Top five tight ends for Redskins to target in 2020 free agency
I considered putting Jacob Hollister at the No. 3 spot on this list, but I elected to keep him in the No. 4 spot for a couple of reasons.
First of all, Hollister is a restricted free agent. So, in order to acquire his services, a team would have to pay up to get him. The Redskins may not be willing to do that with some other quality tight ends on the market.
Second, Hollister isn’t exactly the most proven option available. He had a great year for the Seahawks in 2019, but before that in two years with the New England Patriots, he had just eight catches for 94 yards. Granted, he was playing behind the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but it’s still notable that the Patriots moved on from him after losing both this offseason.
Hollister undeniably has upside. He caught 41 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns and was one of Russell Wilson‘s top targets after he became the team’s No. 1 option at tight end. He only played in 11 games and started three, so perhaps with a higher snap count, he could produce more.
Hollister has nice size at 6-foot-4 and is a functional blocker as well. Luke Willson was the top blocking TE for Seattle when healthy, but Hollister is just 26 and can still continue to grow into that role while he continues to improve as a receiver. He would certainly be a strong middle-of-the-field target for the Redskins who lack talent at the tight end position.
If Hollister was an unrestricted free agent, he would likely be higher on this list as he would be an attainable target that may not cost too much compared to the other options on the market. The Redskins could certainly show interest in him, but given how difficult it is to lure in restricted free agents in the NFL, they may be better served looking at some other options.