It appears that the Redskins are looking for a wide receiver but they are doing their shopping at Wal-Mart, not Nordstrom.
There is need at the position because Josh Morgan and Santana Moss are free agents and Leonard Hankerson is a question mark due to a torn ACL he suffered in mid-November. But it doesn’t look like they are seking a splashy acquisition to line up opposite Pierre Garçon.
So fans of Eric Decker, Golden Tate, and Hakeem Nicks are probably going to be disappointed. The Redskins are setting their sights on less well-known pass catchers.
There have been reports in interest in a lot of mid-level wide receivers but the three names most often tied to Washington are Kenny Britt of the Titans, Andre Roberts of the Cardinals and the Bengals’ Andre Hawkins.
Britt carries the dreaded “talented but troubled” label. An, oh yeah, he’s been injured, too. But he’s big (6-3), fast (4.5 in the 40 in the 2009 NFL Combine) and he won’t cost a lot of money.
Roberts is the best player of the three according to most free agent ranking lists. He was pushed down to the No. 3 receiver in Arizona last year when Michael Floyd emerged as the No. 2 opposite Larry Fitzgerald. That cause a drop in his numbers and could make him a more affordable option.
Hawkins broke in with Jay Gruden’s Bengals in 2011 as an undrafted free agent. His best year was in 2012 with 51 receptions for 533 yards and four touchdowns. An sprained ankle cost him half of the 2013 season and his production dipped as a result. Hawkins is a restricted free agent so the Bengals will have the right to match an offer sheet from the Redskins.