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Need to Know: Are the Redskins done in free agency?

Mar 14, 2016, 4:53 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 14, 45 days before the NFL Draft.

Are the Redskins done in free agency?

—Will the Redskins sign any more free agents this week? Or do they intend to go into the draft with what they have? I don’t think that they are done. In fact, I heard that there may be a signing this week, although I can’t confirm. But I see Scot McCloughan and the Redskins doing a near imitation of Ted Thompson and the Packers and staying away from free agent activity for the most part.

—Yes, there are still some needs. I can’t see them starting the season with DeAngelo Hall, Duke Ihenacho, and Kyshoen Jarrett at safety. If the whole draft is a crap shoot then landing a quality safety who can contribute right away is a Mega Millions kind of shot. They cashed that ticket with Jarrett last year and they can’t count on getting another one. They could benefit from upgrade at center. Another defensive line pickup is a possibility.

—McCloughan may wait a couple of months if he wants to do some free agent bargain hunting. Starting in mid May, players signed as free agents do not count against the compensatory picks the team can acquire in 2017. It doesn’t look like they are in line for a treasure trove of picks anyway as none of the free agents the Redskins lose will command a high draft pick. But if they lose a few and can massage it so that they can maybe pick up a fifth and a seventh, hey, those are a couple of picks that McCloughan can find players with.

—If you think that May is too late for the Redskins to find a quality free agent, just think back to last year. Two of their best free agent signings last year didn’t come until September. The defense was shaky as it was but it would have been worse without Will Blackmon and Mason Foster. They helped the Redskins survive the rash of injuries that hit at linebacker and cornerback. Foster will be back and while there apparently is competition for Blackmon’s services the chances of him returning look pretty good.

—I am going to expand on this in an article sometime in the next couple of weeks but I think that the Redskins defensive is not going to be a whole lot better this year than it was last year. They are going to have to win games with Cousins throwing the Jackson, Garçon, and Reed and, they hope, with a better rushing attack. They will draft a couple of defensive linemen and a couple of defensive backs and go through some growing pains. The unit will be competitive and improve as the year goes on but there will be plenty of growing pains.


—The Redskins last played a game 64 days ago. It will be about 181 days until they play another one.

Days until: Redskins offseason workouts start 35; 2016 NFL draft 45; Redskins training camp starts 136

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  1. colorofmyskinz - Mar 14, 2016 at 6:24 AM

    I don’t see the harm with taking the best available now with the positions you are deeply in need, if you have the cap – which we do. We know we need at least one safety and one at least one Dline at minimum before the draft. If we had $19.8 M, then we used $2.5 on Reyes, that leaves us with $17.3 M. If you need $5 M to sign your draft picks on average, then we have $12.3 M budgeted for FA. We should be able to afford $5 M for one of the top Dlines available right now. That would allow us about $7 M for a starting safety. Or maybe a middle of the road safety for $ 4 M, a corner for $ 3 M, and the Dline $5 M. We at least need 2 more possible starters before the draft at Dline, Safety, and Corner if they do not feel Weisenski is worth the swap vs Kory. I would think chasing after possible starters right now, vs. depth would be our best shot with our $12.3 M right now.

    • lezziemcdykerson - Mar 14, 2016 at 8:35 PM

      I understand your desired haste. I get it. Consider this things though, are any of the Safeties on the market right now a considerable step up from what we just let go? At the price you quoted might I add. Hard to get contributors for cheap in FA, which is why the MADTV guy tends to stay away from it, especially in years where there aren’t any real prizes on the market. Let’s also remember that our salary cap isn’t like a shotty benefits package where you use or lose your vacation time. 12.3M spent on free agents when you have half of your offense to sign next year is a Weddle reckless (HAAAAAA!) We had a great draft last year. Some of our recent draft picks are really showing promise. The draft picks that have shown promise also need to be tendered new offers, Reed and Cousins come to mind as the biggest ticket items in that category. I’ve said for some time now that I wanted the Skins to wait until after the draft to really get after it in FA. I’d rather us see our draft bounty first then see what holes we have left. Think Matt Flynn. MADTV guy is historically better in later rounds and this is a deep defensive draft *jigsaw voice* “Oh yes, there will be picks” we will be able to address our needs in the draft then find some competition/depth in FA. In short, we need upgrades not lateral acquisitions. Save money not old men from retirement.

  2. babyteal1 - Mar 14, 2016 at 7:15 AM

    Done???……..have they started?

    • colorofmyskinz - Mar 14, 2016 at 8:59 AM

      LOL agreed… At bare my minimum we need a safety in FA to replace Goldston. We have budget for 2-3 more starters.

  3. sidepull - Mar 14, 2016 at 7:35 AM

    Still like to see what Gallete could do for the Redskins.

    What is the plan at NT? Hicks gobbled up, Raji still out there or stay in house with Baker and maybe a Ziggy Hood and draft a NT?

    Safety ? Going w Hall? Jarrett? Bring Goldson back? Young guy like Rashad Johnson or old vets in Weddle or Nelson?

    Still need a C. Where is that coming from? Realignment with a conversion project? Stay pat? Go with the draft?

    You are so right about it looking like Green Bay around here. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 14, 2016 at 8:11 AM

      I’m guessing draft. Damon Harrison was mentioned as a possible f.a., but he signed with the Giants:

      Harrison’s contract is for five years and $46.25 million ($9.25 million per year) with $24 million in guaranteed money and $30 million over the first three years.

      And that is more than people thought he’d go for before this crazy f.a. season began.

  4. matt - Mar 14, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Will Blackmon wasn’t very good! He was getting torched!

    • Rich Tandler - Mar 14, 2016 at 9:21 AM

      This just in: NFL cornerbacks get beaten. The rules are set up so that they will. He is as good a low-cost solution as there is out there.

      • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 14, 2016 at 10:23 AM

        The Chargers signed Packers cornerback Casey Hayward to a 3-year deal worth $15.3M, $6.2 million guaranteed.

        That’s pretty cheap for him and he’s only 26. I wonder if we were interested?

        He was a 2nd round pick for the Pack in 2012, so I guess his signing would have affected our compensatory pick situation…

    • Trey Gregory - Mar 14, 2016 at 5:53 PM

      Dude, Blackmon is quality depth. He can play outside, in the slot, or even at safety. He adds a veteran presence and leadership in the locker room and he played okay for us last year. He wasn’t awful.

      @ifthethunder: There weren’t too many free agents I wanted us to target. I do believe in this patient approach. But Casey Hayward was one. Especially at that price. I think we missed an opportunity there.

      And I wasn’t hoping for Weddle at all. But after looking at that contract… Yeah I could live with that. Unless I read it wrong he got way less than what we were paying Goldson (4 years, 26 mil with 13 mil the first 2 years).

      Im perfectly happy with Culliver and Breeland as our starting corners, assuming Culliver is healthy. But I don’t feel good about our current safety depth chart. I hope they get one quality guy with the money we saved by cutting Goldson. If not I hope we can resign Goldson at a better price. I know people hate that idea. But it could be a good move depending on what our other options are

  5. Mr.moneylover - Mar 14, 2016 at 10:24 AM

    I don’t think they done…players got them on hold…junior Galette got the redskins on hold redskins made a offer but junior Galette want a one year deal worth 7 to 9 mill but got interest from other teams but somebody close to the situation said other teams offer around the same amount as the redskins so its still unclear if hes gonna except redskins contract offer…same with will blackmon

    • babyteal1 - Mar 14, 2016 at 11:22 AM

      Please state your sources because no one offered him 7-9 million there ace.

      • bangkokben - Mar 14, 2016 at 2:27 PM

        It has been reported by others, that Galette wants $7-9M for one year and the Redskins want him on a two-three year deal. Galette wants to a one-year deal to make more next year. He took a cheap deal last year because he was still collecting from the Saints.

        • babyteal1 - Mar 14, 2016 at 2:29 PM

          Who are the others??

        • bangkokben - Mar 14, 2016 at 2:53 PM

          Espn and the Washington Post

        • scottmccloughanfan - Mar 14, 2016 at 3:48 PM

          Well, let the POST and ESPN hire him then.

    • scottmccloughanfan - Mar 14, 2016 at 3:41 PM

      Well, add BLACKMON to the roster.

      One CB, 1 SS, and 1 FS to go.

      Can’t see GALETTE at the price posted here. Got to believe with his ‘show-me’ season wasted by injury, he will face another ‘show-me’ offer this upcoming. Particularly due to the nature of the injury.

      $7-9 mill. JUNIOR is wishing and hoping.

    • Trey Gregory - Mar 14, 2016 at 5:58 PM

      I don’t understand why so many people find it so unbelievable that Galette would ask for 7-9 mil. He was getting paid $12 mil a year in New Orleans. Maybe you guys don’t follow football much outside of D.C., but he is a top echelon OLB. He’s arguable better than Kerrigan. The dude isn’t going to play for pennies. His value tanked a little with the off field stuff but he knows he’s worth more than a vet min.

      I’ve been having this conversation all offseason. All these delusional people who think Galette owes us something and will play for nothing. Wake up. Last year was a very rare and special circumstance that isn’t likely to repeat. If you want that kind of talent, you have to pay for it.

      And plenty of sources have reported that 7-9 mil range. Just do a google search

  6. celeoinc - Mar 14, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    they don’t have much salary cap S for now, but they need to cut some players. Andre Roberts, Corey Licht. S Lavau, and they have to be careful with C Culliver situation. Plus none of our safeties are durable players and we have only 3. So far it looks like they are giving up on this season unless they feel confident that all the draft picks and rookie free agents will be a success. I love our GM, but like every smart person sometimes they can outsmart themselves and mess it up. I hope it is not the case here. We do not have a center and not enough safeties. As it is now there is no way they can draft the best available. There is no way!!!!

  7. scottmccloughanfan - Mar 14, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    High pick at the point of attack.

    Higher pick on the last line of defense or d-line whichever presents itself.

    Roll from there assuming no more significant FA pick-ups before the draft.

  8. scottmccloughanfan - Mar 14, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Finish the o-line rebuild:

    1 – LAUVEO returns as before.

    2 – LICHTENSTEIGER survives one more season.

    3 – TAKOBY COFIELD becomes the fourth tackle.

    4 – LONG and KOUNDJIO finally supplant LeRIBEUS.

    5 – Draft second on a center and a seventh on an OG? Who knows.

    6 – UFA replacement for COFIELD on the practice squad.

  9. Earl Carver - Mar 14, 2016 at 6:49 PM


    Is there anyone from the practice squad that could possibly move up to the 53 man roster? Safety or D-line help?… Quinton Dunbar really stepped it up nicely last year.. curious what a full off season does for his game this year… Archives

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