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Washington Redskins taking an unconventional approach to free agency

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By Donnie Zelaya March 23, 2020 0 Comment
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The Washington Redskins have been notoriously quiet in free agency. An unconventional approach for what’s usually an aggressive organization.

To return to the glory days of RFK Stadium, the Washington Redskins new regime led by recently hired Head Coach Ron Rivera are taking a very un-Redskins-like approach to free agency. The organization has been more of an observer than a player in the free agency market thus far.

Currently, the Redskins’ most significant move in free agency has been placing the franchise tag on Brandon Scherff. Washington now has until July to reach a long term extension with Scherff. Otherwise, he will play this season with a cap hit of $14.78 million. A high number for sure, but even without an extension, the Redskins sit at just over $35 million in salary-cap space.

The reason for all this cap space is the conservative approach taken by Rivera and Kyle Smith. Smith took over as the new Vice President of Player Personnel for Washington. In free agency of years past, the Redskins would have been first in line announcing the biggest possible name with the most guaranteed dollars. The organization would have been all over the likes of Tom Brady, Jadaveon Clowney, and Austin Hooper. Whether or not they would have landed all three players remains to be seen. The odds are that one, and most likely two of the three would have signed with the Redskins. A Brady signing would require it’s own separate press conference. Still, Clowney and Hooper would be part of what was the traditional free agency picture. One that includes the head coach, general manager, and new highest-paid player in team history photo.

2020 approach

Thus far, the Redskins have come to terms with defensive back Kendall Fuller, offensive lineman Wes Schweitzer, linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis, and re-signing of linebacker Jon Bostic. Not exactly a who’s who of NFL superstars and far from the splashy signings of years past.

Instead, Smith and Rivera appear to be focusing on their six draft choices in the upcoming draft. With the second overall pick, speculation throughout draft communities has the Redskins selecting defensive end Chase Young of Ohio State. Rivera has hinted the Redskins are also contemplating Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovialoa at the number 2 spot. One thing we’ve learned about “Riverboat Ron” is he’s not afraid of taking calculated risks if the odds are in his favor.

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