The Washington Redskins still have 12 unrestricted free agents from their 2016 roster set to hit the open market Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. It is unlikely that the team will be able to or want to retain each of the dozen so Breaking Burgundy looks into potential replacements.
When the first time you reach out to an impending free agent is three days before his contract expires, there is a reasonable chance he will not return. Should that be the case, replacing the gritty Garcon with a 6-foot-3 Britt who had a renaissance one thousand yard and five touchdown season would not be a terrible idea. Since the new calendar year, Britt has been on Washington's radar.
Stills will be looking to cash in after the completion of his rookie deal, but he will probably have a lower price tag than Jackson who is on the wrong side of 30. Stills has averaged 16.7 yards per catch in his career and is coming off a season best nine touchdowns after starting in all 16 games for the first time in his career.
Finishing in the bottom quarter of the NFL in rush yards allowed per game as well as having the fifth most rush yards allowed per attempt is not a pretty sight. If the team is hesitant about retaining Baker, then they should seek an upgrade in Poe who has been in the middle of the Chiefs strong front-seven for the past five years and give Washington a true nose tackle to lay around.
For nearly a decade, Washington has had question marks surrounding their safety position. Whitner was used as yet another veteran stopgap that did not pan out so it is time to move on with a younger player that can develop with the team. Enter Swearinger, 25, who is coming off a 64 tackle, eight passes defensed, and three interception season with the Arizona Cardinals.
Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland are likely the corners of the future, but with the current nature of the pass happy NFL a fifth defensive back is used often. Kendall Fuller showed growing pains in his rookie year so Washington could use a veteran corner on the team to provide more consistent play. Moore had 56 tackles, 13 passes defensed, and two interceptions in 13 games for the Saints last season.
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