By Dan Schneier @PFF_DanSc on April 12, 2014
The Redskins entered the offseason with almost million in salary-cap space and a roster that needed a major overhaul. Instead of addressing multiple needs, they decided to focus on a few. In the process, they made some very questionable decisions. Click through above for the five worst decisions they made this offseason.
At the time, it was difficult to realize this, but signing Andre Roberts to a million contract to serve as a third wide receiver is not a smart way to allocate salary-cap space. To make matters worse, talented tight end Jordan Reed stands a chance to be ahead of Roberts in targets as well. They didn't know DeSean Jackson would become available, but it doesn't change the fact that this money could be better used elsewhere.
Jason Hatcher was coming off a career year with the Cowboys and the Redskins signed a player who was one of the five or six best interior pass rushers in 2013. The problem is that Hatcher is already 31 and he was a bust for the Cowboys until last season. To make matters much worse, his breakout season came when the Cowboys switched to a 4-3 defense. The Redskins use a 3-4 base defense.
If the Redskins wanted an interior pass rusher, then they should have just signed Henry Melton. He was injured and missed all of 2013, but in 2012 he was just as good of a pass rusher as Jason Hatcher was in 2013. Melton is also several years younger and signed a contract that is structured like a one-year "prove it" deal, for much cheaper annually than what Hatcher makes.
For the past two seasons, Lauvao has been the weak link of the Browns' offensive line. According to Pro Football Focus, he has graded out as one of the 10 worst guards in the entire NFL in both seasons. Go figure, the Redskins decided to chuck him million dollars over four years.
Although he was not hyped coming out of college, Geoff Schwartz has developed into one of the best guards in the NFL. Originally tried at tackle, Schwartz struggled a bit and was more of an average lineman. Since moving to guard, he has graded out as the sixth-best guard in the entire NFL on a per-snap basis according to Pro Football Focus.
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