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Free Agency arrives on March 18 and we’ll be here to cover it all for you. This is our latest free agency update for the off-season as the 2020 season inches closer in the coming weeks.
Who will we target in free agency before the regular season arrives? 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.
- Days until the NFL Combine: 5
- Days until the opening of Free Agency: 28
- Days until the 2020 NFL Draft: 63
- Days until the Redskins season opener: 204
Free Agents Obtained
Restricted Free Agents
Treyvon Hester, DE
Jerome Cunningham, TE
Caleb Brantley, DE
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
Josh Woodrum, QB
Adrian Peterson, RB (2/19/01)
Josh Norman, CB (Released, 2/14/01 - $12.5M Cap Space Gained)
Paul Richardson, WR (Released, 2/14/01 - $2M Cap Space Gained)
Kenny Ladler, SS (Released, 2/14/01)
Chris Odom, DE (Released, 2/14/01)
Physically Unable to Perform, NFI, DNR
Alex Smith, QB
Bryce Love, RB
Trent Williams, OT
Simeon Thomas, CB
Pending Unrestricted Free Agents
Brandon Scherff, OG (New Contract? Tag? Trade?)
Vernon Davis, TE (Retired)
Chris Thompson, RB (Unlikely To Return)
Case Keenum, QB (Unknown)
Ereck Flowers, OG (Unknown)
Colt McCoy, QB (Unlikely To Return)
Donald Penn, OT (Unknown)
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB (Very Unlikely To Return, Retire?)
Tony Bergstrom, OG (Unknown)
Jon Bostic, ILB (Unknown)
Aaron Colvin, CB (Unknown)
Michael Burton, FB (Unknown)
Nate Orchard, OLB (Unknown)
Wendell Smallwood, RB (Unknown)
Possible Release Candidates
Ryan Kerrigan, OLB/DE ($11.75M Cap Space Gained If Released)
Jordan Reed, TE ($8.5M Cap Space Gained If Released)
Trent Williams, OT ($12.75M Cap Space Gained If Released)
Coty Sensabaugh, CB ($945K Cap Space Gained If Released)
Re-structure Contract Candidates
Alex Smith, QB
Trent Williams, OT
Ryan Kerrigan, OLB/DE
2020 Dead Money Contracts
Paul Richardson ($6M)
Josh Norman ($3M)
Samaje Perine ($165K)
Minor Contracts ($108K)
Possible Free Agent Targets
We are bringing back this feature for 2020 and BBQ has enlisted the help of several Redskins pundits as well as input from yours truly. We have three people who have contributed thus far – Ian Cummings of Riggo’s Rag, Nathan Britton of Riggo’s Rag, and Mark Tyler of Hogs Haven. Obviously, the Redskins simply can’t sign all of these players. This list is simply some players who could fill a need and possibly be available in March.
The Redskins cap room currently stands somewhere between $51M and $55M for 2020. Releases and re-structures (if they occur) could continue to increase the cap room considerably.
Head coach Ron Rivera and Trent Williams are now talking and according to Ian Rapoport, the talks are positive. It’s a start.
We still know absolutely nothing about Alex Smith, but he wants to continue his playing career. 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.
The injury to Reuben Foster is much more serious than previously known. It is unlikely he plays in 2020.
With Quinton Dunbar poised to not participate in OTAs unless he receives a new contract, it is too early to know what may happen with this new development.
Bryce Love, Jordan Brailford, and Caleb Wilson are hoping to see action on the football field for the first time in their Redskins careers. Love could be in line for a lot of quality playing time. Brailford and Wilson have uphill climbs to make the final roster of fifty-three.
On the first page of this offseason thread and the second entry, we have the latest updates on coaching hires and football front office positions being filled. That entry will be updated as needed.
Here are some players that must have a superb offseason if they hope to be on the roster this fall according to BBQ: CB Greg Stroman, FS/ST Troy Apke, OT Morgan Moses, TE Jeremy Sprinkle, CB Fabian Moreau, OT Geron Christian, WR Trey Quinn, and ILB Josh Harvey-Clemons.
With Ron Rivera as the coach, look for a more disciplined team and a locker room that has more accountability. It sounds like the “luxury resort” atmosphere is a thing of the past.
The free agency updates will continue as new information is available.