By: Ryan Cooley
The tight end position is their biggest need. Vernon Davis announced his retirement on Super Bowl Sunday at the age of 36. Jordan Reed has suffered more concussions than I can count. As of now, Jeremy Sprinkle is the #1 TE. Reports have said the Redskins will look to free agency to fill this hole.
Austin Hooper would be my number one choice. He had a breakout season catching 75 passes for 787 yards and 6 TDs while missing three games. Hunter Henry is another option, but a long list of injuries is a huge concern for many teams. When healthy, he is a serious threat in the passing game.
Greg Olson was just released from the Panthers, and it seems there is a very good chance he reunites with his former coach Ron Rivera. I am not sure how much Olson would produce with the Redskins at the age of 34. It would be smart to sign him to a one year deal if other TEs sign elsewhere. If this happens, they should draft a TE in the third round or even trade into the second round to take one. Olson would be an excellent mentor for him and could start while he is developing.
Quinton Dunbar was PFF’s second-highest graded CB this season. He is a reliable piece on the defense, but the other corner position isn’t. Fabien Moreau played well toward the end of the season, but he is no guarantee to be a solid starter opposite Dunbar.
Byron Jones and Chris Harris would be great additions to the defense, but I am not sure if the Redskins want to dump a lot of money into a CB after what happened with Josh Norman. Two other CB’s they could bring in are very familiar names. Both Kendall Fuller and Bresahud Breeland are set to hit the open market.
Fuller was fantastic his final year in Washinton, with PFF giving him a 90.6 grade. However, he has not been anywhere near the same player with his time in Kansas City. Breeland has shown potential and may find success in Del Rio’s defense.
This need would be higher, but the Redskins have a good offensive line on their roster. It is just a matter if they will be back for next season. There is a possibility that Trent Williams returns now that the medical staff and Brue Allen are gone. Ereck Flowers impressed at guard and should be resigned. Brandon Scherff is also due for a new contract, and there is a chance he gets hit with the franchise tag.
If they can bring back all three of them, the O-line will be in good shape. When having a young QB like Haskins, it is important to have a line that will be able to provide consistent protection.
The wide receiving core in Washington is very young. Terry McLaurin is going to a star in the NFL. However, he is the only WR that they can trust. Steven Sims looked great when he got his opportunities, but there is no guarantee he will be able to replicate that next season. No one knows what is going to happen with Paul Richardson. He has not performed to expectations and has not been able to stay healthy.
There are a lot of talented WRs hitting free agency this offseason. Much like the CB position, I don’t think they will bring in a big-name receiver like Amari Cooper or AJ Green. One player in mind is former first-round pick Breshad Perriman. The 26-year-old was drafted by the Ravens and significantly underperformed. Not many know, but he actually played for the Skins in 2018. Within one week, he was cut.
In Tampa Bay this season, Perriman began to show why he was a first-round pick. In the last three games, he had 17 receptions for 349 and 4 TDs. His price tag will not be too high, and I believe it would be wise for the Redskins to give him a second chance.