After re-signing with the Redskins, Tim Hightower told Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson that he wasn't sure if he'd be fully healthy for minicamp or even training camp but he vowed to be ready for the season opener in New Orleans on Sept. 9.
Many Redskins fans have been keeping a close eye on the Chiefs all offseason. Kansas City has two pending free agents in positions that are of great need to Washington. Fans have been watching since January to see what the Chiefs would do with safety Eric Berry and defensive lineman Dontari Poe. They may have their answer.
The organization’s hope was that they could sign one and use the franchise tag on the other. But with the deadline for the tag two days from now and with free agency starting in 10 days, it appears that plan is not going to happen. They are forced to decide and per Ed Werder of ESPN they are going to tag Berry and let Poe test free agency.
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Poe is a load at 6-3, 248. His impact is hard to measure in numbers; he has just 13 sacks in his five NFL seasons including two in the last two years. The Chiefs first-round pick out of Memphis in the 2012 draft has forced two fumbles and recovered one. But he is exactly what a defense like the Redskins’ 4-3 scheme needs in the middle to eat up double teams and keep blockers off the linebackers. They would go from having had no credible nose tackle in the seven seasons they have been in the 3-4 base defense to having one who at age 26 is of the very best in the league.
The problem with acquiring the best in the business is that you must pay top dollar. The contracts signed by Marcell Dareus of the Bills, a six-year deal with an average annual value of $15.8 million and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles, who signed a six-year extension with an AAV of $17.1, will be used as guidelines for a Poe free agent deal.
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The Redskins possibly could make that work but it would be a stretch. They already have a top-heavy salary structure with their top three players taking up 35 percent of the salary cap. Another cap hit in the $15 million range would put them in a precarious spot.
It seems unlikely that the Redskins will be real players in the Poe sweepstakes but given that he would be a perfect solution to a long-standing problem area it’s worth keeping an eye on the situation.
The NFL has announced every team’s picks in the upcoming draft. Here are the Redskins’ 10 selections:
Round-pick in round-overall pick
1-17-17 own pick
2-17-49 own pick
3-17-81 own pick
4-7-114 from Saints
4-17-124 own pick
5-10-154 from Jets
6-17-201 own pick
6-25-209 from Texans
7-2-220 from 49ers
7-17-235 own pick
The picks from the Saints, Jets, and Texans are from trades made during last year’s draft. The Redskins sent their fifth-round pick to the 49ers for TE Derek Carrier, who also sent their seventh-round pick in the deal.