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Reported interest in Eagles DL Bennie Logan makes sense for Redskins

Reported interest in Eagles DL Bennie Logan makes sense for Redskins

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

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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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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