a good move both financially and schematically, but adding guys like Adam Hayward and Darryl Sharpton just isn't enough to feel confident heading into next season.
While names like Arthur Moats and Akeem Jordan may not be hot ones, they're both guys who would fit in Washington and compete with Keenan Robinson, Hayward and Sharpton for a starting spot—especially Jordan.
This slide mostly pertains to the safety position, seeing as how the Redskins have done nothing—aside from re-signing Brandon Meriweather to a one-year deal—to upgrade one of the team's worst positions from a season ago.
But even at cornerback, while re-signing DeAngelo Hall felt like a must, not landing a guy like Captain Munnerlyn or Corey Graham—instead signing Tracy Porter to a small deal—doesn't do much to boost their defense.
No one should have an issue with the Redskins electing not to back up the armored truck to Aqib Talib's house, or Jairus Byrd's front door, but there's a lot left to be desired in the secondary if you're a Redskins fan.
It's not a very well-populated market nowadays, with guys like Antonio Cromartie, Carlos Rogers and Ryan Clark appearing to be the top names. But signings are still possible, as are mid-round picks come early May.