The Washington Redskins are keeping the momentum going on the this first day of NFL Free Agency. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports they have signed Tampa Buccaneers free agent inside linebacker Adam Hayward to a 3-year deal. Hayward is capable of starting , but is primarily known as a special teams standout, and no doubt the Redskins needed one.
The Redskins had the worst special teams in the NFL in the 2013 season, giving up several kick and punt returns for touchdowns, and other long returns that failed to go the distance. Since losing Lorenzo Alexander as a free agent last season, the Redskins could not find anyone to step in to the role special teams enforcer, and hence they sign Adam Hayward.
The special teams gaffes no doubt helped to contribute to several Redskins losses last season, and new coaching staff and management have taken a step in ensuring that doesn’t happen in 2014. The Redskins also needed to add depth at inside linebacker. Re-signed Perry Riley, but the other ILB, London Fletcher has retired.
Hayward has starting experience, and he may be given an opportunity to compete to start at inside linebacker to go along with his role on special teams. If nothing else, Adam Hayward provides a solid backup at the position.