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5 Free Agents The Washington Redskins Should Re-Sign This Offseason

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5 Free Agents The Washington Redskins Need To Re-Sign

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This offseason is sure to be one of turnover and change for the Washington Redskins, and for good reason.

This is a team with plenty of underperformers, and in order for Washington to become a contender, they absolutely must get rid of these players. Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen certainly don't have an easy job to do going into this offseason, however, both Gruden and Allen are the right men for their respective jobs. Gruden understands that he needs players that will fit his system, and Allen understands that it is his job to get these players. The Redskins have a daunting offseason ahead, however, they have the right leaders in place.

The most important part to this offseason for the Redskins is that they must jettison the players that need to go, but also keep the right players that can help the team win. Despite all of the off-the-field drama, Robert Griffin III is still an exciting, young quarterback, and he is just one of many talented players for the Washington team. The team has to be smart about what player they keep and which ones they send packing, and Bruce Allen and co. know that. Sure, we're looking at an offseason of uncertainty for the Redskins, however, they still have talent on the roster, and by adding talented players over the offseason, and keeping the right players that they already have in place, we could be looking at a future contender in Washington D.C.

Let's take a look at five players that the Washington Redskins absolutely must re-sign this offseason.

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5. Brian Orakpo

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Washington Redskins linebacker, Brian Orakpo, is perhaps the one player the team needs the most moving forward. With a defense that hasn't quite lived up to expectations, it's absolutely imperative that the Redskins keep the right players, while getting rid of others. Orakpo is an excellent pass-rusher that also provides solid ability in the run game. He may or may not be an elite player, but the fact is, Orakpo is an important part of the Redskins' success moving forward.

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4. Fred Davis

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It may seem odd to some people to include a player coming off the worst season of his career, and plagued with work ethic questions, on a list like this. Generally speaking, these people would be correct, so why should the Redskins keep Fred Davis around, you ask? It's simple really, new coach Jay Gruden loves to use two tight end sets, and by pairing Davis with surprising Jordan Reed, the Redskins could have a dangerous tandem on their hands.

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3. Perry Riley

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On the surface, Washington middle linebacker Perry Riley may not seem to be special in any certain aspect of his game. However, if you dig deeper, you discover a hard-working player that is extremely reliable for this team. Whatever Riley lacks in star power, he makes up for it in heart, effort and reliability, and it's these traits that should make Washington want to lock this man up for the next few years.

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2. DeAngelo Hall

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It seems like just a little while ago that Washington was just counting down the days until they were free of trash-talking corner DeAngelo Hall. However, after returning to Washington on a cheap, one-year deal last offseason, Hall proved that he still has something left to contribute during the season. Hall played some of his best football this season for the Redskins and he provides the secondary with some much needed playmaking ability.

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1. Rob Jackson

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Washington Redskins backup linebacker Rob Jackson is a great insurance policy for the team, especially if Brian Orakpo leaves during free agency. Jackson has played well in his limited opportunity before, and it's certainly possible he could start on a handful of teams across the entire league. It might not seem like it on the surface, but Jackson is an important player for the Redskins.