The free agency chaos has started to quiet down, as teams are already starting to look ahead to the May NFL Draft which will take place in Chicago, the home of the Bears. Find out what are the football betting odds for this next season at Mybookie.ag.
The Redskins have popped up a number of times when it comes to possible pickups, with a lot of players names being bantered about as possible fits to the organization.
The team did go out and grab a couple of key players that will help out this season. The biggest free agent pickup was probably a guy nicknamed “Pot Roast,” that being former Denver Broncos and Jacksonville defensive tackle Terrance Knighton.
The 6-3, 331-pound tackle is entering his seventh NFL season after being originally selected by the Jaguars in the third round (72nd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft.
For his career, Knighton has appeared in 93 career regular season games with 81 starts, compiling 201 tackles (131 solo), 12.5 sacks, 11 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and two interceptions.
Knighton spent his first four NFL seasons with the Jaguars before signing with the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent on March 13, 2013. Knighton started all 32 regular season games and four postseason games for the Broncos across the 2013-14 seasons, including Super Bowl XLVIII.
He will help the team on the defensive front, and be a player that should give the Redskins defensive a huge boost.
There’s other positions that the team will look to fill as free agency in the NFL continues, and while there’s not as many big names still out there for pickup, there’s names that could help the Redskins reach the next level for 2015 and beyond.
They needed a safety, but made a deal with the Buccaneers grabbing Dashon Goldson for an undisclosed 2016 draft pick. He’s another player that will help the teams defensive and should add pop to a secondary that gave up big plays in 2014.
The team could still use a Cornerback, but sadly most of the big names are long gone. Darrelle Revis (to the Jets), Byron Maxwell (left Seahawks for Eagles), Brandon Flowers (re-signing with Chargers) are players that took greener pastures.
One player the Redskins did get was CB Chris Culliver, who was with the 49ers. He compiled 121 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 20 starts in 46 career games with the 49ers. He also appeared in Super Bowl XLVII.
The Redskins could still use another tackle, but again most of the big names, Bryan Bulaga (re-signed with Packers), Doug Free (re-signed with Cowboys), and Derek Newton (re-signed with Texans) are all going back to their old teams.
One player the Redskins should look at is Jake Long, a former first overall pick in the entire NFL Draft who played with the Miami Dolphins.
If Long is willing, he could give the Redskins a good option at the tackle position.
Bottom line is there are players still out there that can help this team in 2015. If it happens or not is up to the players out there as well as the Skins, who will keep their options open with the Draft on the way.