Redskins Make Smart Moves on Day 1 of Free Agency

The Washington Redskins didn't make a huge splash to open free agency, but they did make some smart moves that will help team immediately. By bringing back Perry Riley and Santana Moss, the Redskins get two players that have been key contributors in Washington. With inside linebacker London Fletcher retiring, Riley was a crucial resigning for the Redskins as they avoided having to find replacements for both starting inside linebacker positions. Moss, on the other hand is a veteran receiver that can help the Redskins in the slot and in the return game.

In addition to the returning players, the Redskins also picked up speed receiver Andre Roberts, guard Shawn Lauvao and inside linebacker Adam Hayward.

Roberts signed a four-year, $16 million deal and will likely take over the starting slot receiver position. The 5-foot-11, speedster spent his first four NFL seasons in Arizona where he caught 182 passes for 2,123 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Lauvao, also a four year pro, started 11 games last season for Cleveland. He signed a four-year deal worth $17 million. Lauvao could take a starting guard position on a Redskins offensive line that struggled last season.

The Redskins signed the seven-year pro Hayward to a three-year deal. The move will give the Redskins depth at linebacker and special teams.

It was a solid beginning to what is expected to be a busy free-agency for the Redskins.

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