Washington Football Team interested in retaining Ronald Darby, signing Tre Boston

Washington Football Team CB Ronald Darby. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Washington Football Team CB Ronald Darby. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Washington Football Team has the building blocks needed to field an elite defense. And if they can fill a couple of holes during the 2021 offseason, they will be positioned for immense success this year.

Most notably, they have to add a top-tier starter at the linebacker spot, but in addition to that, they need some help in the secondary. They have a couple of long-term starters in the secondary including Kendall Fuller and Kam Curl, but there are a couple of unsettled spots back there as well.

However, one of those spots can be filled internally… provided that they can re-sign Ronald Darby.

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The Washington Football Team is interested in bringing back Ronald Darby.

This fact was reported by Sam Fortier and Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post on Monday. Here’s what they said about a potential Darby deal.

"Washington is interested in retaining Darby, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Darby joined the team on a one-year prove-it deal in 2020 and could be looking at a significant pay increase to $9 million or $10 million a year."

This makes a lot of sense. Darby played very well for the team last year after a slow start to the season, and he paired well with Fuller. Since Fuller is making about $10 million a year, it would make sense for Darby to be paid similarly to him, and it would give Washington two quality starting corners at a reasonable price.

That’s not the only upgrade the team needs in the secondary, though. They need help at the free safety spot as well after Troy Apke predictably failed as a starter last year.

Luckily, Tre Boston is on the market as a free agent option and Washington could sign him. Fortier and Jhabvala reported as much.

"According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the team is expected to show interest in safety Tre Boston, a 28-year-old who reportedly will be cut by Carolina and has the flexibility to play in the box and at free safety."

Boston spent five seasons of his career with the Panthers and has always been a good ballhawk. He has logged 14 interceptions in the last five seasons and in 2020, he recorded a career-high 95 tackles. As Fortier and Jhabvala mentioned, Boston is versatile, so he would pair well with the similarly-versatile Curl while Collins could take advantage of more opportunities to play in the box.

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If Washington can add Boston and retain Darby, that secondary would look like a big-time strength and would pair well the team’s defensive line. We’ll see if the team can make these moves, but it would go a long way toward solidifying the back end with a lot of proven veterans.