A top defensive line target is off the board for the Redskins. Former Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell is headed to Jacksonville for a deal that is reported to be a whopping $14 million per year. With the chances of Chris Baker staying around seeming to be diminishing by the hour, the Redskins are in desperate need of landing a solid D-lineman on the open market.
It’s not time to panic just yet. There are still some quality free agent defensive linemen left out there.
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—The Eagles are preparing for the departure of Bennie Logan. They are working on an extension for Beau Allen, who would take Logan’s spot on the line. The 6-2, 309-lb. Logan was the Eagles nose tackle for three years after they drafted him in the third round of the 2013 draft. The Eagles shifted to a 4-3 scheme last year and Logan moved to tackle, where he registered 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles. He was long ago reported to be a free agency target of the Redskins. The 27-year-old hasn’t received much action in this early contact period and we will see if things start to heat up over the next few days.
—The Giants took Jonathan Hankins in the second round of the 2013 draft and he has been their starter for the last three years. He had seven sacks in 2014 but only three in the last two season combined. Still, he is a solid lineman who could play end in the 3-4 base defense or, at 320 pounds, possibly nose tackle. The Giants are trying to retain him but they have a lot of money tied up in their D-line after signing end Olivier Vernon and tackle Damon Harrison to big free agent contracts and giving Jason Pierre-Paul the franchise tag.
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—The Redskins are reported to be in on Dontari Poe, the Chiefs’ massive (340 lb.) nose tackle. His star has faded the last couple of years. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014 when he had a combined 10.5 sacks. But he had just 2.5 sacks the last two seasons combined. The market for his services has been slow and there was some talk that he would sign a one-year deal and try to reestablish himself as a force who is worthy of big money. I don’t know if the Redskins will go that route but if they can get him in for three years at around $8 million per they could try to lock him up.