Part 3 of who the Washington Redskins should sign from each team in free agency continues today with Houston thru the Los Angeles Rams.
Jadeveon Clowney (26 yrs old), OLB
Jadeveon Clowney played his college ball at Clemson and was drafted first overall in the 2014 draft by the Houston Texans. Clowney is a reach with the cap situation the Redskins are currently in. If they were to pull Clowney away from the Texans, they would have to rely heavily on drafting for need and filling in other holes with undrafted free agents. However, Clowney maybe worth the price. Jadeveon has shown the past two years that he can stay healthy and have a high motor. Having him opposite of Kerrigan and with “D.C. Gridlock,” this is a front 7 that could create chaos for even the best offensive lines.
Pierre Desir (28 yrs old), CB
Pierre Desir played his college ball at Lindenwood and was drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 draft by the Cleveland Browns. Desir played in all 16 games last season for the Colts and started in 12 of them. Pierre tallied 79 tackles, 2 forced fumbles and 1 interception on 86% of defensive snaps played. There is a 50-50 chance that Josh Norman returns to the burgundy and gold in 2019 and Quinton Dunbar’s health is now a question after missing a big chunk of 2018. Desir would add a veteran presence to a young and hungry secondary that is looking to improve on last year’s performance. If Norman stays, Desir would be an ideal depth add. If Norman departs, Desir could slot in as a starter in Week 1.
A.J. Cann (27 yrs old), G
A.J. Cann played his college ball at South Carolina and was a 3rd round pick of the 2015 draft by the Jaguars. Cann is the ideal plug and play for the Redskins at the Left Guard position. He started 15 games and 95% of the Jaguars offensive snaps in 2018. Cann could cost a little more than what “Bargain Basement Bruce” would want to pay, but with Guice coming back from an ACL injury, it would be worth the extra investment.
Kansas City Chiefs
Jeff Allen (29 yrs old), G
Jeff Allen played his college ball at Illinois and was a 2nd round pick of the 2012 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. Allen has spent most of his early career as a starter but was relegated to a back-up role in 2018. Jeff was a cheap cap hit for the Chiefs and could be a veteran’s minimum option to back up whomever gets the starting role.
Los Angeles Chargers
Tyrell Williams (26 yrs old), WR
Tyrell Williams played his college ball at Western Orgeon and was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 by the then San Diego Chargers. Williams’ best year came in 2016 when he caught 69 passes on 119 targets for 1,059 yards and7 touchdowns. More importantly, Tyrell has played all 16 games the past three years. Richardson should come back healthy, but there is no guarantee he makes it through the whole season. Signing Williams will also allow the front office to make a final decision on Josh Doctson. Doctson showed glimpses of what he is capable of once he started get more playing time and targets. Williams will improve an area of need on the offense with playmaker capability.
Los Angeles Rams
LaMarcus Joyner (28 yrs old), FS
LaMarcus Joyner played his college ball at Florida State University and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 draft. Joyner played in 15 of 15 possible games and was on the field for 91% of the Rams defensive snaps. He tallied 78 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception in that span. Joyner will command a hefty salary due to his explosive play, but the Redskins could work a contract to his liking should they believe he is their Free Safety of the future. However, Alex Smith’s contract and dead cap will make it hard for this to happen.