Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 11, 57 days before NFL free agency starts.
—NFL franchise tag deadline 49
—NFL draft 106
—First Sunday of 2017 season 242
Five free agents who could draw the Redskins’ interest
DT Bennie Logan, Eagles—Logan is a load at 6-2, 309. The former third-round pick of the Eagles can play nose tackle in a 3-4 or tackle in a 4-3 so he would be good for whatever scheme the Redskins’ new defensive coordinator will run. He doesn’t have any impressive numbers to throw out there; Logan just eats up space in the middle. Although at age 27 he will be in demand, his contract should not get out of hand. This could be one of those free agent acquisitions that counts double as it would strengthen your team while weakening a division rival.
WR Kenny Stills, Dolphins—If DeSean Jackson leaves as a free agent, Stills could be a solid replacement. He doesn’t have Jackson’s speed—very few do—but he still has managed to average 16.7 yards per reception over his four-year career, just about a yard less than Jackson’s career average. Stills is six year younger than Jackson, durable (missed one game in four seasons in the NFL) and probably will cost a couple of million bucks less per season.
S D.J. Swearinger, Cardinals—He comes with a “buyer beware” label after having played on three different teams in four years in the NFL. Swearinger was a second-round pick of the Texans but he has bounced to the Bucs and Cardinals since getting drafted. The 25-year-old seemed to have gotten his act together in 2016, playing in 16 games and getting three interceptions and two sacks. The price would have to be right but he could be part of a long-term solution at safety.
LB Zach Brown, Bills—Brown could give the Redskins a quicker, speedier option at inside linebacker if they stay in the 3-4 base or he could play on the outside in a 4-3. He was a second-round pick of the Titans in 2012 who will be 27 when the season starts. Brown has seven career interceptions and 14 sacks.
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DE Lawrence Guy, Ravens—Who? Guy has bounced around the league since the Packers picked him in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He never played in Green Bay; Guy had stints with the Colts and Chargers before landing with the Ravens during the 2014 season. In the last two years, he has played in every game with 17 starts and has 5.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Guy might not be a front-line player but he can be a younger (turns 27 in March) and better rotational lineman than they have now.
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I trust that if you assign Mike Pettine’s success w/NYJ to Rex Ryan you also blamed Rod Marinelli for issues w/Lions D, not Joe Barry.— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) January 10, 2017
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