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Redskins Free Agent Targets: Safety Tre Boston

Redskins Free Agent Targets: Safety Tre Boston

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

Carolina Panthers free safety Tre Boston
2014 4th-round pick out of North Carolina 
Unrestricted free agent
6-foot-1 | 205 lbs. | 27 years old

Let's start with the obvious: Boston has ties to new Redskins head coach Ron Rivera and plays a position of need. The Redskins need somebody to pair with Landon Collins, and Boston could serve that role. He's only missed two games in the last three years and his statistical production matches up with many much bigger name safeties. 

The less obvious: Rivera and the Panthers waived Boston in May 2017. He's been on three teams in six years, and since his rookie deal, he's never found more than a one-year contract offer on the free-agent market. 

Boston can play, obviously, and he has played for Rivera. That would lead many to think the head coach likes his vocal leadership on and off the field, or at least can handle Boston's opinions. 

Facing free agency for the fourth time in four years, Boston finally wants to land a substantial payday in a multi-year deal and he said as much after the Panthers season ended. That might mean a big price tag, but still nothing like what Washington paid Collins last season.

The Redskins have big problems in the secondary. Depending on what happens with Quinton Dunbar's trade request, the team looks very thin at cornerback. At the safety spot, Collins is a lock, but next to him are nothing but question marks. Montae Nicholson will be in the final year of his rookie deal and has significant off-field baggage. In two seasons, Troy Apke has not shown the ability to validate his fourth-round draft selection. Deshazor Everett has largely been used for special teams roles. 

Washington needs a safety, and Boston has averaged 75 tackles per year the last three seasons to go with at least three interceptions. He's not the surest tackler, but that's one of Collins' biggest strengths. 

Rivera knows Boston, and knows him well enough to bring him back to Carolina in 2019. Surely that means something, and it could mean a lot. Stay tuned. 

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Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

Former Redskins coordinator Greg Manusky got a new job, and it’s much different than his old one

For most NFL assistant coaches getting fired comes with the territory, but the key is being able to stay in the league and adapt. For former Redskins defensive coordinator Greg Manusky that plan didn't work out. 

At least this time.

Manusky played in the NFL from 1988 to 1999, including three seasons in Washington, and has coached in the NFL in various capacities since 2001. He's served as a linebackers coach and as defensive coordinator for four different teams; the 49ers, the Colts, the Chargers and most recently the Redskins. 

That makes his new job all the more bizarre. After more than 30 years in the NFL in some capacity, Manusky moved to the college ranks, but not as a defensive coordinator. 

Manusky took a job at the University of Kentucky as a defensive quality control assistant.

Typically, quality control coaches are young guys starting out in their coaching careers. All coaches grind, but the QCs usually have to do serious grunt work. And Kentucky isn't exactly a football powerhouse. The Wildcats are best known for their elite basketball team, but the football program has been to four straight bowl games and won the Belk Bowl last year. 

It's unknown if Manusky has a connection to the program or to Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, but Wildcats defensive coordinator Brad White did serve on Mansuky's staff when he was running the Colts defense from 2012 to 2015. That could certainly be the connection. 

Of the former Redskins coaching staff now all of the main players have landed new jobs. Jay Gruden is the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville, Kevin O'Connell is now the offensive coordinator for the Rams. Bill Callahan took over as the offensive line coach in Cleveland, and now Manusky is settled in at Kentucky. 

In 2019 the Redskins defense ranked in the bottom five NFL teams for points allowed and yards allowed and reports emerged of growing frustration with the team's defensive scheme. Washington overhauled their entire defensive staff this offseason, led by new head coach Ron Rivera and new defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio. 

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Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

Free agent safety Damarious Randall is openly talking to Landon Collins about joining the Redskins

With Coronavirus forcing most Americans to stay home, it looks like NFL players might be just as stir crazy as the rest of the country. 

On Friday night, free agent safety Damarious Randall reached out to Redskins safety Landon Collins about possibly joining up this fall and playing together. Of course, this conversation took place via Twitter.

Randall started things out with this tweet to Collins, aka @TheHumble_21.

Collins responded, at which point some segments of Washington fans probably lost their mind. 

Check the Twitter feeds of both players for more similar, yet quite vague, interaction about playing together. 

It's important to point out that some reports suggested the Redskins had interest in Randall as a free agent. A first-round pick in 2015, Randall played three seasons for the Packers before being traded to the Browns the last two years. He's been versatile throughout his career, playing all over the field as a cornerback and then as a safety in Cleveland. Randall also has ballhawking skills with 14 career interceptions in 56 starts. 

Before people get too excited, however, the Redskins just signed safety Sean Davis from Pittsburgh. The plan with Davis is to pair him up with Collins, allow Davis to play deep center and let Collins stay closer to the line of scrimmage. 

That's the plan. Accept that. 

Could Randall still help in a secondary that lost both Josh Norman and Quinton Dunbar? Sure, but the price will need to be right. 

Washington's biggest free agent signing this year was cornerback Kendall Fuller, and he got four years at more than $40 million with $23.5 million in guarantees. Davis got $5 million. The team won't spend that much to bring Randall in, and he's probably looking for more. 

It's a situation to monitor as free agency continues because the Redskins' staff has openly talked about their desire for versatile players, and Randall can help all over the field. Keep in mind though that once Davis signed, the chances of Randall coming to Washington took a big hit. 

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