Many believe this is the best football weekend of the season. Four games, eight teams and while the Redskins are no longer involved, that doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from this weekend’s action.
Scot McCloughan’s 2nd winter in charge of the Redskins is underway and before the draft, the Redskins will dabble in free agency.
I wouldn’t expect a lot of huge names or splashy signings, but as we did for Saturday’s games, here are some potential free-agent fits for the Redskins inSunday’s NFL playoff games.
Seattle Seahawks @ Carolina Panthers: 1 PM ET
For the Seahawks, Russell Okung is their top name free agent but I can’t imagine he’s going anywhere at 28 and the anchor of a suspect offensive line.
Bruce Irvin (77.7 -732 snaps per PFF) is an edge pass rusher but not really a fit with what the Redskins want to do.
I could see Jermaine Kearse (72.4 -789 snaps) being of interest to the Redskins especially if they let go of Pierre Garcon. Also J.R. Sweezy (50.1, 1030 snaps) is a young, veteran guard that could bolster the depth of the Redskins offensive line with Josh LeRibeus a free agent.
Remember, McCloughan knows the Seahawks personnel better than most because of his time in Seattle.
The Panthers are (15-1) for a reason. Sure, Cam Newton is a team MVP but this team gets it done on defense.
Josh Norman is a trash-talking stud (83.6 – 1,079 snaps) and could easily walk away with two picks in this game against Russell Wilson.
I wouldn’t imagine that the Panthers allow Norman to leave without giving him the franchise tag at the very minimum, but that will cost them a lot of cash.
Kyle Love (3 sacks) is the type of depth body (63.3 – 331 snaps) that Scot McCloughan could value. He’s not going to start anytime soon behind Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short.
Cortland Finnegan (71.8 – 218 snaps) has a sordid past but still might be able to add something at 32. He’s tough and physical which should appeal to the Skins.
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos – 4:30 PM ET
For the Steelers, OG Ramon Foster (83.6 – 1097 snaps) had a big year but is 30 and you have to question how big of a deal you can give. He’s probably Pittsburgh’s best offensive lineman.
Another guy I’ve always liked because of his versatility is Brandon Boykin. Another guy Chip Kelly gave up on for whatever reason he had, graded out pretty well (in his first year in the ‘Burgh. He’s only 26 and he’s only a nickel corner but he could help for depth purposes and on special teams.
Robert Golden (73.3 – 400 snaps) is a young backup safety that is a little banged up but could really help the Redskins on special teams and for depth purposes at a position that they need bodies in.
On the other side, the Broncos are going to be really interesting to watch.
Von Miller (91.8 – 860 snaps) is 27 years old but has had all sorts of issues off the field over the last few years. Perhaps he’s settled down, but who knows and how do you invest big money in that unknown?
Malik Jackson (86.1 – 851 snaps) is an interior defensive lineman who is having a monster year at the right time. There’s no way the Broncos can keep Jackson and Miller, especially considering they gave Derek Wolfe a nice new deal on Friday. Jackson is 26 and figures to be a hot item.
The Broncos have young linebackers Danny Trevathan (87.6 -759 snaps) and Brandon Marshall (85.4 – 942 snaps) are free agents but Marshall is a restricted free agent.
Oh and Brock Osweiler is a free agent as well, which adds to the drama of Peyton Manning’s future.