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2014 Free Agency: 5 Day 2 Bargains the Redskins Should Target

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston: Fred Davis' career as a Redskin, and maybe his career altogether is unceremoniously over. Jordan Reed is the future, but the twins TE sets are becoming popular in the NFL. The Niles Paul experiment has not worked and while Logan Paulsen is an adept blocker, he is not a natural pass catcher.

Daniels was released by the Texans after an injury plagued 2013 season. However, Daniels has produced five, 700+ receiving yards season. He is an experienced TE that could serve as Reed's backup and push him as well. He would be a nice addition at a relatively cheap cost, with a contract similar to the one Brandon Meyers signed with the Bucs for 2 years, $4.25 million.

Major Wright, S, Chicago: The fifth year safety improved each of the four seasons he was with the Bears. He is young and fresh off a 100 tackle, 2 interception season. He has recorded 9 interceptions in the last 3 years with 3 TD returns. The Redskins are in the market for a safety but the price tags for Jairus Byrd, TJ Ward, and Donte Whitner were much too high. They missed out on Malcolm Jenkins and Mike Mitchell. Louis Delmas and Antoine Bethea have both signed up, and the crop of available quality safeties is drying up. Wright may not be a star, but he's a solid starter.

Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty are both free agents. Jose Gumbs was re-signed, but he's not a starter. Stevie Brown (Giants) and Louis Delmas (Dolphins) each signed one year contracts, gambling that a productive 2014 season will lead to a big payday next off-season. A year deal for $3-4 million, similar to Stevie Brown's, makes sense for a Redskins team looking for an upgrade over Gumbs.

Ryan Clark, S, Pittsburgh: The same reasoning as above. Yes, Clark is 34 years old and definitely not the future at safety for the Redskins. However, he is a very good stop gap and can serve as a great mentor to Gumbs and Bacarri Rambo. Clark played for the Redskins in 2004 and 2005, but the team foolishly opted to replace him with Adam Archuleta. That worked out well, right?!

Clark has played in Pittsburgh since 2006, so he knows the 3-4 defense extremely well. Despite his age, he has played in at least 15 games the past 5 seasons. He's a durable, smart veteran that makes sense to sign a contract similar to the 2 year, $6.3 M that Bernard Pollard signed with the Titans.

Kyle Cook, C, Cincinnati: Cook has started 66 games over 6 seasons with the Bengals, so he definitely knows Jay Gruden's offense well. Despite injury problems in 2012, he started all 16 games in 2013. He's upgrade over Will Montgomery and his experience and familiarity with Gruden's offense is a plus. The NFL traditionally doesn't pay centers much, and given that Dominic Raiola (Lions) and Robert Garza (Bears) both re-signed for one year, $1.5 million, the Redskins should be able to sign Cook for a similar offer.

Wesley Woodyard, MLB, Denver: In the last three seasons, Woodyard emerged as a very productive linebacker for the Broncos. He is a bit undersize, but is a good tackler and has pass rush ability. The Redskins are thin at linebacker. London Fletcher has retired. Bryan Kehl, Adrian Robinson, Darryl Tapp, and Robert Jackson are all free agents. Signing an experienced 3-4 linebacker under the age of 30 is a smart move for the defense. Signing Woodyard to a contract similar to Perry Riley's 3 year, $13 M is doable.

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