Thursday, January 17, 2013
Safeties on Washington's radar?
By Tim Kavanagh
The Washington Redskins' run to the NFC East title in 2012 was at least a mild surprise to most, and much of the credit does have to go to the Shanaclan for building an offense around their new franchise QB Robert Griffin III. However, the defense also deserves its share of the praise, and it's especially noteworthy considering that the club lost front-seven defenders Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker early on during the campaign. With those two returning for 2013, that's one area of instant improvement. As for the secondary, they may need to do some work this offseason.
One area that's seen as a logical place for the club to go shopping is the market for free agent safeties. This offseason, there's a reasonably strong group hitting free agency, including Jairus Byrd, William Moore, Dashon Goldson and Kenny Phillips. ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano broke down some options for the team, and had another suggestion: moving CB DeAngelo Hall to safety.
"The Redskins have a tough decision on Hall, who was one of their starting cornerbacks this year and may need to take a pay cut to return in 2013," Graziano writes. "It may also be worth exploring the idea of moving Hall to free safety, where his inconsistencies in coverage wouldn't be as much of a liability. Is he up for such a move and the pay cut that likely comes with it? Remains to be seen. His name value could help him get a cornerback job somewhere else. But for all of his quirks, he's well-liked in the Redskins' locker room and by the coaching staff, and he knows the system. Maybe they could convince him to make the switch."
If they do move Hall to safety, that'll present the problem of finding a new CB. Given that they are without a first-round pick, that could be a bigger problem (though they could sign someone in free agency there, as part of this plan). It's going to be an interesting offseason in Washington.