The Redskins have a substantial amount of salary cap space and a ton of needs to fill. During the NFL playoffs, CSN Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take a game by game look at the best unrestricted free agent prospects playing for each team.
Steelers vs. Chiefs
Tandler gave you a look at the Steelers’ pending free agents last week. Today the focus is on potential Chiefs targets.
The Chiefs are tight on cap space with about $4.9 million as of now, the third-lowest available money figure in the NFL. The good news for them is that they have only six pending unrestricted free agents so they don’t have to spend a whole lot to keep the team intact. Still, they have some decisions to make.
—S Eric Berry played the season on the franchise tag. The Chiefs could opt to tag him again, a move that would give him a cap number of just under $13 million. They could do that but they might want to use the tag on the next player on the list. On the open market, Berry could command a deal comparable to those of Earl Thomas and Harrison Smith, in the $10 million per year range. Even though Barry’s age, 28, and Washington’s chronic need at safety might tempt the Redskins, that price tag is likely to be too rich.
—If the Chiefs don’t tag Berry they may decide to slap it on DT Dontari Poe, who can be absolutely dominant in the middle of the line. That move would cost them around $14 million. A long-term contract for Poe would be comparable to the six-year, $102.6 million deal that Fletcher Cox signed with the Eagles last year. Again, Poe’s age, 27 when training camp starts, and position need would make him attractive to the Redskins but his potential contract demands are likely to scare them away.
—So how about a player the Redskins might actually sign? RB Knile Davis started and ended the year with the Chiefs but he also was the property of the Packers and, briefly, the Jets before re-signing with Kansas City. Last year was a lost season for Davis but in part-time duty in 2013-2014 the former third-round pick of the Chiefs was a solid part-time player, averaging about 30 yards per game in total offense. If the Redskins don’t feel comfortable with Matt Jones as their second option behind Rob Kelley, they could take a look at Davis, who would come at a very reasonable cost.
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—Since he was drafted by the 49ers in 2011 OL Michael Person has been with five other teams. He was the Falcons’ starter at center in 2015 and that is why he might interest the Redskins. If John Sullivan leaves and Kory Lichtensteiger is released as a cap casualty they may be in search of a backup center. Person will come cheap and may be a fit.