Jan 21, 2015, 5:22 AM EDT
Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 21, 99 days before the Washington Redskins go on the clock for the first round of the NFL draft.
Question of the day
We’re changing up the format of Need to Know for the offseason. Every day I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.
Today’s question is from Twitter:
I am going to go along with the premise of this question even though I don’t think that Scot McCloughan would do it. He and the Redskins are committed to building through the draft. Assuming that they are true to their word, any free agency activity this year in order to plug holes will be cheap, short-term variety. Veterans obtained in free agency will be considered short-term fixes until a draft pick is ready to play, not permanent solutions.
But if the Redskins do decide to get one pricey free agent (slim chance) and ask me for my advice (zero chance) I’d tell them to go after nose tackle Dan Williams of the Cardinals.
First, he fills a major need. I’ve been a defender of Barry Cofield at nose tackle for a long time but I think that at his age he needs to move outside and play end. Williams is 6-2, 330 and is built for the nose tackle position. And the position is tough to fill in the draft.
Also, he’s relatively young. He will be 28 before training camp starts, nearing middle age as a football player but not in the 30+ age group that McCloughan is very wary of. If you sign him to a five-year contract you can be reasonably sure he will finish it out, or at least four years of it.
Finally, he won’t break the bank. He doesn’t have huge sack numbers of the other “big play” stats that drive up salaries. Williams will get a solid payday, maybe in the $7 million per year range, perhaps more. (If it turns out to be a lot more I’ll withdraw my advice to sign him.)
There you go, Scot. My advice, take it or leave it.
—It’s been 24 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 235 days until they play another one.
—Days until: NFL Combine 29; NFL free agency starts 48; 2015 NFL Draft 99
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