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Need to Know: Five possible Redskins free agent targets

Need to Know: Five possible Redskins free agent targets

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, January 11, 57 days before NFL free agency starts.

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Days until:
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.

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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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49ers coach Kyle Shanahan gets his revenge on Redskins, gives dad, Mike, the game ball

49ers coach Kyle Shanahan gets his revenge on Redskins, gives dad, Mike, the game ball

It is personal for Kyle Shanahan. It always will be. 

The former Redskins offensive coordinator, who served in that position under his dad, Mike, for four years from 2010-2013, and helped Washington win an NFC East title in 2012, says he moved on long ago from the traumatic end here. 

The Shanahans were fired after a miserable 3-13 season where they sniped with upper management and their young star quarterback Robert Griffin III as things fell apart on the field. 

On Sunday, Kyle Shanahan returned to FedEx Field for the second time since taking over the 49ers in 2017. They lost that initial return game here in his first year with a rebuilding roster. But it was gratifying nonetheless to leave with a 9-0 win this time. According to 49ers players, he even gave the game ball to his dad.   

The 49ers are 6-0 and headed toward the playoffs. The Redskins are 1-6, fired coach Jay Gruden, the man who replaced the Shanahans, and are starting over. Again. Shanahan might try to keep the personal out of it, but a small smile creased his face when asked about the irony.

“I'm always a little more sensitive to this because of what I went through with my dad here,” Kyle Shanahan said. “It’s always nice to get the win. But it definitely had nothing to do with the game, nothing to do with the score. You always want to take care of things the right way when you're bothered by some things that happened to a family member."

Shanahan tried to say all the right things during his mid-week conference call with Washington reporters. It was NOT personal. He’d been back to FedEx Field before and lost. He’d been to other places he’d coached before and played without strong emotions. He’s moved on with his life and so has the family. 

But there will always be a little part of the Shanahans that will revel in beating the Redskins. Mike Shanahan doesn’t get the game ball if they’ve totally moved on. They never felt everyone was on the same page during their tenure here. The issues with drafting and developing Robert Griffin III are well told at this point. 

The Shanahans certainly deserve a fair share of criticism for what happened in Washington. The overall record was 24-41, including that lone playoff loss to Seattle in 2012, and a change had to be made by owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen. Things had turned toxic by the end - even if the staff had three future NFL head coaches as assistants. 

But each Shanahan has had success in other places during their careers as NFL coaches, and Kyle is riding high now with a talented young team that hasn’t lost yet. At 1-6, with yet another coach fired and more change on the horizon, the Redskins remain lost in the wilderness. 

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Redskins loss to 49ers was the NFL's shortest game since 2009

Redskins loss to 49ers was the NFL's shortest game since 2009

In a game that featured terrible field conditions, no touchdowns, and continuous rainfall, the Redskins fell to the undefeated San Francisco 49ers, 9-0, in one of the least exciting NFL games in recent memory.

But on the bright side, for those fans who stuck it out for the game's entirety in the poor weather were rewarded in one aspect.

The contest lasted just two hours and 36 minutes, which is the shortest game since Week 16 of 2009, according to NFL Research.

Very few expected the Redskins to stay competitive with the 49ers; San Francisco was a double-digit road favorite. While the defense held the 49ers offense without a touchdown, the Redskins offense struggled all afternoon long.

The weather was terrible, the game was worse, and the Redskins scored zero points. But at least the team's ugly performance didn't drag on any longer than it needed to.

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