By Jakob Vaughan
The Redskins organization’s focus at the NFL Scouting Combine was on the quarterback prospects. Doug Williams said “there’s no doubt about it that we’ve got to find another quarterback. For the organization, we’ve got to get a guy in here”. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray did not participate at the NFL scouting combine, did meet with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins did meet with Kyler Murray at the combine, but also meet with multiple quarterback prospects too. Kyler Murray said that being selected number 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals “would be a dream come true” and it would also mean back-to-back years of a having a Heisman trophy winner being selected with the number 1 overall pick from Oklahoma. The Arizona Cardinals are now expected to select Kyler Murray with the first overall pick, both owners and scouts around the league have said it will happen. Reports spread after the combine that Kyler Murray struggled in combine interviews with multiple teams.
The Redskins attempted to make an early splash in the off-season by trading for wide receiver Antonio Brown, but that attempt was unsuccessful, and Antonio Brown was traded by the Steelers to the Raiders for a 3rd and 5th round pick. During the trade talks for Antonio Brown, the Washington Redskins made it more than known to the Arizona Cardinals that they were open to trading for Cardinals’ quarterback Josh Rosen. Redskins and Cardinals openly spoke about the trade and discussed a deal, but we will have to wait and see if the Redskins are able to trade for Rosen.
The Redskins did in fact trade for a quarterback, Case Keenum. The Broncos agreed to trade the veteran quarterback Case Keenum and a 7thround pick to the Redskins for a 6th round pick. The Redskins worked out Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Wednesday. The Redskins will now have Case Keenum and Colt McCoy competing for the starting quarterback job, but the organization is still in the market for a quarterback.
So far, the biggest move that the Washington Redskins organization has made thus far is the signing of former Giants safety Landon Collins. Collins is a young safety with the attitude of a veteran that idolized Redskins’ safety Sean Taylor growing up. Landon Collins said it “would be an honor” to wear Sean Taylor’s No. 21, which Clinton Portis publicly voted against. The Redskins and Landon Collins agreed to a 6-year deal worth $84M with $45M guaranteed. Head coach Jay Gruden was not consulted about the team’s free agency signings and learned about Landon Collins deal through the media.
Washington re-signed RB Adrian Peterson to a 2-year deal worth $8M. Which is a great move by the organization since running back Derrius Guice will be returning from a torn ACL. The team also re-signed guard Zac Kerin. Former Redskins’ safety HaHa Clinton-Dix signed a 1-year deal with the Chicago Bears. Redskins signed former Giants and Jaguars offensive tackle Ereck Flowers to a 1-year $4M deal. Washington helped the secondary by signing 32-year old veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who retired in October of 2018. He has a total of 30 interceptions and two pro bowls on his resume.