Jay Gruden would take back the play calling duties. Those have belonged to Sean McVay the last two seasons. McVay departed to take the head coaching job with the Rams earlier this week.
It’s unlikely that the Redskins will bring in any the first three players on this list. But S Duron Harmon could catch the eye of Scot McCloughan. He was a third-round pick of the Patriots in 2013. Harmon has been a part-time player for New England; last year he played about half of the defensive snaps and had four starts. McCloughan will like the fact that he can also play some corner and the price point and age (turns 26 later this month) could make him a target to shore up the Redskins’ perpetually-depleted safety corps.
If the Chiefs don’t tag Berry they may decide to slap it on DT Dontari Poe, who can be absolutely dominant in the middle of the line. That move would cost them around $14 million. A long-term contract for Poe would be comparable to the six-year, $102.6 million deal that Fletcher Cox signed with the Eagles last year. Again, Poe’s age, 27 when training camp starts, and position need would make him attractive to the Redskins but his potential contract demands are likely to scare them away.
All scouts and NFL teams alike covet Linebackers who can play three downs in today’s pass-happy, up-tempo game. As Tight Ends have become more athletic, defenses have put an emphasis on having LBs that can cover them in obvious passing situations, so they don’t have to make constant substitutions based on the packages. Deone Bucannon in Arizona is a prime example of teams sticking smaller, more athletic players at the LB position with immense success. Other teams are also following suit – the Falcons & Redskins had similar success this season with rookies Deion Jones & Su’a Cravens. Cunningham fits the mold at just 230 pounds, and possesses the sideline-to-sideline speed and coverage capabilities which make him an intriguing prospect as a three-down player in the NFL.