3.12.2014

Redskins Still Have Some Work To Do

Washington started free agency strong. Sure, there wasn't a blockbuster signing, but the Redskins began to address needs. By bringing back Brian Orakpo, Perry Riley and Santana Moss the Redskins secured talent at key positions. By signing free agent receiver Andre Roberts, guard Shawn Lauvao and inside linebacker Adam Hayward, the Redskins picked up two potential starters and a proven special teams standout.

The problem is the Redskins need a lot of help. With sophomores Bacarri Rambo and Phillip Thomas as the best available options at safety, the Redskins need to bring in some help in the secondary. The defensive backfield was the weakest area of a woeful Washington defense in 2013. With big names like Jairus Byrd, Donte Whitner, T.J. Ward and Antoine Bethea finding new teams already, the Redskins have missed out on signing a premier talent at a position they need to fill. Veteran Ryan Clark confirmed that he is scheduled to visit the Redskins, so signing him will be an upgrade for sure even if it lacks the umph a bigger name would have brought.

In addition to safety, the Redskins would like to add a starting cornerback opposite DeAngelo Hall. Washington second year corner David Amerson is coming into his own, but I don't think he is ready to be a full time starter quite yet. By adding a proven veteran, Amerson will continue to improve and will take over the role in a year or so.

Another big time need is inside linebacker. With future Hall of Famer London Fletcher retiring, there is a vacancy at a crucial position in the Redskins defense. 

There is still plenty of time to address needs through free-agency and the draft, but Washington needs to continue to be smart. 

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