CSN Chicago reported that Washington was among the teams interested in defensive tackle Stephen Paea, along with Dallas and Arizona. Durability has been an issue for him, missing a combined nine games his first three seasons. But Paea was healthy in 2014 and produced six sacks, showing his power, and he turns 27 in May. Paea is considered a strong locker-room guy as well - and a good story; he didn't learn English until he was 16 after moving to the United States from Tonga.
John Keim: Yeah, that's about right. They'll almost definitely have two new starting safeties and the rest are in flux. Obviously, whoever they draft at No. 5 will be a starter -- as of now I'd anticipate a pass-rusher/outside linebacker. My guess is they'll pursue a nose tackle in free agency and likely a right tackle. Tom Compton is best as a backup, and there's no way Morgan Moses will be ready to start by the beginning of next season. Right guard is a trickier one. As of a few days ago there had been no communication with Chris Chester's side about a pay cut or restructure. But let's see what they do in free agency. It would be tough to replace Chester with Spencer Long and then pair him with a rookie right tackle. That's why I've always felt that spot would be best served with a veteran. I also wouldn't be stunned if they found a starter at another position (inside linebacker Perry Riley was not a unanimous choice to return last year, for example). Not saying that will happen, but it wouldn't surprise me. When you bring in a new coordinator, you bring in different connections, expectations, etc.
Good primer on what to expect on the market.
S Marcus Gilchrist—The Chargers picked Gilchrist out of Clemson three picks before the Bears took Paea. He fits the mold of the younger free agents that Scot McCloughan is likely to be looking to sign; Gilchrist won't be 27 until December. The Chargers made him their starter at strong safety in 2013 and he hasn't missed a game since. Like many strong safeties he is shaky in pass coverage and at 5-10, 193 he is not the larger sized safety that Scot McCloughan may be looking for.
There is another option, but he will be even more expensive. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting that Washington is among three teams interested in Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga. But the same report indicates that the 25-year-old's camp is seeking a deal worth between $7 million and $8 million and that there is a "good chance" that he will get it.
Updated with the latest cuts and signings