Kory Lichtensteiger has provided the Redskins with solid - if unspectacular line - play for six seasons. A smart player, Lichtensteiger worked hard to get back from a series of injuries to play in the Redskins playoff loss to the Packers, and coaches and fellow players all speak highly of the veteran.
But despite all that, Washington GM Scot McCloughan likely has a chance to significantly upgrade the Redskins offensive line at the center position this offseason. Browns center Alex Mack is widely expected to opt out of his contract and hit the free agent market, and the three-time Pro Bowler at center would be an instant boost for the 'Skins.
A move to grab Mack would not mean the 'Skins discard Lichtensteiger. Capable of snapping the ball or playing either guard spot, Lichtensteiger would be invaluable as a backup to Brandon Scherff at right guard or to compete in training camp with Shawn Lauvao at left guard. Considering the injuries along the Redskins offensive line this season, a backup of Lichtensteiger's caliber would be a huge asset.
As for Mack, pro Football Focus rated Mack the 16th best center in the NFL this season, the lowest rank of his seven-year career. A strong run blocker, it's likely that Mack's numbers fell this season due to a totally inept Browns offense. For his career, Mack ranked in the Top 10 of the league every year except 2015, and ranked as the top center in the league in 2013. The Redskins run game game struggled throughout 2015, and adding Mack to a group with Trent Williams and Scherff could give the Redskins a dominant, physical line that McCloughan has said he wants. Pro Football Focus ranked Lichtensteiger 36th out of 40 centers.
Other names will garner more attention, but assuming Mack opts out of his deal, his is one to follow for Redskins fans.