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. Check out our newest profile and the list of previous entries.
Position: 3-4 outside linebacker
Need: The Redskins have a strong pass-rushing tandem with Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, who surpassed Trent Murphy on the depth chart. Whether Junior Galette returns dictates whether another pass rusher is desired.
Player: Andre Branch
Former team: Jacksonville Jaguars
Age for 2016 season: 27
Insider: Charlie Bernstein, Jaguars Insider
After being a second-round pick, Andre Branch seemed to always be out of position in Jacksonville. He doesn't hold up well enough against the run to be a 4-3 defensive end and he doesn't have the quickness to line up with running backs out of the backfield. Most of Branch's sacks were of the coverage variety and he rarely beat even the worst offensive tackles. He's a solid locker room guy and will likely be better in a 3-4 scheme, but he can't be depended upon to be a starter for any NFL team.The Jaguars had one of the worst pass rushes in football and they have no interest in bringing him back. That speaks volumes.
Take: Ouch. All of this comes about because a report that the Redskins were set to meet with Branch Thursday. We'll see if this is real interest or kicking the tires in case Galette signs elsewhere or a game of chicken with Galette's new agent.
Free agent list:
- Defensive end Chris Long
- Nose tackle B.J. Raji
- Wide receiver Jermaine Kearse
- Running back Ronnie Hillman
- Cornerback Casey Hayward
- Safety Reggie Nelson
- Running back Bilal Powell
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