Your Tuesday morning thread:
Five weeks from now, free agency will open for business around the NFL. And the Redskins, for the first time in two years, will have cap space -- as much as $30 million, according to some estimates.
Which brings us to our topic of the day ... how should GM Bruce Allen and Coach Jay Gruden spend owner Dan Snyder's money? Which positions should they target and in what order?
Here are my thoughts:
1 – Secondary. Five veterans (cornerbacks DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson and E.J. Biggers and safeties Brandon Meriweather and Reed Doughty) are set to become free agents. Hall, though, is reportedly negotiating a multi-year extension.
2 – Linebacker. With London Fletcher set to retire, the Redskins are about to have a huge hole in the middle of their defense. A veteran replacement, preferably one with leadership strong skills, is needed.
3 – Wide receiver. Pierre Garçon had a breakout year. After that, well… Santana Moss and Josh Morgan are set to become free agents and Leonard Hankerson is coming off major knee surgery. The team could need a proven No. 2 and possibly a No. 3, too.
4 – Offensive line. Depending on the type of running game Gruden intends to implement, turnover along the line could be significant. Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme required smaller, more agile lineman. The power run game Gruden prefers necessitates bigger players.
5 – Special teams. The Redskins are still searching for coverage unit ace to replace Lorenzo Alexander as well as punt and kick returners. These types of details often go overlooked … that is, until a team has a season like the Redskins did in 2013.
Go ahead and spend Snyder’s money in the comments below.