Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 10, 38 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17
—NFL Draft (4/27) 48
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 75
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 127
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 184
Redskins still have free agency work to do
Ideally, a team should be able fill its basic needs during free agency. They should be able to field a team with 22 competent starters by the end of March. That way they can draft by their board and not because of need. Relying on a draft pick to start is very risky business. The draft should be about depth and the future.
The Redskins still have some work to do in free agency to get there but they got off to a good start on the first day that the marketplace officially was open.
Starting from the back of the defense first, they took care of the hole at safety by signing D.J. Swearinger. They can now line up two safeties in Swearinger and Su’a Cravens. They likely will try Swearinger at free safety, where he played some with the Cardinals last year. If that alignment doesn’t work, they still have Will Blackmon, who started six games at free last year and played reasonably well.
On the line, the Redskins added Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee on a day when Chris Baker signed with the Bucs. You could line up with McClain, McGee. Ricky Jean Francois rotating and end and Phil Taylor at nose tackle if you had to. However, that is not a line that would hold up very well. If they can add another good lineman over the next few days, perhaps Bennie Logan or Jonathan Hankins. They would be off to a good start on the line if they can do that and then add another D-lineman in the first few days of the draft.
While many think the team needs to upgrade at inside linebacker, they could still field experienced players there, at outside linebacker, and at cornerback if the season started today.
On offense, Vernon Davis is back so they have depth at tight end. Their starting offensive line is back as are the top four on the running back depth chart. According to reports Kirk Cousins will drop by Redskins Park to sign his franchise tag soon so QB is set, for this year, anyway.
Wide receiver needs some help with Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson gone. Jamison Crowder the only receiver on the roster with as many as 40 career receptions. There is hope that Josh Doctson, last year’s first-round pick, will be healthy and productive. But they need more, which is why Terrell Pryor was visiting with the Redskins last night. There was nothing reported out of Redskins Park last night but it seems likely that the visit will continue this morning.
Whether it’s Pryor or perhaps Terrance Williams of the Cowboys, the Redskins need to add one more experienced wide receiver to the mix.
They are off to a solid start in Day 1 of free agency but they still have a lot of work to do.
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This NFL Live segment is bizarre to watch. it's a roundtable of people on their phones/computers and not listening to each other.— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) March 9, 2017
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- Redskins sign big-hitting safety away from Cardinals
- DeSean Jackson headed to the Bucs
- Report: Browns WR visiting Redskins
- Davis contract likely to keep him with Redskins for two more years
- Kirk Cousins expected to sign franchise tag
- Redskins add more help to defensive line via free agency, per reports
- Stat shows Redskins poised for historic losses in free agency
- New #RedskinsTalk Podcast: Charley Casserly on Kirk Cousins, free agency
- Redskins reportedly sign Cowboys DL
- Baker, others say Redskins didn't try to keep him
- Swaggy out, signs with another NFC team
- Report: Cousins went to the top to ask for a trade from the Redskins
- Redskins getting low on WR options after Kenny Britt signs with Browns
- With Calais Campbell off the board, a look at other D-line options for the Redskins
- Gruden may have to be the one to persuade Cousins to stay