The Washington Redskins looked to free agency to not only improve the talent level of their linebacking corps, but to also add depth. Here is a look at the projected Depth Chart of the linebackers, post free agency.
- Brian Orakpo – Orakpo was designated a Franchise Player by the Redskins, paying him $11.25 million in 2014. Orakpo had 10 sacks last season, but is expected to exceed that in 2014.
- Brandon Jenkins – Jenkins spent most of the 2013 season injured, and he didn’t have much of an impact. However, if he can stay healthy he has a chance to show why some thought he was a fifth round steal in the 2013 draft.
- Perry Riley – With London Fletcher retiring, Riley is now one of the leaders of the defense, and after signing a new contract, he is expected to continue the improvement he’s shown the past few seasons.
- Akeem Jordan – Jordan was signed as a free agent to add depth at inside linebacker, and also contribute on special teams.
- Adam Hayward – Hayward has experience as a starter in a 4-3 defense at outside linebacker, but should be able to make the conversion to the inside. However, special teams will be a major focus for Hayward ,as well.
- Darryl Sharpton - Sharpton had a decent season in 2013 as a starter for the Texans, and will be expected to step in for London Fletcher. The Redskins signed him to a one year contract, so he has the incentive to have a big season.
- Keenan Robinson - Robinson has shown that he has talent and potential, but he has not been able to stay healthy consistently enough to capitalize on that potential.
- Josh Hull – Hull will have to play well to keep his spot on the roster.
- Ryan Kerrigan - Kerrigan is a solid pass rusher, but the Redskins need more sacks from him in order for the defense to make a jump up over last season.
- Adrian Robinson – A young player who will need to impress the coaching staff in order to find his spot on the team.