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Countdown To Free Agency: Offense


With the new league year and free agency set to start at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, here is a look at where the Washington Redskins stand on offense.

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As Redskins fans look ahead to free agency, they can rest assured on offense that the major pieces are already in place.

Franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III is protected by franchise left tackle Trent Williams, and surrounded by top-flight running back Alfred Morris, wideout Pierre Garçon and tight end Jordan Reed.

The biggest concerns lie along the offensive line, where new head coach Jay Gruden could elect to overhaul a unit that struggled at times last season.

In addition, the club could seek additional weapons to augment an already potent attack.


Redskins Free Agents:

Receivers: Dezmon Briscoe, Joshua Morgan, Santana Moss

Tight end: Fred Davis

Quarterback: Rex Grossman

While the list above has some recognizable names, it's understandable to believe that several of them may have played their last games in Washington.

Grossman was a disciple of the Shanahan offense and was retained for the last two seasons in a mentor's role. With Kirk Cousins gaining valuable experience this season, retaining a player of Grossman's experience could be a luxury the team no longer pursues.

While Davis showed flashes of brilliance during his time in Washington, he was the subject of controversy last season and has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

Briscoe was brought in prior to the 2012 season, but never showed the success he had as a red zone target in Tampa Bay. Briscoe fell out of favor after a tough performance in Pittsburgh in 2012, but remained with the organization after injuring his shoulder last preseason.

Despite going into his fourth season, Brisoce is just 24 years old and brings good size (6-2, 210 pounds) to the position.

Washington, D.C.'s own Joshua Morgan remains a possibility to return, even after a bizarre 2013 season that saw him as the No. 2 receiver, punt returner and gameday inactive.

Morgan brings a physicality uncommon for his position, and showed how reliable he can be with his performance in 2012. Given his local ties, the appeal is there.

Regardless of his future, Moss has already done his part to be remembered as one of the all-time great Redskins receivers. Moss ranks third in catches with 569 and fourth in receiving yards with 7,738. His 48 touchdowns are tied for 10th best with former running back Stephen Davis.

Don't count Moss out, but the team may elect to get younger at the position under Gruden. Either way, his career should be celebrated.


Free Agents To Watch:

While this is far from an exhaustive list, here are one or two candidates to keep an eye on at each position.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman: A former quarterback at Kent State, he embraced a position change to receiver (and defensive back when needed) and morphed into Wes Welker 2.0 in New England. In a season when the Patriots struggled to keep a healthy offense on the field, Edelman carried the Pats to the playoffs with 1,441 all-purpose yards.

In addition to being an outlet receiver for Robert Griffin III, Edelman could also fill the team's glaring need at punt returner. Edelman holds the Patriot's franchise record for longest punt return (94), and possesses the longest average punt return average among active players (12.3 yards), seventh all-time.

Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.: For many of the same reasons, Ginn Jr. provides an interesting target at a reduced price. Much like Reggie Bush, Ginn Jr. has struggled with the expectations he carried from a successful collegiate career. But much like Bush, Ginn Jr. has finally fallen into a role that suits him best: a backup receiver and return specialist.

In 2013, Ginn Jr. averaged 12.2 yards per punt return and 23.8 yards per kick return in Carolina. He also played in all 16 games on offense, starting two and catching 36 passes for 556 yards. For his career, he has 10,610 all-purpose yards.

Tight End Ed Dickson:A highly-touted prospect coming out of Oregon, Dickson has struggled in Baltimore despite his ideal stature (6-4, 244 pounds). A change of scenery could be the boost he needs to take his career to the next level.

Given the rise of Dennis Pitta, Dickson got valuable experience blocking and could provide a well-balanced complement to Jordan Reed and Logan Paulsen.

Offensive Tackle Anthony Collins: Seemingly on everyone's "Man To Watch" list, Collins is an intriguing candidate to hit the market, given his success in Cincinnati under Jay Gruden. After failing to be franchised, Collins will draw interest and would be an appealing bookend to Trent Williams in Washington.

According to Pro Football Focus, in 389 passing plays in 2013, Collins allowed only one quarterback hit and no sacks and just 14 pressures. Collins is a left tackle by trade, but could move to right tackle this season and provide the Redskins with security/leverage if Williams hits the open market next year.

Offensive Tackle Michael Oher:A former first-round pick, Oher's story is well known from his depiction in The Blind Side. Fortunately, the Redskins will not need him to protect Robert Griffin III's blind side, a role that he drew criticism for during his time in Baltimore.

Oher has shown steady development at right tackle, however, and could be a fit should the Redskins decide to move on from Tyler Polumbus.

Guard Davin Joseph:The Redskins will have some decisions to make on the offensive line, but creating competition is almost a guarantee, which makes Joseph a candidate to watch.

After struggling to battle back from injury last year, Joseph became expendable to the Buccaneers, who released the guard on March 8.* *With two Pro Bowl seasons under his belt, Joseph has a high personal bar and could be available to augment the interior of the line at a desirable price.

Lineman Chad Rinehart: A one-time third-round pick of the Washington Redskins, Rinehart could be a welcome addition, given his ability to play almost anywhere on the line.

Although not a Shanahan guy, Rinehart could be welcomed back by the new regime in Washington, as his size (6-5, 320 pounds) and versatility makes him appealing.

Running Back Jonathan Dwyer: The Redskins have their man in Alfred Morris and a great complement in Roy Helu Jr. But if the team decides to add new blood to the mix, Dwyer is an interesting candidate. He has never carried the load, but has always played in a crowd in Pittsburgh.

He has big-play ability, but is also only the second NFL running back to ever be fined for destroying a defender. Good north-south runner.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson: If the Redskins want to shake up the quarterback position, look for them to bring in another veteran behind Robert Griffin III.

Jackson has had his troubles with accuracy and ball security, but he has a strong arm and will be looking for a backup gig.




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