New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera walked into a dumpster fire when he agreed to take over as the head man in DC. How quickly he can extinguish that fire and begin rebuilding the tarnished image will define his legacy.
The Redskins currently hold the number two overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and with that selection, they are expected to take stud Ohio State EDGE Chase Young. The problem is, the team does not select again until the third round, and with so many holes on the current roster , Rivera and his staff will have to look to free agency to fill many of these if they want to be competitive in 2020...and beyond.
Below is a free agency plan that I feel is both realistic and financially responsible.
Right now, I’m going to assume we go off the number of $63 million in cap space.
Show Me the Money:
Trent Williams - 3 Years, $45M($10M Cap Hit 2020)
- Say what you want about how he handled 2019, but having Williams back is absolutely essential.
Ryan Kerrigan - 2 Years, $18M($9M Cap Hit 2020)
- Kerrigan takes a little less money and a more team-friendly cap hit in 2020 to finish his career as a Redskin.
Ereck Flowers - 3 years, $24M($6M Cap Hit 2020)
- This man deserves it!
*By giving extensions to Trent Williams and Ryan Kerrigan, the Redskins save $7M in 2020
$64M in 2020 Cap Space:
Tag - You’re It:
Brandon Scherff(Franchise Tag) - $16M
- Tagging Scherff may not be the ideal scenario, but it does two things: 1)It keeps the Pro Bowler from hitting free agency; and 2)It give the Redskins until June to work out a new, long-term deral.
$48M in Cap Space
One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure:
James Bradberry(27) CB(Panthers) 6’1” 212 - 3 years, $38M($9M Cap Hit 2020)
- Bradberry will come in and replace Josh Norman on the outside. He’s a good zone coverage corner, and Del Rio should use a lot of zone on the back end. This is a great scheme fit for Bradberry.
Eric Ebron(27) TE(Colts) 6’4” 253 - 2 years, $14M($5M Cap Hit 2020)
- Ebron never lived up to his first round draft status, but he’s still a viable receiving tight end who can create mismatches. He’ll be a good transition piece while the Redskins look for their tight end of the future.
De’Vondre Campbell(27) OLB(Falcons) 6’3” 235 - 3 years, $18M($5M Cap Hit 2020)
- Campbell is the perfect definition of the modern day WILL linebacker. He has excellent size, speed and can match up against tight ends in coverage.
Tre Boston(28) FS(Panthers) 6’1” 205 - 1 year, $3M($3M Cap Hit 2020)
- Boston will pair with former Panthers teammate James Bradberry to form a solid back end for coordinator Jack Del Rio.
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