1. Bobby McCain
Washington needs to shake up the safety position. Landon Collins’ contract needs to be reconstructed before they can even think about trading him. That makes Bobby McCain the de facto odd man out.
Give Deshazor Everett more snaps. Promote Kamren Curl to an every down role. We’re even interested to see what Darrick Forrest brings to the table when he’s activated off injured reserve. The fifth-round rookie started practicing last week, and Washington has a 21-day window to promote him to the 53-man roster.
McCain hasn’t been at his best this season, but there are multiple teams in the market for a safety. The Colts, for example, just lost Julian Blackmon to a torn Achilles. Teams might not view McCain as a starter, but he could carve out a role on most rosters.
The 28-year-old is on an expiring contract, which makes him easy to move. He likely won’t go for anything more than a Day 3 draft pick, but Washington might as well cash in on him now before they let him walk in the offseason, right?
Washington is trying to instill a new culture, and McCain calling out the media after the team’s win over the middling Falcons proved he isn’t a fit. A divorce just feels like it’d be in the best interest of both parties.
Side note: As much as we wanted to include Landon Collins and William Jackson, two of Washington’s biggest letdowns this season, on this list, it simply isn’t realistic that either one of them gets traded.
Collins is on a huge contract and has been moved from safety to a box linebacker. Unless Washington has dirt on another NFL franchise and blackmails them into trading for Collins, they aren’t finding a suitor for the overpaid defender.
Jackson, meanwhile, is six games into a three year, $42 million contract. It would almost be franchise malpractice to give up on a free agent signing that quick. At this point, Washington has to suck it up and hope Jackson starts performing, because he’s making a case for being the biggest bust of the offseason.