NFL Free Agents 2011: Reviewing Players Redskins Could Target This Offseason

The Redskins find themselves in the rare position of having a healthy amount of salary cap space for the 2011 season. Here's a look at the free agents they could choose to target.

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NFL Free Agents 2011: Should Redskins Consider Plaxico Burress?

Fans have always thought of Santana Moss as having the set of skills more appropriate to be a No. 2 receiver than a No. 1. With Moss now signed to a three year contract, and with a deep free agent wide receiver class, this could be the year that the Washington Redskins have the opportunity to add a top-flight receiver. If they're unable to make a deal with Santonio Holmes, Sidney Rice, or Braylon Edwards, they may look to Plaxico Burress.

Pros: Burress is an absolute game-changer, and at 6'-5", he has the height necessary to be the target receiver in the end zone that the Redskins hav ebeen missing for years. Burress averaged 1,076 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last three full seasons with the New York Giants.

Cons: Burress hasn't played an organized football game since 2008, missing the last two seasons while spending time in a New York prison. No one knows what kind of shape he will be in. Burress will be 34 at the start of the NFL season, which is far past the prime age for wide receivers.

Verdict: I have no doubt that Burress will be motivated to prove he can still play, and he'll make a fine addition for a team that is just one player away from competing for a championship. The Redskins are much more than just one player away. He'll go elsewhere.

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NFL Free Agents 2011: Should Redskins Give Vince Young A Chance?

While the Washington Redskins may have taken a big step towards solidifying their questionable passing game by re-signing Santana Moss to a three year contract, they still need someone to throw him the ball. Although Mike Shanahan seems intent to start the preseason with just John Beck and Rex Grossman at the quarterback position, most fans would still prefer some more competition. The quarterback free agent pool may seem pretty thin, but there is one quarterback with both youth and experience that has been his team's leader in the past. His name is Vince Young.

Pros: Young was the third overall draft pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2006 and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie Of The Year award. He's just one year removed from a trip to the Pro Bowl after going 8-2 as a starter in 2009. Last year may have been a disappointment for Young, but at age 28, Young may be the only available free agent with the potential of being a franchise quarterback.

Cons: Young has been benched multiple times for good reason. He doesn't get along with his coaches, and would have a long way to go to prove he's mature enough to be a starter once again.

Verdict: Young would be a low risk option for the Redskins, as he's unlikely to command a starter's salary. If he doesn't show enough ability to lead the team in Shanahan's system, then he can be cut, and they'd be no worse off than before. But do the Redskins really want more drama in training camp? Probably not.

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2011 NFL Free Agents: Does Marshal Yanda Fit In Redskins' Offensive Line Picture?

UPDATE: Yanda will re-sign with the Baltimore Ravens, according to BaltimoreRavens.com.

The Washington Redskins offensive line has questions at nearly every position. Will Jammal Brown return at right tackle? Can Casey Rabach still get the job done at center? Will Trent Williams develop into a Pro Bowl left tackle? For some of the answers, perhaps the Redskins would consider Marshal Yanda. Yanda is one of the top 2011 NFL free agents, and he has started for the Ravens at both tackle and guard. Is he the answer to any of the Redskins' questions up front?

Pros: Yanda is a proven starter who has shown value and durability while starting for the Ravens, who have won a lot of games with him playing up front for them. At 26, there's no reason to believe Yanda's production would dip in any of the immediate years to come. 

Cons: While Yanda would most likely be an upgrade for whatever position the Redskins acquire him to play, there are many other positions on both offense and defense that the team may need to fill. Yanda would also likely demand a multi-year deal at plenty of money, even though he's not a Pro Bowl-caliber player.

Verdict: Any successful offense requires talent up front. Yanda is a proven starter and would be a smart use of the Redskins' large amount of cap room this offseason, provided he doesn't get too expensive.

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2011 NFL Free Agents: Should Redskins Pursue Braylon Edwards?

With the possible departure of unrestricted free agent Santana Moss, the Washington Redskins are in need of a wide receiver who can provide productivity, athleticism and star power, either to replace Moss' value or complement it while starting alongside him. Braylon Edwards is one 2011 NFL free agent that could fit that bill. Should the Redskins go after him?

Pros: Drafted third overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2005, Edward has the size, speed and athleticism to match his first-round pedigree. At 6'3" he would be the Redskins' biggest wide receiver and a legitimate deep threat. Edwards is 28 years old, which, for a receiver, means he is still in the prime of his career. 

Cons: Aside from a monster year in 2007, Edwards' production has never matched his athleticism. While capable of making circus catches and burning opposing secondaries on deep routes, the former Michigan standout is also prone to dropping easy balls. He has also had several run-ins with the law, including a drunk driving charge and a possible probation violation in Cleveland. 

Verdict: Edwards' checkered past might be just enough baggage to drive his asking price to a reasonable sum. I'd love to see the 'Skins take a flier on him, if for no other reason than to end their embargo on tall wide receivers. 

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2011 NFL Free Agents: Is Cullen Jenkins The Answer At Nose Tackle For Redskins?

One way or another, the Albert Haynesworth fiasco will likely end before the Washington Redskins open their 2011 NFL season on September 11. While most will view this news with a sigh of relief, the fact remains that his departure leaves the Redskins in desperate need of talent on their defensive line. Defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins was a force up front for the Green Bay Packers' defense last year and proved key to their championship run. He is one of the top 2011 NFL free agents on the market. Could he bring the same level of performance to D.C.?

Pros: Jenkins is a proven veteran with playoff experience and tremendous talent. His presence up front would improve both the Skins' pass rush and run-defense, and his presence in the locker room would surely be beneficial to youngsters like Ryan Kerrigan. He's a versatile player who can be effective in both a 3-4 and a 4-3 scheme. 

Cons: At 30 years old, Jenkins is likely on the downside of his career. Although last year he showed that he's still an effective player, his health is a question mark at this point. After missing just two games in the first four years of his career, the lineman has missed 17 in the last three. 

Verdict: Jenkins would be a great player to have, but not at a pricey, long-term deal. Unfortunately, it looks like that's what it would take to sign him, and all signs indicate the Redskins are willing to do just that. Anything more than a two-year deal with Jenkins could end up being disastrous.

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2011 NFL Free Agents: Should Redskins Target DeAngelo Williams?

The Washington Redskins discovered a rare talent in Ryan Torain last season, but with the young and powerful running back's inability to stay healthy for any stretch of his career, Mike Shanahan will surely need reinforcements in the backfield. The team added Roy Helu and Evan Royster in the 2011 NFL Draft, but could look to bolster its running back core in free agency. Carolina Panthers veteran DeAngelo Williams is by far the top running back available.

Pros: If you were smart enough to draft Williams in your fantasy league in 2008, then you know what he can bring to the table. Williams rushed for 1,515 yards and a league-leading 18 touchdowns that season. He also happens to be used to splitting the load with another capable running back, as he's done with Jonathan Stewart in Carolina the past three seasons, and as he'd be expected to do with Torain in Washington.

Cons: While 27 may not sound old, it's already approaching over the hill for running backs in today's NFL. Williams missed 10 games last season due to injury.

Verdict: The Redskins have many needs, but with the development of Torain and a wealth of incoming potential, running back isn't necessarily one of them. The Redskins could add solid depth at the position without breaking the bank on Williams.

Other free agent running backs: Cedric Benson, Joseph Addai, Ronnie Brown, Ahmad Bradshaw, Mike Bell, Darren Sproles.

For more on NFL free agency, visit our StoryStream listing key 2011 NFL free agents the Redskins could target. Also, be sure to check out SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven.

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2011 NFL Free Agents: Would Sidney Rice Be A Good Fit With Redskins?

With the likely departure of Santana Moss, the Washington Redskins will enter the 2011 NFL season with plenty of questions at the wide receiver position. Anthony Armstrong may have propelled himself into the role of capable contributor last year, and draftee Leonard Hankerson may have potential, but the Redskins lack consistency and starpower at wide receiver. They'll likely try to find some of each in free agency, and Sidney Rice of the Minnesota Vikings is one of the top unrestricted free agents available.

Pros: Rice is the rare package of a receiver with both size (he's 6'-4") and speed. He's just one year removed from a Pro Bowl season where he led his team in receiving (1,312 yards) and receiving touchdowns (eight).

Cons: Rice's 2009 season was prolific, but it was just one season, and it was when Brett Favre was in competition for the MVP Award. All three of his other professional seasons, Rice has caught fewer than 400 yards, and no more than four touchdowns. Limited to just six games after coming back from a hip injury, Rice had only 17 receptions for 296 yards and two scores in 2010.

Verdict: It seems likely that free agent Santonio Holmes will be the Redskins' top target for the wide receiver position, as they will be in competition with the New York Jets to sign the former Super Bowl MVP, but Rice would be a very nice backup plan.

Other free agent wide receivers: Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Brad Smith, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss, Malcom Floyd, Mike Sims-Walker

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NFL Free Agents 2011: Should Redskins Pursue Santonio Holmes?

Of many issues, one of the main holes for the Washington Redskins is at the receiver position. With high cap space, the Redskins will likely target Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, and have reportedly made him a priority. One of the top 2011 NFL free agents and a former Super Bowl MVP, Holmes would be a major sign for Washington.

Pros: With a lackluster receiving core, Holmes would be able to make an immediate impact. Assuming he would become the team's No. 1 receiver, his presence would take pressure off an aging Santana Moss, who would become all the more dangerous as the teams No. 2 if he is re-signed.

Cons: Holmes' maturity has been questioned over the past year after he was suspended for the first four games of the 2010-2011 season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy. For a team that is in need of leaders, off-field problems would crush the team's hopes of a bounce back season.

Verdict: Although the Redskins have had problems with recent big named free agents, Holmes will be high on the Redskins' list during the offseason. Don't be surprised if Holmes is wearing burgundy and gold come September. 

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NFL Free Agents 2011: Will Washington Redskins Target Nnamdi Asomugha?

The Washington Redskins are projected to have a surprisingly high amount of salary cap space for the 2011 offseason. The team could choose to use this spare money to sign one of the biggest names in the 2011 free agent class: cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The Oakland Raiders standout had his contract voided after this past season because he did not meet certain performance incentives, leaving him as an unrestricted free agent.

Pros: Asomugha is a proven talent and would give the Redskins one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. He's been a Pro Bowler each of the last three seasons, and has been named a First Team All-Pro two of the last three years. For fear of Asomugha, opposing quarterbacks would be more likely to throw the ball at the receiver covered by DeAngelo Hall, who led the team in interceptions last season.

Cons: Opposing quarterbacks would be more likely to throw the ball at the receiver covered by DeAngelo Hall, who has earned his reputation as a ball-hawk while sometimes being too aggressive and giving up big plays to the opposition. Unless the Redskins play against Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears every week, this could be a risk. Asomugha is a classic shut-down corner in man-to-man coverage, but Jim Haslett and the Redskins mostly use zone.

Verdict: In the first year of the Mike Shanahan regime, the Redskins specifically stayed away from signing high-priced free agents. If they choose to do the same this year, Asomugha won't be high on their list of targets.

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NFL Free Agents 2011: Would Matt Hasselbeck Be A Good Fit With Redskins?

The Washington Redskins appear set to enter the 2011 NFL season with John Beck as their starting quarterback. Mike Shanahan surprised many by electing not to select a quarterback in the NFL Draft, and now fans are stuck with the possibility of seeing Beck as the starter when the season begins.

The 2011 free agent quarterback class has few possibilities that would be capable starters for the Redskins. One of those possibilities is Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck. The veteran is entering his 14th year as a professional.

Pros: Hasselbeck has loads of experience, and has the leadership qualities that the Redskins hoped they were acquiring when they traded for Donovan McNabb last season. Hasselbeck has led the Seahawks to the playoffs six times and the Super Bowl once, while setting just about every franchise record for a quarterback in Seattle. With an offensive unit so stacked with youth, the Redskins need a player like Hasselbeck to serve as Captain and bring a little bit of experience. He could help change the "culture of losing" that has been so rampant in D.C. the past two decades.

Cons: Those numbers sound a whole lot like McNabb's. Hasselbeck had more interceptions than touchdowns in 2010, and acquiring a veteran on the tail-end of his career could be seen as a step back in the rebuilding process for Washington. He hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2007. Plus, Hasselbeck is a product of Mike Holmgren's west coast offense. He would have fit in just fine under Jim Zorn, but Shanahan's system would be new. Like McNabb, Hasselbeck would be starting from scratch.

Verdict: Shanahan seems both committed to the rebuild, and committed to Beck, so signing Hasselbeck doesn't seem likely, especially since the quarterback has already expressed interest in re-signing with the Seahawks. If the Redskins do decide to pursue a veteran like Hasselbeck or fellow free agent Marc Bulger, we should still expect to see Beck for a few games since both have succumb to injuries far too frequently in the recent past.

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NFL Free Agents 2011: Reviewing Players Redskins Could Target This Offseason

With the NFL Lockout approaching its end and the rules for the 2011 NFL free agency period all but finalized, the Washington Redskins find themselves in the unique position of having a significant amount of room under the salary cap to maneuver. By eliminating several expensive contracts from their roster the past few years, such as Clinton Portis and Randy Thomas, the Redskins will have the rare opportunity to add a handful of new players to the roster in 2011. As Mike Shanahan to rebuilding the Redskins' roster, this additional salary cap space will give his team the room necessary to acquire several free agents.

Will the Redskins target the biggest names on the market like Nnamdi Asomugha and Santonio Holmes? Or will they stick to last year's strategy of acquiring only budget-friendly role players? We shall soon see.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream throughout the 2011 Redskins preseason as we review the pros and cons of each free agent that the Redskins could be looking to sign, and be sure to check SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven for additional updates and analysis.

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