The NFL free agency period begins on Wednesday March 14. However, ‘legal tampering’ begins today. So with free agency upon us, what should we expect from the Redskins?
The Redskins have several glaring needs. In no particular order, Washington has to address the middle of the defensive line, inside linebacker, wide receiver, running back, left guard, and corner back. Of course, they do not have to address all those needs via free agency, and likely do not have the ability to do it anyway. The Redskins have a little over $31 million to spend, once QB Alex Smith’s contract becomes legal on March 14, which is not the great, but does provide a little flexibility. They can also seek contract restructures with CB Josh Norman, OT Trent Williams, and LB Ryan Kerrigan, should they need additional space.
Redskins have two specific free agents of their own they are waiting on for decisions. First, Washington offered a contract extension to LB Zach Brown several weeks ago. They are waiting on Brown’s response. The fact they have not got it yet tells me that Brown plans to test the open market. Second, the Redskins apparently offered a late minute contract extension offer to Trent Murphy. I suspect Murphy won’t be in a rush to sign it given the fact he was one of the more attractive pass rushers on the market.
The Redskins could take a step today of boosting their defensive line as NY Jet DL Muhammad Wilkerson visits Washington today. If the Redskins land Wilkerson, he would join second year Jonathan Allen, surprise player Matt Ioannidis, and Anthony Lanier on the Redskins defensive interior. It could possibly also shift the Redskins draft strategy in the first round. Cowboys DE Benson Moyaowa is also scheduled to visit the Redskins. Washington is also expected to pursue options at wide receiver. The Redskins have been linked to WR Sammy Watkins, WR Allen Robinson, and WR Paul Richardson. The Redskins will most certainly make a run at a down field threat for Alex Smith.