The 4th part of the 5 part series focuses on players from Miami thru the New York Jets that could be wearing burgundy and gold in 2019.
Ja’Wuan James (26 yrs old), RT
Ja’Wuan James played his college ball at Tennessee and was a 1st round pick in the 2014 draft by the Miami Dolphins. James has been a workhorse on a terrible Dolphins offense. A workhorse that the Redskins could use to solidify the right side of the offensive line. Right tackle is not an immediate need the Redskins need to fill, but Morgan Moses was the most undisciplined linemen for Washington in 2018. The amount of dead ball penalties and drive killing holding calls against Moses should have the Redskins weighing their options. If Washington can snatch James away in free agency, the right side will be one we could see second year running back Derrius Guice running behind a lot in 2019.
Anthony Barr (27 yrs old), OLB
Anthony Barr played his college ball at UCLA and was a 1st round pick in the 2014 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Barr is a 4 time Pro-Bowler who has yet to reach his potential. Barr is not known for his pass rushing skills, but could be a valuable asset in the defensive pass game. His instincts have allowed him to tally 22 pass defenses in 72 games while piling up 338 tackles since entering the league. He would be a great compliment to Kerrigan on the other side of the ball. He would also benefit from having Jonathan Allen on the same side. Barr could command the type of money Preston Smith is asking for, but would be an upgrade in what the team was lacking from their linebackers in 2018. Athletic ability in pass coverage.
New England Patriots
Eric Rowe (26 yrs old), CB
Eric Rowe played his college ball at Utah and was a 2nd round pick in the 2015 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Rowe was traded to the Patriots for a conditional 4th round pick. He has bounced between being a starter and a depth guy since then. Eric was placed on injured reserve after only playing 4 games in 2018. He has not played a full season since his rookie year in 2015. Rowe would be a good addition as a training camp invitee to fight for a roster spot. His cap hit would be minimal and the competition could bring out the best in him and the other young pups.
New Orleans Saints
Teddy Bridgewater (27 yrs old), QB
Teddy Bridgewater played his college ball at Louisville and was drafted in the 1st round of the 2014 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The start to Bridgewater’s career was derailed by a horrific knee injury that saw him miss all of the 2016 season. Bridgewater served as the main back-up to Drew Brees in New Orleans during the 2018 season. Teddy’s eagerness to return to a starting role would suit well for the Redskins as they search for a Quarterback. His price tag might be a little steep now that he is two year’s removed from the knee injury and studied under one of arguably the greatest Quarterbacks of all-time. If Bruce and Dan want to prove that they are ready to win now, they should go all-in on Bridgewater.
New York Giants
Landon Collins (25 yrs old), SS
Landon Collins played his college ball at Alabama and was a 2nd round pick in the 2015 draft by the New York Giants. Collins was named as an All-Pro in 2016 and to the Pro Bowl from 2016-2018. Landon was having an under the radar season on a defense that struggled before tearing his rotator cuff. Collins is expected to return to All-Pro form for the 2019 season and can bring the same intensity that D.J. Swearinger brought to the Redskins. Expect Collins name to be rumored to the Redskins early on in free agency as day one starter.
New York Jets
James Carpenter (29 yrs old), G
James Carpenter played his college call at Alabama and was a 1st round pick in the 2011 draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Carpenter chose to sign with the Jets after the Seahwaks Super Bowl run in 2014. Since then, James has been a staple on the Jets offensive line. Carpenter did suffer a shoulder injury in 2018 that ultimately landed him on injured reserve. He is a Pro Bowl caliber Guard that can slot in next to Trent Williams and cause problems for interior defensive linemen all game. The Redskins should be able to get him at a cheaper than market value price due to his recent injury and his age.