Simulating the Washington Redskins’ free agency, NFL draft, entire 2020 offseason
On the offensive side of the ball, we decided to let Case Keenum and Colt McCoy go. While Keenum would be an excellent backup for the Redskins, he will probably want to go somewhere else with some uncertainty at quarterback, as he may have a better chance to start there (a la Ryan Tannehill with the Titans).
As for McCoy, his time in the nation’s capital just seems to be up. He was the third-stringer for most of the season and is just an average backup at this point. It may be time for a change of scenery for McCoy.
It’s also worth noting that Alex Smith wants to return this season, so he may be the Redskins backup this season, unless someone wants to take on his contract. Or maybe Rivera would let him compete for the starting job. Either way, Smith’s fluid situation will impact just how much the team can spend at QB.
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It was a bit harder to let Chris Thompson go just because of the flashes he has shown during his time with the ‘Skins. The dynamic receiving back has simply been banged up too much and the team may have selected him replacement in the 2019 draft, Bryce Love, who essentially took a redshirt season as he recovered from an ACL injury. It didn’t make sense to re-sign Thompson as a result and he landed with the Raiders in this simulation (a very real possibility in real life as well).
It also felt like the right time to let Vernon Davis walk. The 36-year-old has been a valuable backup tight end amid Jordan Reed’s injury issue, but if he continues to play, it should be for a contender.
On defense, there weren’t as many notable players that left. Aaron Colvin and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie both were depth corners at different points this season, but with some plans to address the corner position in free agency (more on that later) it made senes for these two to depart.
After departures, re-signings, and cuts, the Redskins had about $58 million in cap space remaining. And during free agency, that money was put to good use.