Two weeks into free agency, the Redskins haven’t added a whole lot due to the crippling, $18 million NFL-imposed salary cap penalty. But that doesn’t mean their 2013 opponents haven’t been busy loading up, filling holes and reshaping their rosters. Recently, we examined Washington’s NFC EAST foes, the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys. In the coming weeks, we’re checking in with the rest of the teams who appear on the Redskins’ schedule next season.
2012 record: 11-4-1
Key acquisitions: WR Anquan Boldin, DE Glenn Dorsey, S Craig Dahl, K Phil Dawson, LB Dan Skuta
2013 outlook: The 2012 NFC champions have lost their share of marquee players this offseason.
Gone are tight end Delanie Walker (Titans), safety Dashon Goldson (Buccaneers), quarterback Alex Smith (Chiefs) and defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga (Eagles). The departure of Goldson, a 28-year-old two-time Pro Bowler, cuts the deepest for a team that had the third-ranked defense last season.
All are significant losses. But the bad news for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins is that that the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick-led roster is still one of the most talented – not to mention deepest – in the NFL. In addition to that, they’ve got a top coach in Jim Harbaugh and the moves GM Trent Baalke has made thus far made in free agency have been shrewd ones.
The addition of sure-handed wide receiver Anquan Boldin has been the most significant. Acquired from the Ravens in exchange for a sixth round draft pick, adding Boldin to a receiver corps that already boasts Michael Crabtree should help the league's 23rd ranked passing attack be more dangerous. Meantime, the acquisition of Phil Dawson will bring some productivity and stability to the 49ers’ kicking game after the sudden decline of David Akers. As a member of the Browns last season, Dawson, 38, was 6 for 6 from 40-49 yards out and 7 for 7 from 50-plus.
And with 14 – yes, 14 – picks in next month’s draft, the 49ers will be able to bolster their current roster or trade some selections for picks in future drafts.
In other words, San Francisco figures to be one of the Redskins’ toughest matchups next season.