What’s your ideal Redskins offseason? I ask this acknowledging the major caveat that it’s mid-January and you might not yet have begun to obsess over draft prospects and free agents, but for those of you who wish to, here are some tools:
First, the Fanspeak.com draft simulator, which as pointed out in yesterday’s comments, lets you draft as the Redskins while a computer takes care of the rest of the draft. You can go all seven rounds, and get a reasonable expectation of which players will be around when the Redskins select.
Then there are a handful of top free agent rankings, most sortable by position so you can get an idea who the best players are at need areas, and what they might cost.
Before you start poaching other teams’ free agents, of course, you’d need to make some decisions at home. The Redskins have said they’ll remain a 3-4 defense, but will they also determine that the style of offensive lineman on the roster is adequate for the new offense? Will they want defensive backs who specialize in man coverage?
As Mike Jones wrote in December, upheaval was already on its way.
The defense will be hit the hardest. Seven of the 11 defensive starters are impending free agents, including longtime Redskins like Orakpo, London Fletcher (who has said he expects to retire), Reed Doughty and DeAngelo Hall. The only current starters under contract for next year are outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, nose tackle Barry Cofield and free safety Brandon Meriweather. (Stephen Bowen is a starter at right end but has been lost for the season to a knee injury. His replacement, Chris Baker, will be a free agent).
The list of pending Redskins free agents is below. How many of them would you attempt to bring back?
QB Rex Grossman; WRs Josh Morgan, Santana Moss, Aldrick Robinson (exclusive rights), Dezmon Briscoe; TE Fred Davis; C J.D. Walton
DL Chris Baker, Doug Worthington (exclusive rights); OLBs Brian Orakpo, Rob Jackson, Darryl Tapp; ILBs Perry Riley Jr., London Fletcher, Nick Barnett, Bryan Kehl, Will Compton (exclusive rights); CBs DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, E.J. Biggers; S Brandon Meriweather, Reed Doughty, Jose Gumbs (exclusive rights).
Recent estimates have the Redskins with $29 million in projected cap space, so there’s room to make moves.
With that information to work with, your ideal offseason can be as simple or as detailed as possible.
Here’s one example that was posted in the comments last week:
Re-sign: Riley, C. Baker
Re-sign if $$ are right: D. Hall, B. Orakpo
If not, draft replacements … (Kony Ealy, Pierre Desir)
Other major needs:
Need 1: Athletic Inside Linebacker
Need 2: Ball Hawking FS
Need 3: Competent slot CB to replace J. Wilson
Need 4: Big bodied 3-4 DE that can get some push opposite J. Jenkins
Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.
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