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A look at what's left for the Redskins in free agency

A look at what's left for the Redskins in free agency

Most of the headline names are gone but there still is plenty of work for the Redskins to do in free agency. Here are some of their own free agents they may continue to try to re-sign.

ILB Zach Brown—Things have been very quiet on this front so either interest in him has been kept under wraps or his initial asking price is too high. The Redskins have made him an offer per Doug Williams.

OLB Junior Galette—It’s the same here as far as word of much interest. Galette has been vocal about his desire to get more playing time than he had in Washington last year. He played 37 percent of the Redskins’ defensive snaps in 2017 and that increased to closer to 50 percent in the latter part of the year. Getting a commitment to getting more than that could be part of the hangup.

ILB Will Compton—There hasn’t been much noise here either. Compton was a defensive captain two years ago and he can do a lot of things to help a team. He will be with a team, maybe the Redskins, maybe another one, within a week or two.

OL Tony Bergstrom—They liked his versatility and his ability to pick up things quickly when he came in during the wave of injuries that hit the offensive line last year. He’ll be 32 before the season starts and he’s not part of the future but they could bring him back to compete for a depth spot.

The Redskins are unlikely to pursue the following free agents who were on their roster last year: G Shawn Lauvao, WR Terrelle Pryor, S DeAngelo Hall, LB Chris Carter, DE Arthur Jones, NT Phil Taylor


How about outside free agents? Here are some possible Redskins targets who play need position that are on the PFT top 100 free agents list with rankings included.

13. DT Sheldon Richardson—The Redskins seem to be on the fringes of contenders for the services of Richardson, who can be dominant but who comes with some off-field baggage.

20. DL Dontari Poe—I’ve heard talk that the Redskins are in on the former Falcon and Chief, who took a one-year deal last year and hopes to get a solid long-term contract this time around going into his age 28 season.

26. DB Tyrann Mathieu—I’m a little confused by the low ranking here but, regardless, the Redskins could use his combination of skills in their secondary. They are long shots to land him and they likely would need to make a move to clear some cap room.

37. G Josh Sitton—With the departure of Spencer Long the Redskins have a hole at left guard. Sitton, going into his age 32 season, could be a stopgap there.

40. DL Bennie Logan—There was interest in him last year before he signed a one-year deal with the Chiefs. I haven’t heard talk of interest in him this year but I wouldn’t rule him out.

94. ILB Preston Brown—A solid alternative if Zach Brown decides to sign elsewhere. Zach doesn’t make many big plays but Preston makes even fewer. Preston is a solid, competent inside linebacker. The Redskins were reported to have interest, but we have heard no word at this point.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie—He is not on the PFT 100 list, but he is still in play after an extended visit to Redskins Park which included a physical. There is still a chance that this deal gets done if they can come together on the money.


Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

Redskins Training camp opens next week, and we have a break here, giving us time to put the depth chart under the microscope.

Between now and the start of camp, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Inside linebackers

Additions: Shaun Dion Hamilton (drafted in the fifth round)

Departures: Will Compton (free agent)

Starters: Zach Brown, Mason Foster

Other roster locks: Josh Harvey-Clemons

On the bubble: Hamilton, Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight

How the inside linebackers compare

To the rest of the NFL: This is a difficult comparison to make since only about half of the teams use the 3-4 with two inside linebackers and there are many variations when they go out of their base defense. Brown certainly is in the upper tier of players at his position. Foster’s skill set may not be coveted by many teams around the league, but he is a perfect fit in the Redskins’ defense in many ways. The player who could differentiate this group from others around the league is Harvey-Clemons. If he turns into a top-notch nickel LB the inside linebackers will be a great asset. 

To the 2017 Redskins:  This is about health. In 2017, Foster missed 11 games, Brown was hampered by a variety of injuries before sitting out the last three games. Compton was the top backup to both players and he went to injured reserve after just three starts. They did re-sign Vigil, who had spent training camp with the team, and he played pretty well near the end of the season. If the front-line players can stay on the field for most of the season this should be a much better group than the one that was partially responsible for the league’s 32nd-ranked rushing defense. 

2018 Inside linebacker outlook

Biggest upside: The 2017 season was supposed to be a redshirt year for Harvey-Clemons as he transitions from college safety to NFL linebacker. He played a lot in the base defense during the offseason practices and that indicates that they are considering him for a bigger role beyond just playing nickel. You have to wonder how his size (6-4, 230) will affect his ability to get off of blocks. 

Most to prove: Spaight was a fifth-round pick in 2015 and he has yet to establish a regular role in the defense. It was telling that when they needed someone to start in the latter part of last year they brought back and started Vigil and mostly kept Spaight is going into the last year of his contract, but it would not be surprising to see Vigil beat him out for the last roster spot.  

Rookie watch: The Redskins traded up in the sixth round to get Hamilton. It wasn’t a blockbuster deal but the fact that they thought enough of him to move up says something. Gruden has said that he thinks Hamilton could be a starter at some point. He was one of the leaders on a strong Alabama defense before injuries struck. Hamilton is not going to start this year barring multiple injuries, but he should develop a role as the season goes on and be ready to compete in 2019.

Bottom line: The Redskins have not invested much in terms of free agent dollars or draft capital in the inside linebacker position in recent seasons. That changed somewhat this offseason as they made sure to spend to retain Brown and Foster. Neither commanded a huge contract but they did make a commitment and that is important. Last year Brown gave the defense a sideline-to-sideline dimension it hasn’t had in quite some time and retaining him was critical. Inside linebacker may not be a major strength for the defense this year but it should be able to get the job done. 

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