Our Redskins Free Agency Wish ListPosted on March 10, 2014 by HAIL Republic
Fans of dynasty's despise this time of year. Once the NFL initiated the free agency market, gone were the 18-year vets who played for the same team. These days you might find one or two guys that have stuck it out with the team that drafted them, but the majority usually chase the money whenever its waved in their face.
For Redskin fans, this time of the year has been a period to get really hyped about a big name signing, then curse Daniel Snyder a year later. Numerous times have we given more money to players who never reach their value here.
But forget Deion Sanders and Albert Haynesworth and lets think about who, this year, will help the Skins reach glory again.
Dan T. (@rockmandan800)
Jairus Byrd - Skins need help in the defensive secondary, kid has made plays. Not sure we can spend the money that he wants though.
Michael Johnson - Who wouldn't want this long-armed stud. Can you imagine the possibilities that this guy could create with Orakpo and Kerrigan?
T.J. Ward - Young and good. Once again, defensive secondary. IT IS A MUST. He's a good cover guy that can get physical.
Arthur Jones - Line help from an experienced championship player could help the young Skins line. He has size and mobility and knows how to win. More than likely, Jones will come at a cheaper price than any of the other players on the list.
Branden Albert - I know we have Trent, but, move one of the two to right tackle and this line would be set at tackle for atleast five more years. Solidify a line for RGIII and FroMo and you have a winning equation.
Paul W. (@)
Panthers' Safety Mike Mitchell - The Redskins have not had a reliable player at the free safety position since the days when Sean Taylor was occupying the secondary. Adding former Panther Mike Mitchell into the fold would solve some problems in the back end. In 15 games played last season in Carolina, Mitchell set career highs in tackles (66), sacks (3.5), passes defended (8), interceptions (4) and forced fumbles (2).
Ravens' Defensive End Arthur Jones - Adam Carriker is gone, Stephen Bowen might be right behind him and Jarvis Jenkins hasn't yet returned to the form he flashed in the 2011 preseason before tearing his ACL. Arthur Jones has experience playing the five technique in Baltimore and would be the upgrade at end the Redskins desperately need.
Seahawks' Cornerback CB Walter Thurmond III - The Redskins went with a nickel corner on 62% of their defensive plays last season. Josh Wilson won't be back so adding a quality third corner should be a high priority. Walter Thurmond III was an effective slot corner during the Seahawks Super Bowl run and would be an ideal fit with DeAngelo Hall and David Amerson.
Packer's Tight End Andrew Quarless - Uber talented tight end Jordan Reed will be a valued part of the Redskins' offense in 2014, but they have to upgrade the TE2 spot on the depth chart. Andrew Quarless is a far more talented tight end than both Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen in the passing game, yet is an underrated in-line run blocker.
Bengals' tackle Anthony Collins - This one is a no brainer. Anthony Collins already has knowledge of Jay Gruden's offense and can transition seamlessly into the Redskins starting lineup.
Champ Bailey, CB - I know it's kind of like trying to rekindle a romance with an ex, but I still love me some Champ Bailey. He's no longer the best corner in football, but he would be an upgrade covering the slot and could add depth at safety if needed. Plus, I can't think of a better mentor for David Amerson.
Eric Decker, WR - Well, it's either Decker or Andre Roberts, but the Skins are very much in need of an upgrade opposite Pierre Garcon. Decker is a reliable pass catcher, a deep threat with good size and one former Peyton-go-to deserves another.
Anthony Collins, T - There is perhaps no greater position of need than right tackle. While he may not come cheap, if they can land Collins, Washington will be acquiring a player who is not only capable of playing both tackle spots effectively, but has done so in a Jay Gruden offensive. It almost makes too much sense.
Karlos Dansby, ILB - He's simply the best available inside linebacker available to replace the retired London Fletcher and, presuming a deal can't be struck, Perry Riley. The Cardinals may not let him walk and he would be 33 by the time he dawned burgundy and gold, but couple him with a middle-round draft pick and you've got yourself the beginnings of a pretty decent group of linebackers.
Jairus Byrd, FS - The Redskins haven't come close to filling the enormous hole left by the passing of Sean Taylor. While the 5'10" Byrd isn't Taylor, he has great range, ball-hawking skills and will allow Jim Haslett to get freaky with his play-calling knowing Byrd won't be getting beat deep. He won't come cheap, but if this team is going to splurge on one player, this is the guy. You can't be an elite defense without an elite safety.
Patrick M. (@)
T.J. Ward - Young, up and coming player who has emerged as a borderline elite level safety. Signing Ward would immediately turn Strong Safety from an area of weakness to an area of strength for years to come for the Redskins defense. Plus he likely won’t demand as much money as Jarius Byrd.
James Jones - He's exactly the kind of receiver the Redskins are lacking. He's a big, strong, physical receiver that can play on the outside and has a tremendous ability to go up and get the ball. He would be an excellent complement to Pierre Garcon and likely won’t demand the money of other comparable free agent receivers like Eric Decker.
Captain Munnerlyn - Simply put, he's a solid and dependable cornerback. He'd look great lining up on the field opposite DeAngelo Hall with Amerson in the slot. Munnerlyn knows what it's like to play on a great defense and knows how to get the job done. Won’t have to break the bank for him and will allow Amerson to develop.
Perry Riley - Obviously this would be a resigning rather than bringing in a new player. Riley is a solid, sure tackling linebacker who has been solid for the Redskins. He would provide some stability for a Redskins defense that will likely look very different this year. Unfortunately, it appears he has a very high asking price so hopefully the Redskins can resign him for the right price.
Dexter McCluster - He's the type of weapon the Redskins have lacked for years. McCluster could make an immediate impact in the return game and make that a position of strength so we don't have our tight end returning kicks anymore. Furthermore, he can line up at running back and slot receiver and create headaches for opposing defenses. He's a special player that can change a game any time he touches the ball.
Brendan J. (@)
Lamarr Houston, LE, Raiders - Big and strong enough to play End in the 3-4, and also has the ability to get some pressure, which is desperately needed from the line.
Walter Thurmond, CB, Seahawks - Should be cheaper than some of the bigger names, and has a lot of experience in the slot, where the Redskins have had a tough time the last couple years.
Anthony Collins, T, Bengals - One notch below the top tackles, but should probably be available for a somewhat reasonable price, and of course played for Gruden. Played well at both tackle spots last year, so he would also be able to swing over if Trent gets hurt.
Jairus Byrd, S, Bills - Yeah I know, I tried not to just pick the best guy at each position, but I feel like he would really be able to clean up a lot of deep stuff and allow Hall and Amerson to be aggressive.
Dexter McCluster/Darren Sproles/Devin Hester, KR/PR - Whichever one seems like they'll be cheapest.