The Redskins made a lot of moves this offseason. The ‘Skins resigned a few key players like Adrian Peterson. Washington also brought in a lot of new faces both through trade and free agency. As with every offseason, however, the front office had to part with a few key players. This begs the question: did the Redskins get better or worse?
On the defensive side of the ball, the Redskins got much better. Josh Norman remains on the team even though there were tensions around him and the front office. The Redskins lost Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix –who they acquired mid-season in a trade with the Packers– to the Bears but signed Landon Collins, one of the best defensive players in the NFL, to a six-year deal. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, 33, was also brought in and adds another quality player who will become depth for a dangerous secondary.
Preston Smith was the biggest loss for the Redskins this offseason. The linebacker left for Green Bay and was a core piece of the defense. The Redskins didn’t sign anybody in place of him so Ryan Anderson will likely start if the Redskins don’t get a linebacker in the draft.
On offense, the Redskins upgraded at some positions and downgraded at others. The biggest loss on the offense was slot reciever Jamison Crowder. The Redskins have already announced that 2018’s ‘Mr. irreverent’ will become Crowder’s replacement. Wide receiver is the biggest hole on the team heading into the NFL Draft. The Redskins will likely draft a reciever within the first three rounds, targeting players like D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Deebo Samuel.
The team resigned Adrian Peterson. This was a smart move considering Derrius Guice has had a history of leg injuries. Peterson adds depth for the Redskins and will share touches with both Guice and Chris Thompson. Guice has tweeted in support of Peterson’s decision to re-up with the club.
The Redskins also brought in a quarterback by trading for Case Keenum. After Alex Smith went down with a gruesome leg injury that has put his career in jeopardy, quarterback was a huge hole. They filled that hole with Case Keenum, who lead the Vikings to the AFC Championship. Last year was somewhat of a down year for Keenum. Hopefully, he can bounce back in 2019.
Ereck Flowers signed with the Redskins on a 1 year $3.25 million dollar deal. The offensive line has always been a problem. Injuries have plagued the offensive line for the last two seasons. Flowers is a nice young piece that could turn into a great pickup with the right development.
Overall, the Redskins had a great offseason. They upgraded the most on defense by signing Landon Collins among other players. Sure, they may have lost Jamison Crowder and Preston Smith, but they can grab some prospects in the NFL Draft as they hold four picks within the first three rounds. It will be interesting to see how the team performs in 2019.