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Need to Know: Five free agents who won’t become Redskins

Mar 4, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT

Suh-vs-Cowboys

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 4, six days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

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Here are five NFL free agents who won’t be playing for the Redskins in 2015.

DT Ndamukong Suh—Despite reports that the Redskins are “interested” in Suh, there is little chance that a contract that makes any sense at all for them could be worked out with Suh. He is likely to get a deal that averages some $17 million per year and the Redskins could buy a lot of help at a lot of positions with that money. That’s a move for a “we think we’re one player away” team like the Dolphins or a “we have money to burn” team like the Raiders. The Redskins are in neither one of those categories.

DE Greg Hardy—He’s only 27 and he had 15 sacks in 2013 and 11 the year before that. Let’s say for a minute that the Redskins were willing to take a chance on his recent troubles involving domestic violence charges and perhaps obtain the damaged goods at a reduced rate. But Hardy is strictly a 4-3 end and he is just not a scheme fit in the Redskins’ defense.

S Devin McCourty—He’s a perfect need fit and filling needs is that free agency is all about. But even if the Redskins are interested it seems very unlikely that he will get away from the Patriots. Bill Belichick would not have slapped the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski if he was not exceptionally confident that the Pats could get a deal done with McCourty.

G Mike Iupati—Although he fits the “big guy” description that Scot McCloughan likes that doesn’t mean that the Redskins’ GM will be willing to pay $6 to $7 million per year for a guard to gave up seven sacks last year.

WR Andre Johnson—He’s not a free agent yet but it looks like he will be soon. You can put him in the “no” column along with others who are well north of the age of 30. “We’re not going to have to go out to other organizations and bring in 32 and 33 year olds who have different plans,” McCloughan said at his introductory presser.

Timeline

—It’s been 66 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 193 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 6; Redskins offseason workouts start 47; 2015 NFL Draft 57

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  1. sidepull - Mar 4, 2015 at 7:29 AM

    Agree 100% sir. There is a clear line between needs and wants. We sure could utilize those players but its hard to justify paying that kind of money they will command with so many other needs. If the Skins are truly changing their way of doing business then we shouldn’t see any of these players in Redskin uniform. Build through the drat, Draft picks are gold now with the cost of some of these players.

  2. babyteal1 - Mar 4, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    Yes too Hardy…no to the rest

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 4, 2015 at 8:05 AM

      So you want the guy who is not a scheme fit and is not nearly good enough to change your scheme for? Vinny, is that you?

      > > >

      • alextwrs - Mar 4, 2015 at 12:05 PM

        Rich with all due respect, we gave good money to Hatcher when we knew his best days were as an end in a 4-3. Doesnt seem that crazy to give Hardy some due respect.
        On a side note we shouldnt change our system to a 4-3 based on one players talents, we should change back due to the inneffectiveness of it the last four years.

      • timwillhidetimwillhide - Mar 4, 2015 at 12:38 PM

        Damn near spit my coffee drink all over the place. Gotta hand it to ya that Vinny comment was pretty good.

        • skins1970 - Mar 4, 2015 at 12:44 PM

          LOL Vinny, is that you? I love it Rich.

      • manchild157 - Mar 4, 2015 at 12:43 PM

        That was excellent!

  3. shermanp79 - Mar 4, 2015 at 9:29 AM

    It all makes sense but I wouldn’t assume McCourty goes back to the Pats. I live in NE and all over the TV they are worried he won’t return. They are focused on Revis first. The Pats history is they don’t pay big money contracts. They do for great players. They did with Moss years ago. Most believe the Pats think McCourtey would be over paid. He doesn’t come up with many big plays. I think you think about signing a young S who can fix your cover problems. I think turnovers will come. It’s not like he had none. You can go cheaper and younger at SS. I give it some thought because he may very well be available. They should of fixed the problem last year but they just drafted two, well one is gone Had they been smarter with offseason signings they may of not had so many issues. If you can fix one spot permanently the money may be worth it. I imagine they are watching film on all the guys available. I would be fine if they feel one of those guys may be a better deal without too much drop-off. What if they can’t find a guy in the Draft until later, the guy needs time. They have to sign a FA S, we know little about those on the roster. With the mess last year with youth, they have to bring in experience, no matter which type of guy they sign.

    • bowlregard - Mar 4, 2015 at 11:47 AM

      Belicheck has surprised people with who he has been willing to let go of in the past.

  4. mr.moneylover19 - Mar 4, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    So if they dont go after these players..then who ?

  5. skins1970 - Mar 4, 2015 at 12:46 PM

    I like Iupati but I would rather have Bryan Bulaga he is better and younger then him.

  6. skins1970 - Mar 4, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Rich do you know if the Skins have any interest in NT Dan Williams of the Cardinals?

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 4, 2015 at 2:38 PM

      I’ve heard there is some interest but how serious it is is unclear. “Interest” is far from a signing or even a contract offer. Due diligence.

  7. ET - Mar 4, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    I look forward to not signing any of the FA options Rich listed. I’m hoping for competent-but-reasonable signings like S Gilchrist, NT Williams, G Clint Boling, etc. No need to break the bank on the Suhs of the world.

  8. bharris757 - Mar 4, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    I agree , greg hardy is not that bad of a choice all we need him to do is rush the passer and stop the run if Julius peppers can make the transition to GB 3-4 hardy can do it , orakpo played with his hand in the dirt at times from the OLB position if hardy needs to do that to feel comfortable he can too .. Him and Kerrigan would be a terror hardy is proven and young .. We could trade back in the draft for OL DL and DB help ahhh wishful thinking !!!

  9. abanig - Mar 5, 2015 at 5:40 PM

    I really think they should sign Suh and draft Danny Shelton. If they did, they’d have Hatcher, Shelton and Suh as their three down lineman. That would be awesome! No offensive line would stand a chance.

    I know he costs a lot, but he’s the type of player like Watt who’s worth it.

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