This is the first in a series of articles examining free agents who might fit in the Washington Redskins organization.
With the Redskins looking at a possible switch to the 3-4 defense, and also attempting to rebuild a depleted offensive line, the free agent market will again be heavily scrutinized by the front office in DC.
The top priorities on the list include a big nose tackle should the team indeed make a switch to the 3-4. Secondly, the team will need another MLB and possibly an OLB who can cover.
That doesn't even include the secondary. The team will need to address depth at corner and also try to find a free safety to complement their 22 (OK, actually three) strong safeties.
CBS gives a good look at the top free agents getting ready to hit the market in a recent article .
What's interesting is that of course many of the top names in free agency will be restricted due to the imminent expiration of the CBA in the next few weeks.
However, one of the unrestricted names on the market is New England's big nose tackle Vince Wilfork.
Obviously, the Redskins will consider him if they are actually planning to go to the 3-4. Wilfork is one of the better nose tackles in the game, and he's only been in the league for six seasons.
Wilfork isn't a numbers player. In fact, he only has eight career sacks, but his 6-2, 325 pound frame is perfect for the 3-4 defense. The 'Skins would salivate at the prospect of having him anchoring the middle to free up space for London Fletcher.
However, the catch is that Wilfork would cost a fortune. He will command some big money and playing next to Albert Haynesworth, he will probably want something within the ballpark that Haynesworth is in.
And furthermore, the Patriots will most likely do anything to keep him including slapping the franchise tag on him (Although Wilfork said he would consider the franchise tag to be "a slap in the face ").
Chances of signing: The Redskins would have to be considering a complete switch to the 3-4 if they were to pursue Wilfork. Either way it's a longshot due to the cost, but if Haynesworth balks at the idea of playing nose tackle, then it should be an option.