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Need to Know: Five free agent cornerback possibilities for the Redskins

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Need to Know: Five free agent cornerback possibilities for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 28, 100 days before the NFL Draft.

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With three of their top four cornerbacks set to become free agents the Redskins will almost certainly be in the market for a free agent corner. Here are five that may fit the Redskins’ needs and budget.

1. Alterraun Verner, TEN—The Redskins could go one of two routes at cornerback. They might sign an older corner for a year or two as a stopgap until a draft pick can play there or they could sign a younger player for the long term. Verner fits into the latter category. The Pro Bowler is 25 and won’t turn 26 until late this season and he’s gotten better every year.

2. Captain Munnerlyn, CAR—He’s would be another one in the younger, long-term category (turns 26 in April). The former seventh-round pick has worked his way into the Panthers’ starting lineup and, like Verner, he has improved every year. Last year he had two interception returns for touchdowns and three sacks.

3. Antoine Cason, ARIZ—We’re starting to get into the older, stopgap category here although Cason turns just 28 before training camp. The Chargers let their former first-round pick walk in free agency a year ago and there was plenty of talk of the Redskins picking him up. Instead he signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals so he’s back on the market again.

4. Mike Jenkins, OAK—The Cowboys’ former first-round pick is pretty good when he’s on the field. That wasn’t an issue last year when he played all 16 games after signing with the Raiders. But he missed games his last two seasons in Dallas with back, knee, and hamstring injuries. Jenkins turns 29 in March.

5. Richard Marshall, SD—He will turn 30 late in the season and if he doesn’t sign back with the Chargers he could be with his fifth team in five years. Marshall has stayed healthy for the most part, playing in 16 games in seven of his eight NFL seasons. Certainly he would be a stopgap but if the Redskins need a nickel back and a part-time starter Marshall could fill the bill.

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Timeline

—It’s been 30 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 222 days until they play another one.

—Days until: NFL Combine 22; NFL Free agency starts 42; Offseason workouts start 69; NFL Draft 100

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Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.

According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.

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Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.

After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.

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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

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Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Redskins plan to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator, per report

Plenty of Redskins fans wanted the team to interview Rex Ryan for defensive coordinator.

Well, a report shows they aren't talking to Rex, but instead, his brother Rob, according to Albert Breer of MMQB

Rex Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is very impressive.

Rob Ryan's track record as a defensive coordinator is, uh, less impressive. 

In 12 seasons as a coordinator, first in Oakland and then with Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans, Rob Ryan has two Top 5 finishes in yards allowed. He also has finished 31st out of 32 teams in the league in yards allowed three times.

Below is a chart from Pro Football Reference showing his defensive ranks from 2004 when he became coordinator in Oakland all the way through his last job as a coordinator in New Orleans in 2015.

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The results aren't pretty.

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It should be noted that in 2016, Rob Ryan served as assistant head coach in Buffalo on his brother Rex's staff.

That team's defense finished 19th in yards allowed. 

Gus Bradley and Mike Pettine have interviewed with the Redskins for their vacant defensive coordinator opening.

Washington is also reported to have reached out to Wade Phillips, who took the same position with the Rams, and Steve Wilks, who took the same position with the Carolina Panthers. Internally, outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky also seems to be under some consideration for the position, and a report last week linked former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula with the Washington defense.

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