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Need to Know: Five free agents who won't become Redskins

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Need to Know: Five free agents who won't become Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 4, six days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

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Here are five NFL free agents who won’t be playing for the Redskins in 2015.

DT Ndamukong Suh—Despite reports that the Redskins are “interested” in Suh, there is little chance that a contract that makes any sense at all for them could be worked out with Suh. He is likely to get a deal that averages some $17 million per year and the Redskins could buy a lot of help at a lot of positions with that money. That’s a move for a “we think we’re one player away” team like the Dolphins or a “we have money to burn” team like the Raiders. The Redskins are in neither one of those categories.

DE Greg Hardy—He’s only 27 and he had 15 sacks in 2013 and 11 the year before that. Let’s say for a minute that the Redskins were willing to take a chance on his recent troubles involving domestic violence charges and perhaps obtain the damaged goods at a reduced rate. But Hardy is strictly a 4-3 end and he is just not a scheme fit in the Redskins’ defense.

S Devin McCourty—He’s a perfect need fit and filling needs is that free agency is all about. But even if the Redskins are interested it seems very unlikely that he will get away from the Patriots. Bill Belichick would not have slapped the franchise tag on kicker Stephen Gostkowski if he was not exceptionally confident that the Pats could get a deal done with McCourty.

G Mike Iupati—Although he fits the "big guy" description that Scot McCloughan likes that doesn't mean that the Redskins' GM will be willing to pay $6 to $7 million per year for a guard to gave up seven sacks last year.

WR Andre Johnson—He’s not a free agent yet but it looks like he will be soon. You can put him in the “no” column along with others who are well north of the age of 30. “We’re not going to have to go out to other organizations and bring in 32 and 33 year olds who have different plans,” McCloughan said at his introductory presser.

Timeline

—It’s been 66 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 193 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL free agency starts 6; Redskins offseason workouts start 47; 2015 NFL Draft 57

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The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

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2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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