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Two huge targets remain available on defensive line free agent market

Two huge targets remain available on defensive line free agent market

The Redskins made two quick moves when free agency opened to shore up their defensive line, signing Terrell McClain and Stacy McGee to multi-year deals.

Neither player has a stat sheet that jumps off the page, but both have size and have shown flashes of strong ability.

For many, despite the dismissal of former GM Scot McCloughan, the Washington offseason has gotten off to a strong start.

The addition of D.J. Swearinger and Terrelle Pryor will directly address needs, as will the contracts for McClain and McGee. 

The Redskins' defensive line struggled so much in 2016 that there is some question if another addition is neccesary.

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Bennie Logan visited the Redskins, but ended up signing with Chiefs on a one-year deal. And speaking of defensive linemen, two of the best available remain on the market in Dontari Poe and Johnathan Hankins.

A two-time Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014, Poe's numbers have dipped in the last two seasons. In 2016, Hankins made 16 starts for a stout Giants defense, logging three sacks 43 tackles. 

Poe has reportedly visited Atlanta, Jacksonville and Indianapolis, with a scheduled visit for Miami planned. Hankins' travel interary has been quieter, and some believe he could end up back with the Giants. 

Either player could immediately help the Redskins, though, so far, it doesn't seem like there has been much interest. Outside of big-money deals for Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams, the defensive tackle market has largely seen smaller money and short-term contracts. 

It's also worth keeping in mind that talent evaluators consider the 2017 NFL Draft quite deep along the defensive front. Maybe some teams plan to build their trenches through the draft instead of free agency.

Whatever the reason, and free agency is not even a week old, players like Poe and Hankins remain available. And players like Poe and Hankins could help the Redkins.

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Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Following a slew of reports that cast doubt on the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Dianna Russini tweeted Tuesday that the impass is not about money. 

If the report is true, then Washington has run out of good options for retaining Cousins in the long term.

It's possible the team could use a third-straight franchise tag to keep him next season, but the price tag around $34 million would be astronomical for one season.

The transition tag would be worth in the neighborhood of $28 million. 

Russini doesn't elaborate on the reasons behind her report that Cousins wouldn't be happy in Washington regardless of price. But it's important to note that both teams and players have incentive to create leverage in contract negotiations through the media. 

The Redskins have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal with Cousins. 

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Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Interior offensive line

Redskins 2017 depth chart preview: Interior offensive line

Over the next few weeks, Rich Tandler will take a position-by-position look at the Redskins’ 2017 depth chart as the team enjoys some R&R ahead of training camp. Some positions are easy to handicap. Others have moving parts and, thus, are more complex. So, who’s in? And who’s in trouble?

Up today…

Position: Interior offensive line

On the roster: Guards Shawn Lauvao, Brandon Scherff, Arie Kouandjio, Tyler Catalina, Kyle Kalis, Isaiah Williams; Centers Spencer Long, Chase Roullier, Ronald Patrick

Locks: Lauvao, Scherff, Kouandjio, Long

As noted here this morning, there seemed to be a pretty good chance that Lauvao would be on his way out. But free agency and the draft went by and no serious challenger for him was acquired. It looks like they will let him play out the last year of his free agent contract and then see what they want to do with him next year when he will be a 30-year-old free agent.

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The Redskins might like Kouandjio, going into his third season, to emerge as a viable option as Lauvao’s successor. He was not up to the task in a couple of spot starts last year. But, just like Lauvao, he can take some comfort in the fact that the organization did not expend any major resources on bringing in another guard for competition.

Scherff went to the Pro Bowl in his second year in the league. He will be a fixture at right guard for the next decade or so, provided the Redskins can figure out a way to get a third high-priced offensive lineman under the salary cap (in addition to tackles Trent Williams and Morgan Moses).

Long did a solid job in his first year as the starting center. He will anchor the line again this year. He is eligible for a contract extension and it will be interesting to see if talks heat up between now and training camp.

On the bubble: Roullier

In an ideal Redskins world, the rookie sixth-round pick would be able to learn center and both guard spots well enough to be a workable fill-in on game days. In the real world, that may not work. During minicamp, offensive line coach Bill Callahan told me that while he had been impressed with how well Roullier had picked things up so far, the real test will come with the pads on in Richmond.

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Long shots: Catalina, Kalais, Williams, Patrick

You never know what will happen during the preseason but it seems that the practice squad is the best hope for any of these guys to be around Ashburn in the fall. If injury or issues with Roullier’s development create a hole in the depth chart in the 53-man roster the organization is likely to go outside to find help off the waiver wire. Two or three on this list are likely to be back for another shot in 2018.  

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