The Redskins got back one of their most important free agents today when DeAngelo Hall agreed to a new, four-year contract. He may be the last cornerback they sign this offseason.
Josh Wilson, who has started the last 48 games at cornerback opposite Hall, is set to be a free agent on March 11. The Redskins drafted David Amerson in the second round last year and although he still has some rough edges that need work it is a good bet that he will be starting when opening day rolls around.
If that is the plan, there is no need to bring back Wilson unless he wants to come back on the cheap as the nickel back. This also likely rules out the team going after a big-money free agent cornerback like Aqib Talib of the Patriots or Alterraun Verner of the Titans.
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The other corners on the roster are Richard Crawford, who played some nickel back in 2012 but missed all of last season with an ACL injury, and Chase Minnifield, who has flashed some ability but has yet to play an NFL snap. E. J. Biggers, who played both safety and cornerback last year, is also a free agent.
It seems unlikely that the Redskins will go into the season with Crawford and Minnifield as their two cornerbacks. That means that Wilson or Biggers could be back or the Redskins could go into the free agent pool and come up with another low-cost veteran.
They could also take a corner in the draft and groom him to take over for when Hall either retires or moves to safety.