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Report: Redskins will pursue Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe

Report: Redskins will pursue Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe

The Redskins need help on the defensive line, and few free agents could help like Dontari Poe. A new report has the team prepared to chase the Chiefs free agent. 

At 6-foot-3 and more than 340 lbs., Poe has the size to play nose tackle in the Redskins 3-4 scheme. He also has the talent to be the run stuffer in the middle of the Washington defensive line the team needs. 

Since switching to the 3-4 defensive scheme seven years ago, the 'Skins have largely lacked a true nose. Poe would instantly give the team a huge upgrade inside, but he will come with a hefty price tag.

Only 26 years old and already with two Pro Bowls on his resume, Poe might prove to be the most costly defensive lineman available in free agency. At the combine, Jay Gruden said that the Redskins organization would "never ever want to try to rely on a big core of free agents coming here."

Signing Poe would be big. 


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'Still unbelievable': Ex-Redskins Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller reflect on Super Bowl journey

'Still unbelievable': Ex-Redskins Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller reflect on Super Bowl journey

Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller spent a combined six seasons with the Redskins, yet neither corner won a playoff game during their tenures there.

Therefore, you can excuse them if they're having a hard time expressing what it's like now being in the Super Bowl together with the Chiefs.

"It's still unbelievable," Breeland told JP Finlay at SB LIV's Media Night on Monday. "I can't even find the words to fathom how I feel about this opportunity."

In fact, the last time Breeland and Finlay chatted, the former was literally asking the latter where to purchase tickets for the NFL's biggest spectacle. He shouldn't have much trouble getting inside of the stadium this time around, though.

"I ended up not even going to that game," he said. "I told myself I wasn't going to the Super Bowl until I got a chance to play in it. Couple of years later, it came true."

Breeland's path to the Chiefs was quite bumpy. After playing for the Redskins for four years and departing after 2017, he inked a well-earned three-year deal with the Panthers. However, he cut his foot during a trip to the Dominican Republic, causing him to fail his physical with Carolina and voiding his contract.

Breeland eventually joined the Packers halfway through 2018, and then he signed with the Chiefs this past offseason. His compensation with Kansas City doesn't come close to what he could've had with Carolina, but a Super Bowl appearance plus his two interceptions and two fumble recoveries in 2019 could help him cash in when free agency begins in a few months.

Fuller, meanwhile, took a much more direct route to the now-AFC champions. The Burgundy and Gold's 2016 draft selection was a part of the shocking Alex Smith trade and he's now concluding his second campaign with his second pro team.

The fact that the pair is reunited again and one win away from reaching the top of the sport isn't lost on Fuller, especially after some of the struggles they experienced with the Redskins. 

"It's been fun," he said. "After we won the AFC Championship game, me and [Breeland] were just kind of sitting on the bench looking at each other, knowing how far we came."

The key to K.C.'s rise, according to Breeland, has been their unity. The almost 28-year-old didn't directly call out Washington for lacking a similar closeness, but his comments don't exactly require much parsing to realize the comparison he's making.

So, while he and Fuller are obviously looking ahead to the 49ers, the following comment from Breeland's brief reflection on his past is telling about what the Redskins need to fix on their end.

"Throughout crunch time, everybody pulls together," Breeland explained. "I've been on different sidelines when things go bad, a lot of people start bickering and pull apart from each other. Those were the times that [this team] got closer and pulled together the most."


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The case for - and against - the Redskins trading the No. 2 overall pick

The case for - and against - the Redskins trading the No. 2 overall pick

MIAMI - Redskins fans need to prepare themselves for three months of speculation about if the team should trade the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft.

Chase Young or more picks? That's the question. 

Fuel got added to the fire on Tuesday when NBC Sports' Peter King explained a league source told him that the Redskins could "remake their franchise" by trading out of the second slot in the draft. The Bengals are going to take LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first, but after that, things could be wide open. 

A team could get desperate for Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon QB Justin Herbert, and when that happens, the floodgates could open for Washington. The Dolphins hold three picks in the first round (5,18, 26) and have publicly talked about their desire for a star young passer. The Chargers need a new quarterback, and plenty of other teams might need a new signal-caller, including Tampa and Las Vegas. 

There are never enough quarterbacks to go around in the NFL, and the allure of the new young star is often too much for NFL general managers to resist at draft time. 

Considering all of that, the Redskins hold a very valuable card with the second pick. Very valuable. 

Still, however, that doesn't mean the team needs to trade it. 

Plenty of scouts consider Ohio State defensive end Chase Young the best prospect on the board, and that includes Tagovailoa and Burrow. Young had 16.5 sacks this season for the Buckeyes in 12 games and is an obvious game-wrecking talent rushing the passer. 

Washington could take Young at two and sit confidently, knowing the new braintrust of Ron Rivera, Kyle Smith and Rob Rogers took the best player on their draft board. 

There is no concrete answer. The Redskins problem is a good one to have. 

Other names will rise up draft boards - Utah State QB Jordan Love and Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah among them. If Washington does trade back, they can still get good players. 

The Dolphins are the obvious candidate to move up, and with their fifth pick, the Redskins could still land a star. Some will say Miami can hold tight at five to get their QB, and while maybe that could work, that assumes no other team trades in front of them for another passer. Or that Detroit, with 32-year-old Matt Stafford coming off a season where he dealt with back fractures, doesn't think quarterback with the third pick. 

There are few knowns in the leadup to the NFL Draft, and in January, there are none. 

The Redskins would be wise to look at all options. In fact, they'd be foolish not to, even if in the end Washington decides to take Young. 

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