Moe wrote:WaPo had a 'biggest non-QB areas of need' article today, few notes:
“With Samuel, you're probably looking at the $9 million-$10 million a year range,” said Over the Cap founder Jason Fitzgerald. “He's probably looked at like a ‘No. 2-plus’ wide receiver, a little bit of a gadget guy. With Robinson, you're talking probably close to $20 million dollars a year. Robinson, Chris Godwin, Kenny Golladay — those guys are all going to be like $17 million, $18 million, $19 million, $20 million players.”
On board with Samuel. I have him down as a RB/WR and can be used just like Gibson.
I would not mind Robinson, but not at $20M, I will take a Corey Davis at a lower value of $14-16M.
I am of the opinion to go the FA route for this position, we have too many draft picks here already, young, and know the system.
We have the cap space and I would prefer a vet to not have to wait for the rookies to come up to speed.
Tight ends can be costly in free agency, but Washington could be among the teams interested in Hunter Henry if he isn’t tagged or re-signed by the Los Angeles Chargers. Tennessee’s Jonnu Smith has been productive in recent seasons and could also become an unrestricted free agent. The draft class has some notable talent, led by Florida’s Kyle Pitts and Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth, and Miami’s Brevin Jordan has the type of versatility in his game that could intrigue Washington.
I would prefer to go with the draft on this position.
We need to resign Logan Thomas in 2022, don't want too much money invested in TE, Thomas will need to get paid if he plays great again this year. Give me a rookie contract for this position.
Washington wants to keep its starting right guard on a long-term deal, but it could still use the franchise tag on him for a second time, if only to buy more time for negotiations. The deadline to designate franchise players is March 9, but teams and players have until July 15 to try to reach long-term deals instead.
Scherff will get paid handsomely one way or the others. On a long-term deal, the floor is likely $15 million in average annual value. The second franchise tag would be costly for Washington, at $18 million for next season.
Notes from PFF- The right guard logged 857 offensive snaps in 2020, according to PFF, and allowed just three sacks. Scherff's overall PFF grade of 86.3 made him the fourth-highest graded guard in the entire NFL, too.
Where Scherff excels the most is in the run game, but the former Iowa star has turned into one of the league's best pass-blocking guards. Scherff was one of just two guards in the NFL (Indianapolis' Quenton Nelson was the other) that registered a PFF grade above 80.0 as both a run-blocker and a pass-blocker.
Simply put: that's elite.
This is the most important re-signing, we are probably looking at ~16M AAV, back loaded due to TV broadcasting negotiations.
Use a similar strategy as we did with Roullier, (lower cap hit this year, and higher cap hits in 2022 and beyond).
Rivera was publicly critical of the inside linebackers early last season, especially against the run, although he did note their improvement as the season went on.
But now Kevin Pierre-Louis will be a free agent, Thomas Davis is retired and Shaun Dion Hamilton is gone. Jon Bostic has a year left on his contract, but the team would save close to $2.7 million if it cut or traded him, leaving Cole Holcomb as the centerpiece of the group.
One potential option in free agency is Matt Milano, the former safety who converted to linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. Corry says the average pay for a player like Milano is $12 million-$14 million a year. Washington — unlike Buffalo — has the cap space to make it happen, but it could instead turn to the draft for help. (Moe-seems too high for Milano, good player but that's a lot)
I am hoping that we go with Zaven Collins at 19, I might be able to wrap my brain around the other ILB from Notre Dame, but he seems too undersized and underweight to me. I see Nick Bolton sliding up the charts, not sure if he is worthy of 19.
Ronald Darby, who signed a one-year contract with Washington last season, received praise from Rivera at season’s end and the team could look to re-sign him on a longer-term deal. Doing so could come at a steep cost, as Corry believes Darby would covet close to $10 million a year, similar to what Bradley Roby received from Houston last year.
“And the other thing is this really isn't a good year for cornerbacks in free agency,” Fitzgerald said. “It's guys like William Jackson and Desmond King, a lot of uncertainty. They might not see an easy path to replace him.”
(Moe- I thought Darby was solid, but again that seems a little high. DB's are valuable but if they could get him more in the $6-7m a year range, I'd be more comfortable).
I think the sweet spot is ~9M, I would be OK with that.