Redskins: Five 2021 free agents to keep an eye on

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RICHMOND, VA – JULY 26: A general view of a Washington Redskins helmet on the field during training camp at Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on July 26, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

The 2020 season is still far away, but it’s never too early for the Redskins to prepare for 2021.

The Washington Redskins rebuilding project under Ron Rivera was always going to be a long-term process, and while there’s a chance the rebuild could progress quicker than expected in 2020, playoff contention is simply unlikely for the burgundy and gold. At least, for the time being.

In 2021, after a presumed year of growth, the Redskins will be able to compound their foundational additions, and perhaps springboard toward playoff contention in 2021. They’ll have an extra third-round pick in their war chest, as well as around $100 million in cap space. That’s a massive amount of cap flexibility, which they can use to re-sign and extend key players, add blue-chip talent, and shore up their depth.

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Of course, with all that money comes the responsibility of using it efficiently. The Redskins will have to acquaint themselves with some of the league’s top free agents next offseason, and decide which deals might be most prudent to their success. Here, we’ll take a look as well.

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