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A look at what's left for the Redskins in free agency

A look at what's left for the Redskins in free agency

Most of the headline names are gone but there still is plenty of work for the Redskins to do in free agency. Here are some of their own free agents they may continue to try to re-sign.

ILB Zach Brown—Things have been very quiet on this front so either interest in him has been kept under wraps or his initial asking price is too high. The Redskins have made him an offer per Doug Williams.

OLB Junior Galette—It’s the same here as far as word of much interest. Galette has been vocal about his desire to get more playing time than he had in Washington last year. He played 37 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps in 2017 and that increased to closer to 50 percent in the latter part of the year. Getting a commitment to getting more than that could be part of the hangup.

ILB Will Compton—There hasn’t been much noise here either. Compton was a defensive captain two years ago and he can do a lot of things to help a team. He will be with a team, maybe the Redskins, maybe another one, within a week or two.

OL Tony Bergstrom—They liked his versatility and his ability to pick up things quickly when he came in during the wave of injuries that hit the offensive line last year. He’ll be 32 before the season starts and he’s not part of the future but they could bring him back to compete for a depth spot.

The Redskins are unlikely to pursue the following free agents who were on their roster last year: G Shawn Lauvao, WR Terrelle Pryor, S DeAngelo Hall, LB Chris Carter, DE Arthur Jones, NT Phil Taylor


How about outside free agents? Here are some possible Redskins targets who play need position that are on the PFT top 100 free agents list with rankings included.

13. DT Sheldon Richardson—The Redskins seem to be on the fringes of contenders for the services of Richardson, who can be dominant but who comes with some off-field baggage.

20. DL Dontari Poe—I’ve heard talk that the Redskins are in on the former Falcon and Chief, who took a one-year deal last year and hopes to get a solid long-term contract this time around going into his age 28 season.

26. DB Tyrann Mathieu—I’m a little confused by the low ranking here but, regardless, the Redskins could use his combination of skills in their secondary. They are long shots to land him and they likely would need to make a move to clear some cap room.

37. G Josh Sitton—With the departure of Spencer Long the Redskins have a hole at left guard. Sitton, going into his age 32 season, could be a stopgap there.

40. DL Bennie Logan—There was interest in him last year before he signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs. I haven’t heard talk of interest in him this year but I wouldn’t rule him out.

94. ILB Preston Brown—A solid alternative if Zach Brown decides to sign elsewhere. Zach doesn’t make many big plays but Preston makes even fewer. Preston is a solid, competent inside linebacker. The Redskins were reported to have interest, but we have heard no word at this point.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie—He is not on the PFT 100 list, but he is still in play after an extended visit to Redskins Park which included a physical. There is still a chance that this deal gets done if they can come together on the money.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—All-Redskins mock, fast-fading interest in Dez

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, April 21, five days before the 2018 NFL draft.  

The Redskins week that was

A look at some of the most popular posts and hottest topics of the week on Real Redskins and NBC Sports Washington

Should the Redskins pursue Dez Bryant? This topic was one like a meteor, very hot for a short period of time before it quickly faded out. It started to heat up as soon as the Cowboys cut Dez (about a month too late) and when it was reported that he wanted to play against Dallas twice a year it really picked up steam. But then people started to actually think and figured out that signing Bryant didn’t make much sense for the Redskins. Add to that the reports that the Redskins had no interest and would not look into signing Dez in the future and the Redskins fans quickly lost enthusiasm for the topic.

Seven-round Redskins mock draft—I think that most Redskins fans would be happy with this mock. Well, I’ll say some Redskins fans, most is a pretty strong word in this case. 

Is the draft pool deep enough for the Redskins to trade back? There is plenty of talk about the Redskins trading down in the first round to recoup the third-round pick they gave up in the Alex Smith trade. But they need to be careful. Many consider the draft to be top heavy and they may lose their chance to pick up an impact player if they trade back too far. The question then becomes one of quality vs. quantity. 

Three questions as offseason workouts get underway—There will be plenty more questions that we can ask about this team. But we don’t really know what to ask before the draft, particularly when it comes to the defensive line and running back. One the personnel settle into place we will know what we don’t know. 

Tweet of the week

On Chris Cooley’s thought that the Redskins might try to trade back and get Da’Ron Payne in the draft and the use the assets obtained to move up to get Derrius Guice. 

This is related to the questions about trading back. On paper it looks like a good idea, assuming the Redskins want Payne. We’re pretty sure they would like to have Guice but we haven’t heard as much about the Alabama defensive lineman. 

I had many reply that Guice won’t be there in the second round. It’s possible, perhaps even likely, but you just don’t know. There was zero chance that Jonathan Allen would be there at No. 17 last year, right? 

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter  @TandlerNBCS.


Days until:

—OTAs start (5/22) 31
—Training camp starts (7/26) 96
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 141

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Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

Redskins' schedule "rest disparity" is very fair in 2018

The NFL started taking into account a new factor when putting together its schedule this year. The concept is called rest disparity. It stems from a complaint made by the Giants last year. And, of course, when the Giants have a cold, the NFL sneezes and immediately does whatever it takes to cure the cold. 

Here is how Peter King laid it out this morning on the MMQB:

Last year, I heard the Giants were not pleased with their schedule because they felt they were too often playing teams more rested than they were. In consecutive October weeks, they played teams coming off byes, for instance. The NFL calculated a figure for every team based on the number of combined days of rest for their foes or for the team, calculating, for instance, in those two weeks, the Giants were a minus-14 (minus-seven for each of the foes, Seattle and Denver, coming off byes). In all, by my math, the Giants were a league-worst minus-22 in “rest disparity.”

So the schedule makers worked to minimize the rest disparity this year. According to King, the worst rest disparity in the league this year is minus-11. The Giants are minus-eight. 

The question that Redskins fans will have immediately here is if the Giants’ rest disparity was reduced at the expense of the team in burgundy and gold. The answer that will surprise many is no. 

The Redskins rest disparity in 2018 will be either minus-one or zero. The variance is due to the possibility that their Week 16 game in Tennessee will be flexed to a Saturday game (see details here). If the game stays on Sunday, they will be at minus-one in rest disparity. If it gets moved, they will have had exactly as much rest over the course of the season as did their opponents, in aggregate. 

If you're interested in the nitty-gritty, here is how it breaks down. In eight or nine of their games, they will have had the same amount of rest as their opponents. They play one game coming off of their bye, a Monday night game in New Orleans. The Saints play the previous Sunday, giving Washington a plus-seven in days of rest. That is canceled out when they play the Falcons in Week 9 after Atlanta’s bye. 

Due to their Thanksgiving game, they get three extra days off going into their Week 13 Monday night game in Philadelphia. Two weeks later the Jaguars will have those three extra days of rest when they host the Redskins, having played on Thursday in Week 14.

They lose a day relative to their opponents coming off of those Monday night games against the Saints and Eagles. The Redskins get an extra day prior to visiting the Giants in Week 8 as New York has a Monday night game in Week 7. 

So far, that comes to minus-one in rest disparity. That will remain in place if they play the Titans on Sunday, December 23. If the game is flexed to Saturday, they will gain a day of rest on the Eagles in Week 17, zeroing out the rest disparity for the season. 

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