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Forget about the obvious starters. Yes, it would be great to get Kirk signed to an appropriate long term contract; yes, Zach Brown is a priority free agent re-signing.
But a team isn’t just the starters. Championship teams rely on having great depth, and second tier players are often starting for the team in December, after injuries take their toll.
Re-signing key second-tier free agents is a huge part of the roster-design process; much more important than — say — signing future contracts.
The Redskins started off the new year the right way by signing Quinton Dunbar to a 3-year extension. With that done, which second-tier free agent should be the next to get a contract from the Redskins front office?
Should the front office let any of them ‘walk’ in free agency?
Which of these current Redskins, who will be free agents in 2018, should be the highest priority to re-sign to the team?
This poll is closed
Brandon Marshall (the one in Denver) trying to ‘tamper’ with Kirk
“I think [Elway]’s going to get a free agent quarterback. I think he’s going to go spend some money and fix the position, because it’s kind of a toss-up with these rookie quarterbacks. You never know. But the only thing about getting a free agent quarterback is some guys will have to go. I hope everybody gets to stay, but that’s just the business.”
Marshall even had a specific free agent quarterback in mind.
“I mean, there’s a couple guys out there,” Marshall said. “You know. We played against a guy in Week 16 that was pretty good. There’s a couple guys out there.”
That quarterback was Kirk Cousins of the Washington Redskins, who is set to be a free agent in March. Cousins passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns in that December game against the Broncos.
Sounds like Kirk made an impression on the AFC West linebacker.