5 Realistic Free Agents the Redskins Should Target in 2016

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Zach Brown
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ILB Zach Brown

More than likely, the Redskins will need to add more bodies at inside linebacker heading into 2016. Perry Riley Jr. may be released considering his expensive cap hit and average play, Will Compton is solid but inconsistent, and Keenan Robinson and Mason Foster are scheduled for free agency. Beyond that, the Redskins have nothing but inexperienced, unproven talent at the position.

While Brown is far from a solve-all, he’s a capable inside linebacker who should be eager for another opportunity to prove his worth. Although he has struggled in the past against the run, he’s an excellent pass defender and above average pass rusher. He’d be a better starting option than Compton or Riley, having put together a better overall 2015 campaign than all of the Redskins’ inside linebackers that saw significant action.

The Titans don’t seem eager to re-sign Brown, which should make him an easy target in free agency at one of the Redskins’ biggest needs. He made $1.2 million in 2015, but should come at a similar price if the Redskins choose to target him. Especially if they let Riley go and save about $4 million in cap space, spending $1.5-$2 million or so on Brown is a no-brainer.