STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
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1. Safety: The Redskins have relied for too long on converted cornerbacks and older players at this position. DeAngelo Hall and Will Blackmon are two recent examples. Hall again missed most of the season due to injury. Second-year pro Su'a Cravens is expected to move to that position after playing dime linebacker last season. But Washington needs more help.
2. Defensive end: The Redskins just haven't had impact players at this spot. Chris Baker collected a combined 9.5 sacks the past two seasons, but he wasn't a Pro Bowler who changes games and left as a free agent. Washington needs stability and consistent production at this position and too often in recent years has been content to sign limited role players.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: QB Kirk Cousins (exclusively tendered at $23.94M; signed tender March 10).
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
ILB Terence Garvin: Signed to be a special teams ace and did fine in that area, but the Redskins could target his position in the draft to add young talent.
DT Kedric Golston: The longest-tenured Redskins player has seen it all, but an injury in Week 2 ended his 2016 season and possibly his career in Washington.
SS Duke Ihenacho: Managed to stay healthy after early injuries his first two seasons. Didn't play much early even though he seemed the best option. Appeared in 15 games.
DE Cullen Jenkins: Veteran was brought in late in camp to stabilize the defensive line, cut and then brought back. Confusing. But expect a youth movement here and Jenkins to depart.
C John Sullivan: Longtime Vikings center might have an opportunity to compete for a starting spot elsewhere. However, he proved he could stay healthy in Washington and would make a fine option as the backup to Spencer Long.
CB Greg Toler: Another hometown player, Toler was inconsistent but still a decent option at corner when injuries struck. Has starting experience. Could return.
SS Donte Whitner is another veteran brought in off the street to stabilize a weak position after injuries struck. Not the same player he once was. The Redskins will move on.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
LB Will Compton (tendered at $1.797Mn with no compensation) is a former undrafted college free agent who worked his way onto the practice squad, then onto special teams and a reserve role and now a starter. Good football instincts.
RB Chris Thompson (tendered at $2.746M with second-round pick as compensation) has established himself as a nice third-down back who gives opponents fits out of the backfield and has put a checkered injury history behind him.
EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
WR Maurice Harris: An undrafted college free agent who made a fine initial impression in camp and by the end of the season worked his way into a deep rotation at wide receiver.
DE Matt Ioanidis: The fifth-round pick in 2016 didn't make the team out of training camp but returned to play in 10 games as a reserve.
CB Dashaun Phillips: Began the year as the starting slot cornerback, but was quickly exposed and played just five games.
OLB Lynden Trail: He was a late cut in training camp but did manage playing time in two games.
QB Kirk Cousins: FFA; $23.94M/1yr.
TE Vernon Davis: potential UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
T Vinston Painter: ERFA; terms unknown.
DE Ziggy Hood: UFA; $2.7M/2 yrs, $300K SB.
T Ty Nsekhe: ERFA; terms unknown.
LS Nick Sundberg: Potential UFA; $4.5 million/4 yrs, $610,000 SB.
LB Chris Carter: UFA Colts; $855K/1 yr, $80K SB.
DT Terrell McClain: UFA Cowboys; $21M/4 yrs, $5M SB/$10.5M guaranteed, $3.25M injury only at time of signing.
DT Stacy McGee: UFA Raiders; $25M/5 yrs, $4M SB/$9M guaranteed, $2.75M injury only at time of signing.
WR Terrelle Pryor Sr.: UFA Browns; $6M/1 yr, $3M SB/$6M guaranteed.
WR Brian Quick: UFA Rams; terms unknown.
S D.J. Swearinger: UFA Cardinals; $13.5M/3 yrs, $4M SB/$9M guaranteed, $3M injury only at time of signing.
DE Chris Baker: UFA Buccaneers; $15.75M/3 yrs, $9M guaranteed, $3M injury only at time of signing.
WR Pierre Garcon: UFA 49ers; $47.5M/5 yrs, $12M SB/$20M guaranteed, $3M injury only at time of signing.
WR DeSean Jackson: UFA Buccaneers; $33.5M/3 yrs, $20M guaranteed.
DE Ricky Jean Francois (released).
C Kory Lichtensteiger (retired).