By Dan Schneier @PFF_DanSc on April 30, 2014
The Redskins proved during free agency that they are not looking to undergo a long rebuild. They signed several impact free agents that they hope will help get them back into the playoffs. Still feeling the effects of the Robert Griffin III trade on their draft pick arsenal, they are without a first-round pick. However, they still have several roster holes to fill. These five trades can help them do just that.
There is no doubt that Kirk Cousins is one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league, and also a valuable roster piece due to Robert Griffin III's injury history. However, the Redskins are in it to win now and they need to fill multiple starting positions on the roster through the draft. Ex-Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan, who is now in the same position with the Browns, is smitten with Cousins. The Browns could offer a second or third-round pick.
This won't be the most popular idea, but Brian Orakpo recently told the media that he doesn't feel like he needs to prove anything in order to receive a long-term contract. He wants the deal now. The Redskins apparently don't feel the same way and they would prefer to let him play out the season on the one-year franchise tag. If the Redskins don't feel like allocating long-term cap space to Orakpo, they could likely fetch a late first-round pick.
Safety is a major need for the Redskins and they could be targeting Calvin Pryor. Of he is still on the board when the Patriots select at No. 29 overall, the Redskins should bite. They can trade next year's first-round pick for it, a deal that the Patriots have exercised in the past. This gamble would backfire if the Redskins finish with another high first-round pick in 2015.
In order to fill multiple needs, the Redskins can trade down from their early second-round pick, No. 34 overall, and collect more picks. They can use a later second-round pick that they receive on under-the-radar right tackle prospect Ja'Wuan James and use the other to draft a safety like Deone Bucannon.
Alfred Morris is not an ideal fit for Jay Gruden's new offensive scheme. He could be phased out and the backfield may even turn into an even timeshare with Roy Helu and Morris. The Redskins can receive fair compensation for Morris because he is young, talented, and he is under contract for cheap.
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