Redskins' options at corner are dwindling

Redskins' options at corner are dwindling
March 16, 2013, 11:45 am
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Although the Redskins are pressed up against their penalty-reduced salary cap, it’s possible the team will opt to create space by restructuring a contract (or two) or asking another player to take a pay cut. After all, they have significant holes to fill. 

One such hole is at cornerback, where they have only one player – Josh Wilson – with any starting experience after releasing DeAngelo Hall earlier this week. Although many of the top free agents already have found new homes, there still are a handful available that could help the Redskins.

Here’s a look at three of them (editor's note: reported Redskins’ target Aqib Talib re-signed with the Patriots on Saturday morning): 

Name: Antoine Winfield

Former team: Vikings

The skinny: At 35, Winfield is several years older than the type of free agent the Redskins have typically targeted in recent years. But the team has reportedly expressed interest in him and, given that it’s widely believed he’s got some good football left in the tank, the three-time Pro Bowler could be a solid, short-term solution. 

Name: Brent Grimes

Former team: Falcons

The skinny: Grimes suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in the opening game last season, but he remains one of the most talented free agent corners available in an ever-shrinking marketplace. He reportedly visited the Dolphins on Friday; the Rams and Bucs have also reportedly expressed interest in the 29-year-old, who snagged a combined 11 INTs in 2009 and '10.

Name: E.J. Biggers

Former team: Buccaneers

The skinny: The 25-year-old started 12 games for the Bucs last season and played two seasons under Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, who was Tampa Bay’s head coach from 2009-11. Recent reports suggest the Bucs are working to re-sign Biggers. Interestingly, ProFootballFocus.com has Biggers tied for 34th overall among all corners ... with the Redskins’ Wilson.

Honorable mention options: Hall (Redskins), Mike Jenkins (Cowboys) and Tracy Porter (Broncos).