Multiple receivers have come off the market -- but that's unlikely to impact the Washington Redskins' plans at that position. And they'll also be hosting two big names who last played in New York. As free agency nears on Wednesday, it's becoming more clear what the Redskins want to add. Of course, a lot of it has been known for a while.
These are not the only spots they'll likely address; just the ones where the most information has been learned thus far:
Receiver: Allen Robinson will sign with Chicago, according to multiple reports, but his price tag was always going to be a sticking point with Washington. Indeed, he'll average $14 million per year. Also, he's an X receiver -- same as Josh Doctson. If healthy after his torn ACL, Robinson will be excellent in Chicago. But the Redskins' top target has been the speedy Paul Richardson out of Seattle. That hasn't changed. Richardson would give them someone who has speed close to DeSean Jackson, allowing them to use him in a similar role. They remain interested in re-signing Ryan Grant, but one source said he appears headed to free agency. The fear had been someone would pay him close to what possession receiver Robert Woods received from the Los Angeles Rams ($6.8 million per year).
Defensive line: It's no secret they want to upgrade here, needing more help against the run and hoping to find someone who also can collapse the pocket. They are hosting Muhammad Wilkerson on Tuesday. He was cut by the New York Jets last week after multiple issues the past two years. It's uncertain how serious they are about landing him. They're also expected to pursue players such as Sheldon Richardson and Dontari Poe. The market could get expensive for linemen. The Redskins have not hit on enough free-agent defensive linemen over the years. They also could address this position in the draft with the 13th pick (Vita Vea or Da'Ron Payne would be targets).
Corner: The Redskins will host Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Tuesday; he was released by the New York Giants last week. Rodgers-Cromartie played the slot the past two years but is still considered best suited for the outside. However, he's a smart player who reads offenses well. With Kendall Fuller headed to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Redskins could use more corner help. Aaron Colvin will be one to watch when free agency opens; he played well in the slot for Jacksonville. As expected, Redskins corner Bashaud Breeland appears headed for free agency.
Linebacker: Inside linebacker Zach Brown and outside linebacker Trent Murphy both are expected to hit the free-agent market. The Redskins have made offers to both -- they began talks with Brown during the season. He's hoping to get a deal that pays him among the elite at inside linebacker; that's too rich for the Redskins. They could always re-sign him if his market doesn't develop as he hopes. Murphy will be an intriguing player considering he's coming off a torn ACL and a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Another positive test would mean a one-year suspension. Ordinarily that would lessen his price tag. But he's 27 and had nine sacks in 2016. The Redskins will host Benson Mayowa, released by Dallas, on Tuesday. Mayowa recorded six of his nine career sacks in 2016 while playing defensive end. With his size (6-foot-3, 265 pounds), he'd be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 -- or a rush end in the nickel. Junior Galette remains an option; he'd like to stay in Washington but the Redskins will let him first gauge his market. Nigel Bradham was productive in Philadelphia and will be courted by multiple teams, but he’d fit what Washington wants.
The Redskins have expressed interest in an inside linebacker such as Preston Brown, who will become free to sign after 4 p.m. Wednesday. It appeared the Buffalo Bills had interest in retaining him, but he remains unsigned.