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Need to Know: Five possible Redskins free agent targets


Need to Know: Five possible Redskins free agent targets

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 19, 36 days before the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Question of the day

We’re flipping into offseason mode with Need to Know. At least a few days a week I’ll give an in-depth answer to a question submitted by a fan on my Twitter feed, via the Real Redskins Facebook page, or in the comments section here. On Twitter address the questions to me at @Rich_TandlerCSN with the #NTK hashtag. There will be a comment thread set up on the Facebook page and if you’re asking your question here, put “for NTK” at the start of the comment.

Today’s question comes from the Real Redskins Facebook page.

This is a tough question because it takes a few years to get a good feel for what a general manager likes to do in free agency and we only have one Scot McCloughan offseason to go on. In addition, the free agent pool today will be vastly different from the one that will exist on March 9, when free agency starts, as players get signed by their current teams and others who are under contract for 2016 become cap casualties.

But this is all in fun so let’s take a look at five potential targets:

Dolphins RB Lamar Miller—He won’t be 25 until OTAs start and he can be the dynamic back the Redskins are looking for. Miller has runs of 97 and 85 yards the last two years. Another plus is that he has had a fairly light workload in his career; in four seasons he has averaged 160 carries a year and never more than 216 in any one season.

Seahawks WR Jermaine Kearse—At 6-1 he’s not a huge receiver but he would add some needed size to the Redskins’ receiving corps. He can get it done in the red zone; he has five red zone touchdown receptions in the last three years, more than any Redskin not named Reed or Garçon. McCloughan is familiar with him as he was with the Seahawks when they signed Kearse as an undrafted free agent in 2012

Jaguars C Stefen Wisniewski—The former Raider signed a one-year “prove it” deal with the Jaguars. He didn’t miss a snap and was one of the Jags’ best offensive linemen. At the age of 27 he’s in line for a more substantial deal and the Redskins should take a hard look to see if they should offer him one.

Chargers S Eric Weddle—Yeah, I know, another aging safety. And this one is a long shot but I think the Redskins will keep their eye on him. Incumbent safety Dashon Goldson is slated to make $8 million in 2016 and I don’t think that the Redskins will pay him that. If he won’t renegotiate, the Redskins will need an alternative if they decide to move on from Goldson and that could be Weddle. At age 31 he would be a short-term solution but he would be a quality (two-time All-Pro, including 2014) stopgap.

Broncos ILB Danny Trevathan—If Mason Foster leaves, or even if he stays, Trevathan could be a good fit. He has the background in a winning organization that McCloughan likes and he’ll be 26 in a couple of months.


—The Redskins last played a game nine days ago. It will be about 236 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 36; NFL free agency starts 51; 2016 NFL draft 100

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Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East


Good news Redskins fans: Jason Pierre-Paul shipped out of NFC East

The Giants shipped out Jason Pierre-Paul for life as a Buccaneer, and in turn, Tampa will send a third and fourth round draft pick to New York.

Moving Pierre-Paul comes at a curious time for the Giants. The team will eat $15 million of dead money in the move, and New York also sent a fourth-round pick to Tampa as part of the transaction. 

What it definitely signals is that Big Blue looks to be moving from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 look. Additionally, with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft in April, maybe the Giants will seriously look at NC State defensive lineman Bradley Chubb. 


For the Redskins, seeing Pierre-Paul leave the NFC East is welcome news. He has 12.5 career sacks against Washington QBs, the same amount he has against the Eagles and Cowboys combined. 

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Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

Looking at the details of Zach Brown's contract with the Redskins

The Redskins and linebacker Zach Brown agreed to a three-year contract that will require Brown to continue to play at a high level if he is going to collect all of the $21 million the deal contains.

Brown’s camp reportedly was shopping for a contract that had some $20 million in guaranteed money. The actual deal fell well short of that.

Brown, who was leading the league in tackles before an assortment of injuries forced him to sit out the last three games, got a total of $5.5 million in fully guaranteed money. He got a $4.5 million signing bonus and his $1 million salary for 2018 is fully guaranteed.


After that, the remaining two seasons essentially are team options. In 2019 he has a $6.75 million salary and $4.5 million of that is guaranteed for injury. His 2020 salary is $7.5 million with no guarantees of any kind.

The contract also has per-game roster bonuses available at a rate of $15,625 for each game he is on the 46-man game day roster in 2018 (total of $250,000 for the year) and $31,250 per game in 2019 and 2020 ($500,000 total).

The salary cap hits per year are as follows:

2018: $2.75 million
2019: $8.75 million
2020: $9.5 million

The average annual value of $7 million ranks ninth among inside linebackers.

Brown will need to continue to play well to collect on the contract. The team will be able to save $5.75 million on the 2019 cap if they terminate the deal after one season and $8 million if they do it in 2020.


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