Mike Florio breaks down Wild Card weekend
With the Redskins season over, CSN Washington will examine free agents from playoff rosters that could make an impact for Washington.
Who: New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles (-2.5)
When: Saturday, Jan. 4, 8:30 pm, NBC
The Philadelphia Eagles offense has looked impressive for much of the season, and receiver Riley Cooper has been one of the team's best surprises. Despite a very controversial offseason, Cooper has settled in with new quarterback Nick Foles to emerge as a dynamic playmaking threat.
After Pierre Garçon, the Redskins lacked a consistent receiving threat in 2014. When Leonard Hankerson looked ready to emerge, injury struck. Similar results struck Jordan Reed, and second year man Aldrick Robinson proved too inconsistent to be considered a safe bet for 2014. Cooper would be a welcome addition for Washington, and may not cost as much as other more high-profile wideouts.
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The Eagles face not just Cooper leaving as a free agent, but his teammate Jeremy Maclin could also leave next season. Maclin did not play in 2013 with a hurt knee, but has the speed to be a serious deep threat in the NFL. It's unlikely the Eagles retain both receivers, and either could be a good fit in Washington.
On the New Orleans side, tackle Zach Strief will be a free agent after the season. In eight season with the Saints, the 6'7", 320 lb. tackle out of Northwestern started 45 games for the high-tempo New Orleans offense. In 2013, Strief started every game he played in, and as a free agent, he could provide good depth and competition along the Washington offensive line for 2014.