The Redskins need a major re-building effort heading into 2014. The free agent period will be instrumental in setting the tone for the offseason. Spending should be done wisely, and needs to take into account any future repercussions.
I have outlined four major areas of need for this team in free agency based on projected value at the position both in the open market, and with potential draft targets. My targets are, Right Tackle, Middle Linebacker, Safety and Defensive Tackle/Defensive End.
Offensive Tackle - I would prefer to stay away from the draft at this position, and go after a young proven veteran who can step in immediately, and play at a high level for the next 4-5 seasons. Free agency offers a nice mix of youth and talent, and the Redskins would be wise to spend a little money on one of the following prospects.
Rodger Saffold(Rams) - 6-5 332 age 25
Jared Veldheer(Raiders) - 6-8 321 age 26
Geoff Schwartz(Chiefs) - 6-6 340 age 27
Michael Oher(Ravens) - 6-4 315 age 27
Marshall Newhouse(Packers) - 6-4 319 age 25
Middle Linebacker - I feel re-signing Perry Riley is a top priority this offseason. Second is finding a replacement for London Fletcher. Outside of C.J. Mosley(who should go in the first round), I don't feel that there is much high-end talent that could be had in the draft, who could step in and contribute at a high level. I do feel free agency has a few very intriguing prospects who would help this team immediately. I would love for the Redskins to make a move on one of the following four.
Donald Butler(Chargers) - 6-1 242 age 25
Pat Angerer(Colts) - 6-0 236 age 26
Joe Mays(Texans) - 5-11 244 age 28
Brandon Spikes(Patriots) - 6-2 255 age 26
Safety - The Redskins safety play has been poor for the last few years. Injury, suspensions and poor play have all attributed to the struggles. Finding a plug-and-play guy at safety would be a huge coup. I believe Philip Thomas can come back from injury and be a solid contributor, but the Redskins need to find a veteran to play next to him.
Jairus Byrd(Buffalo) - 5-10 203 age 27
Malcolm Jenkins(Saints) - 6-0 204 age 26
Major Wright(Bears) - 5-11 204 age 25
Taylor Mays(Bengals) - 6-3 220 age 25
Defensive Tackle - So much with this position hinges on any defensive scheme changes the offseason may bring. Still, a few guys in the 2014 free agent class are scheme-diverse. The following players would be great targets, and could allow the Redskins to move away from the oft injured Carriker and Bowen.
Linval Joseph(Giants) - 6-4 323 age 25
Cam Thomas(Chargers) - 6-2 294 age 27
Vance Walker(Raiders) - 6-2 305 age 26
Sen'Derrick Marks(Jags) - 6-2 294 age 26
My top 4 free agent signings for the Redskins this offseason:
1) Rodger Saffold - 5 years/23 million, 18 million guaranteed
2) Donald Butler - 4 years/16 million, 10 million guaranteed
3) Linval Joseph - 4 years/15 million, 10 million guaranteed
4) Malcolm Jenkins - 3 years/15 million, 11 million guaranteed