NFL's top 20 remaining free agents

A look at the top remaining options available in free agency and possible fits for the Redskins.

Day 5 of free agency is upon us, and much of the cream has been skimmed off the top of the free agency crop. The Redskins have stuck to their plan of fiscal responsibility and taking care of their own, betting on the draft to fortify their ranks. Still, plenty of holes remain, especially with the likes of Alfred Morris, Terrance Knighton and Dashon Goldson presumably moving on.

The Redskins have kept quiet thus far, but just because they don’t want to do any lavish spending does not mean they are opposed to going after a noteworthy player, provided he fits a need and can be attained at a reasonable price. With that in mind, here’s a look Pro Football Focus' top 20 remaining free agents as of Sunday.

4. Eric Weddle, S, Chargers

The Redskins need help at safety. Despite being 31 years old, Weddle is still playing at a high level, particularly in coverage. His age may make him less appealing to some teams, though possibly not so much with the Redskins. They could benefit from veteran leadership with Jason Hatcher, Darrel Young, Morris, Knighton, and Goldson on their way out.

9. Evan Mathis, G, Broncos

12. Nick Fairley, DT, Rams

Washington has a glaring need at defensive tackle, one that they will more than likely fill through the draft. It would be surprising to see them go after Fairley.

13. Donald Penn, OT, Raiders

14. Casey Hayward, CB, Packers

Cornerback is another position that Washington could use more depth at. Pro Football Focus ranks Hayward, who turns 27 in September, as free agency’s top slot corner.

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15. Kelvin Beachum, OT, Steelers

16. Reggie Nelson, S, Bengals

Like Weddle, Nelson, 32, is getting up there in years but is coming off one of his best seasons. He intercepted eight passes last season, which tied him for most in the league. 

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21. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Jets

32. Patrick Robinson, CB, Chargers

Robinson struggled with consistency during his first five seasons, all with the Saints. However, he allowed more than 30 receiving yards just once all of last season with the Chargers, according to Pro Football Focus.

33. Stefan Wisniewski, C, Jaguars

The Redskins want an upgrade from Kory Lichtensteiger to start at center. It’s unclear how much of an upgrade Wisniewski would be, but Washington did express interest in him last season before he signed with the Jaguars.

34. Akiem Hicks, DT, Patriots

35. Husain Abdullah, S, Chiefs

36. Walter Thurmond, S, Eagles

Thurmond switched from corner to safety with the Eagles last season. Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan values versatility, and Thurmond has it. Then again, the 28-year-old is rumored to be considering retirement.

37. Leon Hall, CB, Bengals

Hall, 31, has been solid his entire career, but questions about how many good seasons he has left still linger.

40. Greg Hardy, DE, Cowboys

41. Brandon Boykin, CB, Steelers

42. Russell Okung, OT, Seahawks

45. Manuel Ramirez, G/C, Lions

Despite the Redskins’ need at center, they likely aren’t looking to get any older than the 30-year-old Lichtensteiger. Ramirez is 33.

47. Terrance Knighton, NT, Redskins

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50. Andre Smith, OT, Bengals

Dan Roth is a freelance sportswriter and Breaking Burgundy contributor. Follow Dan on Twitter @danrothdc.

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