Dan Williams should be veteran option to help at nose tackle for Washington Redskins
Potential Deal Breakers
Of course, there are a few holdups that could be deal breakers for the Redskins. The first is that they lack cap space to get the deal done. With their current 90-man roster filled, it could be hard to create enough capital to invest in Williams. Sure, the team could cut a guy like DeAngelo Hall or Shawn Lauvao, but they have shown no willingness to do that in the recent months. They want those veterans to compete for spots, and Williams is unproven as he has not been with the organization.
The second concern is the fact that Williams may want a lucrative deal. He should be looking for a one year offer, but he may price himself out of the Redskins range if demand for his services is high enough. All it takes is for one team to offer him $4 million and the Redskins will be left in the dust. They should look to offer him a $2 million deal, that is only partially guaranteed, if they elect to pursue him.
Despite the fact that Williams fits well in the Redskins defense, there are just too many obstacles to deal with. Besides, the team has one of the best defensive line coaches in the league, Jim Tomsula. He will have a chance to coach up some of their younger players and may be able to turn Phil Taylor into a quality starter. Additionally, the team could look to target a veteran after roster cuts or later in the offseason.
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At the end of the day, it seems unlikely that this type of deal would happen. While nose tackle is a huge weakness for the Redskins, they may not be willing to buck up the necessary cash to get Williams. They may choose to make it their biggest weakness in the 2017 season and wait until the next offseason to fill it. They could always look to the free agent market, but the money would have to be right for them to make any sort of deal.