The Redskins are coming into the 2017 season with an abundance of cap space as a team that is on the cusp of becoming a consistent presence in the NFC playoffs. Their success should create a destination that is attractive for a multitude of reasons. The offense created by Jay Gruden has become one of the most respected in the league, creating an attractive landing spot for offensive players that know they can have a good chance of succeeding. The defense has been bad, but Washington will have money available to spend ($68,028,422 per http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cap/2017/). Throw in potential cuts to be made and the Redskins have room to land solid starters while filling a couple needs on the team.
Here are 15 targets the Redskins should go after.
#15 – DE/OLB Nick Perry, Green Bay Packers, 26.
After this breakout season it’s tough to say Perry will hit the market with aging Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews still on the roster, however Perry may (or may not) be the odd ball out with other key players in the final year of their deal as well.
#14 – DT Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers, 27.
As an interior pass rusher for the Panthers he has proven to be a force to deal with. Short can be a solid defensive end for the Redskins.
#13 – WR Kenny Britt, Los Angeles Rams, 28.
Although he has issues off the field, Britt has proven to be a solid contributor on the field even posting career high numbers this year with the Los Angeles Rams in receptions and yards.
#12 – WR Kenny Stills, Miami Dolphins, 24.
The UFA has been a major contributor to the Miami Dolphins in 2016, and their best deep threat. With the possibility of Desean Jackson and/or Pierre Garcon being gone in Washington, Kenny Stills can fill a hole for this offense.
#11 – NT Dontari Poe, Kansas City Chiefs, 26.
Poe has had career low numbers for Kansas City this year, which can be a sign he’s declining, but odds are for me he just had a down year. Poe can be that solid presence at the nose tackle position that the Redskins need.
#10 – ILB Lawrence Timmons, Pittsburgh Steelers, 30
At 30 years of age, Timmons has provided a good deal of consistency for the Pittsburgh Steelers. However age may be a factor in him being let go, Washington needs stability at inside linebacker and a physical player who’s experienced. He can be a solid stop gap player who has at least two solid years left.
#9 – G J.C. Tretter, Green Bay Packers, 25.
A solid combo lineman at the guard/center position can fill the guard need. Also, if Gruden and company believes that Spencer Long may be a better fit at guard with Tretter coming here he may place Tretter at the center position. Very solid young player in Green Bay before losing his job due to a sprained MCL.
#8 – CB Prince Amukamara, Jacksonville Jaguars, 27.
In a 1 year deal Amukamara proved his worth, being a solid corner for Jacksonville who boasted the 6th best passing defense this year. He’s not the guy who gets a lot of interceptions for you, but is a good pass defender and can be a fill at the outside corner position.
#7 – CB A.J. Bouye, Houston Texans, 25.
Bouye has earned a pro bowl nod after his 2016 campaign and was a major contributor, with just 1 interception but 16 pass defenses, to the number 1 defense in the NFL, and 2nd ranked defense for the regular season.
#6 – ILB Zach Brown, Buffalo Bills, 27.
After a subpar rookie deal stint in Tennessee, Zach Brown took on a 1-year “show-me” type deal in Buffalo and flourished. Posting a career high 97 tackles, with 4 sacks and 1 interception. He’s a physical linebacker who is very fast, the type of speed that Washington lacked as a defense.
#5 – SS Tony Jefferson, Arizona Cardinals, 24.
Jefferson developed into one of the best young safeties in the NFL, and is set to land a major deal in free agency. With Su’a Cravens officially the Redskins full time strong safety heading into 2017, Jefferson can land in Washington but will he be willing to change roles in Washington?
#4 – NT Brandon Williams, Baltimore Ravens, 27.
A great run stuffing nose tackle who can eat up space and be very effective is set to hit the market as well, if Baltimore lets him test the waters he can find his way right down the beltway playing for Washington.
#3 – DE Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles, 27.
Another defensive lineman who’s stout in the run defense, Logan is in a position where the Eagles committed a lot of money to Fletcher Cox and may find a good pay day in free agency.
#2 – G Ron Leary, Dallas Cowboys, 27.
The 27 year old UFA was a solid starter for the Cowboys for a couple of years prior to La’el Collins, who was signed in the 2015 offseason overtaking the left guard position. A position for Washington that is seemingly looking like the weak spot on the offensive line may be addressed when free agency hit.
#1 – DE Calais Campbell, Arizona Cardinals, 30.
Calais Campbell has been one of the most underrated defensive ends throughout his career, but has year in and out been a force in the run game and as an interior rusher. At 30 years old he posted one of his better seasons of his career with 53 tackles, 8 tackles and an interception. I feel Campbell has at least 3 or 4 good years left as durability has never been