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.
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.
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
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