The Washington Football Team is heading into an important offseason. Alex Smith’s unexpected return to the field helped spark the team to an unlikely 2020 NFC East title. Now, the franchise needs to find a new quarterback and more help at wide receiver, which is where Kenny Golladay could come into play in free agency.
Washington has a strong defense in place with numerous first-round picks along the defensive line, headlined by 2020 first-rounder Chase Young. They have solid building blocks at every level of their defense, but if they want to repeat as NFC East champions in 2021, they will need to bolster their offense.
The quarterback spot is a question mark for Washington currently, as Smith was waived to help free up cap space. Taylor Heinicke is the only quarterback on the roster currently, something that will undoubtedly change. However, no matter who is named the starter, the team needs to add more weapons.
There is a nice nucleus in place at the skill positions for the Washington Football Team. Terry McLaurin has proven capable of being a No. 1 receiver. Antonio Gibson had a strong rookie season and looks to be the featured back. Logan Thomas, the former Virginia Tech quarterback, has developed into a reliable tight end.
For that group to get to the next level, another weapon at the wide receiver spot is needed. Luckily for them, there are plenty of receivers available in free agency this season and Washington is predicted to land one of the top players available.
At the subscription-based, The Athletic, Kenny Golladay is predicted to sign with the Washington Football Team this offseason. That would be a huge boost for an offense that has been over-reliant on McLaurin at the wide receiver position.
Despite battling injuries throughout 2020, Golladay is a proven commodity. He recorded more than 1,000 yards receiving the previous two seasons and led the NFL with 11 touchdown receptions in 2019. His presence would take some pressure off of McLaurin and open up more one-on-one opportunities for them to exploit.
Washington will not be alone in the bidding for Golladay. It was surprising that the Detroit Lions did not put the franchise tag on him, effectively ending his tenure in the Motor City.
Expect the Washington Football Team’s NFC East rivals, the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles, to also aggressively pursue Golladay as they also need offensive upgrades.