I know it’s early in the offseason for the Redskins, but when your team is at home watching the playoffs there’s nothing else to look forward to besides the draft and free agency. Today we take a look at four players who could potentially help the Skins play deep into the 2014 season.
1. Alex Mack, C, Cleveland Browns – The two-time pro bowler Alex Mack may very well be the best center in the game, and would greatly improve that position for the Redskins. Mack has played in every game since being drafted in the first rd of the 2009 draft. Mack will supposedly give Cleveland a chance to match any offer he receives on the open market; but I seriously doubt he would turn down a chance to play in DC to stay in Cleveland, if the money is equal or close to equal.
2. Aqib Talib, CB, New England Patriots – Talib is hands down one of the top corners of the game and already has a close relationship to Redskins GM Bruce Allen, and Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris, Allen drafted him and Morris was his head coach in Tampa Bay. The Skins came close to signing Talib last offseason, but the cap penalty was just too much as the Skins couldn’t match the Patriots offer. But there is no cap penalty this year and they will have the money to sign Talib; if he isn’t franchised by the Patriots, which is a legit chance of happening.
3. Jeremy Maclin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles – Maclin would provide a reliable option across from Pierre Garcon, or he could even play the slot if Gruden likes him there better. Maclin has been a playmaker with reliable hands from day one of his NFL career. Maclin a former first round pick has a total of 258 catches for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns in his brief 5 year career. Maclin tore his ACL in training camp last season and was forced to miss the season, which means that he can probably be had for cheap on a short 1-2 year deal. For this reason there is a chance that Philly could resign him too.
4. Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans – The 26 year old former 2009 first rd pick has limitless potential, untapped potential at this point. And he stands at 6’3 223 lbs; as any Redskins fan knows we desperately need a big receiver, something that has been lacking for years. Britt is a bit of a risk as he has had off the field problems, arrests and numerous incidents involving police. But to me that just means that he’ll be cheap, low risk high reward. And that’s the type of gambles I like my football team to make. If he works out then the Skins have a stud young receiver to go opposite Garcon, and if it doesn’t then they can just cut him and he’ll be out of the league in no time: the choice is his.