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Redskins have decisions to make about players with expiring contracts

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander (97) is one of several Redskins players with expiring contracts. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The Redskins enter the offseason with obvious disappointment following their loss to Seattle in the NFC wild card round. But they also can draw encouragement from their turnaround from 5-11 in 2011 to 10-6 and NFC East champions in 2012.

The team has several areas to address in the offseason, with the secondary seemingly the highest priority. The team’s defensive backs battled injury and inconsistency much of the season.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall is under contract through the 2014 season, but in 2013, his salary jumps to $7.5 million, so his status is uncertain for next year.

The Redskins also have a fair number of players with expiring contracts. Team officials must decide whether to re-sign them for next season.

Here’s a list of the team’s key free agents for 2013.

  • LB Lorenzo Alexander – Special teams captain and versatile as inside and outside linebacker.
  • WR Brandon Banks – Speedy kick/punt returner fell out of favor midway through season.
  • NT Chris Baker – Hard-working backup spelled Barry Cofield this season
  • TE Chris Cooley – Cut, then re-signed mid-season, but used only sparingly, recording one catch for eight yards.
  • TE Fred Davis – Played on franchise tag and was doing well before tearing his Achilles’ tendon.
  • DE Kedric Golston – Reliable backup can play either end position and fill in at nose tackle.
  • CB Cedric Griffin – Brought size to secondary, but was suspended for use of PEDs for the final four games of the regular season.
  • QB Rex Grossman – Veteran served as mentor to Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins, but dressed for only two games.
  • LB Rob Jackson – Started 14 games at right outside linebacker when Brian Orakpo was lost for the season, recorded career-high 4.5 sacks and three interceptions, one returned for a touchdown.
  • S Tanard Jackson – The most talented free safety on the roster, was suspended before the start of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
  • G Kory Lichtensteiger – Returned from torn ACL and MCL tears to start all 16 games at left guard. Described by Mike Shanahan as the team’s best run-blocker.
  • TE Logan Paulsen – Took over when Davis went down, recording career-high 25 catches for 308 yards and a touchdown.
  • P Sav Rocca – Reliable veteran punter, the 39-year-old Rocca averaged a career-best 44.1 yards per punt this season.
  • LS Nick Sundberg – Third-year pro broke his arm in Week 2, but came back to give team reliable play in final seven games of the season.
  • FS Madieu Williams – A ninth-year veteran, Williams had an up-and-down season, struggling particularly in cover-two pass formations. For the season, he recorded 99 tackles (third on the team) and a sack.
  • LB Chris Wilson – Used sparingly as a pass-rusher, Wilson was primarily on special teams in his second stint with the Redskins.
  • FB Darrel Young – Third-year pro is a restricted free agent. Recorded career-high 14 carries for 60 yards and eight catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Considered one of the best fullbacks in the league by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

UPDATE: Correction: Forbath is not a free agent. He signed a three-year deal this season.


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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Mike Jones · January 7, 2013