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Need to Know: Five free agent cornerback possibilities for the Redskins

Jan 28, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

Captain-Munnerlyn

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 28, 100 days before the NFL Draft.

Nickel coverage

With three of their top four cornerbacks set to become free agents the Redskins will almost certainly be in the market for a free agent corner. Here are five that may fit the Redskins’ needs and budget.

1. Alterraun Verner, TEN—The Redskins could go one of two routes at cornerback. They might sign an older corner for a year or two as a stopgap until a draft pick can play there or they could sign a younger player for the long term. Verner fits into the latter category. The Pro Bowler is 25 and won’t turn 26 until late this season and he’s gotten better every year.

2. Captain Munnerlyn, CAR—He’s would be another one in the younger, long-term category (turns 26 in April). The former seventh-round pick has worked his way into the Panthers’ starting lineup and, like Verner, he has improved every year. Last year he had two interception returns for touchdowns and three sacks.

3. Antoine Cason, ARIZ—We’re starting to get into the older, stopgap category here although Cason turns just 28 before training camp. The Chargers let their former first-round pick walk in free agency a year ago and there was plenty of talk of the Redskins picking him up. Instead he signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals so he’s back on the market again.

4. Mike Jenkins, OAK—The Cowboys’ former first-round pick is pretty good when he’s on the field. That wasn’t an issue last year when he played all 16 games after signing with the Raiders. But he missed games his last two seasons in Dallas with back, knee, and hamstring injuries. Jenkins turns 29 in March.

5. Richard Marshall, SD—He will turn 30 late in the season and if he doesn’t sign back with the Chargers he could be with his fifth team in five years. Marshall has stayed healthy for the most part, playing in 16 games in seven of his eight NFL seasons. Certainly he would be a stopgap but if the Redskins need a nickel back and a part-time starter Marshall could fill the bill.

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Timeline

—It’s been 30 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 222 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 22; NFL Free agency starts 42; Offseason workouts start 69; NFL Draft 100

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  1. davem23 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    No to “Peanut” Tillman?

  2. Rich Tandler - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Will pass on a 33-year-old CB who missed half of last season injured. He’s a “one player away from the Super Bowl” signing, the Redskins aren’t there.

  3. aprilwalker2013 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I don’t know much about any of these guys so thanks for a little info on them. By what I read here, I don’t know how impressed I am with any of them. HTTR

  4. Delvin Perkins - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Rich, what about Sam Shields from GB and Walter Thurmond from SEA they seem to fit the needs to me.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      I think Shields is going to be too expensive but if he’s not he might be worth pursuing. Thurmond could have been on the list.

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