Yes, it's only 2014 but the way the NFL salary cap works you have to look into the future when deciding who to sign and how much to pay them. You also acquire players one year with an eye on who might be leaving the next year. Here are the Redskins' top five free agents for 2015:
The addition of Hatcher, on paper, gives the Redskins' pass rush the significant boost it needed after a mediocre showing in 2013. Big Hatch produced his best season to date in 2013, notching 11 sacks on a dreadful Dallas defense and earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl. For comparison's sake, no Redskins' lineman had more than 2.5 sacks last season. In fact, the entire defensive line contributed only 5.5 sacks. That wasn't good enough. So GM Bruce Allen inked Hatcher to a four-year, $27.5 million contract that included $10.5 million in guarantees. But with a big contract come big expectations for the 6 foot-6, 299-pound tackle. Can he live up to them?
"He was a great teammate to me," Foles said. "We had a great relationship on and off the field. Everybody has other things going on, but to me, personally, I really enjoyed playing with him and I'm excited that he landed on his feet. He's a heck of a player. ... You wish them well. He landed on his feet and I know he's going to do well. He's a great player, he's been tremendous for me. But at the same time, we have to keep moving forward as an organization. But I do wish DeSean well. I had a blast playing with him."