NFL free agency officially opens this week. While the Redskins aren't expected to target high-priced talent, they need additions in several areas. Overall, money will be spent. Therefore, Breaking Burgundy turned to Insiders within Scout's NFL community for the scoop on various potential free agent options at areas of need for Washington.
Position: Nose tackle
Need: The Redskins allowed last year's starter Terrance Knighton to test free agency
Player: B.J. Raji
Former team: Green Bay Packers
Age for 2016 season: 30
Insider: Bill Huber, Packer Report
After settling for back-to-back one-year contracts because of subpar performance (2013) and injury (2014), Raji had 34 tackles (12 solos), two tackles for losses and two passes defensed in 15 games in 2015. Working against him in his quest for something longer than a one- or two-year deal, his half-sack vs. Chicago in Week 1 was his first sack since the 2011 season. He didn’t get so much as a quarterback hit the rest of the season, according to the coaches’ film review. Working in his favor, opponents averaged 0.49 yards less per carry with Raji on the field. He's just not a three-down player, which is going to hurt his market.
Take: Raji's profile reminds one of Knighton's, particulary the not a three-down player part. That might not sit well with the Redskins brass, but that's also not a bad fallback position if the prices become too rich on the top tier options. Washington's run defense labored at times last season. If Raji's work in that area impresses the Redskins enough to overlook his limited help on passing downs, then perhaps we'll see if both sides can determine if the price is right.
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