Free agency makes and breaks teams every year. For far too long in the twenty-first century, the Washington Football Team has been on the negative side of that equation.
The point isn’t to simply spend, but to spend wisely. In 2021, the Washington Football Team has around $36 million in cap space remaining after franchise tagging Brandon Scherff. That’s a lot of money to spend, but more importantly, it provides a lot of growth potential, if it can be used the right way.
Last year, the Washington Football Team passed its first free agency test under Ron Rivera. They swung early, and when their big shots didn’t hit, they didn’t panic. They were methodical and frugal, and most of their low-risk bargains — J.D. McKissic, Logan Thomas, Cornelius Lucas, Wes Schweitzer, Kevin Pierre-Louis, Ronald Darby — ended up working out.
Washington received substantial returns from their investment in 2020. Now, with even more resources in 2021, one can only wonder how much they can accomplish. Of course, with potential, there is also risk. But if the Washington Football Team can avoid falling into these five traps, they can emerge triumphant at the end of March.