Washington Redskins Free Agency: Smart Fits at Wide Receiver and Offensive Line

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Harvey Dahl #73 of the Atlanta Falcons in action against Stewart Bradley #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Two of the areas of most concern for the Washington Redskins are offensive line and wide receiver.  There are plenty of big name talents for the Redskins to target.  But low key NFC South residents Harvey Dahl and Lance Moore could prove to be wiser investments.

Dahl is one of three Atlanta Falcons offensive linemen declared unrestricted free agents.  Aged 30 Dahl is the oldest of the trio and could be deemed expendable if the Falcons decide to dedicate their cap resources to retaining Tyson Clabo and Justin Blalock.

A skilled right sided player who can operate at both guard and tackle, Dahl would fortify one side of the shaky Redskin line.

His smash mouth style may not be the most natural fit for Mike Shanahan's zone techniques.  But Dahl is a punishing run blocker who uses strength and awareness to create running lanes for rushers to exploit.

With the Redskins seemingly set to rely on either the unproven John Beck or inconsistent Rex Grossman at quarterback, the running game will need to take on a leading role in the offensive gameplan.

The 6'5" 305 pound former undrafted rookie would also inject some fiery passion into the Washington offensive line.  Dahl is a player with an intense aggressive streak that would help instill a hard nosed attitude that has been sorely lacking in recent seasons.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 12:  Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints avoids a tackle by James Butler #37 of the St. Louis Rams at the Louisiana Superdome on December 12, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Rams 31-13.  (Photo by C
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Speedy New Orleans Saints slot receiver Lance Moore is an underrated pass catcher who would greatly benefit the Redskins aerial attack.

Moore is a crafty route runner with deceptive quickness and excellent hands.  The 27-year old has a knack for finding the end zone, evidenced by is 22 touchdowns in spot duty.

Moore has spent his entire career in New Orleans as a reserve and would likely welcome the chance to become a starter.

The Redskins have a lot of youth at wideout and adding Moore's Super Bowl winning experience would be a smart move.  Moore would be an invaluable underneath outlet for whoever is behind the center in D.C.

As they delve into the free agent frenzy Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen have plenty of options.  But rather than go down the notorious route of big money deals for brash stars, the Redskins should stick to the criteria of finding productive, hard working professionals.

Harvey Dahl and Lance Moore certainly both fit the bill and would be solid acquisitions.