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Need to know: Five potential cap casualties who could interest the Redskins

Feb 6, 2014, 5:01 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 6, 13 days before the NFL Combine.

Nickel coverage

Spotrac.com came out with a list of 30 possible salary cap casualties from around the NFL. Here are five from that list who may interest the Redskins.

S Thomas DeCoud, ATL—He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 but, like the rest of the team, his play fell off last year. DeCoud will be 29 next month and he has been durable, starting 15 or 16 games every year since 2009.

ILB DeMeco Ryans, PHIL—The Eagles might try to get him to reduce his $6.9 million salary before letting him go and they might hang on to him anyway. But if he hits the market the Redskins should call. He turns 30 before the season starts but he could be a mid-term solution to the hole created by London Fletcher’s retirement.

WR Danny Amendola, NE—Yeah, there’s that injury thing to consider so he’d need a deal with a lot of per-game roster bonuses. But still, in 12 games last year he caught 54 passes, more than anyone on the Redskins not named Pierre Garçon.

CB Cortland Finnegan, STL—The Redskins wanted him when he was a free agent two years ago but the salary cap penalty scuttled their plans. He’s 30 now and he missed time last year with a hamstring before an eye injury landed him on injured reserve after he’d played in just seven games. But he can still cover and would be a good pickup for the Redskins at the right price.

CB Ike Taylor, PITT—At age 34 maybe you don’t want him to start 16 games like he did for the Steelers last year. But he can play nickel back and spot start. Again, like with potential deals for any veteran player, the price has to be right.

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Here’s the thing

If the Redskins don’t think they can start David Amerson, their 2013 second-round pick, at cornerback this year they need to take a serious look at their scouting operation. If he’s not ready, they need to question their teaching methods. They aren’t going to the Super Bowl, they need to put him out there.

Timeline

—It’s been 39 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 213 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 13; NFL Free agency starts 33; Offseason workouts start 60; NFL Draft 91

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  1. O - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    Cortland Finnegan AND D-Hall on the same team wow. They would annoy every wide receiver in the league… I kinda like that idea

  2. O - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    The Falcons released Asante Samuel. Is he likely a good fit here?

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      I’ve always thought of him as soft but worth a closer look.

      • jonevans511 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        soft, route-jumping gambler. Not that his track record hasn’t shown some success….

  3. cowboyhater - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Just draft another CB in the second round. I’m tired of retreads. Use the young players we have on our roster. This will show the true worth of Raheem Morris, who in my opinion has disappointed my expectations so far. Use the salary cap for a RT, ILB, WR and resign our FA’s.

  4. bertyboz - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Hey Rich great insight as usual. The site though I think you meant is spotrac.com not spoRtrac.com

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:32 AM

      Thanks, fixed

  5. coachemup1 - Feb 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Finnegan and Decloud are very interesting at the right price. If they bekieve Amerson is a season away from being a above average corner than older, but solid starter is just fine. It is about winning now. Our best shot is BEFORE RGIII gets his pay day.

  6. internetcareer - Feb 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    If RG3 didn’t like the coach and has to have a good relationship with the new coach…hey here is something MORE important. Griffin has to have an even BETTER relationship with his receivers. If I am Gruden, I am asking Grif “who do you need as a receiver to be successful”. Then you bring them in for an interview and talking about how they can be used. Somebody like Amendola might be the perfect slot receiver/outlet receiver if Gruden is going to get the ball out of Griffins hands a lot faster.

    • pkevinenns - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

      internetcareer: I think you’ve got something there.
      We have seen Griffin do a great job in the uptempo package, and if he can regain that form, and we reduce the time he holds the ball before deciding/passing/running that would make a major difference.
      Would even make our OL look better because they would have to maintain less sustain blocks.
      If the rumours about keeping a zone blocking scheme are correct as well, maybe we can get a bit more mileage out of the not-so-hogs up front. A rebound year from Chester and Montgomery who both played much better in 2012 wouldn’t hurt either.
      <Memory flashback to Amendola TORCHING us in 2012)…In my mind I picture Garcon and Robinson split wide, Amendola in the slot weak side, with Reed shifting (on some plays) to the slot-strong. Single-Back Morris like we used to do with Portis. I concede I am not sold on Robinson yet. He has shown a lot of speed AND inconsistency, but if the receivers and RG3 can get some cohesion with their own workouts, maybe some Garcon will rub off on the rest of a group that has been a disappointment.
      Reading about the character of Amendola, he has the kind of heart and soul I like to see in a player in the community, locker room and on the field.

  7. timwillhidetimwillhide - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Rich I’ve bin hearing that Ike Taylor is gonna move back to FS and stay with the Steelers at a reduced rate.

  8. dcsportsfan2277 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Any of these players would benefit us and none should break the bank. Give me Finnegan and McCoud rather than overpay for Byrd! We also have Minniefield and Williams and adding these two would at least give us depth and would be far better than Wilson! Amerson should be much better with a full year under his belt.

    Definitely need to draft a CB and S. Will be interesting to see how far Rambo and Thomas play in OTA’s. It would be very nice to have them take the next step. HTTR!

  9. internetcareer - Feb 7, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    RICH…you haven’t mentioned anything about the possiblity of CINCINNATI D.E. Michael Johnson coming to D.C. He is a free agent…and only one year removed from 11 sacks….and Gruden is familiar with him….and Bowen and Carriker are both injury casualties….has anyone mentioned the possibility of bringing Johnson in?????

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 7, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      And you said on the other thread that you live in Realville?

      Don’t see an $8-$10 million DE coming in.

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