10 Underrated Free Agents the Washington Redskins Should Target This Offseason
Underrated Free Agents for the Washington Redskins
Free agency opens across the NFL in March, and you can bet teams will be battling and negotiating day and night for their favorite free agents. If you’ve got the money to throw around, this becomes one of the easiest opportunities to make your team better.
For the Washington Redskins, free agency is a key to their success in the fall. Since they don’t have a first-round draft pick, free agency becomes an important period on the calendar to better the team. They have plenty of funds available, so they could make some serious headway. There are several players being speculated on, but what about the rest of the group? Who else could be a good fit?
Primarily, they need help on the defensive side of the football. They have a weak defense that was often their downfall in their 3-13 2013 season. The secondary is an area that is in desperate need of help, and the front seven has holes as well. With London Fletcher retired, they need to find a suitable replacement at inside linebacker.
On the following slides, you’ll find 10 underrated free agents for the Washington Redskins to take a look at. We all know about the big names, but what about lesser-known players who could still step up? That’s where you’ll find these ten names. There are several offensive players but primarily defensive players since that’s where the Redskins need the most help and improvement.
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10. Dane Sanzenbacher - Slot Receiver
This is the lone restricted free agent on this list. The three-year veteran out of the Ohio State, Dane Sanzenbacher played under Jay Gruden with the Cincinnati Bengals. Last season, Sanzenbacher managed just six receptions, but I still see him as a possible slot-receiver threat. The Redskins could cut some serious costs when it comes to re-signing receivers because he’ll be cheap. His price tag and possible role in the offense is what makes him so intriguing to me.
9. Ryan Clark - Safety
Will the Steelers re-sign Ryan Clark? One would think so, but the Redskins could make a play on him. Clark would definitely better the secondary. Last season, he made 104 tackles and two interceptions. Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty are both free agents this year; replacing either one with Clark would be a great idea.
8. Antoine Bethea - Safety
There’s a similar situation going on in Indianapolis with the Indianapolis Colts and Antoine Bethea. Bethea would bring a boost to the Redskins’ secondary, but he’ll come at a cost. Last year, his 110 tackles landed him second on the team and recorded two interceptions along with that.
7. Malcolm Jenkins - Safety
Malcolm Jenkins is becoming a free agent this year, and the New Orleans Saints need to decide what they are going to do with him. In five seasons in the NFL, he has yet to play a full season and recorded 68 tackles in 2013, down nearly 30 from the year before. Along with that, he posted 2.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and had two interceptions. Jenkins could be the cheapest of the three safeties we’ve discussed, so the Redskins should take a look at him.
6. Walter Thurmond III - Cornerback
A lesser-known member of the Legion of Boom, Walter Thurmond III would come cheap for the Redskins. He was suspended for four games in 2013 but managed 32 tackles, one sack, one fumble and one interception. If the Redskins want a defensive back that is team-friendly financially, Thurmond may be their guy.
5. Sam Shields - Cornerback
There’s a handful of cornerbacks and safeties being talked about as Redskins’ targets, but you haven’t really heard much about Sam Shields. For the Green Bay Packers in 2013, he recorded four interceptions and 61 tackles. He would certainly be able to help balance out the secondary and he wouldn’t be as expensive as others.
4. Wesley Woodyard - Inside Linebacker
The Redskins now have a need at inside linebacker with London Fletcher moving on. If Perry Riley Jr. moves to the middle that’s fine, but they need a replacement for him. Wesley Woodyard could be that guy. Woodyard had 84 tackles in the regular season for the Denver Broncos, so he’s an intriguing player for the Redskins.
3. Ziggy Hood - Nose Tackle
If you’re going to run the 3-4 defense, you’re going to need a good nose tackle. You need someone who can soak up blockers and wreak havoc in the middle of the line. Ziggy Hood has played that role and done just that for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bringing in a true 3-4 nose tackle like Hood would help boost that front seven.
2. Chad Rinehart - Offensive Guard
Originally a draft pick of the Redskins, Chad Rinehart has bounced around the NFL for the past several years. The Redskins' offensive line is anchored by Williams but lacks talent along the rest of it. Bringing in Rinehart would give them one solid guard to rely on.
1. Rodger Saffold - Offensive Tackle
Trent Williams is entrenched at left tackle, but is Tyler Polumbus really the right tackle of the future? I’m not so sure. Rodger Saffold can play both guard and tackle, so you’re really getting a two-for-one special here with him.