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5 Washington Redskins Storylines to Follow Leading up to Free Agency

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5 Washington Redskins Storylines to Follow Leading up to Free Agency

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The Washington Redskins are always a fun team to follow in the offseason. They may not always make the right moves, but they’re never boring. And, this offseason they have plenty of storylines to look forward to.

The Redskins routinely win the offseason, a fact that their fans no longer find amusing I’m sure. They love to go after big-name free agents, and are never afraid to open up the purse strings and sign them to big deals.

One thing you have to give owner Dan Snyder and the Washington front office is that they want to win and are willing to do whatever it takes to put a quality team on the field. They may not always know what the right moves are, but they don’t just sit on the sidelines in the offseason.

The Redskins have plenty of needs to address this offseason, and most of them involved their own roster. Their salary cap issues of the past might be behind them, but they have plenty of work to do when it comes to building a contending team.

The good news is that the NFC East should be just as wide open as ever next year. They don’t have far to go to get back to the top of the standings.

I always love seeing what the Redskins will do in the offseason, and this year is going to be no different. Constantly entertaining, these are the five Washington storylines to follow leading up to free agency this year.

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5. Can They Sign Brian Orakpo To A Long-Term Deal?

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The Redskins used the dreaded franchise tag on defensive end Brian Orakpo this offseason, but all that does is bye them another year to try and get a long-term deal worked out. Orakpo has been a very productive pass rusher the last few years, and that is probably why he wants the chance to test the open market before he accepts what his value truly is out there.

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4. Will They Release Adam Carriker?

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Defensive lineman Adam Carriker has missed the last 30 games due to injury and is scheduled to count $6.5 million against the cap this year. That sounds like the recipe to get cut, but so far the Redskins have held onto hope that he can return and be productive.

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3. Will They Have A Big-Money Signing?

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Washington is usually good for at least one exorbitant contract in free agency. It seems like they’ve learned their lesson lately, but you know Snyder has a hard time keeping his wallet in his pants, so you never know if they will surface as the team that wildly overpays someone.

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2. Can They Bring Back Perry Riley?

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Perry Riley has been a pleasant surprise since the Redskins took him in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He’s started every game for the last two years and racked up over 300 tackles in his career. Washington would love to have him back on a new deal next season, but he is likely to get some serious interest from other teams as well.

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1. Will Robert Griffin III Ever Be The Same?

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Robert Griffin III had a better year than it seemed last season. The team never protected him and he wasn’t fully healthy, so there is a good chance that he returns to his rookie-year form next season. But, the question still has to be asked. I think the fact that Washington hasn’t tried harder to trade backup quarterback Kirk Cousins speaks volumes right now.