Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 13, one day before NFL free agency starts.
Free agency quick hitters
—I don’t think that the Redskins will be interested in Ndamukong Suh, who will be released by the Dolphins tomorrow. He is more a final piece of the puzzle type of player rather than a building block that the Redskins are looking for. Although they are hosting a similar player n Muhammad Wilkerson at Redskins Park today, it should be noted that Suh is three years older and he will likely cost significantly more.
—The word is that the Redskins are going hard after the top tier of defensive linemen. If they don’t land Wilkerson, they will pursue Sheldon Richardson, a former Jets teammate of Wilkerson’s who played with the Seahawks last year, and former Chief and Falcon Dontari Poe. You also can’t rule out interest in ex-Eagle Bennie Logan, who was a target of the Redskins last year. The good thing about the additions of Suh and Wilkerson to the market is that increases the supply of big men and simple economics says that such a dynamic will push down prices.
—I know that a lot of fans are lukewarm on bringing back Dustin Hopkins; the memories of the missed chip shot in London still burn. But the misses shouldn’t blind you to the fact that he has hit 83.9 percent of his field goals in three seasons in Washington, the second-highest in team history among kickers with at least 50 attempts. And he can consistently boom kickoffs through the end zone, a hidden benefit on a team with shaky special teams.
—Yesterday I said that a second-round restricted free agent tender and the accompanying $2.9 million salary would be very expensive for a backup like Ty Nsekhe. But the Redskins went ahead and gave Nsekhe that tender anyway. It makes me think that they might be strongly considering having him start at left guard. He played there some last year and Gruden said that moving him there for 2018 was a possibility. So maybe they believe they are getting a starter for their money. Even if he’s a backup I don’t have a big problem with the tender as they did what they had to do to keep a player they think they had to keep. It’s not an overpay that’s going to do any long-term damage to the cap structure.
—The news that WR Allen Robinson will not be joining the Redskins is not at all surprising. Although he was on their radar he was very much on the fringes of it; there always seemed to be another half dozen teams lined up ahead of Washington in the pecking order. The early numbers on the contract show an average annual value of $14 million (3 years, $42 million, $25 million guaranteed per Ian Rapoport) but we’ll have to shake out what it really looks like when we get the details.
Tandler on Twitter
Why are the Redskins doing nothing?— Champions of Europe & The World (@mainstandred) March 12, 2018
In case you didn’t notice, they made one of the biggest moves of the year on Jan. 30. They re-signed two of their own players today. And free agency doesn’t start until Wednesday. https://t.co/rl48pfi5VJ— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 12, 2018
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