We wrap up the 5 part free agent series by looking at the players the Washington Redskins should sign from Oakland thru Tennessee.
Rashaan Melvin (29 yrs old), CB
Rashaan Melvin played his college ball at Northern Illinois and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Melvin has bounced around the league due to injuries and ultimately landed in Oakland on a 1-year deal for 2018. Rashaan started 7 of 14 games played and recorded 59% of the Raiders defensive snaps. Melvin has the talent, but has had issues staying on the field. He was about a $5.4 million cap hit, including incentives and bonuses, in 2018 and could be a cheap option if the Redskins are looking to add depth in the secondary.
Jordan Hicks (27 yrs old), ILB
Jordan Hicks played his college ball at Texas and was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles cap situation may allow for Jordan to become a free agent. Hicks has had a roller coaster of a first 4 years in the NFL. He has had three seasons cut short due to injuries with 2016 being the only season he started all 16 games. In 2016, Hicks had 85 tackles, 1 sack, and 5 interceptions. Despite playing in only 12 games in 2018, Jordan had a career high in tackles (91) and sacks (3). Jordan Hicks could come cheaper than some think because of his injury history. But, that would make this signing low risk, high reward and fill an uncertain spot on defense.
Coty Sensabaugh (30 yrs old), CB
Coty Sensabaugh played his college ball at Clemson and was a 4th round pick of the 2012 draft by the Tennessee Titans. Sensabaugh has been more of a depth guy than an every week starter. His best year came in 2015 with the Titans where he started 15 of 16 games and play 95% of defensive snaps. Sensabaugh played on 78% of Steelers defensive snaps last year. Coty can serve as a veteran presence should either Josh Norman depart as a cap casualty or Quinton Dunbar’s injury be more serious than we first realized. Cheap, veteran, and reliable. Just what the Redskins need on defense.
San Francisco 49ers
Michael Person (30 yrs old), G
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Michael Person played his college ball at Montana State and was drafted in the 7th round of the 2011 draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Like an average 7th round pick, Person did not see playing time early in his career and bounced around. His first significant playing time came in 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons when he started 14 of 15 eligible games. His most prolific season came last year with the 49ers where he started all 16 games and recorded 95% of their offensive snaps. With the Redskins short on cap space and a need at Left Guard, Person would fit into the run scheme that they run at a cheap price. Even cheaper than Spencer Long.
K.J. Wright (29 yrs old), OLB
K.J. Wright played his college ball at Mississippi State and was draft in the 4th round of the 2011 draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle is currently deciding whether they are in a rebuild mode with their defense, and the Redskins can take advantage of this. Wright suffered a knee injury int he last week of the 2018 preseason which limited him to 5 games. K.J. is turning 30, but averages 87% of defensive plays while in Seattle. Wright would bring an established, credible, veteran presence to a linebacking group that needs more of that outside of future Hall of Famer Ryan Kerrigan. Wright did command a $8.2 million cap hit in 2018, but one could expect his 2019 cap number to be lower due to his age and recent knee injury.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kevin Minter (28 yrs old), ILB
Kevin Minter played his college ball at LSU and was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Minter was a candidate to become the starting inside linebacker in the 2017 offseason, but the Redskins decided to sign Zach Brown instead. This may have been for the better as Minter has been hampered by injuries the past two season. Cheap depth is going to be needed at Middle Linebacker and Minter only had a $750,000 cap hit in 2018. With the injury history, it is possible to sign him for the veteran minimum, bring him into camp, and hope for the best.
Quinton Spain (28 yrs old), G
Quinton Spain played his college ball at West Virginia and was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015 by the Tennessee Titans. Spain has been one of the bright spots on a very mediocre Titans team. He started 15 of 15 games he played recording 94% of the Titans offensive snaps. At 28 years old, and his line-up stability, Spain would be the one Guard that is worth exceeding the dollar value the front office will have slotted for this position.
Stay tuned with FPC Redskins as free agency, combine, and the draft commence for up to the date information and opinions.
All free agent information for all 5-parts came from spotrac.com.