One of the holes in the Redskins’ depth chart is at backup center. Jay Gruden has said that he does not want to be forced to go use a guard converted to a center on the fly should the need arise. That’s what they had to do when Kory Lichtensteiger got injured in 2015 and Josh LeRibeus spent 11 games challenging Kirk Cousins with plenty of off-target shotgun snaps.
Early last season they signed 31-year-old John Sullivan to be the backup center. He ended up getting one start when Spencer Long was injured but they were glad to have the security that the eight-year veteran provided.
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They may have to look for someone else to back up Long in 2017. Sullivan visited the Rams yesterday. You don’t have to look too hard to connect the dots here as Sean McVay, who was the Redskins’ offensive coordinator last year, is the new head coach in Los Angeles.
The Rams have something that the Redskins can’t offer Sullivan—a starting job. They cut Tim Barnes, who started all 16 games for them last year. They thought they had a replacement last week when they signed Ryan Groy to a restricted free agent offer sheet but the Bills decided to match it. That leaves them looking for alternatives.
Sullivan is getting up there in years a bit but he has started 94 games at center and he would be a capable bridge while the Rams perhaps develop a center they take in the draft.
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There have been no serious talks between the Redskins and Sullivan but if he is still on the market in a few weeks they could start communicating. But if Sullivan goes and joins McVay in L.A. they would have to come up with another plan.