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Redskins’ free agency buzz continues

It’s no secret that the Redskins have plenty of holes on their roster and are expected to make a significant splash whenever the free agent signing period begins.

Last week we took a look at those needs and some of Washington’s possible targets in free agency.

Today,’s Jason La Canfora produced a rundown of the team’s wish list, which features some names we’ve heard and a few new ones. His list features Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, Baltimore guard Marshal Yanda, Green Bay’s Cullen Jenkins, his older brother and Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins, and Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield.

So why would these players be good fits? What are the Redskins’ chances of landing them. We touched on some of them last week, but doesn’t hurt to take another look.

Cullen Jenkins makes sense, for sure. He’s coming off of a season in which — despite playing end in the 3-4 (usually asked to take on blockers and open gaps for the linebackers) — he racked up eight sacks. The Redskins clearly need help up front on defense, and Jenkins would likely take over as starter opposite Adam Carriker.

Kris Jenkins also is a talented lineman, but is coming off of two straight injury-shortened seasons (he has played only seven games combined in the last two years). But if healthy, he likely would come at a rather affordable price. Only problem is, it would mark the second straight year that Washington has added a nose tackle that was basically out of football the year before. Ma’ake Kemoeatu spent much of the year trying to play his way back into shape, but wound up on IR. How would Jenkins hold up?

Cofield stared all 16 games for the Giants last season and recorded 54 tackles and four sacks. That was in the 3-4, but it’s believed that the sixth-year veteran could play nose. Would the Redskins be able to land both Kris Jenkins and Cofield? Where does that put rookie Chris Neild? The third NT? Practice squad?

Yanda would be an upgrade at guard, where both Kory Lichtensteiger and Will Montgomery are natural centers. Artis Hicks remains in the mix and can play guard or tackle, but as mentioned before, Washington hopes to re-sign Jammal Brown at right tackle.

Signing Yanda might be a challenge, however. The Ravens have re-signing him high on their priority list, and Yanda’s agent as said his client view’s Baltimore as a place that you don’t rush to leave.

La Canfora describes signing Holmes as Washington’s “primary objective” in free agency. But the Jets reportedly rank him as a priority re-signee. Mike Shanahan has said the Redskins intend to re-sign Santana Moss, and Washington added size (Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul) and speed (Aldrick Robinson) through the draft. They also have Anthony Armstrong, who is coming off of a strong first-year campaign with 44 catches for 871 yards (19.8 ypc) and three touchdowns.

The Redskins certainly were hurting for receiving help last season, but is Holmes (52 catches, 746 yards, 14.3 ypc, six touchdowns) necessarily a need if they can re-sign Moss, Armstrong takes another step forward in his development and the rookies, along with Terrence Austin, Brandon Banks and Malcolm Kelly (maybe a big if), make solid contributions?

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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