The Washington Football Team is looking around the linebacker market. It makes sense. They already needed an upgrade at the position before losing Kevin Pierre-Louis to free agency. Now, they probably need two players at the position.
According to an early report, Washington has checked in with Las Vegas Raiders linebacker Nicholas Morrow about potentially joining the team. But apparently that isn’t the only Raiders linebacker that they’re interested in.
According to ESPN’s John Keim, Washington has “looked around the LB market” and is considering Raekwon McMillan as a potential target, though “nothing appears imminent” there.
McMillan might not be the most exciting name on the market, but he would be a solid depth piece for the team.
What Raekwon McMillan would bring to Washington
McMillan has largely been a run-stopping linebacker during his career. He only has three career pass defenses and has logged one in each season. But as a downhill playmaker, he is solid and he wouldn’t be that expensive.
Last year, McMillan started four of the 16 games he played last year and logged 27 tackles. In the previous two years, he was a two-year starter for the Miami Dolphins and averaged 97 tackles and a forced fumble per 16 games played. Again, those numbers are solid for a thumper at the linebacker position.
McMillan is 6-foot-2, 246 pounds. He’s still just 25 years old. He was once a second-round pick. There is some upside there and as a role player, he could succeed. Washington shouldn’t spend big money on him, but if he’s around and is cheap enough, he could be a solid role player under Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio’s unit.
Morrow is certainly the better of these two Raiders backers, but if Washington landed McMillan at the right price, he could pan out. At the very least, he would be a good depth player and potentially solid special teams option.