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Scouting the Playoffs: Possible Redskins targets in the Seahawks-Lions game

Scouting the Playoffs: Possible Redskins targets in the Seahawks-Lions game

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.

The first NFC Wild Card matchup pits the Lions against the Seahawks, and JP Finlay takes a look at possible fits.

Detroit Lions

  • Rafael Bush - The Redskins need help at safety, a lot of it. Bush is not the answer to the Redskins woes in the back of the secondary, but he's a veteran with an ability to make plays that could provide good depth. On the season, Bush started four games, made two interceptions, including a Pick 6, to go with a sack, three passes defensed and 31 tackles. He won't break the bank either; he played this season in Detroit on a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. 
  • Anquan Boldin - It's not a situation Redskins fans want to envision, but it's entirely possible both Pierre Garçon and DeSean Jackson walk away from the team via free agency. If that happens, a veteran like Boldin on a team-friendly deal could help bridge some of the gap. Boldin in no way replaces Jackson, but he could bring some of the toughness on 3rd downs that Garçon provided for the Skins, as well as good hands and a crisp route runner. His stats have been on a steady decline for two seasons, and Boldin will turn 37 in October, but this is still a guy who caught nearly 70 passes on a playoff team in 2016. 

Seattle Seahawks

  • Tony McDaniel - Pardon this announcement from Captain Obvious: The Redskins need to rebuild their defensive line. McDaniel is not the player to rebuild the defensive line, but he could be an asset for Washington as a depth player in the trenches. He turns 32 in two weeks, but he's also 6-foot-7 and a contributor to the stout Seahawks defense. McDaniel had an overall positive rating from Pro Football Focus this season in 484 snaps; he didn't provide much in pass rush but was able to help against the run. He won't play against Detroit, however, as he's dealing with a concussion.
  • Jeron Johnson - He's a free agent, but we've seen this movie before.
  • Somebody else - The Seahawks have 13 unrestricted free agents, and odds are McCloughan might bring one to Washington. Check out their full list here

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Ex-Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signing with Seahawks over Redskins, Bills

Ex-Panthers tight end Greg Olsen signing with Seahawks over Redskins, Bills

When tight end Greg Olsen was released from the Carolina Panthers last month, many pegged the Redskins as a possible destination due to his connection with new head coach Ron Rivera and the team's need at the position.

But the 34-year-old will not be reuniting with his old head coach. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Olsen has agreed to a one-year, $7 million deal with the Seattle Seahawks, including $5.5 million guaranteed.

After parting ways with the Panthers, Olsen took visits with the Redskins and Buffalo Bills in addition to the Seahawks.

According to Schefter, Olsen strongly considered signing with both Washington and Buffalo, but the lure of playing with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was the major difference-maker.

By missing out on Olsen, the Redskins have plenty of decisions still to make at tight end. Jordan Reed is still in the concussion protocol recovering from one he suffered last August and is not expected to be back with the organization. Vernon Davis retired earlier this month. 

With Jeremy Sprinkle currently the Redskins top tight end and Olsen now heading west, the team could show interest in tight ends Austin Hooper and Eric Ebron in free agency, among others.

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Redskins Free Agent Targets: Darqueze Dennard

Redskins Free Agent Targets: Darqueze Dennard

NBC Sports Washington is taking a long look at potential free agents that could help the Redskins in 2020. 

Cincinnati Bengals CB Darqueze Dennard
2014 first-round pick by Cincinnati
Unrestricted free agent
5-foot-11 | 200 lbs. | 28 years old

Cornerback is a significant need for the Washington Redskins and one they were likely expected to address in free agency. With the release of veteran Josh Norman last Friday, upgrading the position now becomes a necessity. 

One cornerback the Burgundy and Gold should target in free agency is a name many Redskins fans are not familiar with: Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard.

The 28-year-old was drafted in 2014 and has spent all six of his NFL seasons with the Bengals. During his time in Cinci, he played the majority of his snaps from the slot but proved he has the ability to play on the outside as well. The 5-foot-11 cornerback has a strong frame and is one of the best at his position defending the run. 

Injuries have hampered Dennard throughout his career, but he's been productive when on the field.

Last season, although he played in just nine games, Dennard posted the 15th best coverage grade from Pro Football Focus. The 28-year-old excelled in coverage downfield, allowing just four catches of 10 or more yards all season. In contrast, Redskins' cornerbacks posted the fourth-worst grade by PFF in such situations.

Dennard was a first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but never blossomed to the shutdown cornerback the Bengals hoped they drafted. Nonetheless, he's a very viable starter and one that could greatly benefit a Washington secondary that struggled mightily a season ago.

As it stands now, the Redskins starters at cornerback are Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau starting on the outside with Jimmy Moreland in the slot. 

Dunbar, who had a career-best season a year ago, was rumored to request a trade from the Redskins a couple of weeks ago. He later backtracked on his statement, saying the situation had been blown out of proportion.

Regardless, Dunbar enters his final season under contract with Washington and has zero guarantees remaining in his contract; there's no assurance he's back with Washington in 2021 and beyond. Moreau also enters the final season of his rookie year as well.

So, the Redskins likely need to sign at least one, if not two, cornerbacks in free agency. Dennard could be an ideal fit and a cheaper option than other cornerbacks on the market.

Head coach Ron Rivera said that part of the reason he released Norman was so the team could get younger at the position, and at 28, Dennard still has plenty of football ahead of him.

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