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5 Unmistakable Needs for Redskins as NFL Free Agency Winds Down


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

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.

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7 Responses to “5 Unmistakable Needs for Redskins as NFL Free Agency Winds Down”

  1. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    Thank you MATT.

    McCLOUGHAN is doing well, I think.

    In the draft


  2. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    I still favor XAVIER NIXON. Great to see him back. Between he, TOM COMPTON, and MORGAN MOSES, I think right tackle will get by without a need for a draft pick. If I were doing the selecting, I’d take B.J. FINNEY C/OG in the fourth round to push LeRIBEUS off the roster.

  3. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    My first mock draft for 2015

    005 – Kevin WHITE wr
    038 – Eli HAROLD olb
    069 – Cody PREWITT fs
    105 – B.J.FINNEY c/og
    141 – Leterrius WALTON dt
    181 – Justin COX cb
    222 – Akeem HUNT rb

  4. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    Moved on to one NFL mock and observed SHANE RAY [12th best player] taken by the REDSKINS with the 5th pick. Two QB’s and two pass rushers 1-4.

    No, a thousand times no, and HELL no.

    GEORGE ALLEN’s eldest son is no longer calling the shots, nor is DANIEL SNYDER, or VINNIE ‘the bag-man’ CERRATO.

    SCOTT McCLOUGHAN is no chump. I consider him the best talent evaluator to be in WASHINGTON since Bobby BEATHARD.

    Why would you reach for lesser talent after the best two pass-rushers are already taken just because the common perception appears to be that you need one?

    DAMM…..with the fifth pick you you take the best player on the board irrespective of position or need………AMARI COOPER or KEVIN WHITE whichever one is considered the best wide-out in the draft.

    DeSEAN JACKSON, and PIERRE GARCON are both on one year deals. Both will not be resigned, and both will want a boat-load of cash wherever they end up.

    Don’t play the chump. Take the best player.

  5. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    Conjecture over at CSN REDSKINS puts ELI HAROLD OLB as the REDSKINS pick in the second round @ 15%

    If WINSTON, WILLIAMS or FOWLER fall to five you have to take them. You do not trade back, and you do not hesitate.

    Otherwise with them off the board, it comes down to whether MARIOTA is there at five. If so, it’s a probable trade back for the REDSKINS.

    If no acceptable trade back scenerio materializes, you could take MARCUS at five. I see that possibility at 50-50 with him available with no trade back. If they do take MARIOTA however, I can’t see McCLOUGHAN keeping both he and RGIII. One of them will be traded.

    However, the liklihood is that MARIOTA’s off the board, and I say take KEVIN WHITE WR at five.

    Then HAROLD in the second. I think he and TRENT MURPHY will answer the call at right OLB just fine.

    Go to FS in the third if possible to get a raw above average athlete for a back-up.

    I still like FINNEY OG/C fourth unless they ink FA STEFAN WIEZNEWSKI, then go with the best athlete at any position, and follow that dictum through the balance of the rounds.

    Backups are needed for the future at RB, DT, ILB, CB, and both safeties.

  6. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    With all of the FA activity on the defensive side of the ball, I think McCLOUGHAN goes help for the offense at #5, and I still am in KEVIN WHITE’s camp.

    OLB in the second – ELI HAROLD hopefully is still on the board

    FS in the third either CODY PREWITT or ANTHONY HARRIS

    B.J. FINNEY OG/C fourth

    and best available fifth thru seventh.

  7. Ghost of SAMMY BAUGH says:

    Just read TANDLER re: taking a wideout at #5.

    Best player available.

    And to that end, I believe KEVIN WHITE or AMARI COOPER will be there at five and either one will be the best player available. I still lean to WHITE because of his size and his abilities to catch balls in heavy traffic.

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