A look at where the Redskins defense stands right now and what else they might need to do to fix their defense for next season.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Penn earlier this week. He has started 108 consecutive games dating from the 2007 season. He has spent the majority of his career at left tackle, but Washington has interest in acquiring him to play right tackle.
The Washington Redskins hosted free agent safety Ryan Clark on Thursday and continued negotiations with his representative Thursday evening and part of Friday, but have yet to reach an agreement on a deal. The safety continues to field interest from other teams, his agent, Joel Turner, said.
Kory Lichtensteiger-He is the favorite as of now. Gruden would prefer a bigger guard so Lichtensteiger could slide to center and newly acquired Shawn Lauvao will go into his guard spot.
Hatcher received a $9-million signing bonus and has $10.5 million guaranteed. There's no guaranteed money after the first year and with his base salary escalating by a considerable amount in the third year, the Redskins could cut him and he would count $4.5 million against the cap (unless they can spread it out over two years at $2.25 million per). It's hard to imagine Hatcher getting to that final season considering his cap hit would be hefty for a player who would be 35 entering the season. But if he's still playing well? Different story.
"My game was getting upfield and causing havoc," Hatcher, who signed his four-year, $27.5 million deal Friday, said in a conference call with local reporters. "Not just sitting back and reading blocks. I'm able to get up and disrupt and penetrate gaps. I took my game to another level. In a 3-4 a lot of guys sit back ... but they have great stuff for me, and I can get upfield and cause havoc like I've been doing."