Washington Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan previously explained that his group of talent evaluators will take a look at every player that hits the waiver wire. With the annual cut to 53, approximately seven hundred (700!!) players are on the waiver wire. Those cut Saturday can be claimed up until noon on Sunday.
Breaking Burgundy takes a look at the five most notable talents that might be of interest to Washington.
The Ravens releasing the veteran running back was somewhat of a surprise, but it was clear that Baltimore did not have the roster spots to keep four. Apparently neither did the Redskins. The 30-year old back has carved out a niche in the NFL for his change-of-pace capabilities and had a second wind in 2014 with a whopping 1,529 scrimmage yards as well as eight touchdowns. With Washington having little experience in the backfield (32 games) plus long and short term injury concerns with Matt Jones and Chris Thompson, signing a talent with 113 NFL games under his belt may be worthwhile.
Similar to Forsett, Hillman can offer a versatile element, but is less appealing because he was simply beat out in Denver this offseason. Hillman is just 24 years-old and is coming off a solid season of 974 scrimmage yards and seven touchdowns. Despite his youth, he has already played in 48 NFL games over four seasons. Should Thompson miss time or the Redskins simply want more experience, Hillman could get a call.
Green Bay may be opting for the youth movement, but the Redskins are simply looking for the best player to plug in next to Trent Williams at left guard. At 30-years old, Sitton is older than lShawn Lauvao and Spencer Long, which rules out his possibility as a long-term solution, but the former fourth-round pick is still a stud. The Central Florida product has been to the Pro Bowl three of the last four seasons and would instantly boost the Redskins running game. Washington has enough under the salary cap to figure something out if interested.
The former Vikings center was cut Tuesday. If healthy, Sullivan, 31 could fill a large hole in the middle of Washington's offensive line. The failed trade for Bryan Stork, pay cut for Kory Lichtensteiger, and roster spot for second-year player Austin Reiter all suggest a lack of confidence in the center options. Sullivan's down side? He missed all of 2015 following multiple back surgeries. Sullivan battled for the starting job in camp, but his hefty contract was sent packing. Perhaps he could serve as a one-year plug until the center of the future is drafted in 2017.
The injury to outside linebacker and pass rush extraordinaire Junior Galette created a significant hole in Washington's defensive outlook. Behind Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith, there is little in terms of pass rush in the Redskins front-seven. Trent Murphy is not a flashy player and Houston Bates is more of a special teams contributor. Enter Lawson. The 32-year old pass rusher has 24.5 career sacks. He was selected in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft when Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan worked in the 49ers front office. Lawson may be facing a suspension for off the field issues that could scare teams away.
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