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Need to Know: The Redskins’ top five free agent options at tackle

Mar 14, 2014, 4:56 AM EST

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Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 14, 24 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

Nickel coverage

The Redskins are still looking for an upgrade at right tackle, here are the top five tackles on the free agent market as ranked by our friends at Rotoworld.

Donald Penn, Bucs—He was just cut by the Bucs yesterday after they signed Anthony Collins to be their left tackle. Penn turns 31 next month and he probably wants left tackle money. The conventional wisdom is that he’ll probably get it from their Raiders although Adam Schefter tweeted last night that the Redskins are interested.

Michael Oher, Ravens—I’ve talked about him in this space before. Bottom line, he’s not an upgrade over Tyler Polumbus.

Zach Strief, Saints—He’s an excellent pass blocker and he wants to return to the Saints. But they might not be able to fit him under their salary cap. This is one tackle who might not be looking for the big bucks that comes on the left side. At age 30, the Redskins might give a look but it would have to be a team-friendly deal.

Charles Brown, Saints—After battling injury most of his career, Brown was the Saints’ starter at left tackle to start the season. But he got benched late in the season and for the playoffs. Like Oher, I’m not sure he’s an upgrade.

David Stewart, Titans—The Titans cut him rather than paying his $6.4 million base salary this year. He’s been just OK for the last two seasons. At age 31 there is talk that he may retire, meaning that it will take a fairly hefty contract offer to persuade him to play. That is not coming out of Ashburn.

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Timeline

—It’s been 75 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 177 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 24; NFL Draft 56; Training camp starts 132

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  1. shermanp79 - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    I don’t like most of these guys over Polumbus either but do think Oher could be better than his play last year. I guess Penn looks to be the best option. How much though? We would cut Polumbus I assume to save that 2.5 million. We really don’t have a guy to play LT if Williams got hurt. I know we signed a guy to be a back up and he has great athletic ability but will he develop? I am still concerned about C too. The signings allow flexibility and we can move a guy or two around or maybe we grab a C in the draft. I like their direction so I guess they have a plan. I do have a bit more faith in them and believe they are smarter than in the past. It appears Snyder is up in his office staying quiet letting Allen and Co do their jobs.

    • savagegun - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      Oher has definitely lost a piece of the game. I’m not sure if he really wants to play anymore. It’s hard to look at the draft with all of the receivers stacked inside. I think we may end up getting stuck with Polumbus and pick up a blocking tight-end to give him help. Hell, we still need a couple safeties and we can’t solve all of our needs in FA.

  2. shermanp79 - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    I forgot about Sharpton at ILB. I don’t know enough about him. I do recall hearing his name during games but don’t recall any big plays. It looks like they are bringing in guys to fill job temporarily until either a rookie or Robinson can win the starting nod. Worst case Sharpton fills the role for a year.

  3. rpenman65 - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    The fact is Polumbus is ONLY here and even ONLY in the NFL because of Cap Gate. Polumbus SUCKS just like Chester. They both need to be cut ASAP! One would think that as big as Polumbus is, he should be an elite RT but he isn’t. He made Hatcher and Tuck millions these last couple days. Sorry just about anything is a upgrade over Tyler Polumbus.

  4. RussianBreadMaker - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I recently saw a picture of Montgomery and Lichtensteiger tailgating at a soccer game at Fedex. If I didn’t know who they were, I would have assumed that they were just two average joes.

  5. internetcareer - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    I agree that the Redskins offensive line has made Justin Tuck as well as Hatcher millions. The same thing happened with Osi Umenyiora. He lived to sack Jason Campbell and Rex Grossman. So did Tuck. That racked up double digit sacks by feasting on the Redskins offensive line TWICE per year.

    And here’s the thing and why it will continue. The Redskins always look for sexy players in free agency and the draft. They NEVER EVER draft an interior offensive lineman with that 1st or 2nd pick. they haven’t had an all pro guard or center in 20 years. It’s the secret that I keep telling everybody about and the Redskins never learn.

    • internetcareer - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      Redskins biggest mistake this offseason: not signing Jeff Schwartz from K.C. We had an inside track and he was willing to come and we really needed that spot filled but the Giants got him instead.

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