Roundtable Discussion: Who should be the Redskins No. 1 free agent target?
Conor Forrest: Any Cornerback
A few years ago, DeAngelo Hall, Josh Norman, and Bashaud Breeland sewed up a pretty decent secondary the Redskins could live with. But with Breland in Kansas City celebrating a Super Bowl, DeAngelo Hall on the set of NFL Network, and Josh Norman’s future with the team all but finished, the Skins’ need to invest in veteran talent in the secondary.
Last offseason, they address that need with Landon Collins at the safety position, and it’s time to do the same with the cornerback spot.
Ronald Darby, Bradley Roby, and Logan Ryan will all the unrestricted free agents by the end of the year. Again, like all free agents, the price is going to be the most important. But with Josh Norman’s departure likely, the Redskins are left with Quinton Dunbar and a lot of question marks behind him. So any potential starting corner the team can get would be a boost for the secondary and likely quantifies the squad’s biggest need.
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There are a couple of other options the Redskins should look closely at. One is A.J. Green. Yes, I know, he’s older, incredibly injury prone, and will probably be too expensive. All those things are likely, but if the price is right, Green would be the big physical target that the Redskins have needed for far too long.
Dwayne Haskins is going into his second season; it’s vital to give him the tools he needs to succeed. Outside of Terry McLaurin, the entire Redskins receiver group needs a complete overhaul from the top down. At the worst, Green would be inactive with injuries on the sideline. At his best? He’s a top-tier receiver in the league. If the price is right, the Redskins should close in on Green.
And the other option the team needs to consider, believe it or not, is Ereck Flowers. Three hundred sixty-five days ago, if you told me that I would be begging the Redskins to sign Flowers to their offensive line, I would probably make fun of you. But no one did that, so I won’t be making fun of anybody.
Either way, Flowers showed unbelievable growth in his first year at guard. The former first-round pick for the New York Giants was seen as a lost cause after being cut from the Giants and let go by the Jaguars. But his growth in Washington was stunning when he moved to guard. His price tag will probably go up, but the Redskins have to shore up their guard position, and he has proven to be a viable option.
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