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Redskins Free Agent Targets: Safety Anthony Harris

Redskins Free Agent Targets: Safety Anthony Harris

NBC Sports Washington is taking a long look at potential free agents that could help the Redskins in 2020. 

Minnesota Vikings free safety Anthony Harris
Undrafted in 2015 out of Virginia
Unrestricted free agent
6-foot-1 | 202 lbs. | 28 years old

A year ago, the Redskins biggest free-agent signing came at the safety position, when they inked Landon Collins to a six-year, $84 million deal. One year later, they could be right back in the safety market for someone to pair with him.

Enter Vikings safety Anthony Harris.

In his first full season as Minnesota's full-time free safety, Harris emerged as one of the best coverage safeties in the entire NFL. In just 14 games, Harris hauled in six interceptions, tied for the NFL's best alongside New England's Stephon Gilmore and Buffalo's Tredavious White. That's some elite company.

Harris worked his way to the top of his position from the ground up. In a weak safety draft in 2015, Harris did not hear his name called. He signed with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent in 2015 and failed to make the Week 1 roster. He spent months on the practice squad before Minnesota promoted him to the active roster in December of his rookie season.

For the next three years, Harris played special teams and served as the backup safety behind Andrew Sendejo. When Sendejo was released in March, Harris was given the opportunity to be the full-time starter in 2019. He made the most of it.

The Redskins could certainly benefit from Harris's cover skills. Collins is at his best in the box playing closer to the line of scrimmage. Harris would have the opportunity to play centerfield for Washington and truly display his ball-hawking skills, something the Burgundy and Gold have coveted for a long time.

One of Harris' biggest strengths is his versatility. At just 202 lbs., he's one of the thinner safeties in the league but has the ability to line up as a slot cornerback as well. Washington could use him in a number of different packages and looks.

Harris is one of the best safeties in a decent market. The 28-year-old likely will not command the money that Collins did but could land a contract that pays him over $12 million annually. Harris does not have the track record that Kevin Byard, Eddie Jackson and Earl Thomas have, but all three have signed contracts in the past year with an AAV over $12 million. 

The Redskins currently have $38.9 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com. But new head coach Ron Rivera has several decisions to make on veterans Josh Norman, Ryan Kerrigan, and Trent Williams, among others, that could almost double Washington's cap space prior to the beginning of free agency.

Harris would be a massive upgrade over Montae Nicholson and Troy Apke. Whether the Redskins sign Harris or someone else (maybe Tre Boston, perhaps?) improving the free safety position is a must for a team that wants to become competitive again in 2020.

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Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Redskins running back Derrius Guice being sued by his former agent

Despite missing much of his first two professional seasons due to multiple knee injuries, Derrius Guice is already one of the most popular players on the Redskins.

His personality helped raise his profile, which has led to a number of endorsement deals beyond his NFL rookie contract.

Now, Guice’s former agent has filed a lawsuit over not being paid in return for these deals.

The running back’s initial agent after leaving LSU was Fadde Mikhail, but Guice left his agency weeks before being drafted. He then signed with Young Money, and according to Mikhail in the lawsuit, was required to pay back the money he had been lent during the pre-draft process.

Per the lawsuit, Guice and Young Money have allegedly not repaid Mikhail, and the latter is now asking for $500,000. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in a California court.

Guice has endorsement deals with Nike and Hyundai, in addition to other opportunities to earn money from his likeness and autographs. This supplemental income is what Mikhail’s suit is regarding, in addition to alleged pre-draft loans of $191,000.

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Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

Stephen A. Smith thinks Redskins are drafting Chase Young despite positive health noise about Tua Tagovailoa

The NFL Draft begins in three weeks, and what the Redskins will do with the coveted No. 2 overall pick remains a hot topic of conversation.

There's a large consensus from many draft experts that the Redskins will select Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young, who many have deemed a generational talent. However, there are still rumors surfacing that Washington is interested in drafting Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, but those have quieted down since the Redskins traded for QB Kyle Allen last week.

ESPN host Stephen A. Smith was asked if he thinks the Redskins should take Tagovailoa with the second overall pick, and he quickly shot down that notion.

"I've been told the Washington Redskins are not going to touch Tua," Smith said on First Take. "They're going after Chase Young. They're not drafting a quarterback. That's what I've been told."

Smith explained that pass rusher is arguably the second most important position on the field behind quarterback, and passing on a generational talent like Young would be a mistake. Additionally, Smith believes that Tagovailoa's durability concerns are not to be taken lightly.

"You can't have a question mark at the quarterback position due to talent, then bring in an additional question mark due to durability in arguably the most violent sport that we know," he said.

In the first part of his statement, Smith is referring to Dwayne Haskins, who the Redskins selected 15th overall last season. Haskins had his growing pains as a rookie but played his best football at the end of the season. New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has preached wanting competition for Haskins, and he got his wish when he traded for Allen last week. The two are expected to battle for the starting job come training camp.

Tagovailoa has just recently fully recovered from a dislocated hip injury that he suffered last November. Last week, a video surfaced of the QB throwing for the first time since his injury.

On Thursday, a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo stated that Tagovailoa participated in a medical re-check administered by an independent doctor provided by NFL team physicians, and the results were "overwhelmingly positive." 

Despite the positive medical reports that have surfaced about Tagovailoa, Smith believes his durability is too much of a question mark to justify taking him over Young.

"He's the elite pass rusher in the upcoming draft. You've got the chance to take him with the No. 2 overall pick," Smith said on Young. "Could you imagine if they pass on him and grab Tua, then Haskins doesn't pan out and Tua gets hurt early? That would be problematic. You don't want that."

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