The Redskins don’t have a lot of cap room to play around with, but they should look to adding a couple veteran players now that the Compensatory Pick Deadline has passed. If the Redskins are serious about competing this year and giving Dwayne Haskins the support he needs, there are players still available who can help them. Here are a few offensive players that they could acquire to round out their roster.
-It’s unclear if Garcon even wants to keep playing as there hasn’t been any real news on him since the 49ers declined his option. With a cold market and coming off a couple injury filled seasons, Garcon would likely only sign for a low amount (near minimum), making him a solid veteran target for the the Redskins. While many may want to go for a full youth movement, the reality is the Redskins receiving corps is still among the most questionable in the league, even after the draft. Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson have just one 100 yard receiving game between them in their careers. Adding a veteran like Garcon would give the Redskins at least some experience in the locker room for the young receiver group. Even if he doesn’t play a lot, he could be a valuable depth option, both for the receivers and for Haskins development. If the price is right this is something they should at least consider.
-Inman has actually been a solid 3rd or 4th receiver throughout his career and with good size and speed it’s a bit surprising there wasn’t a bigger market for him. He’s produced chance he’s gotten, and while he might not ever have the upside to be a star receiver, he’s also shown he can fill in when there are injuries in front of him. If the Redskins want to give Haskins the best chance to succeed, this is a cheap option who in 5 years (only one of which as a full starter) he has 158 catches, 2,100 yards and 11 TDs. He offers more experience than any WR currently on the Redskins and would at least be worth kicking the tires on.
-The Redskins didn’t address their TE position at all this offseason, but they could look to try to pick-up a cheap blocking TE. There has been a lot of talk about needing to get more physical from their TE blocking and so far Jeremy Sprinkle hasn’t really shown himself to be a viable option. Smith has a long track record of being a quality in-line blocking TE. The Raiders signed him to a far larger extension than he deserved for his role so they released him. Obviously the Redskins shouldn’t overpay, but if he comes cheap he could end up with a fair number of snaps.
-Toilolo is similar to Smith as a blocking first TE, but he’s probably a little better of a receiving option. He’s gotten solid playing time in his career, but has been probably a bit more inconsistent as a blocker. Either player though is an upgrade to what the Redskins have had as an inline blocking TE. If the Redskins are going to be more a run oriented team this year, adding a guy like Toilolo makes sense.
-Wisniewski is the type of free agent who’s likely been hurt by the Comp. pick deadline. He’s a passable starter, or a key back-up who can be signed for relatively cheap, but some teams aren’t going to want to risk a comp pick for that type of player. Wisniewski has plenty of starting experience with 101 starts in his career, though is probably ideally suited as a versatile interior back-up who can play any of the 3 interior positions. With the Redskins uncertain LG situation he could end up their best option. A big plus for Wisniewski is that in his 8 year career, he’s only missed 5 games total due to injury. That type of track record has to be welcome to an offensive line group that has been decimated these past two years.
-Bushrod is intriguing as a true versatile offensive lineman capable of backing-up either tackle or guard spot. Bushrod was a long time quality starting left tackle for the Saints and Bears. As he got older he transitioned into a guard role and back-up role. Last year with the Saints he was forced back to LT and actually held his own there. He could probably be an option for the Redskins LG role, but at worst he would be a cheap veteran depth option across the line. With Ty Nsekhe now in Buffalo, the Redskins don’t have a great swing tackle option. Add in his ability to back-up the interior and he would make a fair amount of sense.
-Newhouse was a passable starter early in his career and has been a decent back-up the past few years. He’s the type of swing tackle who can come in and make a couple starts, but will get exposed if forced to play for too long. This isn’t the ideal replacement for Nsekhe, but it’s a solid option for a cheap veteran. Newhouse even has some interior experience as well, though he’s probably not an option for the LG role (unless Flowers and Martin both struggle).
-From a priority standpoint I think adding an offensive lineman (or two) would be the biggest need on offense. Four of the starting positions are set, but LG and general depth are big concerns here. Ereck Flowers was signed to be a LG option, but he’s never played there and has been a major bust thus far in his NFL career. Competing with him are 4th rd rookie Wes Martin, who wasn’t exactly the most household name in draft circles. Maybe the Redskins found a draft steal, but it’s risky to rely so much on unproven options. From a depth standpoint the Redskins also don’t have much to work with on the offensive line. Geron Christian is theoretically the swing tackle and 5th round rookie Ross Pierschbacher and veteran center Tony Bergstrom are the best options for depth, but there are concerns across the board.
Wide receiver would be the next biggest need, and while they added a pair of quality prospects in the draft it’s tough to expect either to make a big impact as a rookie. I don’t see the Redskins breaking the bank at this spot, but they should consider a cheap veteran option. Even if the player were to get beaten out by their current options, some extra experience wouldn’t exactly hurt. Tight end is less of a need as the Redskins are looking for one small role, but there are a few guys who could be cheap signings who fit that need area.