The Washington Redskins began free agency with hopes of signing one of the top safeties available. Rumors persisted that they like had targeted names like the Bills Jairus Byrd and the Panthers Mike Mitchell. But Byrd ended up signing with the
Cleveland Browns New Orleans Saints, and Mitchell signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Maybe both of their asking prices were a bit too steep for the Redskins. But by not signing either one of those guys, the rest of the market for the top safeties has dried up. And now the Redskins are faced with either re-signing one of last season’s starters in Brandon Meriweather or Reed Doughty, or signing former Redskin Ryan Clark.
With the Redskins making signings like Jason Hatcher on the defensive line, they have made a move to improve the pass rush, so that should help improve the effectiveness from the defensive backfield. I don’t think the Redskins will draft a safety high unless one of the top guys like Calvin Pryor falls to them, but N. Illinois’ Jimmie Ward is also an option.
If Bacarri Rambo can make a leap up in performance over his rookie season, and Phillip Thomas can stay healthy and have an impact, then this problem could work itself out. But until that happens, the Redskins have a lot of unanswered questions at safety.