Since free agency opened last week, the Redskins have made four significant signings.

The team added safety D.J. Swearinger from the Cardinals, receiver Terrelle Pryor from the Browns, and defensive linemen Stacy McGee from the Raiders and Terrell McClain from the Cowboys.

Swearinger and Pryor have the most name recognition, while McGee and McClain both come in under the radar on the defensive line. 

Pro Football Focus ranked all of the Redskins moves, and the grades were all over the place.


Both the Pryor and Swearinger acquisitions graded out with a B. From PFF:

  • "The D.J. Swearinger in Arizona was a different player than the one at the heart of every Houston coverage bust in his previous home. Washington needs to hope that’s a result of the player maturing and developing, rather than a peculiar scheme in Arizona that uniquely suited his play."
  • "Terrelle Pryor has near limitless upside. In just his first season playing WR, Pryor topped 1,000 receiving yards despite a sequence of poor QBs throwing him the ball in Cleveland. The league clearly isn’t quite ready to buy into the idea that he is worth a huge payday yet, but Washington at least put themselves at the head of the queue to re-sign him next season if he takes another step forward in development."

The words weren't as nice about McClain and McGee.

The former Raider McGee earned a C and the former Cowboy McClain got a D. From PFF:

  • "Stacy McGee had the best season of his career in 2016, but it was a radical departure to three mediocre-at-best years before that, and it lasted just 242 snaps before injury shut him down. The potential is there for him to be a productive player, but this is an expensive gamble."
  • "Terrell McClain was thrown to the wolves as a rookie in Carolina, and has never really recovered. He flashed the ability to be an intriguing sub-package disruptor for Dallas in 2016, but that is a lot of money for a player that has only flashed talent at best in his NFL career."

The Redskins needed help on the defensive line, yet it's clear McClain and McGee are question marks. Neither player has started a full 16 game season, and their stats don't pop off the page




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