Redskins: 3 free agents to target after the ‘compensatory pick deadline’ passes

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 14: Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up on field before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 14: Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up on field before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 14, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 24: Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions sacks Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH – DECEMBER 24: Ezekiel Ansah #94 of the Detroit Lions sacks Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images) /

. Edge Rusher. Lions. Ezekiel Ansah. 3. player. 50

Ezekiel Ansah was once considered one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. After solid production in his first two seasons, Ansah broke out in 2015 with a 14.5 sack season and dominated off the line of scrimmage. He had speed and athleticism on his frame, and the top-five pick helped to give the Lions a strong interior/exterior punch along with Ndamukong Suh.

However, Ansah has struggled with inconsistency and injuries during recent seasons. He had only two sacks in 2016, followed that up with 12 the next year, and logged four while playing just seven games in 2018. His inconsistent play, and injury, prompted the Lions to part ways with him. Since then, he has remained on the market, but has met with a couple of teams.

The Redskins don’t necessarily have a need on the edge anymore. They did draft Montez Sweat to be the long-term starter across from Ryan Kerrigan, so they may not want to sink their cap space into a player that would be the third option on the team at best. That’s why Ansah only comes in at third on the list.

That said, if Ansah comes at the right price on a cheaper, “prove it” deal, the Redskins could still consider signing him. It seems more likely that Ansah would land elsewhere, but the team should try and kick the tires on him at the very least.

Ansah represents a potential veteran addition on the edge, and that’s something that the ‘Skins have liked to add in recent offseasons (Junior Galette, 2017; Pernell McPhee, 2018). The Redskins are less likely to target help at the position this time around but Ansah is one of the better free agents they could consider signing past the compensatory pick deadline.