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5 Overrated NFL Free Agents the Washington Redskins Should Avoid At All Costs

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Washington Redskins: 5 Free Agents They Should Pass On

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The 2014 NFL Free Agency is just the most wonderful time of the year.

The Washington Redskins are looking to bounce back from their 3-13 season with a few more pounds to their punch, hoping there is a free agent out there looking to don the burgundy and gold. Everyone is talking about it, including recently re-signed corner back DeAngelo Hall. Hall signed for another four years said to be worth $5 million a season. But that’s not the story. The story is how he is turning that good news into even better news for the Redskins as a recruiter.

Hall has been with the Redskins for six seasons. Who else could talk about a team better than him? Possibly Rex Grossman.

In his interview on ESPN 980 Hall said, “…I’m already talking to Brian Orakpo, Brandon Meriweather. I’m trying to get as many guys around us as possible man to help us win. I’ll probably talk to Jay (Gruden) in the next couple of days when they get back from the Combine. Hey, what do we need on offense? Who do I need to call. Who do I need to reach out to? Heck, I’m a pretty good recruiter…” I can’t think of a better way to convince other players in the league to play for the Redskins than to hear it from those who play for the team. It’s the type of talk around the water cooler that you want to happen. Along with that, there are those free agents the Redskins should avoid no matter how well they’re packaged.

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Philaldelphia Eagles' Michael Vick

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One of the biggest problems right now with Vick is his health. He’ll give you five or maybe six good games and then be out with an injury. He’s a risk for the backup position and should not be considered given the fact the Redskins are going to keep Kirk Cousins. And don’t even think about replacing Rex Grossman with this guy -- that’s a media firestorm no one wants. Just to think: Vick as a third-string quarterback? He would be trade bait. He played 10 games in 2012, seven in 2013. He is not worth the investment.

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New York Giants' Hakeem Nicks

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Once a fabled hero of NFL Super Bowl XLVI, you barely hear Nicks' name nowadays. Nicks was the leading receiver in that game with 10 receptions for 109 yards. But in the past two seasons Nicks has been suspect, making 56 catches for 896 yards last season and not scoring a TD.

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Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler

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The Redskins community was a little taken back when Mike Shanahan drafted Kirk Cousins as a backup quarterback. However, the Redskins are known for pulling off the unthinkable. Drafting Cutler would be a complete waste of time and money. In all reality, this is one free agent we should not worry about.

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Jared Allen: Minnesota Vikings

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For a whopping $14 million and some change, Allen led the Minnesota Vikings in sacks, but failed to break the top five in tackles. Allen is not the complete package, and for this amount of money it would surely restrict the Redskins on picking up quality talent. Allen’s price to play is far outside what the Redskins are paying their own players.

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Jacksonville Jaguars' Maurice Jones-Drew

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Maurice Jones-Drew was a name that many would probably throw around to give RB Alfred Morris a break from time to time, but that would over-stack their running game. With talent like Roy Helu in the backfield, Jones-Drew would be competing for field time. That kind of drama is not needed.