Washington Redskins Free Agency Plan: Bargain Shopping Part 2
Yesterday I looked at some offensive options, today I will look at some various defenders that the Redskins could potentially sign for cheap contracts. Given that their needs are primarily in the secondary that is where the focus will be. Here are some cheaper options for the Redskins:
Newman has had a pretty distinguished career and is coming off a nice bounce back season in Cincinnati. He’s going to be 35 next season so his contract demands should be low (he’s coming off a league minimum deal), but he could be a good one or two year short term solution. He may not be an every down corner but could come in on sub packages.
Most I’d offer: 2 year $4.5 million, with $1.5 guaranteed, and only $1.5 million in the first year
Porter has been a solid starter in his career, and will be just 27 next year. The one drawback is he’s dealt with a number of injuries throughout his career, including a seizure and a concussion last year that limited him to just 316 snaps last year. The injury concerns will keep his contract low, but he could be a decent one year pick-up for the Redskins.
Most I’d offer: 1 year at $815K, with $100K guaranteed
McCain is an above average slot corner who is just 26 years old. He will never play on the outside and shouldn’t be considered a star, but he’s young with some nice potential and will come relatively cheap.
Most I’d offer: 3 year deal at $11 million, with $3.5 million guaranteed, with just $2.25 million in year one.
Trufant has been a good starter in this league for much of his career, and this past year proved himself as still a capable slot corner. He’d be a solid veteran addition despite being 32 years old.
Most I’d offer: 2 year deal $3.5 million, with $1 million guaranteed, and $1.25 million in year one.
Mathis was a good starting corner in this league before suffering an ACL injury late in 2011 season. Last year he struggled while returning from the injury and was only able to start 4 games. Being his second year back from the injury, his play should improve. He will be 33 next year so it’s a short term fix, but he does offer nice size at 6’1″.
Most I’d offer: 1 year $1.5 million deal, with $250K guaranteed
Clements has put together a really nice career as a corner, but was moved to safety last year with the Bengals (he also played some corner still as well). Clements could represent a nice veteran stopgap for a team at free safety. He may no longer be a top cover guy, but he still gets the job done despite being 33. He’s got solid size and should continue to help at corner a little as well for certain match-ups.
Most I’d offer: 2 years $5.5 million deal, with $2.5 million guaranteed, and $2 million in the first year
Mundy has been the Steelers third safety the last couple of years, but has gotten a fair amount of playing time due to injuries with their starters. Mundy probably wouldn’t be any better than an average starter for the Redskins, but that would be an upgrade. He’d be nice solid signing because he could keep the position warm until a rookie beat him out for it, then he’d offer quality depth and special teams ability.
Most I’d offer: 3 years $6 million, with $2.75 million guaranteed, and $1.25 million in the first year
Crocker will be 33 this season, but continues to offer average level of play at the safety position. He’s more of a strong safety, and would be a back-up on most teams, but continues to do okay when he’s on the field. He offers really nice depth and would be a passable starter.
Most I’d offer: 1 year $1 million, $250K million guaranteed
Lynch has been a career back-up and special teamer, but got some starts last year due to injury for the Chargers and performed pretty well. He’ll be 28 this up-coming season, but could be an above average safety, and special teamer. He’s got a little upside and should be a pretty solid cheaper option for the Redskins.
Most I’d offer: 3 years $7.5 million, with $1.5 million guaranteed, and $2 million in the first year.