High-end, low-end free agents who could still help the Redskins
By Jonathan Eig
High End: Sorry, there is no high-end option here. I mean, I suppose Antonio Brown is a high-end option, but since I wouldn’t touch him with a 10-foot pole – not even a 10-foot pole wrapped in N95s and dripping Purell – I can’t list him. Instead, I’ll give you two low ends.
Low End: Taylor Gabriel
I am not a big Taylor Gabriel fan. But he’s better than guys like Jermaine Kearse and Dontrelle Inman because he can make plays. He is tiny and fast and coming out of the slot, and he can be explosive. Redskins fans should remember what he did in just one half on a Monday night last Fall. He has never performed consistently, but he does have an upside.
I realize I am contradicting another writer on here who is not a Gordon fan. Well, I’m not going to make bold claims for the troubled receiver. But I am going to point out that if Gordon were entering the league today, most of his suspensions would never have happened. Most of his suspensions – at least as far as we know – have involved marijuana, and the NFL has now significantly relaxed its marijuana rules.
Look, Gordon has shown a lot of immaturity, but he has never been a locker room problem in the way Brown has been, and his physical gifts are undeniable. I’m not really advocating that the Redskins sign him, but I would not be bothered if they did.
High End: Charles Clay
Yeah, I know I’m pushing the meaning of “high end” here. Clay is far removed from his glory days in Miami and Buffalo when I thought he was among the most underrated tight ends in the league. His production has been down for a couple of years now, but he is still only 31 and has the versatility to line up in the backfield or on the line.
Low End: Luke Stocker
Stocker is a blocker. That’s pretty much it. He can make the occasional play for you as a receiver but he has lasted in the league for nine years because he can knock undersized edge players off the line. Given the uncertainty at tight end right now, that doesn’t look so bad.