NFL free agency begins March 18th at 4pm...that is if COVID-19 doesn’t alter this date. Assuming all goes off as planned, the Redskins will enter this frenzy with roughly $63 million in cap space(more can be created if/when Trent Williams is traded), and some significant holes in the roster that desperately need to be filled.
It would be ideal if the majority of these holes could be filled via the NFL Draft, but with just one pick in the top 60, and with that pick likely going towards a position that is not a top need, the Redskins will be forced buy additional talent.
Below is my list of free agent targets likely to be available to the Redskins next week.
*If the new CBA is ratified in the next few days, this could limit the tags teams can use to just one.
Tight end is arguably the Redskins biggest free agent need. Not only would it be smart to add a versatile weapon in free agency, but the team should also use a third or fourth round pick to grab a developmental prospect.
Austin Hooper(25) - Falcons
Eric Ebron(27) - Colts
The departure of Josh Norman left a hole in the Redskins secondary(well, not really a bad thing). The Redskins need a solid option opposite Quinton Dunbar, who is having his own issues with the team over his current contract.
Byron Jones(27) - Cowboys
James Bradberry(27) - Panthers
Kendall Fuller(25) - Chiefs
The Redskins have had consistent issues with linebackers in coverage over what seems a decade or longer. The switch to a 4-3 base look may help a bit, but the team needs the right pieces for this look to be successful. The uncertainty around the health of Reuben Foster magnifies this issue.
Cory Littleton(26) - Rams
De’Vondre Campbell(26) - Falcons
Joe Schobert(26) - Browns
Alec Ogletree(28) - Giants(cut)
Blake Martinez(27) - Packers
The Redskins have struggled to find a competent free safety since the passing of the great Sean Taylor. Landon Collins had a very nice year at strong safety, but a true ball-hawking center fielder is needed. I don’t think Montae Nicholson is the answer.
Tre Boston(28) - Carolina
Anthony Harris(29) - Vikings
Damarious Randall(28) - Browns
A solid veteran receiver to pair with second year stud Terry McLaurin would be a blessing for young quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. This is not my top free agent need for the Redskins, but I would not be upset if they brought in a new option to keep defenses honest.
Amari Cooper(26) - Cowboys
Devin Funchess(26) - Panthers
Robby Anderson(27) - Jets
When the news broke that the Redskins were allowing Trent Williams to seek a trade, left tackle shot to the top of the Redskins offseason needs. Free agency, however, doesn’t boast a strong left tackle class. That being said, there is still a need here, as Morgan Moses has not been very good the past two years, and an upgrade on the right side could be beneficial.
Jack Conklin(26) - Titans
Germain Ifedi(26) - Seahawks
Cameron Fleming(27) - Cowboys
George Fant(28) - Seahawks
I am going to assume the Redskins retain both Brandon Scherff and Ereck Flowers, and come to an agreement on a one-year extension for Ryan Kerrigan. I will also assume the team is able to trade Trent Williams for a second round pick, and capture an extra $12 million in salary cap space.
In this fan exercise, I’m giving you $50 million to spend on your top FOUR free agents. Tell me who you choose, and the projected cap hit they will consume in 2020.