1. S Tre Boston
Yes, Tre Boston is another former Carolina Panther. Don’t groan. Boston actually fits exactly what Washington needs at the safety spot and should be a good fit for the team.
Over the course of his career, Boston has been a great ballhawk. He has 15 interceptions in seven seasons and 76 starts in 104 career games. The Panthers only released him this offseason because they have Jeremy Chinn available to serve as a hybrid safety/linebacker and they were using Boston more in the box.
While Boston had a career-high 95 tackles last year and can play closer to the line of scrimmage, he’s at his best as a ball-hawking centerfielder. With that role no longer available in Carolina, he’ll be looking to land somewhere else as a starter.
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Boston’s skill set fits exactly what Washington was missing the most last season. They tried Troy Apke at the safety spot. He’s athletic, but he didn’t pan out. Deshazor Everett and Jeremy Reaves were okay back there, but Washington could certainly use a better option with Everett and Reaves serving as excellent depth behind Landon Collins, Kam Curl, and Boston.
Coupling Boston’s range with Curl’s all-around ability and Collins’ skills as a downhill playmaker would be a recipe for success at safety. The group would have a lot of versatility, depth, and most importantly, instincts.
Boston probably can be had on a prove-it deal, and he last signed a three-year deal worth $18 million with the Panthers when Marty Hurney was the GM. Expect him to get less than $6 million annually and maybe even half of that. That would qualify as more than affordable for the WFT to add a potential starter.