After the Redskins trotted out the likes of Reed Doughty, Brandon Meriweather, Bacarri Rambo and E.J. Biggers at the safety positions last season, upgrading the safety spot should have been a high-priority item on the to-do list.
Nearly three weeks into free agency, all Washington has done is re-sign Meriweather and Biggers.
The team had the 27th-ranked pass defense with them last season, and Doughty's departure isn't going to lead to much improvement on this front by itself.
But instead of pursuing safeties like T.J. Ward, Donte Whitner or Jairus Byrd to rectify this problem, Bruce Allen is eyeing Phillip Thomas as a potential starter, according to Mike Jones of The Washington Post.
Considering Thomas missed his entire rookie season to injury, the Skins better inject some new blood into the competition at safety.
Capable of playing both safety spots, Ed Reynolds would be a good prospect to add to the mix. A natural at making plays on the ball, he has seven career interceptions and was one yard shy from tying the NCAA record for interception return yards in 2012.
In his assessment of Reynolds, CBSSports.com's Rob Rang called him a "force in run defense and a reliable open-field tackler."
Possessing a skill set that Washington is lacking at safety, he would have a good shot at winning the starting job as a rookie.