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Need to Know: Five free agents the Redskins should still pursue

Mar 25, 2014, 4:52 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 25, 13 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts.

Nickel coverage

Bruce Allen has said that the Redskins are not finished acquiring free agents yet. Here are five players who are still available who could help the Redskins.

S Ryan Clark—They still need an experienced safety and Clark could fill the void until Phillip Thomas and/or Bacarri Rambo are ready to play. This situation is hard to read since Clark has options outside of football working on television.

OLB Anthony Spencer—As noted here yesterday, the Redskins still need some depth at outside linebacker. Given the microfracture surgery he had last year he might not be the ideal option, but there aren’t many out there.

WR Robert Meachem—I get the feeling that the Redskins are going to add another veteran receiver as insurance in the event of either a problem with Leonard Hankerson’s recovery or the inability to land a receiver in the draft. Meachem hasn’t been very productive the last two seasons (average 15 rec., 265 yards, 2 TD) but he has size (6-2) and speed to be a contributor as a No. 4 wide receiver.

C Brian De La Puente—The former Saint is still out there after visiting the Redskins last week. At 306 pounds, he’s could easily get up to Jay Gruden’s ideal size for a center. At age 29 he’s a medium term solution in the middle of the line.

OT Eric Winston—I don’t believe that the Redskins’ inability to land Donald Penn to play right tackle was necessarily a bad thing. He’s about to turn 31, was reportedly overweight, and not really a huge upgrade over Tyler Polumbus. But there are few options left that would be a clear step up from the much-maligned Polumbus. Winston has a chance to be one of them and he could be a good fit as long as they don’t pay him like he’s the savior.

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Timeline

—It’s been 86 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 166 days until they play another one.

Days until: Offseason workouts start 13; NFL Draft 44; Training camp starts 120

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  1. manilarizzo - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:10 AM

    Rich, what about another 6’2 free agent for a #4 WR. Miles Austin?

    • jayovalentine - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Hell no. He’s done.

    • davidblanket - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:00 AM

      Miles pulls a hamstring every time he passes gas.
      He could be great … but he is not.

  2. ajbus1 - Mar 25, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    You mean Miles “ow my hamstring” Austin? Heck no man!

    • manilarizzo - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:19 AM

      Lol I hear you but aside from the draft I’m looking at other options. Meacham has fallen way off the past two years without the injury while Miles has been productive until last year. Not an unreasonable option.

  3. abanig - Mar 25, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    Honestly, I’d signed them all. Clark @ free or strong safety and Meriweather at the other is not a bad thing for a year. Both Rambo and Thomas have starting ability but I don’t believe either will quite be ready to be a reliable starter in 2014. Learning from a respected, intelligent and demanding safety who came from no where to be a pro bowler is something our young safeties would highly benefit from.

    With Spencer & Meacham, depth is the key there. Our reserve OLBs are shaky, unless they do end up re-signing Rob Jackson. Meacham is more a situations a player but as you said he’d be good competition for our young guys as a #4 WR and insurance for Hankerson.

    With De La Puente & Winston, it never hurts to have two guys who’ve been reliable starters in the NFL competing for offensive line jobs.

  4. abanig - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    People forget about David Gettis as a WR option. He’s only going to be in his third year, but as a rookie he had 37 receptions, 508 YDs and 3 Tds.

    Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in 2013, but as a player who Played with RG3 at Baylor and had a productive rookie season, don’t be surprised if he makes an impact on the Redskins this year.

    I know one thing, given the losses Carolina had to their WR core this year with Steve Smith & Brandon Lafell’s departures, in sure they wish they still had Gettis today

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:53 AM

      I’m not forgetting about Gettis, I just don’t think he’ll be a factor. If he makes the team that’s a sign of a WR corps that’s in trouble, IMO. Need to be able to come up with 5 guys better than him.

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    • abanig - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Oops, got those facts wrong. He’s going to be in his 4th year and he tore his ACL in 2011. He hasn’t been the same since, but two years removed from tearing in ACL is usually when a player is fully recovered and he breaks out.

      • kenlinkins - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        I get the feeling Gettis was signed as a favor to RG3 in order to give a friend a last shot in the NFL. This is not uncommon and happens more than most would think early in the year. Guys like this do not make it out of Mini Camp most of the time, but he has a shot and that is more than many guys who “got a knee” early and never could get back to true NFL form”. I wish him luck, but the odds are not in his favor.

  5. savagegun - Mar 25, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    With the first weeks of Free Agency done this is where stuff gets interesting. The Eagles are trying to get rid of DJax (Desean Jackson) and will cut him if they can’t find a suitor to take over his 10.5 Million dollar salary plus give up a 2nd or 3rd rnd pick. Chances are no ones biting on this. That means the Eagles will cut him and maybe the ‘Skins can work something out. I’m not saying this is going to happen, but you never know. With the 49ers, Raiders, Pats and Jets known to be interested, probably not. My thinking is that DJax ends up in New York, but the ‘Skins can make a huge splash and clear up some cap room for him. Desean jackson , Pierre Garcon, and RGIII is more of a Fantasy Football Team then an actual NFL offense.

  6. alextwrs - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    2 for 1 sale (special teams & slot) on Josh Cribbs. If we can get him cheap he will atleast compete for a job on special teams. Ive always liked the way he plays the game. I know 31 and hurt last year, give him the minimum. Cant be worse than Donte Stallworth from a couple years ago.

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Have to say, I don’t get these “Can’t be worse” arguments. This team is trying to get better than it was when Stallworth was a relatively important component of the offense. And Cribbs hasn’t been a factor since 2011.

      • alextwrs - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:12 PM

        I dont remember stallworth helping the worst special teams unit in the league either. Thats my point. Its funny how thats the only fact you found in that post.

        • alextwrs - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

          Meachems stats from the last two years arent stellar either. The last time I checked he isnt returning kicks and punts either.

  7. kenlinkins - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    It is the time of year that GM’s must prove that they are good poker players. By now most GM’s have called on the players they would like to sign and have made offers to many at the price close to where they would fit into the teams plans. Agents are still trying to get teams interested in their guys and holding out hope they can get more money, but as any good negotiator will tell you, “after both side has stated their positions, the next guy to speak loses”. IMO this is why we are not hearing much out of Redskins Park right now. GM Allen is waiting on the other guy to speak first. It would not surprise me to see another guy the Redskins have targeted sign in the next few weeks and maybe even for less money then most would have figured. The guys listed above all fall into that slot or “would be nice at the right price”. SO, for the next few weeks, let’s see if GM Allen can turn a weak hand into a winner.

  8. rg3ov8 - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Dorial Green Beckham in the 2nd round out of Missouri, he would be our tallest draftee at the position since Westbrook.

  9. timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 25, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Are you kidding me??? You couldn’t come up with a better list of potential Free Agent signings? All but the Center are washed up and not even worth a look….. What’s wrong with, Michael Huff, Ernie Sims, Kerry Rhodes, Ryan Harris, Jacoby Ford? Atleast these players have something left in the tank

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      I did look at them. Decided that others were better fits. You are welcome to start your own blog if you are all-knowing.

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  10. ray - Mar 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    WR pool in draft is deep, if kelvin benjamin available pickm,other big receivers allen robinson,martivus bryant.

    • kenlinkins - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      I have read where both Benjamin and Robinson have dropped on most teams draft charts, but that Bryant has held the same spot of the 3rd round. Of the top 25 WR’s in this year class, 10 are 6’2″ or taller, so getting that tall WR that people say coach Gruden likes can be done. It will be very interesting when the Redskins have to pick and there is still a few quality WR’s and CB’s still there. I vote for the DB to be picked but would not be disappointed with a 6’3″ WR!

  11. redskinscaio - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I’d love to have Winston on a one year deal to compete with Polumbus.

  12. Michael - Mar 25, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Please get a WR, 6″2″ or bigger. A bigbig target with good hands. RedskinsNation can’t remember the last time we had a big reliable reciever other than TE J. Reed. I want to be the beast who won the east. Philly aint ready for what our D has in store 4 that azz.
    #Redskins4Life#HiHttrs#

  13. Mike - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:23 PM

    Hopefully Kelvin Benjamin slips out the first round and we can grab him, or draft Austin Sefarian-Jenkins from University of Washington. Both are going to be dynamic players in this league, and if we can get one we’ll have a helluva receiving corps. Either one in red zone situations is an absolute dream! Both are tall and have great hands.

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