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.

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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