Two weeks into free agency, and all is quiet at Redskins Park.
With team officials in Palm Beach, Fla., for the NFL Owners Meeting, free agency has hit its inevitable lull despite the fact that dozens of veterans remain on the market.
And coaches and scouts have already started to turn their attention away from free agency to the April 26-28 NFL Draft.
That doesn’t mean the Redskins are content with their roster heading into the draft.
The team still has obvious needs to deal with in the weeks ahead.
Considering that the Redskins traded away their second-round draft pick as part of the deal to acquire the No. 2 pick in the draft, free agency could remain a key part of the team’s off-season strategy.
Here are some positions the Redskins may look at prior to the NFL Draft:
-- INSIDE LINEBACKER
It’s a glaring need for the Redskins, and
The Redskins have just one inside linebacker on the roster in
Coaches could insert the ever-versatile
In addition to a starter, the Redskins will also need to find some quality backups at the position as well.
Fletcher and Seattle’s David Hawthorne are perhaps the two biggest names left on the inside linebacker market. Some others to keep an eye on: Dallas’s Bradie James and Pittsburgh’s James Farrior.
-- LEFT GUARD
Or will the Redskins seek to add another experienced veteran to the mix?
Lichtensteiger continues to make progress on his knee as he rehabs a ligament tear suffered last season. He likely won’t be ready to practice fully until training camp, meaning that Hurt should get the bulk of off-season reps.
Hurt started eight of the last nine games last season and made strides, especially in the run game. He could have the inside track to reclaim the starting job due to Lichtensteiger’s injury but coaches may want another veteran to challenge him.
Miami’s Vernon Carey and St. Louis’s Jacob Bell are among the free agent guards available.
-- RIGHT TACKLE
Mike Shanahan issued him a challenge at the end of last season, suggesting Brown’s career could depend on how well his hip responds to treatment and rehab.
Still, Brown turns 31 years old on March 30 and it’s unlikely he is a long-term solution at right tackle.
Buffalo’s Demetrius Bell remains on the free agent market as does San Diego’s Marcus McNeill.
-- RUNNING BACK
Helu and Royster could compete for the starting job in preseason. Beyond those two, the team could seek to add a veteran back to the mix.
Could be Hightower – that would make sense given his familiarity with the Redskins’ offense. He did prove to be an impressive pass blocker last season.
Free agent options include Green Bay's Ryan Grant, Indianapolis's Joseph Addai and Arizona’s Chester Taylor.
The Redskins lost strong safety LaRon Landry to the New York Jets and released free safety
Among free agents, Miami recently released Yerehmiah Bell, a 34-year-old strong safety. It appears the New York Jets may not bring back Jim Leonhard; he is coming off a patellar tendon tear last season.