Free agent destinations: Giants' Joseph to the Redskins?

Free agent destinations: Giants' Joseph to the Redskins?
March 1, 2014, 11:00 am
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Chris Baker on Redskins: Where I want to be

We all have our own ideas as to who the Redskins should pursue in free agency. Analysts from around the league are also weighing in on who will be a good fit for the Redskins. Here is a look at what two national types are saying about what could happen.

Greg Bedard, The MMQB (Part 1, Part 2)

--DL Linval Joseph, NYG—Joseph is his 10th-ranked free agent. He has been playing tackle in the Giants 4-3 scheme but he could play the nose or either end in a 3-4. Bedard says that the Redskins are the best fit. “You’d think the Giants will try to retain him, but if they don’t, Redskins could pounce.”

--SS Mike Mitchell, CAR—The No. 68 free agent on Bedard’s list is at his best blitzing. There is the caveat that he “struggles with tackling” and given that that was a major issue on the Redskins’ defense last year the Redskins could shy away from Mitchell if they agree. His best fit is the Redskins: “Seems they’re always look for safety help on the open market.” With no proven starters under contract it seems that Bedard is on track here.

Note: Bedard also says that staying with the Redskins is the best fit for both Perry Riley (No. 63) and Brian Orakpo (No. 11)

Nick Mensio, Rotoworld

--WR Kenny Britt, TEN—Here is the case Mensio makes: “New coach Jay Gruden likes his receivers to be able to block. Although Britt was benched multiple times for effort reasons in Tennessee, he once was a willing blocker and destroyed opposing defensive backs on occasion at Rutgers . . . Leonard Hankerson may not be ready for Week 1, and Josh Morgan is a free agent. It's still unclear if Britt will ever be the same player he showed flashes of being early in his career, but he's still just 25 and would be worth a prove-it one-year deal.” There is some logic here but I would not want to stick Gruden with a guy with proven issues like Britt in his first year as a head coach. Maybe a year or two from now is a better time to take such a risk.