As the legal tampering period gets underway at noon Tuesday, here’s a quick look at where the Washington Redskins stand with a number of their key free agents:
Receiver DeSean Jackson: He will be courted heavily by several teams, notably Tampa Bay. But do not assume that’s where he’ll end up as others will come strong. The Redskins have spoken with his agent, Joel Segal, but where that leads remains uncertain. He would be expensive to re-sign, but the Redskins would miss his speed. However, players would sometimes grumble about what Jackson was allowed to get away with, whether it was not always practicing or rarely being asked to block. But there are few secrets about what Jackson brings to a team. So, with him, you have to decide: Does the home run speed top all?
Receiver Pierre Garcon: The Redskins finally contacted Garcon Monday morning, but don’t confuse that with legitimate interest until a strong offer is made. Garcon also will draw considerable interest on the open market. Look for teams such as Baltimore, San Francisco and Tennessee to be in the running. Yes, Garcon did ask for a trade early during the season as there was a difference in opinion about what he could still offer a team. But considering how much he was targeted in the second half of the season, it’s hard to say the sides differed in that area by season’s end. In 2016, he led Washington with 111 targets, so early season frustrations in that regard were satisfied. He had 16 more targets than any other receiver in the second half of the season.
Tight end Vernon Davis: The Redskins want him back and Davis made it clear this season how much he enjoyed playing in his hometown. But one reason was offensive coordinator Sean McVay, who is now the head coach of the Rams -- a team that could use a tight end. And a team that plays in a town that might tempt a guy who loves acting. They’re a real threat.
Defensive end Chris Baker: The Redskins are expected to make him an offer at some point Tuesday, but they do have a ceiling on what they want to pay him. It’s possible that six other teams make him an offer, though it appears the ones who could be the most serious include Denver, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis.
Defensive end Ziggy Hood: The Redskins would like him back and he would like to return. However, the Redskins do have interest in other linemen, and Hood will have interest from other teams. His effort was excellent and he’d be a good backup if nothing else.
Safety Duke Ihenacho: There was no contact as of Monday night. Ihenacho spent three years with Washington, but two ended with early-season stints on injured reserve.
Defensive lineman Kedric Golston: The Redskins have talked to him about returning, but nothing will be resolved for a few weeks at least. Golston opened last season as the starting nose tackle but tore his hamstring in the second game and was done for the season. He wasn’t a lock to make the team last summer, and with an emphasis on upgrading the line it will be even tougher for him if he does return -- Golston turns 34 in May. However, having Golston around any new linemen, even if only for a few months, would be beneficial because of his approach and leadership.
Corner Greg Toler: General manager Scot McCloughan liked him and considered him good depth. He, too, is a native of the area. They like his versatility and his length; if they want to play more press coverage he’d be a good fit.