The Washington Football Team isn’t quite done making moves this offseason. They still have some openings on their roster, and they will be able to add a couple more players to the fold if they want to.
As such, they’re going to be kicking tires on a handful of players across the league. And it looks like they’ll be bringing it at least one player on Monday to see if he’s a fit for the team.
According to ESPN’s John Keim, the Washington Football Team is bringing in left tackle Charles Leno Jr. for a visit.
Leno has played seven years for the Chicago Bears since being a seventh-round pick out of Boise State. He was the team’s primary starter at left tackle for the last six years and has appeared in 104 games with 93 starts during his career.
Signing Charles Leno Jr. would be a good move for the Washington Football Team.
Washington’s tackle situation is unsettled at the moment and while the team has done well to add good, young depth to the roster and seems to have plenty of options for the top four tackle roles on the team.
That said, the team could use another strong, veteran presence at tackle in case Sam Cosmi takes some time to adjust to the NFL level and in case Saahdiq Charles has to move inside to guard. Leno would fit the bill, as he’s experienced but at 29 years old, he still has plenty left in the tank to continue as a quality backup or a strong backup. He could even cross-train at guard thanks to his 6-foot-3, 307-pound frame and become a super-sub on the offensive line.
Besides, we all know how much Ron Rivera values versatility. If he’s confident that Leno can succeed at multiple positions and provide the team with competition, signing him is a no-brainer.
Washington could also try to sign Leno to a multi-year deal to provide themselves with veteran security at tackle with Morgan Moses and Cornelius Lucas set to be free agents during the 2022 offseason.
Speaking of Lucas, he came over from the Bears last offseason and was a solid starting tackle for Washington. So, Rivera has some history of plucking offensive linemen from the Bears system and helping them find success.
There’s minimal downside with Leno if his price tag isn’t too high. Washington checking him out is a great move and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him wear the Burgundy and Gold in 2021.