The Washington Football Team is making another addition on the offensive side of the ball.
It’s been a relatively slow 2021 free agency period for the Washington Football Team. After walking into mid-march with almost $40 million in cap space, the Washington Football Team was expected to approach their impending offensive overhaul with some urgency. Instead, they remain largely without new talent, aside from veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Early this morning, however, Washington did make a couple minor moves, shoring up the backfield and the trenches. Among other things, the Washington Football Team needed a bit more depth at running back behind incumbent starter Antonio Gibson and receiving back J.D. McKissic. They also needed to solidify their depth behind starting tackles Cornelius Lucas and Morgan Moses. As of today, they’ve taken a step in the right direction on both accounts.
You may not remember Miller from the 2020 Washington Football Team, and that’s because he joined the squad late. After entering the year as a free agent due to an ACL injury suffered in 2019, the Bears signed him to their practice squad in early October. On December 17, Washington signed Miller off of Chicago’s practice squad, and he remained on the roster through the year’s end, though he did not see the field.
Earlier in his career, Miller was one of the more dynamic backs in the league. At the NFL Combine, he logged a 4.34 40-yard dash time at 5-foot-11, 212 pounds. He’s since added a bit of weight, and his prime days are behind him. Nevertheless, as a rotational back with experience and a good size-athleticism combination, Miller offers a fine compliment with a well-rounded skill set, and a potential mentor to Gibson, who was a rookie star in 2020. And to top it off, Miller is likely to be very cheap once the contract details come in.
Sharpe, meanwhile, should be cheap as well. Back in September, the Raiders traded Sharpe, whom they originally selected with a fourth-round pick, to the Washington Football Team for a swap of sixth and seventh-round picks. Sharpe proceeded to play in ten games for Washington, starting two, providing depth on the left side of the line.
The Washington Football Team didn’t need to do anything more than this at running back, so this is a pleasantly frugal addition. Sharpe also adds cost-effective security at tackle. After these signings, Washington likely still has around $20 million in cap space, and they can use that to keep boosting their offense, or find a key fit at free safety or linebacker.