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Need to Know: Five possible Redskins free agent targets

Jan 19, 2016, 5:11 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 19, 36 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Question of the day

We’re flipping into offseason mode with Need to Know. At least a few days a week 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 comes from the Real Redskins Facebook page.


This is a tough question because it takes a few years to get a good feel for what a general manager likes to do in free agency and we only have one Scot McCloughan offseason to go on. In addition, the free agent pool today will be vastly different from the one that will exist on March 9, when free agency starts, as players get signed by their current teams and others who are under contract for 2016 become cap casualties.

But this is all in fun so let’s take a look at five potential targets:

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller—He won’t be 25 until OTAs start and he can be the dynamic back the Redskins are looking for. Miller has runs of 97 and 85 yards the last two years. Another plus is that he has had a fairly light workload in his career; in four seasons he has averaged 160 carries a year and never more than 216 in any one season.

Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse—At 6-1 he’s not a huge receiver but he would add some needed size to the Redskins’ receiving corps. He can get it done in the red zone; he has five red zone touchdown receptions in the last three years, more than any Redskin not named Reed or Garçon. McCloughan is familiar with him as he was with the Seahawks when they signed Kearse as an undrafted free agent in 2012

Jaguars C Stefen Wisniewski—The former Raider signed a one-year “prove it” deal with the Jaguars. He didn’t miss a snap and was one of the Jags’ best offensive linemen. At the age of 27 he’s in line for a more substantial deal and the Redskins should take a hard look to see if they should offer him one.

Chargers S Eric Weddle—Yeah, I know, another aging safety. And this one is a long shot but I think the Redskins will keep their eye on him. Incumbent safety Dashon Goldson is slated to make $8 million in 2016 and I don’t think that the Redskins will pay him that. If he won’t renegotiate, the Redskins will need an alternative if they decide to move on from Goldson and that could be Weddle. At age 31 he would be a short-term solution but he would be a quality (two-time All-Pro, including 2014) stopgap.

Broncos ILB Danny Trevathan—If Mason Foster leaves, or even if he stays, Trevathan could be a good fit. He has the background in a winning organization that McCloughan likes and he’ll be 26 in a couple of months.


—The Redskins last played a game nine days ago. It will be about 236 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 36; NFL free agency starts 51; 2016 NFL draft 100

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  1. abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 5:45 AM

    I like the list, I’m not sure I’d pay for Miller though. I think he’s going to be expensive. I’d rather have Jones as the bell cow next year – getting around 20 touches a game or in some games more – and then draft a running back in the mid to late rounds that has the skill set of a Roy Helu or Gio Bernard like a Drake from Alamaba, Alex Collins from Arkansas, etc. Then, you bring back Chris Thompson who remains the major change of pace/scat and pass receiver out of the backfield. I’d like to see Chris Thompson’s role double next year. He averaged 5 touches a game last year between receiving and rushing, I’d like to see that go up to at least 10. He’s too dynamic of a player to not get him more touches. He averaged 6 yards a carry and nearly 7 yards a reception out of backfield.

    As for Jermaine Kearse, while I love him, I again think he’s going to be expensive. I’d much rather focus on one of two players from Cincy that Gruden is familiar with because he was in Cincy when they were drafted – Marvin Jones or Mohammed Sanu.

    Wisnewski, Weddle and Trevathan, sign me up! I agree that Goldson should be gone. Weddle can be a stop gap FS and we can draft a safety to develop behind him for a year or two. Then, we can move Hall back to corner making our entire secondary stronger. We definitely need to address corner besides re-signing Blackmon because Culliver is likely to miss some of next season. I believe he may start the season on the PUP, and return in October.

    If Hatcher retires – and I expect him to – I’d focus on defensive line also. I wouldn’t re-sign Knighton. While Knighton flashed at times, more often than not he was at the cusp of our run D problems. He was easily moved out of position and he was at least 20 pounds overweight which affected his form and leverage against centers and guards.

    The players I’d sign to replace each of the guys are both from the NY Jets. The Jets essentially replaced Wilkerson when they drafted Leonard Williams last year. I don’t see any way they will re-sign Wilkerson and keep 3 high priced DEs again on their roster. I see them drafting a pass rushing 3-4 OLB in round 1 or 2 and moving Sheldon Richardson back to his natural position of 3-4 DE.

    To replace Knighton, I’d sign Damon Harrison. The big immovable run stuffing NT of the jets. The jets have had one of the best run D’s in the NFL since they acquired Harrison and I’d love to sign him to a 3 year deal that is similar to what Baker & RJF are getting. A 3 year 9 or 10 million dollar contract.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 19, 2016 at 6:20 AM

      Good comments. Only thing I’ll say is that I’m not sure if Thompson is durable enough to increase his role a whole lot. I think they found a good balance for him last year and I’m not sure if he’d hold up under a consistently increased workload.

      • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 6:33 AM

        Yeah, not a lot, but he needs make touches than he got last year.

        I’ll also add that I do think Hatcher will retire and I’d rather replace Knighton. I’d focus on targeting Damon Harrison from the Jets to replace Harrison. I’m thinking Harrison will probably command a contract like Chris Baker got and RJF got from the redskins wich averages $3 million a year.

        To replace Hatcher, I’d consider signing Muhammad Wilkerson, but if the $ got too steep I’d just look for a second tier player and draft a DE. We do have RJF & Paea still, either one are capable of replacing Hatcher.

        • renhoekk2 - Jan 19, 2016 at 8:56 AM

          I’d rather they use their first rd pick on a DL in the first round to replace Hatcher. I think early 20’s is a good value spot for DL. There should be plenty to choose from at 21. Bama has a couple of stud DL coming out and one of them should be available at 21. Supposedly Scot likes players from the SEC. Knighton was fine as a NT. Run D problems had more to do with ILB play. Compton and Foster are serviceable ILB at best. They need to upgrade talent at that spot.

        • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:14 AM

          I’d be for taking a DE/NT in round 1 also, but I think they’ll consider signing a DL & NT if it’s possible.

          I don’t know about Knighton. Every time I watched he was getting easily pushed to the side as the running back went to the other side. He was easily sealed off by centers and guards for most of the season. He’s also way, way overweight. He gets gassed easily and it’s clear why no team wanted to offer him a long term contract last year. If he was more like Chris Baker’s size – 330 to 340 – he’d be much more active and a better player. I hate to say a player is lazy, but I think he’s got that reputation over the last 2/3 seasons.

        • bangkokben - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:15 AM

          I agree with replacing Knighton but Harrison is going to command equal money to Knighton – which is fine. He’s coming off making just under $3M this past season and his entering his prime. Pot Roast was the highest capped NT in the league last year and you and I both know that that isn’t value. It was a one-year prove it deal and if any thing it proved that that was too much to pay for. The question though is what will be available come March 9 and what kind of commitment does the team want to make? How committed are they to the 3-4? It seems in pass rushing situations they want to just use 4 down linemen and play nickle. Hardly disguising anything there. Harrison to me is a fine solution but one that will cost the same – which is fine if it is a three-year solution.

        • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:20 AM

          Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking as well. So maybe it’s a 3-year, $12 million deal.

          And you are right about the defense going to 4 DL & playing nickel many times through the game. I’d say a majority of the time we are in nickel defense and we were under Haslett also. The reason being that offenses throw so much now a days that it forces to be in a nickel defense a majority of the time.

        • Rich Tandler - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:25 AM

          I’d look at other options at NT. But the demand exceeds the supply, might have to had a second helping of Pot Roast and give him more incentives to drop a couple of dozen pounds.

        • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:26 AM

          Yeah, like 3 dozen! Lol and I’m not talking about eggs

        • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 19, 2016 at 10:43 AM

          “More carrots for Pot Roast.”

        • ET - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:52 PM

          Seems to me Pot Roast’s major issue is conditioning. If he can be, uh, incentivized properly with a salary that reflects this concern, I think he stays. Wilkerson would be a nice addition for sure, but how much will he cost? He won’t come cheap. Won’t be surprised if one of the first two picks is used on DL this year.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:29 PM

          I say it again and again… Galette will take over at OLB to provide us a much needed edge rusher. Move Preston Smith to DE. He is too good to play backup on any position. He came in as a rookie only about 15 pounds less than JJ Watt with similar overall size. Preston has both the power and speed to play that position and possibly switch inside at times similar to how Houston uses Watt.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:46 PM

          Wilkerson will be pricey and coming off an injury adds more risks. He may be a great acquisition in the long run but it may take time for him to return to form.

    • boysheadcoach - Jan 19, 2016 at 10:33 AM

      FA Safety’s I’d like them to kick the tires on because they are younger and would fix the safety issue for a while:

      George Iloka Cincinnati S, 26 yo and a 3 out of 4 star player with room to grow. Run Stop guy
      Tashaun Gipson Browns S, 26 yo same as above

      Don’t see much in the draft, the FA market has the best choices this year and a few fairly young guys on their way up. theses two guys would solve the S issue for a while until another great S is Draftable.

      • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:30 PM

        Iloka is a strong safety.

        Gipson is a great option, thanks for that.

    • Mr.moneylover - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:56 PM

      I Like the Mohammed sanu seem like a more logic choice but that’s if Cincinnati let him go why not get both redskins gonna have a lot of cap money they gonna be one of the teams that have the most cap money but I think focusing on that D-line is gonna be a must for Scot M. This Off-season the Online is gonna be better next year better then what people think …arie kouandjiou is set to push for playing time next year and takoby colfield…So I think when Scot m. Talk Jan.26 I think he gonna talk about setting the redskins up to take that next step witch is winning the division again but also win a playoff game

      • Mr.moneylover - Jan 19, 2016 at 1:02 PM

        We lost a lot of games simply because we couldn’t get to the QB…watch out for the guy name will Jefferson from Baylor he’s a good player but had little trouble off the field…he can get to the QB…I think scot m. Bringing in guys to fight for playing time not just settle for bein a backup…all I can say is starters better watch out they will get bumped out they starting role if they don’t improve this off-season

    • captblood3000 - Jan 19, 2016 at 1:03 PM

      I think Hall may not be fit to return to cornerback in another two years.

      • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:29 PM

        I don’t know. There’s nothing wrong with Hall. If it wasn’t for our inability to field a starting safety after Ihenacho dislocated his wrist, then Hall would have been our starting corner opposite Breeland all year after Culliver’s injury.

        • murphsman - Jan 19, 2016 at 3:10 PM

          I agree with captblood. There is one big problem with Hall – he’s 31. In 2 years he’ll be 33, and injuries are starting to take their toll. He’s been good(not great) for 10 years or whatever. But we need to work on a replacement. Breeland may be his replacement, but we need 2 young corners. Not sure if Culliver is the long term solution

        • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 3:15 PM

          We have Dunbar developing as well, who played pretty well for a rookie who was a converted WR leading up to the first game of the season.

          Also, Hall would be the nickel corner once Culliver returns, which could be week 1, but will definitely be before week 8.

          I think we’ll draft a mid to late round corner to develop. I like Will Likley from Maryland. We can get him in round 6 or 7, make him the 5th corner and punt returner while he develops into possibly a nickel corner within a few years.

      • goskins44 - Jan 19, 2016 at 7:57 PM

        If Hall continues with the Redskins it will be at Safety, not CB. He played S at least a good portion of the year this year. His years at CB are done.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM

          I agree! Hall is now a FS and I think it could add a few years to his career. Hall demonstrated some much needed hard hits with the little time he prepared and played the position. Give him a OTA and TC to get comfortable in his new role and he’ll be a solid safety on this defense.

    • Lex - Jan 19, 2016 at 1:44 PM

      I agree with everything you said except Weddle hes to old and too slow we shud go younger on the back end

      • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:27 PM

        I want to draft a FS prospect to groom behind him but there’s only 1 free safety in the draft who’s ready to start day 1 IMO.

    • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:22 PM

      Marvin Jones was be a great addition to Garcon and Jackson. I’m not sure we could keep all three happy but if anyone may be able to replace either, it could be him.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:22 PM

        well not was but he sure would be…

      • abanig - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:26 PM

        I’d cut Garcon because he isn’t as explosive as he once was and he isn’t great at high pointing or tracking balls in the air which has led to several ints by our Qbs over the past two seasons.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 2:50 PM

          It depends on if Garcon renegotiates his current contract as to whether the team release him. I still think Garcon brings a lot value on the offense. He’s a tough physical WR that provides good blocking for his position. Marvin Jones would be a great pickup regardless and has to speed to play the slot. Ideally I’d like for Jones to replace Grant.

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:32 AM

      Some of you guys really nailed these posts and didn’t allow me much to add.

      I agree Junior Gallette and Kerrigan should be monsters at OLB next year with Murphy as the backup and Preston as moth is way too good to leave on the bench.

      I also think we can run Jones and Thompson a bit more while finding value on a rookie later in the draft.

      Thank you Rich for addressing an potential solution for our middle linebacker problems. It’s my #1 concern for the team. I wouldn’t have even thought about signing Trevathan. Is there a decent chance Denver doesn’t bring him back?

      All I really have to add is look out for Andrew Billings to come in at NT or just play on the line (kind of like Baker did) until Knighton goes if we resign him. If he falls to us, I think he would be a steal at #21. I literally watched every snap he played this year. He’s one of the strongest kids in the NCAA (he broke Mark Henry’s Texas high school weight lifting record.) He puts double teams on skates all the time, which probably won’t happen in the NFL, but he can at least take the double teams on. He has a great motor, he’s a hard worker, good size,and had a great attitude. I know people don’t get crazy excited about Big12 defenders compared to SEC guys. But he’s the real deal. Just pay attention to him as the draft process continues and let me know what you think.

    • Justin - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:44 AM

      Im not sure Jones can handle the work load. Miller has proven he can. I would take miller wisenski kearse trevathan for sure… Kearse would be nice. He is a tough sure handed reciever. Maybe McCloughan can work his magic and sign him

    • Justin - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:50 AM

      Miller might not be as expensive as you might think. He never had that break out year. He had some really solid games and runs. But he played for a pass first miami team. He definitely has potential and is still young enough to prove it. Put him in redskins run first offense where they never give up on the run and he could be elite

  2. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    I like the Jaguars C Stefen Wisniewski concept.

    There aren’t many Center free agents available and he’s the best. I don’t know what to think of the college crop, none of them seems to be a sure thing.

  3. msz11 - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    If we want to get back to the playoffs and be a contender next year,we need to sign Wilkerson and Weddle,
    AND draft RB Henry from Alabama.Look what Gurley did with the Rams.Wiith this 3 players we will have mayor upgrades at 3 very important positions and fill other positions with cheap FA and draft picks.

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:45 AM

      I’m not completely sold that Henry is going to translate to the NFL. For every Tod Gurley there’s a college stud bust too. I don’t want to hold BAMA’s recent track record against Henry, but look at it. Mark Ingram: I don’t know if the Saints just refused to use him because they had so many other options or if he was a bust (considering his draft position) until basically the middle of last year. Either way, we need an immediate impact. Trent Richardson: complete bust. Eddie Lacey (or Edible Lacey): some people still believe in him but I consider him a bust. Mostly because of his draft position and the expectations on him coming in. He’s very inconsistent. He has stretches where he’s just awful then he will break out one or two games at the end of the year and keep people thinking that he finally hit his stride, only to be awful the next year again. TJ Yeldon: not awful but really not great either. I think we could do better.

      My point is that some players look good in BAMA’s system because, they’re Bama. Superior talent and coaching all around them. Also, not all good college players translate to the NFL. Bama running backs are also such workhorses that they have a lot of wear and tear by the time they hit the NFL. Just look at the already injury histories on those guys.

      There’s at least a couple guys in this draft probably better than Henry. But theres a chance we would have to pay too much for them (including Henry). It seems the NFL finally started taking RBs in the first two rounds again. So I don’t know. I would rather take a promising ILB, safety, or guy on either side of the line before a RB. This team probably needs more trench warriors than skilled guys at this point and there’s value at RB in the later rounds (even undrafted guys sometimes). Being able to either stop the run or blow open huge running lanes with your OLine may be more valuable than a stud RB at this point.

  4. msz11 - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    We need to get the run game going,we need a stud RB,we can not rely all the offense in Cousins.

  5. rcjur - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Redskins need to stay away from all of these players. GM needs to find the next star RB in draft similar traits to the guy in Pittsburg. I would sign back Knighton and tell him to lose some weight, go after Wilkerson and with first round pick and a monster athletic DT, and finally say goodbye to Golston. We need a dynamic RB and DT out of the draft and we could add that Safety from Seattle to go with Wilkerson as the only 2 FA signings, although I would tingle with a trade to get qb AJ Macaron. Macaron in tge long run will be a top qb and better than Cousins. A player that can take a team to a Super Bowl in time.

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:55 AM

      So you’re not sold on Cousons after a full good year but you’re all in on AJ after a couple decent games? Remember that’s he’s on an infinitely better team than Cousins is, and all they really asked him to do was not lose. It kind of blows my mind that people say this kind of stuff.

      Also, what safety from Seattle? Are you talking about Weddle, from San Diego? If not then who? Because they’re not getting rid of Cam Chancellor or Earl Thomas any time soon.

      And oh, just draft Leveon Bell and a monster athletic DT. I wonder why every GM in the league didn’t think of that? It’s so simple that they must have overlooked it.

      I’m also trying to figure out if you think Willerson is a safety, and you want him to replace Dashon Goldson? Or if you know he’s a defensive linemen and you’re talking about replacing Kendrick Golson? Either way, not really the same thing. Wilkerson and Golson are two different levels of players on two completely different pay scales and Wilkerson and Goldson don’t even semi play the same position.

      So really…. What are you talking about?

  6. berniebernard666 - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Here are some facts some of you don’t want to deal with: The Redskins have ZERO Pro Bowl players on their defense and they can’t stop the run or the pass.

    So, with that being the case, what kind of insanity make you think that Dashon Goldson should be coming back as a free safety? He cannot cover, which is why teams go up and down the field on the Defense. Eric Weddle is not optional to replace him….Weddle is a Mandatory replacement as FREE SAFETY.

    I know you guys are in love with Kerrigan and Baker…but neither can stop the run. Teams ran all over that side of the field. Although they each make occasional highlight plays, on the very next play they miss a tackle or overrun the play and the opponent gets a 12 yard gain. Its a problem and Seattle’s Brandon Mebane would be a better option as a run stuffing Defensive End. Mebane is a free agent from a SB squad and Scott M is familiar with him.

    Hatcher is gone for sure, Kedric Golston is remains “just a guy” as I have said for about 6-7 years now, and so both have to be replaced. But I say that every year and they continue to keep Golston.??? I don’t understand?

    The Skins have no Bobby Wagner or tackling machine at inside linebacker. Its another reason that teams run up and down the field on the Skins. I hope Scott M can pull a rabbit out of his hat and find a linebacker who doesn’t overrun plays and miss tackles. None of the current group is close to Pro Bowl caliber. None. Not close.

    Whoever thinks that Joe Barry is a good D.C. is playing with hallucinogenic drugs. His Prevent Defense does not work. Barry is stuck in some sort of glue mold with his 3 and 4 man pass rush concept. No matter what talent Scott M brings in, the Redskins defense will remain horrible and the Skins will not be capable of 9 wins until a new defensive Coordinator comes to the Redskins or unless injuries decimate the other teams like this year.

    • berniebernard666 - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:41 AM

      p.s. I would use Baker as NOSE TACKLE because he is only good when teams run right at him. He can’t go side to side which is why teams run around him. Dump Pot Roast who is also a statue.

      • weneedlinemen42 - Jan 19, 2016 at 11:20 AM

        Baker got 6-sacks last year is a better pass rusher than he is a run stopper. He’s big but his real strength is his burst off the line.

        He hasn’t got great lateral quickness, but his work ethic chasing down plays improved this year. By athleticism and instinct he’s a better fit for a 3-tech perpetrator than as run stuffing nose.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 4:03 PM

          You my man appear to have followed Baker for more than one season unlike the NT suggestion. Forcing Baker to work the nose is what held Baker back for years. It relegated him to being a backup because it was the wrong position Big Swaggie.

      • ET - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:56 PM

        Baker is adequate at nose tackle, but that’s simply not the best use of the man’s talent. Why settle for adequate?

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM

        Baker is average at best as NT. That has be clearly proven. He was at his best playing DE because he is very athletic for his size.

    • firesnyder - Jan 19, 2016 at 9:56 AM

      Ouch, pretty harsh comments on Joe Barry. I agree there needs to be significant improvement against the run, but this defense is 50 times better than it was with Haslett who over-blitzed even though the roster did not support that kind of aggression. I think Barry has suited the playing style more to the roster. Once we actually get some run stuffers, a solid safety, and another good cornerback I think you will see Barry be more aggressive. To sum it up, Barry has modified the defense to suit the mediocre talent we have on defense. He also got the defense to focus energy on turnovers which made the difference this year. His style will change as we add more talent.

      • bangkokben - Jan 19, 2016 at 10:42 AM

        Yes harsh comments on Barry and equally harsh comments on the lack of talent on the defense then bash the coordinator because he had nothing to work with. 666 is a tool.

        • firesnyder - Jan 19, 2016 at 10:58 AM

          bangkokben, besides Breeland, Baker, maybe Kerrigan, and Compton’s brain, where are we *really* strong on defense? I’m curious as to your thoughts.

        • bangkokben - Jan 19, 2016 at 5:02 PM

          I think we’re a bunch of average with a few overachievers. I also think it is stupid to blame the DC for any lack of aggression on his part considering the “talent.” I’ve been on record all off-season to the need to find one guy better than what we have in the secondary, the linebackers, and the line. Barry deserves a pat on the back not a kick in the butt.

          On the other hand, Keenan Robinson failed in this system. (He excelled when he didn’t have to take on blockers.) He had seemed to be a budding talent here. Perhaps signing with GB now that Matthews is moving back outside would revitalize his career. But when you change coaches, systems get changed and you either adapt or move on.

        • ET - Jan 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

          In my estimation, Barry (and the other defensive coaches) did a bang-up job with a pretty shallow, constantly changing pool of resources. I don’t get the Barry bashing.

        • bangkokben - Jan 19, 2016 at 4:39 PM

          Agreed. Perhaps, some thought Robinson should’ve become a pro-bowler, Breeland too, and Murphy should’ve joined Amerson on the Raiders? Who knows but those who are upset don’t seem to have a track record of reasonable expectations.

        • Trey Gregory - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:58 AM

          Lol, such a good point. “This team has no defensive talent.” Then. “The defensive coordinator is a bum because the defense sucked.” Wow.

    • babyteal1 - Jan 19, 2016 at 10:56 AM

      I agree with a lot that you said. We definitely need an inside linebacker…ours stink for the most part. These guys should be tackling machines filling the holes and stopping the run. Its just not happening. Yes to a new DE/DT.

    • John - Jan 19, 2016 at 11:04 AM

      Pretty harsh on Joe Barry, when you yourself said the defense lacks talent all around. A coachvshiuls not ask players to do things which they are not capable of doing.

      Early in the season, they played a prevent style until he could get comfortable with the players and how they operated to find the best working combinations. As the season wore on he started to mix in some exotic blitzes. Luckily he did not leave them open with that stupid zero blitz that Hazlett liked to employ. If you blitz, you have to get to the QB, especially the real good ones or they’ll carve you up like a roast.

      At this stage, the Skins don’t have a d lineman who can reek havoc. They need someone who can blow up offensive lineman. JJ Watt would be great but we’re not getting him anytime soon. They need a solid edge rusher to take pressure off of Kerrigan. The only rush guys they had were Baker, Kerrigan and Smith later in the year. Hatcher had moments but was running out of gas. They need safeties. Can the renegotiate Golston? They could use his leadership but both he and Hall are up in years for NFL players. At corner you have Breland and Culliver, when healthy and Blackmon and hopefully Jarrett, but it all starts up front. You can’t leave that group on an Island with the QB having time to pick them apart.

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 20, 2016 at 1:15 AM

      @Bernie: I don’t know why you came out swinging like that as if none of us knew Trent Williams was the only Washington player to make the pro bowl this year. A couple guys got screwed on that though. Like Kelce over Reed. It’s a popularity contest and Washington players don’t win those a lot. People kind of hate our team.

      But Ryan Kerrigan is a pro bowl talent. He has been to a pro bowl. Junior Galette is a pro bowl talent, even if he’s never been. He should be back next year and we will have one of the more respectable pairs of bookends in the league. Not the very best, but up there. Preston Smith is a budding star (rookie sack leader) who will hopefully get moved inside with Galette’s return. Say what you want about Chris Culliver, maybe not a pro bowler, but he’s better than a lot of teams have. Breeland is also a budding star who could end up a pro bowl talent sooner than later. I don’t know why you’re ripping on Baker after a breakout season. He needed a position change, it’s understandable. DHall has been to 3 pro bowls. Give him time to settle in at safety and we may just have something there. I probably shouldn’t mention that Goldson went to a pro bowl, as everyone seems to hate him right now. But don’t underestimate how much leadership matters to a young team during a rebuild. You don’t want to draft good talent only to waste it because your culture and locker room sucks. That’s happened too many times to this team; players suddenly emerge once they leave or start to suck when they arrive. Because the culture was garbage. Don’t throw the locker room leaders out before we have a real replacement and are ready to move on.

      Then we have a bunch of other guys. Some decent vets (like Francois) who won’t ever be the best but are good depth/rotation players. And some rookies that we don’t know about yet (like Kyshoen Jarrett and Dunbar). Guys who showed promise and might turn into something. Or someone like Trent Murphy who the last administration over drafted but is still a good backup at his position. It’s not all doom and gloom.

      If your point is that we don’t have a championship defense, then fine, you’re absolutely right. I couldn’t agree more about our inside linebackers. But we just finished year 1 of a rebuild man. No one is predicting that we’re going to the Super Bowl next year. Give the GM another year or two before you go off acting like we were supposed to be stacked by now.

  7. sam910z - Jan 19, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    Not even a Skins fan, but if you can get Kearse, that’s a steal. Dude’s a baller.

    • goback2rfk - Jan 19, 2016 at 5:15 PM

      “Not even a Skins fan” So you like to browse Skins fans blog just to see what they are talking about?

  8. austrianhttrfan - Jan 19, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Miller is not an option, I think he is to similar to Thompson, and although Thompson might not be durable, I think they won’t give a lot of money to a RB.

    That being said,Stefen Wisniewski fits the bill, I would go for him.

    We are very bad on defense, because we have no real talent there, so we need to find some guys there, and to play Barrys style we need D-Line, and some real good ones who can disturb the pocket. But we put a lot of money in FA already in there so I guess we will go there in the draft and will focus on other areas of the defense during FA.

  9. weneedlinemen42 - Jan 19, 2016 at 11:29 AM

    I was hoping we would make a mover for Wisnewski this year. Center is a position of need and if a proven one makes it to free agency I’d like us to make a decent effort to land him.

    I would be happy with any of the players listed here. They all make sense both themselves and as a representative of the position and type of players we should be looking at in free agency.

    The only thing I would say is that an HB sigining needs to be either one of the very best in the game, or signed on a very small contract. There are just too many proven HB veterans who can still play but can’t find roster births.

    Also, whilst I like the idea of signing Kearse, it would have to be part of a reduction in the overall CAP% spending on the position.

  10. timwillhide - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    The only one on this list that I agree with is the Center. That would fill a big need pretty well.
    I didn’t like Miller when he was at the U. He looks the part but seems to only produce once in a while and rarely when needed. I would rather go with a rookie.
    We do need a WR but I think we could get the same player or better in the Draft.
    Jarrett has the FS spot locked down and if he plays SS than Hall will fill the FS spot. Ithought Hall and Goldston should have flip flopped positions. I didn’t get why they were playing Hall at SS. You would think Goldson would be better in the box and Hall playing center field.
    I think we will be fine at ILB give the guys we have a second year and the run defense will tighten up.

    • timwillhide - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:31 PM

      I will say I would like to see them sign Williams since the Bills are going to release him to play DE

      • Mr.moneylover - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:41 PM

        That’s a stupid move he was bad all year and didn’t show no hustle…I think eagles DE Fletcher cox is a free agent this year I’ll target him instead he’s more disruptive

        • timwillhide - Jan 19, 2016 at 5:10 PM

          He didn’t feel he was used right and DE in a 3-4 contains blockers more than rushing that’s what the Linebackers do

  11. Mr.moneylover - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    I don’t agree with the Lamar miller pick he had a OK year he was benched at one point during the season…I think RB Chris irovy from the jets are a better choice…I don’t see the seahawks letting Jermaine kearse go but if they do I do see Scot M. Targeting him he’s another guy who can catch the deep ball and is good in open space

    • ET - Jan 19, 2016 at 1:34 PM

      Chris Ivory is a pretty darn good back, but I’m betting the Jets re-sign him unless some other team floats a huge offer. He’s 27, gifted, durable, knows their system, shouldn’t be too expensive. Why wouldn’t the Jets make every effort to keep him?

  12. David skins fan for life - Jan 19, 2016 at 12:53 PM

    A little skeptical at 1st but his improvement game after game says he’s worth it.

  13. Ronnie - Jan 19, 2016 at 1:31 PM

    Reading through the comments it seems like everyone pointed out how we have all these flaws and we are going to fix them by doing this and that. You must understand that the options he provided are ones that he thinks we’d pursue because of money. Yes we need a ILB, two Safeties, a RB, DL, OL, etc. But we won’t be able tk address all of those areas.

    Whether you like it or not Hall is going to be our FS barring injuries. He jumped into that position midseason and for what its worth he wasn’t that bad for someone who had no full offseason at the position. I think they definitely bring back Knighton because if you paid attention to his game it progressed the most during the second half of the season. Maybe it was because he was more in shape then maybe not. But one thing that Knight in said himself is that if you need a 2-3 sack and 30 tackles man I’m your guy. And he’s proved that this season in a new system with 1.5 sacks and like 28 tackles (might be wrong on tackles.) Knighton was never suppose to be a disruptive guy in the backfield he’s just suppose to take up double teams and allow the ILBs to make the tackles. Obviously with the injuries to that position we had ILB miss a lot of tackles. You can’t blame Knighton for all our run problems. He was apart of them at times, but I think the competitive nature between Knighton and Baker brings a friendly competitive atmosphere to locker room and a great veteran locker room presence. Looking at his game it doesn’t surprise me that his game improved more the second half of the season after we finally got some stability at ILB, Mason and Compton.

    Weddle is definitely out of our price range with safety being such a dire need these days. Plus I feel like he wants to get on a contender team or the biggest amount of $$$ which we are neither.

    At running back I feel as if thats a position they will address in the draft. I see them having Thompson back next year and he might have an increased role if he can stay healthy. I don’t really know any running back that pop out to where we’d want to pay any money for them when all of our running backs now are under contract for the league min or rookie contracts that are barely nothing.

    I think that we have a legitimate chance at Kerse though. He seems to fit the build with what Scot wants, but only problem is that we already have WR as one of our biggest cap hits. Unless they cut Roberts (I expect them too but I don’t work for the team so who knows) and pay Kerse Andre Roberts type money I don’t expect them to sign him. Only thing that may fuel this signing is that Pierre and Jackson are not under contract after next year so if they signed him to a 3-4 year deal they have a little more security for the future of the position.

    Rich I feel as if they will try to big in a another TE whether it he through the draft or free agency is unsure to me. I think draft since we already are paying Reed and Paul (who comes back from injury) so I don’t think they want to put much money into the postion, but they need a new blocking tight end. Any good options?

    • ET - Jan 19, 2016 at 5:39 PM

      “Whether you like it or not Hall is going to be our FS barring injuries.”

      How do you figure that?

      I like DHall just fine, and he did a passable job stepping into a safety role. But he’s aging, he’s slowing, he’s somewhat expensive, and he’s managed to pop both Achilles’ tendons recently, in addition to several other injuries. He may not even make the roster next season, let alone capture a starting safety role. Your prediction seems premature … at best.

      • bangkokben - Jan 19, 2016 at 5:46 PM

        One Achilles’ twice. Other than that, I’m on the same page.

      • Ronnie - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:24 AM

        Gruden has said himself that Hall did an incredible job for just being throw into the position during the season and knows he’ll only get better at the position after a full offseason under his belt. Gruden wouldn’t go out of his way to say that if he didn’t mean it. Plus Hall brings a never say never mentality, veteran leadership, and the ability to be direct the younger guys into position. You saw quite a lot the last part during the ending of the season. Hall definitely has a future at the position especially with no great options to replace him in the draft or during free agency.

  14. redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    I like Stefen Wisniewski the most among the list in the article. He looks and reads like a younger version of Lich. Both can play both guard and center and both rely more on quickness/smarts than strength/power. If there is a way to sign Stefen and keep Kory then that would be a nice upgrade not only at Center but it would add tremendous flexibility along the line. I doubt they’ll coexists on the same team since both are proven starters at Center.

    I’m not a huge fan of Lamar Miller as a every down back. He is a speed back that runs too upright and he lacks ideal strength needed for breaking tackles. If he came here as a situation back and a primary 3rd down threat then that’d would be great. However, he’ll want to be a full time starter somewhere so pass on him IMO.

    • goback2rfk - Jan 19, 2016 at 3:51 PM

      Ne need to pick up another back. Jones is going to get the nod. Thompson can come in on 3rd down. And Pierre Thomas could also be utilized.
      And Lamar Miller got me some serious fantasy points this year so I can not hate on him. He has speed and I like that. Morris runs like he has stone shoes.

      • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 19, 2016 at 3:57 PM

        I tend to agree about the running backs. The biggest concern you have with keeping Jones, Thompson, and Thomas are that all pose injury risks. Morris is the most durable. So if you cut loose Morris then I think we’d need another Running Back to consider that comes with more durability. A shifty running back would be nice to have was well. We don’t really have one that has a lot of wiggle in open field.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Jan 19, 2016 at 6:21 PM

        The only RB I’d use a high pick on is Ezekiel Elliott.

        That would have to be our 1st round pick, obviously, and would thus be controversial in this NFL day and age of the RB position.

        But if McGlue wants to do it, I’m not gonna doubt it.

        • redskinsnameisheretostay - Jan 20, 2016 at 9:59 AM

          Ezekiel Elliott would be a very exciting pick at #21 but something tells me he will be picked earlier than what many have him currently projected in the draft. His upside is just too good even if he needs work in many areas. He’ll still be a player you can put on the field almost day one simply because of his big play ability.

  15. murphsman - Jan 19, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Sorry Rich i must’ve missed the answer, but what’s up with Pierre Thomas? Is he just on a one year vet minimum salary?

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 19, 2016 at 4:36 PM

      Yes. I don’t think he’ll be back but it’s a possibility.

      • murphsman - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:22 PM


  16. James - Jan 20, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    I do feel that our new gm has the right idea by building thru the draft. On the offensive line I believe we need a center and a left guard. On the defensive side I would like for them to really concentrate on the middle linebacker spot…I like Compton but I do believe we need more speed at that position. I like the move of hall going to safety but we need another corner and safety. And please keep Pierre Thomas.

  17. Justin - Jan 20, 2016 at 3:41 AM

    I really like the Miller idea. He would make offense even more dangerous. Maybe calahans line could make him next murry. But redskins would have him for 4 to 5 years depending on deal.

  18. Edward Reimer - Jan 23, 2016 at 10:33 PM

    Redskins don’t need ss Eric weddle . they need Eric Berry from chiefs

    • Trey Gregory - Jan 24, 2016 at 4:24 PM

      The thing is that Eric Weddle is a virtual lock to hit the FA market. Berry, I don’t see why the Chiefs wouldn’t try to retain his services. The Berry just went through a horrible ordeal with cancer, the KC community and team supported him, there’s some reasons to think he would want to stay. Not to mention he would be leaving a pretty good deal with a great defense to go on a team barely in the middle of a rebuild.

      I’ve just heard a lot of “the Redskins should get this big name free agent,” recently and I can’t figure out why some of you guys think they will even be available in the first place. As in, why their current teams wouldn’t do everything they can to sign them. Or, if they do hit the market, why McCloughan would break his tendencies and make splashy FA signings.

      We have at least two huge free agents (meaning their contracts) of our own that we have to sign. Cousins and Galette. Those two contracts alone will probably take up a majority of available space. Then we have to make a decesion on Knighton, who won’t be cheap if he’s resigned, or Knighton’s replacement. Any viable replacement for Knighton probably won’t be cheap either, unless we downgrade. Then we have to look at what we’re going to do at center. Those are all contracts we HAVE to reconcile. We can’t just hope someone steps up at NT or center, we need a plan there.

      After that’s all said and done we probably should look at adding depth to corner and ILB. What money do you see left that we will be able to go out and sign a guy like Eric Berry? Archives

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