In the second installment of this series, I turn my attention to the Washington Redskins. This one was kind of tough to do because I feel like they need an upgrade at quarterback already after one year of Haskins. But, I decided to hold off and give him more time to improve. I think this franchise is in a better position than Cincinnati due to already having some solid talent on the roster. They just need staff to maximize talent and improvement from their young signal-caller. Here is how I would envision a successful off-season for the ‘Skins.
The first big move that needs to be made is to cut Josh Norman. He is past his prime and not worth the hefty price tag any longer. Cutting him will save $12.5 million next season. The next cut you have to make is oft-injured TE Jordan Reed. Cutting Reed will save them $8.5 million. Then the big Trent Williams question looms. Will he play, or will you have to trade him? At his age, I do not know if someone will give up serious assets for him. Cutting him would save money, but the best-case scenario is new head coach Ron Rivera convinces Williams to suit up again. I am assuming that in this scenario.
The Redskins have very little players that I would recommend retaining. Those include long-time back-up QB Colt McCoy to help mentor Haskins, Chris Thompson to play passing downs, Star guard Brandon Scherff (possible franchise tag), and veteran linebacker Mason Foster. These are good locker room guys and in Scherff’s case, an integral part of the team.
In free agency, I have the Redskins picking up quite a few key guys. Highlighted by former Redskin Kendall Fuller, a versatile defensive back. They also would be wise to add a fullback like Zach Line and a solid tight end like Darren Fells. For Trent Williams insurance I have them adding Cordy Glen (assuming Bengals cut him). Lastly, I have them giving Haskins another playmaker in Super Bowl champ Demarcus Robinson. These players would greatly improve the Redskins depth and experience.
The NFL Draft
Round 1 Pick 2: Chase Young, DE, Ohio State (no-brainer)
Round 3 Pick 66: Donovan Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan
Round 4 Pick 98: Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU (LT of the future)
Round 5 Pick 130: Jeremy Chinn, S, Southern Illinois
Round 7 Pick 193: Darryl Williams, IOL, Mississippi State
Round 7 Pick 206: Levonta Taylor, CB, Florida State
Young is the best player in the draft and will make their defensive line borderline elite. DPJ is simply too good to pass up at the top of round three. Charles is raw but his flashes are incredible. Chinn has the ability to play safety or nickel linebacker. Williams is just a solid depth piece for the offensive line, and Taylor is a former, much-hyped five-star recruit that got caught up in the dumpster fire that is Florida State football. He has talent, he just needs someone to bring it out of him.
An off-season like this would have me super excited if I was a fan of the Redskins. Throw in the fact that Reuben Foster should be back at some point and you have to love what their front seven will look like under Riverboat Ron. This team has the potential to compete in the NFC East if Haskins makes strides.