Although you can make a case that the Redskins should swing a deal or two at the 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline, the deadline is likely to come and go this afternoon without them making a deal.
One deal that could have benefited the Redskins is the one that the Eagles made with the Dolphins, with running back Jay Ajayi going from Miami to Philadelphia in exchange for a fourth-round pick. The Redskins have not been able to get much out of their running game this year except from third-down back Chris Thompson. Starter Rob Kelley has had problems staying healthy and he has just 166 rushing yards this year. Rookie backup Samaje Perine is still learning.
There certainly are other running backs who would be available for the right price. Yesterday coach Jay Gruden acknowledged that there are needs but that a deal for a player at any position is unlikely.
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“Well, we don’t have a lot of spots right now, so I don’t know,” said Gruden. “We are going to have to figure out ways to… we obviously are short defensive linemen right now. So we have to add a defensive lineman somewhere somehow. We are short at safety possibly. Obviously offensive line, we are in limbo because we are waiting to see who can play and who can’t play. But we can’t really make a lot of roster moves because of all these injuries.”
The defensive line seems to be in particular need of a boost. It was one of the strengths of the team earlier in the season but Jonathan Allen went on injured reserve with a foot injury and Matt Ioannidis is out for this week and possibly longer after having surgery to repair a broken hand. The need to add a D-lineman “somewhere, somehow” could be via the trade market but it seems that they would rather pick up a player off the street or from someone else’s practice squad.
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Gruden didn’t mention wide receiver but they certainly haven’t gotten the productivity they expect from that position. They aren’t likely to make a deal but the Dolphins are shopping Jarvis Landry.
Those of you who want the Redskins to make a deal can keep some hope alive. The Ajayi trade and the 49ers’ deal for Jimmy Garoppolo both came out of the blue. Perhaps the Redskins are working the phones right now. But the odds are you can go about your business today without checking Twitter every 10 minutes to see if anything happened.