The Redskins started the business phase of their offseason last Saturday with a flurry of signings. Where are they after a week of assembling the 2013 team? Let’s take a position-by-position look:
Quarterback—It all still revolves around the knee of Robert Griffin III. Mike Shanahan said that he’s ahead of schedule but that he has “no idea” if the QB will be ready for the start of the season. That means that a third-string quarterback to back up Kirk Cousins is a necessity. Rex Grossman is the likely choice but he remains unsigned.
Running back—If anyone is signed as depth behind Alfred Morris or as a change of pace, it likely will come later. Perhaps they will see what they can get in the draft and if they fail to land somebody, find a veteran or two to sign and bring to OTA’s and training camp. Whoever carries the ball will have Darrel Young blocking for him; the fullback, who would have been a restricted free agent, singed a three-year contract.
Receivers—After Santana Moss restructured his deal to ensure that he could stay, the top five on the depth chart were set—Pierre Garçon, Josh Morgan, Leonard Hankerson, Moss, and Aldrick Robinson. And although Dezmon Briscoe was not active much, the coaches saw enough potential in him to use a roster spot for him all year. The six-deep could be set.
Tight end—It looks like Fred Davis is going to be back but a deal seems to be far from done. The question is, if Davis doesn’t sign does Logan Paulsen, who re-signed for three years, start the season? Or do the Redskins bring in another free agent tight end.
Offensive line—Kory Lichtensteiger bypassed unrestricted free agency and signed a five-year deal, ensuring that four of last year’s five starters will be back. It looks like Tyler Polumbus will not be back and that veterans Tony Pashos and Jeremy Trueblood, both signed as free agents, will battle it out for the right tackle spot with 2012 draft pick Tom Compton likely being in the mix as well.
Linebackers—They kept London Fletcher, who did not retire, Rob Jackson, who signed a one-year contract, and Bryan Kehl. But Lorenzo Alexander took a better deal to play for the Cardinals and he will be missed in the linebacking corps as well as on special teams.
Defensive backs—There has only been subtraction here as DeAngelo Hall was released. The Redskins’ top target was Aqib Talib but he has re-signed with the Patriots. It is likely that they are wow ready to pull the trigger on Plans B, C, and D for a new cornerback. We don’t really know what Plan A is at free safety yet; there haven’t been any reports of serious negotiations.
Special teams—Long snapper Nick Sundberg and punter Sav Rocca both are back so second-year kicker Kai Forbath will have his snapper and holder back. It doesn’t look like kick returner Brandon Banks will return as they team did not extend him a restricted free agent tender.