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Skins Weak on the Defensive Edge with Recent Losses

As reports the Skins are looking a little thin on the defensive edge with their recent losses, even though they now have Albert Haynesworth:

With DE Demetric Evans leaving Washington for San Francisco, the Redskins have lost yet another outside defender. That brings the tally to four regulars who have departed — DEs Jason Taylor, Phillip Daniels (whose deal was voided) and Evans and LB Marcus Washington. The addition of DT Albert Haynesworth clearly will open things up for the players who contribute on the edges, but who exactly might that be? There are a few options for filling those spaces. With little help from the current roster, the team has limited opportunities in the draft and in free agency. The Redskins currently pick 13th in Round One but don’t choose again until the 80th pick.

Although linebacker is considered a deep position, defensive end likely won’t bear starting-caliber players that far down in the draft. So trading down in Round One, something the team has done before, is one option to accumulate more picks. Another would be to take the best defensive player at No. 13 and wait until after the draft to sign some of the best remaining veteran free agents at linebacker and end. The pool of talent could be thin, but don’t rule out players such as Washington and Daniels returning at reduced salaries.

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