With the start of free agency less than a week away, I will take a look at some prospects who would fit nicely on the Redskins, and shouldn't break the bank.
Chris Ivory(NYJ) - 6'0" 222 Age - 27: It doesn't look like the Redskins will bring back Alfred Morris, so a replacement will be needed. Ivory will play second fiddle on the free agent market to Doug Martin and Lamar Miller, so his price tag shouldn't be too high. He offers good size, excellent blocking ability, deceptive speed, and he has far less wear on the tires than some of the other backs in this class. He fits perfectly in a power running scheme.
Mohamed Sanu(Cin) - 6'2" 210 Age - 26: From an age, size and schematic view, Sanu fits the bill. The Redskins are old and small at receiver. Although his counterpart in Cincinnati, Marvin Jones, may get more attention on the free agent market, Sanu may make the most sense for the Redskins. He knows this offense, is versatile as to where he can line up on the field, and shouldn't be a big hit to the cap. Cutting Andre Roberts, and adding Sanu, would make a lot of sense....although so would cutting Garcon and adding Marvin Jones.
Rueben Randle(NYG) - 6'4" 205 Age - 24: Randle has the size and skills, but they have never translated to big-time production. His best season in NY was 2014, where he caught 71 passes for 938 yards and 3 touchdowns. He did have 8 touchdowns last season, so the ability is there. At 24, he's just entering his prime.
Stefen Wisniewski(Jax) - 6'3" 307 Age - 26: Wisniewski comes from NFL bloodlines, as his father Leo was a defensive linemen for the Colts, and his uncle Steven was a Pro Bowl guard for the Raiders. The Redskins spoke with him last offseason, but like many teams, may have been scared off by a lingering shoulder injury. Despite this, he started all 16 games for Jacksonville, and has a total of 77 starts in 80 regular season games over his 5 year career. He would be a immediate upgrade at center.
Ben Jones(Hou) - 6'2" 304 Age - 26: Jones was a 4th round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Georgia. He has started all 16 games the last two seasons for the Texans, and has turned into a really good center. He probably won't break the bank, as there are some more high profile offensive linemen available, but he'd be a solid pickup, and immediate upgrade at center for the Redskins.
Malik Jackson(Den) - 6'5" 293 Age - 26: Denver can't keep everyone, although I bet they'd like to. Jackson would be a 3-4 DE for the Redskins, and at just 26 years old, should be able to provide some sustained production for the defense. He may be pursued by some teams after a season that saw him record 45 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries, but I believe his market will be limited to teams who run a 3-4 base defense because of his height and length.
Nick Fairley(LA) - 6'4" 308 Age - 28: Fairley was the 13th overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, but hasn't lived up to that selection. He did show some flashes in Detroit in his second and third seasons, recording 5.5 and 6 sacks respectively. He did not play well for the Rams last season, totaling just 29 tackles and a half sack over 15 games, despite a one year deal worth $5 million. Teams will not be willing to throw a ton of money at the 28 year old after a down season. He could play as a 3 or 5 technique in the Redskins one-gap 3-4 defense.
Ian Williams(SF) - 6'1" 305 Age - 26: Williams has played the NT position in San Fran, and although he's not flashy, he gets the job done. He had a breakout season in 2015, totaling 65 combined tackles, 1 sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery over 16 starts. He can play the 1 or 3 technique, and would benefit most in a one-gap system like the Redskins use, where he can attack up-field.
Damon Harrison(Jets) - 6'4" 350 Age - 27: With Terrance Knighton's future with the Redskins up in the air, Scot McCloughan may choose to go with a young run-stuffer to plug the middle of the defense. The Jets just gave Muhammad Wilkerson the non-exclusive franchise tag, so it's hard to believe they would make a substantial offer to keep Harrison in the fold. His two-down potential may limit his market a bit.
Danny Trevathan(Den) - 6'1" 240 Age - 25: Similar to Malik Jackson, Denver simply cannot keep every player on its outstanding defense. The Broncos would like to bring him back, but he may get more money on the open market. This would be a smart move for the Redskins, as Trevathan could be the leader of this defense for the next 4-5 years.