Washington Redskins free agency grade

Notable additions:

Stacy McGee – Defensive Tackle – From: Oakland Raiders

Terrell McClain – Defensive Tackle – From: Dallas Cowboys

D.J. Swearinger – Safety – From: Arizona Cardinals

Terrelle Pryor – Wide Receiver – From: Cleveland Browns

Notable subtractions:

Pierre Garcon – Wide Receiver – To: San Francisco 49ers

DeSean Jackson – Wide Receiver – To: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Baker – Defensive Tackle – To: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ricky Jean Francois – Defensive Tackle – To: Green Bay Packers

Analysis:

It has been a rough offseason so far for the Redskins as they fired general manager Scot McCloughan just prior to the start of free agency. Washington also lost several key players including their two starting wide receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson. Garcon and Jackson both had 1,000 receiving yards for the Redskins last season, so their production won’t be easily be replaced. Washington did attempt to fill their void a little bit in free agency as they signed former Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor to a 1-year/$6 million deal. Pryor had a breakout season last year as he transitioned from quarterback to wide receiver for Cleveland. Pryor ended up with 1,007 receiving yards last season despite having poor quarterback play. Last season might have been a fluke though as it was his first season as a wide receiver. However, it is a low-risk signing for the Redskins since he only has a 1-year deal. Pryor has only played wide receiver for one full season in the NFL, so it is reasonable to wonder whether he will have the same success in Washington. Also, Pryor is more of a possession receiver which means the Redskins will have to find a new deep threat after the departures of deep threat receivers Garcon and Jackson. The Redskins also lost two key players on the defensive line as defensive tackles Chris Baker and Ricky Jean Francois both departed in free agency. However, the Redskins were quick to find replacements at defensive tackle as they signed Stacy McGee and Terrell McClain to long-term deals. Both players are just average defensive tackles and it remains to be seen whether they can be as productive as Chris Baker was with the team. The Redskins also tried to address the safety position as they signed strong safety D.J. Swearinger to a 3-year deal. Swearinger is known for his ability to stop the run and he also had 3 interceptions with Arizona last season. However, Swearinger is a liability in coverage at times which isn’t a good characteristic for a starting safety since he will be the last line of defense for the Redskins. Overall, D.J. Swearinger doesn’t bring too much of an upgrade to the strong safety position since he is basically the same type of player as Donte Whitner. The Redskins did a decent job of finding replacements for the key players that they lost in free agency. However, there is no doubt that this team isn’t any better after free agency especially after they lost their two top wide receivers.

Grade: C-

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