Redskins Free Agency Day 1 Recap
The Scot McCloughan era has officially begun, and the first day of free agency showed that the Washington Redskins will not be over-paying to fill needs under their new head man.
The only player the team signed on day 1, Stephen Paea, is an extremely strong and talented young player with a lot of potential that the team was able to sign to a reasonable deal. Paea logged 6 sacks in 2014, the Redskins defensive line as a unit registered only 10.
The Redskins were connected to several players heading into the day, but the trend that seems to be taking shape this year is Washington not showing interest in players looking to cash-in on “Free-Agent Frenzy 2015”.
– Stephen Paea – As previously reported, the Washington Redskins signed Stephen Paea shortly after free agency began Tuesday.
Paea (6-1, 306 lbs) is coming off his best season as a pro, the 26 year-old had six sacks and two forced fumbles while starting all 16 games for the first time in his four-year career. In his four years in Chicago Paea has 94 tackles, 12 sacks, 5 passes defended and 2 forced fumbles. Paea will likely be used as an end in Joe Barry’s 3-4 scheme and slide inside on passing situations.
— Bob LeGere (@BobLeGere) March 10, 2015
– Perrish Cox, Cornerback (6-0, 190 lbs) 49ers: The former San Francisco 49ers cornerback is set to visit the Redskins on Wednesday. Cox had five interceptions while starting 14 games games last year, but only managed one interception the four prior seasons. Some may remember Cox was involved in a rape/assault case in 2010/2011, he was eventually found not guilty.
Cox, 28, is coming off a career year with the San Francisco 49ers, collecting five interceptions and 17 passes defensed to go along with 53 tackles. In his rookie season, Cox had a career-best 58 tackles and logged his first-career interception and forced two fumbles.
– Terrance Knighton, Defensive Tackle (6-3, 335 lbs) Broncos: The former Denver Broncos defensive tackle was a player of interest early in the “tampering period” for the Redskins, but talks cooled off. According to ESPN 980, Knighton will visit the Redskins on Wednesday. Knighton is best friends with current Redskins defensive tackle Chris Baker.
– Brandon Browner, Cornerback (6-4, 221 lbs) Patriots – Browner almost signed with the Redskins last year before signing a deal with the New England Patriots. Browner, 30, helped the Patriots win the Super Bowl in 2014 after being on the Super Bowl winning roster of the Seahawks in 2013. At the age of 30 Browner has only been in the NFL for 6 seasons having come from the CFL. He has connections to Scot McCloughan’s days in Seattle. At 6-4 Browner has the size to deal with bigger receivers like Dez Bryant, and would fill a need the Redskins have as their secondary is still a work in progress. Browner also has a history with the league involving performance enhancing drugs. Browner didn’t play the first four games of 2014 because of missing scheduled drug tests for the NFL drug program he is in. It’s unknown exactly when Browner will arrive at Redskins Park, reports are saying it will be sometime this week.
Former Patriots CB Brandon Browner is in New Orleans visiting Saints. Also scheduled to visit Redskins next.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2015
Redskins Free Agents
– Leonard Hankerson – Hankerson was visiting the Atlanta Falcons Tuesday afternoon. A possible reunion with Kyle Shanahan and several former Redskins coaches in Atlanta may be an attractive thought for Hankerson.
Leonard Hankerson, in a text, said he just arrived in Atlanta to meet with the Falcons. No contract offer yet. — Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) March 10, 2015
– Brian Orakpo – Brian Orakpo has received a lot of attention and has meetings lined up with the Tennessee Titans and Arizona Cardinals. Reports have also stated that Orakpo still lists Washington as a possible signing spot. Can’t help but think the Redskins are looking to wait this situation out and hope to get Orakpo back at a smaller price-tag.
– Roy Helu – After being linked to several teams during the day (Giants and Patriots among others), recent reports have stated that Roy Helu has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders. Helu is from California, so the signing puts him closer to home.
– Jarvis Jenkins – Reports have stated that even though Washington has stayed in contact with Jarvis Jenkins, he has been getting attention elsewhere as well.
On Jarvis Jenkins, heard more teams other than just Arizona and Miami have contacted him. Skins remain in contact.
— John Keim (@john_keim) March 7, 2015