The Washington Football Team are in a great position heading into the 2021 offseason. The Football Team is coming off a trip to the playoffs where they held their own against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and they have a plethora of cap space available to them to help add some depth to the roster.
The Football Team exceeded expectations under new head coach Ron Rivera and will look to improve on some of their flaws this offseason. The Football team will have around $50 million in cap space to make some needed moves and there is a ton of great talent available in free agency this season.
Aside from adding depth in some areas and needing a new quarterback, the Washington Football Team is looking good for the 2021 NFL season. There is a variety of talent the team could bring in and build around some solid pieces they already have in Chase Young and Terry McLaurin.
The Football Team will need to make some corrections to their team if they hope to carry over their success, but thankfully they have the money to do so.
Here’s a look at four free agents the Washington Football Team could sign this offseason.
Cam Newton, Quarterback
Cam Newton spent the entire 2020 season playing for the New England Patriots, but a reunion with his former head coach Ron Rivera could be looming in the future. Newton, 31, had an up and down season for the Patriots, but they also didn’t have many weapons to utilize.
Newton, a former NFL MVP, would likely welcome a reunion with his head coach during his time with the Carolina Panthers. The Washington Football Team are in need of a quarterback and the most productive signal caller Rivera has ever worked with is Newton.
While he struggled at times, Newton saw his second highest career completion percentage, second highest rushing touchdown total, and second highest first downs total. Newton is still a threat running the ball and being paired with a coach who knows how to get the best out of him could give the Washington Football Team their franchise quarterback.
Curtis Samuel, Wide Receiver
Curtis Samuel would be a great weapon for Ron Rivera to get back and add to his needy receiving corps. The Washington Football Team has some great young talent at the wide receiver position in Terry McLaurin, and Samuel would be a big-time addition.
Samuel spent three years under Rivera and played great for the team. While he had arguably the best season of his career in 2020 under Matt Rhule as head coach, Samuel would likely welcome a trip back to his old head coach and get paid quite a bit to do so.
He hauled in 77 receptions for 851 receiving yards (11.1 yards per reception) and three touchdowns for the Panthers in 2020, but could see an increased role with a different team. One team that already has an idea of how to use him is the Washington Football Team. A reunion between Rivera and Samuel would be very beneficial for the team and it could be a real possibility this offseason.
Haason Reddick, EDGE
Ron Rivera is, and always has been a defensive head coach and he could look to bring in a big time pass-rusher to pair alongside Chase Young in 2021. Haason Reddick, 26, is set to get a big pay day this offseason and the Washington Football Team could be a team in the mix.
Reddick had a breakout season for the Arizona Cardinals in 2020 where he posted some great numbers. In 16 games played, Reddick logged 63 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 16 quarterback hits, four passes defended, 12.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles.
The Football Team could use a player with that kind of production to team up with Chase Young and Rivera could attempt to bring in the fifth-year outside linebacker. Washington needs to continue to stack up their defense if they want to stay on top of the NFC East and adding Reddick could help them do that.
Phillip Lindsay, Running Back
One of the biggest needs for the Washington Football Team is a running back. Thankfully for them, they have a ton of cap space and could land a very productive running back in Phillip Lindsay this offseason.
Lindsay, 26, is a Pro Bowl running back that could completely change the entire atmosphere of the Washington offense. Lindsay was forced to split carries with Melvin Gordon and it’s looking evident that the two sides will part ways this offseason. If the Football Team is looking for a franchise running back, Phillip Lindsay could be a great option for them.
He posted some solid stats in 2020 and could thrive in a role as the full-time running back again. In 11 games played, Lindsay recorded 118 rush attempts, 502 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown. Lindsay also logged seven receptions for 28 yards. If Washington wants to make a big move this offseason, this could be a good way to do so.