With limited early round draft picks and the second year of the cap penalty in effect, the Redskins will need to use both creativity and caution to their maximum advantage in 2013 free agency. Washington has 19 players – more than one -third of their 53-man roster – entering free agency this year, some of whom are must keeps, and need to weigh the value of each carefully.
A couple key positions present particularly interesting challenges. Let’s first take a look at the linebackers.
The linebacker corps is the heart and soul of the Redskins defense. With a lackluster secondary behind them, the linebackers carried much of the defensive load this season, with contributions from many different players.
One of the biggest concerns in free agency last season was the re-signing of LB London Fletcher, who is a leader both on and off the field. This off season, Fletcher is again in the limelight, but this time for the questions surrounding his possible retirement. While there are young players ready to assume greater responsibilities, Fletcher’s retirement would certainly impact how the Redskins handle free agency. Continue reading at HogsHaven.com
Originally written for HogsHaven.com and published January 16th, 2012.