Some free-agent moves and their impact on the Washington Redskins:
CB Devin McCourty: His deal to stay with the Patriots will average $9.5 million per year, a number that was going to be too steep for the Redskins from the beginning. That’s why they had no interest. But that contract coupled with the fact that it’s a weak draft for safeties means the next tier will get more than anticipated. That group includes Rahim Moore, Da'Norris Searcy and possibly Ron Parker. The latter is a name to watch; the Redskins had not contacted Searcy. If their deals start creeping into the $5 million to $6 million range, the Redskins could be forced to go with cheaper alternatives. The Redskins have maintained contact with strong safety Marcus Gilchrist. There are also ties to Taylor Mays -- Jay Gruden was in Cincinnati with the Bengals safety.
OLB Pernell McPhee: The Redskins had interest in the former Baltimore pass-rusher, who is reportedly headed to Chicago once he can sign a contract at 4:01 p.m. Tuesday. The Redskins are still talking to Brian Orakpo, but obviously if they had interest in McPhee then Orakpo wasn’t exactly their first choice. But he remains an option.
QB Mark Sanchez: The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane posited a theory that the Sanchez contract with the Eagles is the sort of money you pay to a guy who serves as a mentor to a young quarterback. If that’s the case, then perhaps the Eagles would be willing to move up for Marcus Mariota. The question is, how high? I talked to one former general manager who said he wouldn’t go higher than No. 10 -- if Mariota falls, then make the move. Another theory is that if you trade with Tennessee, you also give them Nick Foles. Either way, that wouldn’t help the Redskins.
RT Jermey Parnell: The former Dallas right tackle reportedly will sign with Jacksonville and receive a five-year deal potentially worth $32 million. He was another Redskins target -- in the end I thought he was the Cowboys tackle Bill Callahan would want instead of Doug Free. Regardless, they’ll get neither as Free re-signed with Dallas. The Redskins inquired about Derek Newton as well, but he re-signed with Houston. It clearly appears the Redskins have a price and are sticking to it. This isn’t the first time they’ve used this strategy, despite popular perception.