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Predicting the futures of Washington's free agents

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This list of Washington Football Teamers set to hit free agency has changed since it was published a little more than a month ago, with Brandon Scherff having signed his franchise tag, Dustin Hopkins remaining in the plan and others, like Kyle Allen and Cam Sims, getting tendered.

However, there are still some familiar and important names whose contracts are about to expire. Will they get a new deal from Washington soon, or is their time in the Burgundy and Gold about to officially end?

Let's predict who's going to return and who's going to depart before March's other madness commences.

Ronald Darby

Darby's lack of interceptions — he has just eight in 73 career games and posted zero in his debut with Washington last season — may make him less appealing on the surface, but he's a useful No. 2 corner. By many measures, he was better than Kendall Fuller was for the division champs.

Plus, after signing a one-year agreement last offseason, he might opt to do that again, bet on himself for another 16 contests and then cash in 12 months from now when the cap is expected to return to its normal heights.

So, why not just stick around in Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio's scheme, one that he likes and one that he performed well in already?

Prediction: Staying

Ryan Kerrigan

Kerrigan wants to start, but there are two fairly decent defensive ends on the roster who are going to prevent that from happening in 2021 and far beyond that. That means the franchise's all-time sack leader will be wearing a different uniform come this fall.

 

Prediction: Going 

Ryan Anderson

Let's make it two-for-two on exiting Ryans. Anderson wasn't able to build on his strong finish to the 2019 season once Rivera took over. This is yet another second-round choice that Washington would like a redo on.

Prediction: Going

Fabian Moreau

Like Anderson, Moreau showed something down the stretch in 2019, and like Anderson, he then didn't show much at all in 2020. 

The difference between the two, though, is that Washington's corner depth is more shallow than its defensive end depth. He also shouldn't cost much to bring back, if the organization wanted to make that happen.

Even so, coaches didn't seem to have any interest in using Moreau on defense, so it'd be a mild surprise if they went out of their way to give him a fresh contract.

Prediction: Going

Kevin Pierre-Louis

Interestingly enough, Rivera brought up Pierre-Louis in multiple answers during his recent pre-free agency press conference. KPL's skill set, especially in coverage, is one that the head coach values and one he wants more of in his linebacker room.

Pierre-Louis isn't well-rounded enough to be a true starter, but his speed is a trait that'll keep him in D.C. Rivera wasn't mentioning him by accident.

Prediction: Staying

Nick Sundberg

The long snapper is practically an institution with the club; his tenure began in 2010. He'll be 34 by Week 1 and he's currently rehabbing from a tricep injury, but keeping the specialist trio of Hopkins, Sundberg and Tress Way together should be an easy call. 

Prediction: Staying

Reuben Foster

The talented former first-rounder has remarkably been with Washington since November 2018, but a crushing knee injury has prevented him from lining up for a single meaningful snap. Bruce Allen's lottery ticket never came close to hitting.

Prediction: Going

Jared Norris

Norris is an ex-Panther who suited up 11 times for the team in 2020 as a special teams contributor. This should be a rather simple transaction.

Prediction: Staying

Mychal Kendricks

Kendricks was signed late in 2020 as insurance at linebacker and he's got a ton of pro experience. This is a real 50-50 decision, but if you're still reading this far into the story, you deserve an answer, so let's give you one.

Prediction: Staying

Jeremy Sprinkle

Sprinkle really adds nothing as a pass catcher — and he was one measly grab away from literally adding nothing last year — and he's not stout enough as a blocker to make up for it. Logan Thomas is going to have some new backups in 2021.

Prediction: Going

David Sharpe

Washington acquired Sharpe just before the opener in a trade with the Raiders and while it was the farthest thing from a blockbuster in the history of the sport, it'd be nice to get more than one year out of the big tackle. He'll have to fight to make the roster in September, but he'll at least get that opportunity.

 

Prediction: Staying

Lamar Miller

Did you even remember Miller was with Washington? If you did, that's somewhat impressive.

Prediction: Going

Danny Johnson

While Allen and Sims were tendered, Johnson, the primary kick returner in 2020, was not. Reports are the team has interest in re-signing him anyway, and he doesn't feel like someone who'll get snapped up by another outfit.

Prediction: Staying