It's no secret the Redskins need to improve their defensive line, both in the draft and in free agency, and a new report shows interest in Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan.
Philadelphia might work to keep Logan on the team before free agency opens, but should he hit the open market, Washington might make a play for the fifth-year pro, according to a report in NJ.com.
Logan saw some success with the Eagles. In his first three seasons, Logan proved an able run stuffer in Philly's 3-4 system. From 2013 to 2015, Logan's tackle numbers steadily improved, from 31 as a rookie to 57 tackles his second year and 55 in his third season when he missed two games. In 2016, the Eagles defense switched to a 4-3, and Logan's tackle numbers dipped, though his sacks increased from three in the previous three years to 2.5 in 2016.
At 6-foot-2 and 309 lbs. the former third round pick out of LSU has the size to play the nose in the 3-4 scheme. An argument can be made that his stats show playing on top of the center as his best possible position.
The connection with the 'Skins makes sense. Washington did not have a true nose tackle on the roster this season, and Logan is the type of free agent that could land in Ashburn. While the team did shell out major cash for cornerback Josh Norman last offseason, generally, the philosophy of Scot McCloughan and Bruce Allen does not allow for spending on the biggest names on the free agent market.
Young for free agency at 27 years old, Logan will not be the biggest name out there, so a three or four-year deal would not put the 'Skins into a position with an aging big man making major cash on their defensive front.
Logan has missed five games in the last two seasons, which could impact his market value. His last game against the 'Skins, however, could have been the point when the team got interested. In a 27-22 loss in December, Logan registered six tackles and a sack for the Eagles.
There will be plenty of speculation about possible free agent targets as the open market draws closer in March. Logan is a good name to watch, but a lot of things can happen between now and then.
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