The Washington Redskins are in the process of sorting out their own players, targets around the league and incoming prospects. Part of the calculus involves those already on the roster. Here's a look at the Redskins projected offensive depth chart, showing the current players, those likely back and missing pieces. The number of projected players for each position shown in parenthesis. Click here for the defense and special teams.
Cousins will be wearing Burgundy and Gold in 2016 after he signed his $19.953 million franchise tag, although a long-term contract can be negotiated before July 15. McCoy was inked to a long-term contract before the beginning of a short supply of quarterbacks free agency. Although the Redskins might have been able to get away with two quarterbacks throughout the season, McCloughan drafted Sudfeld in the sixth round and learn by sitting back and developing.
Running backs (3)
In the mix: Free agent running backs
On the outside: Darrel Young (free agent), Silas Redd
With Morris signing with archrival Dallas, Jones likely becomes the lead option, for now. It's also likely the Redskins add a veteran they can lean on in case Jones can't stop the fumbles or injuries. Thompson has accepted the one-year deal tendered and Washington will probably want to have an experienced back to complement their relatively young backfield. Spending a 7th round pick on the lightning quick is an interesting low-risk gamble.
Wide receivers (6)
On the outside: Andre Roberts
A lot has been made about the money that could be saved by cutting the likes of Jackson or Garcon. McCloughan does not need extravagant amounts of money to begin with so what is the point in losing an elite deep threat and gritty receiver willing to go across the middle on third down? Doctson was drafted in the first round likely as insurance for next year, but can also contribute right away. Roberts doesn't seem like there's a fit for him on the roster, which is why he's a possible cut once recovering from knee surgery late in the year.
Tight ends (4)
In the mix: Derek Carrier
On the outside: Marcel Jensen
Reed is not a free agent until next summer so clearly the breakout threat is staying put. Paul was praised by Gruden and the rest of the coaching staff before his ankle injury cost him the 2015 season. Carrier, acquired for a fifth-round pick before the start of the 2015 season, is another good bet for 2016. With the fullback position likely being eliminated and Carrier (ACL) likely starting the season on the PUP list, Paulsen was re-signed and Davis was brought in to round out a fourth tight rotation. The details of Davis' contract makes it likely that he will be the second biggest tight end target after Reed.
Moses went from training camp question mark to cementing his starting role at right tackle with Willams on the blindside. Compton could have come at little cost but is moving on after not being offered an official tender from the team according to CSN Mid-Atlantic. This makes Nsekhe, a mere $600,000 cap hit, a lock to return to back up either ends of the offensive line. It is common place to have four tackles on the active roster so Scot McCloughan could either select a tackle in the 2016 draft or find someone, like Nsekhe, as an undrafted free agent. Washington recently signed Booth and still have last year's UDFA Cofield on the team.
Locks: Brandon Scherff
Scherff is the only true lock, though it's possible all six make the final cut seeing as Washington didn't add a free agent or spend a draft pick. The center spot is where change is most likely to happen. Lichtensteiger, 30, might be wearing down. Until further notice, he retains the starting center position unless Long shift from left guard or competition comes via free agency or the draft. Although LeRibeus was ineffective at center last year, the Redskins re-signed the interior lineman to bring him back for 2016. Like Lichtensteiger, guar Lauvao has two more years left on his deal. He was fairly effective in the beginning of the year before a season ending ankle injury. With the continued development of Long and Kouandjio, the Redskins might part way with the former Cleveland Brown in order to save $8 million over the next two years.
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