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    • Free Agent/Contract Update: 3/7/19

      Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mocks, Camps, OTAs, Roster Predictions, 2019

      Greetings from BBQ to everyone in BGO land and guests from social media – we hope you become a member here.

      Free Agency arrives one week from today and it will be here in an instant. This is our latest free agency update for the 2019 offseason and it comes after a brief hiatus. We’re starting to get better ideas about the Redskins and what they will do next Wednesday and beyond.

      As the sun rises on free agency, things will become much clearer. Will Alex Smith ever return from a brutal injury? What kind of changes will we see to the roster? Those are the biggest questions to be answered in the 2019 off-season.

      Who will we target in free agency? Who will we re-sign? Who will we not re-sign? Who will get released? Feel free to offer your opinions and predictions.

      We take the latest chatter from Redskins Park and media pundits as BBQ tries to formulate what could happen in the coming days, weeks and months.

      Free Agents Obtained:

      Restricted Free Agents:

      Byron Marshall, RB
      Maurice Harris, WR
      Rob Kelley, RB

      Exclusive Rights Free Agents:

      Exercised Option:

      Brandon Scherff, OG


      Contract Extensions:

      Pending Unrestricted Free Agents:

      Ty Nsekhe, OT (Unknown)
      Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, FS (Possibly Returns)
      Pernell McPhee, OLB (Possibly Returns)
      Shawn Lauvao, OG (Unkown)
      Preston Smith, OLB (Goodbye)
      Adrian Peterson, RB (Very Likely Returns)
      Mark Sanchez, QB (Very Likely Walks)
      Josh Johnson, QB (Unknown)
      Austin Howard, OT (Very Likely Walks)
      Tony Bergstrom, OG/C (Unknown)
      Luke Bowanko, C/OG (Very Likely Walks)
      Michael Floyd, WR (Very Likely Walks)
      Jamison Crowder, WR (Unknown)
      Marquis Flowers, ILB (Very Likely Walks)
      Zach Kerin, OG (Very Likely Walks)
      Arie Kouandjio, OG (Unknown)
      ZachVigil, ILB (Possibly Returns)

      Possible Release Candidates:

      Alex Smith, QB (Very Likely To IR)
      Josh Norman, CB (Likely Returns, Re-structure Contract?, Pay Cut?)
      Vernon Davis, TE (Very Likely Released)
      Stacy McGee, DT (Very Likely Released)
      Jordan Reed, TE (Likely Returns)
      Zach Brown, ILB (Very Likely Released)
      Samaje Perine, RB (Unknown, Trade?)
      Colt McCoy, QB (Likely Returns)
      Troy Apke, FS (Likely Returns)

      Re-structure Contract Candidates:

      Alex Smith, QB
      Jordan Reed, TE
      Josh Norman, CB

      2019 Dead Money Contracts:

      DJ Swearinger ($1.33M)
      Orlando Scandrick ($500K)

      Off-Season Updates:

      Landon Collins to the Redskins is very likely to happen, but it is not a 100% guarantee.

      The Josh Rosen trade to the Redskins is probably a thing, but there is no guarantee this happens either. Alex Smith would be the perfect mentor and would help Rosen to learn the system.

      The current Redskins cap room stands at $16.97M for 2019. The NFL cap for this year is $188.2M. Re-signing Brandon Scherff will provide more cap room. Releases and re-structures will also increase the cap room.

      If Josh Norman is released, he would count $3M in dead money for 2019. Cutting him would save $11.5M. Overall savings would be $8.5M.

      We know absolutely nothing on Alex Smith, but he will obviously not return in 2019. Will he be ready for the 2020 season? Is his career over? Will he retire? Will he give the Redskins any cap relief? No one knows, but we’ll stay on top of it.

      Redskins beat reporter John Keim of ESPN believes the team will not re-sign Preston Smith and Jamison Crowder. Preston Smith is gone. Crowder is still an unknown, but there is a chance that he is gone.

      Personal Thoughts:

      Players I believe that will not return include Zach Brown, Vernon Davis, Samaje Perine, Stacy McGee, Michael Floyd, Mark Sanchez, Austin Howard, Preston Smith, and Luke Bowanko.

      I believe it would be a mistake to not re-sign Jamison Crowder. He is a good, reliable receiver and his contract would be very reasonable.

      Letting Preston Smith walk is the right thing to do. He will be way too expensive, but Smith should bring the Redskins a third round compensatory pick in the 2020 draft.

      Here is a list of players that I would like for the Redskins to consider in free agency. Not all of them can be signed, but these are a few I like.
      Teddy Bridgewater, QB, New Orleans
      Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta
      Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans
      Duke Johnson, RB, Cleveland (if released)
      Tyrell Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
      Bud Dupree, OLB, Pittsburgh (likely to be released)
      Shane Ray, OLB, Denver
      Landon Collins, SS/FS, New York Giants (the big splash) – hitting free agency after not being franchised.

      In Conclusion:

      The free agency updates are starting to increase significantly. We’ll have regular updates and post information as it becomes available. A new mock is coming Friday.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: Burner’s Burning Questions: Free Agency, Mocks, Camps, OTAs, Roster Predictions, 2019 started by Burgundy Burner View original post
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