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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GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 9: Defensive back Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles wide receiver Josh Doctson #18 of the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – SEPTEMBER 9: Defensive back Tre Boston #33 of the Arizona Cardinals tackles wide receiver Josh Doctson #18 of the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at State Farm Stadium on September 9, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

. Safety. Cardinals. Tre Boston. 1. player. 32

This is the most obvious fit in the world. The Redskins didn’t add a safety in the draft. They may have confidence in Montae Nicholson, Troy Apke, and Deshazor Everett to start next to free agent addition Landon Collins, but that didn’t exactly work out well last year. That’s why the team traded for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix midseason.

Tre Boston is one of the better young safeties in the game. He turns 27 in June, and should have five good years still ahead of him.

Over the course of the past few seasons, Boston has shown excellent coverage skills, amassing 10 interceptions and 24 pass defenses while playing with three different teams. He has been a solid tackler as well, but his coverage skills are the bigger selling point on him. And playing him next to Collins, who is better served as a downhill playmaker, would allow the Redskins to use them both in their best roles.

Of course, there are some concerns with Boston. He has played for four teams during his five-year NFL career, and he has had to sign a one-year contract in each of the past two offseasons. This doesn’t make sense, especially when looking at his talent in a vacuum. Perhaps his contract demands are simply too high, but it’s still notable that this has happened in three straight offseasons after he was surprisingly waived by the Carolina Panthers.

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If the ‘Skins are going to add any other big-name free agents, Boston would be the one to sign. He would work well with Collins and push Nicholson into more of a nickel/dime role with Apke and Everett on special teams. It remains to be seen if they are interested, but they well could be.