Although it remains unclear how active the Redskins will be when free agency opens next Tuesday due to their sticky salary cap situation, it’s possible the team will manage to make a few prudent signings.
Over the next week, reporter Tarik El-Bashir will take a look some affordable options Mike Shanahan and Co. might target.
Name/current team: Brandon Myers/Raiders
Position: Tight end
2012 salary/cap hit: $565,000/$587,750
Stats: 16 games, 79 receptions, 806 yards, 4 touchdowns
Scouting report: If the Redskins are forced to part ways with Fred Davis for cap-related reasons, it would make sense for the team to pursue an affordable, play-making replacement in free agency.
One option could be Myers, who enjoyed a breakout season in Oakland last season. Despite posting career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns, he recently said it’s “not looking like” he’s in the Raiders’ future plans. That could be posturing. But it also could mean that the 27-year-old has been told he’s going on the market next week.
Myers (6-3, 256) ranked fourth among all tight ends in catches and sixth in total receiving yards. But he was also deemed a liability in run blocking by ProFootballFocus.com.
It remains unclear what the Redskins intend to do with regard to Davis. One recent report suggested that the team has been spreading word around the league that Davis will be re-signed. But there are also the cold, hard facts of the $18 million cap penalty Mike Shanahan and Co. are facing for a second straight season. Davis, who is also 27, figures to be worth $5-$6 million on the open market, despite the Achilles’ tendon injury that cut short his 2012 campaign and the drug suspension that cost him four games in 2011.
There’s also this: while the Redskins are a definitely a better team with Davis in the lineup, they also went 7-3 without him.
So if the Redskins ultimately decide they cannot afford to retain Davis and they don't intend to address the position in the draft, it would not be a surprise to see them pursue Myers (or a player like him.)