Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 13, 43 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (3/17) 33
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 58
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 70
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 122
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 179
Three and out
1. Why no interest in Hankins?
I gotta ask, why haven't the Skins gone after Hankins? Ex div foe, run stopper, actual starter...— Jeff Hendrick (@Volsman22) March 14, 2017
Johnathan Hankins of the Giants has drawn very little interest in free agency. He is young (24), large (320 lb.) and one of the main reasons the Giants turned around from being one of the worst defenses in the NFL in 2015 to one of the best last year. But not only is his phone not ringing with a 703 area code on the caller I.D., it’s not ringing from anywhere. That usually means that the player is looking for too much money. It seems to be taking a while for Hankins’ to come down to where teams are interested.
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We’ll see what happens as the rest of this week unfolds. He can’t wait too long. Although there is a lot of cap money out there, teams will go elsewhere to fill their needs.
2. I’ve been asked several times over the last couple of days if the Redskins were done in free agency.
No. Last year’s two biggest impact signing came on March 31 (Vernon Davis) and later in April (Josh Norman) https://t.co/kfFMdcVF79— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 14, 2017
With that said, they could be done. Perhaps they have squeezed all that they can out of this lemon of a free agent class. Last month I wrote that free agency is not the cure for what ails the Redskins. The pool of quality free agents was extremely thin. Add to that a lot of teams having a lot of cap space and you have a lot of inflated prices for players who won’t deliver sufficient bang for the buck. The Redskins should use their remaining cap resources to lock up their own players who are eligible for extensions such as Morgan Moses and Spencer Long and then turn the organization’s attention to the draft.
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3. The Redskins’ next move in free agency may be to bring back some of their own. I’m not sure if all the starting center jobs around the league are filled but there aren’t many left. If John Sullivan can’t find a starting job, look for the Redskins to try to bring him back to back up at center. They could try to go the veteran minimum salary benefit route with some guaranteed money tacked on and have have his cap number count for less than his actual salary. I also wonder if Duke Ihenacho will be back for some safety depth.
Out—Inside/middle linebacker not a valued position in Washington
I thought this was the case and I went and looked it up on the indispensable Pro Football Reference and I was right. They also have only spend major free agency dollars on London Fletcher and that was a nice deal, not a blockbuster of any sort. Anyone thinking that the Redskins are going to go hard after Don’t’a Hightower should realize this. It’s just odd how some organizations through different owners, GMs, coaches, and defensive schemes just don’t value certain positions enough to spend major resources on them.
Tandler on Twitter
You know, it’s almost as though there are 32 different draft boards set with 32 different criteria. Crazy. lol— Rich Tandler (@TandlerNBCS) March 14, 2017
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