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Breaking Down The Redskins' Roster Entering The 2020 Offseason

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With Super Bowl LIV in the books, it's time to look ahead to the 2020 campaign. Here's who will be back for the Redskins next season and who could be playing elsewhere.

Unrestricted Free Agents

Washington has 13 unrestricted free agents entering the 2020 free agency period. If they do not sign an extension with the Redskins before March 16, they're free to begin negotiating with other NFL teams. They cannot officially sign elsewhere until the new league year, which begins March 18 at 4 p.m.

G Brandon Scherff

Scherff, 28, is the most accomplished Redskins player to hit the open market this offseason. Since being drafted fifth overall in 2015, Scherff has started 65 games and made three Pro Bowl appearances in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Regarded as one of the best guards in the NFL, Scherff will demand a significant amount of money wherever he ends up.

RB Chris Thompson

Thompson, 29, has served as the team's primary pass-catching back for the past several seasons. Injuries have limited his overall production, but he's been one of the Redskins' most-dynamic offensive weapons when healthy. In 66 games, Thompson has rushed for 1,194 yards, caught 212 passes for 1,772 yards and found the end zone 15 times.

QB Colt McCoy

Injuries aside, McCoy has been a quality backup and serviceable spot starter since joining the Redskins in 2014. The 33-year-old appeared in 11 games over the past five seasons, completing 68.2% of his passes for 1,679 yards and eight touchdowns. His lone start this season came during Week 5 against the New England Patriots, when he finished 18-for-27 for 122 yards.

QB Case Keenum

The 31-year-old signal caller joined the Redskins via a trade with the Denver Broncos last March. In 10 games (eight starts), Keenum completed 64.8% of his passes for 1,707 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was replaced by then-rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins ahead of the team's Week 9 game against the Buffalo Bills.

MLB Jon Bostic

The Redskins signed Bostic during OTAs in May after projected starter Reuben Foster was placed on Injured Reserve with a knee injury. The 28-year-old journeyman became the main play caller within the Redskins defense and was one of the most productive on the unit. He finished the season as one of three Redskins with at least 100 tackles.

G Ereck Flowers

Flowers, 26, revived his career in his first season with the Redskins. After struggling at tackle in New York and Jacksonville, he moved to left guard in 2019 and started all 16 games there, displaying the skillset that made him a first-round pick in 2015.

T Donald Penn

The Redskins signed Penn, 36, during training camp to replace left tackle Trent Williams, who did not report to the team. Penn played in every game this past season.

OL Tony Bergstrom

Bergstrom, 33, has been a utility offensive lineman since joining the Redskins during the 2017 season. In 38 games (17 starts), he's lined up at every offensive line position at least one time or another. His versatility has been valuable on a unit that's been ravaged by injuries over the past few seasons.

CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Rodgers-Cromartie, 33, came out of retirement to sign with the Redskins but played in just two games for the the burgundy and gold. He tore a ligament in his ankle in mid-September and was subsequently placed on Injured Reserve.

RB Wendell Smallwood

The Redskins claimed the 26-year-old running back off waivers following final roster cuts in September. He totaled 145 yards on 31 touches in 2019.

CB Aaron Colvin

The Redskins signed Colvin, 28, shortly after the Houston Texans released him in September. He made 15 tackles in seven appearances.

FB Michael Burton

Burton, 28, appeared in 10 games for the Redskins after signing with them in October.

OLB Nate Orchard

Orchard is most known for his performance against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 1. Signed days earlier, Orchard was thrust into the starting lineup following multiple injuries and Ryan Anderson's ejection. He not only finished the game with four tackles (two solo), but his strip sack in the final seconds clinched a Redskins' victory.

Restricted Free Agents

Washington has three restricted free agents entering the 2020 free agency period. Restricted free agents are players on expiring contracts who have accrued exactly three seasons of service. Should the Redskins place qualifying offers, otherwise known as tenders, on these players, they're free to negotiate with other teams. However, the Redskins would then have the opportunity to match any contract offer or receive draft-pick compensation if they choose not to match. The Redskins must submit qualifying offers to these players by March 18 in order to retain their rights.

DT Treyvon Hester

Hester, 27, signed with the Redskins in September but saw limited action along the defensive line. Playing 11.7% of the snaps, Hester recorded eight tackles (one for loss), one sack and one fumble recovery.

TE Jerome Cunningham

The Redskins signed Cunningham, 28, to be their No. 3 tight end on Sept. 25, but he played just two games before landing on Injured Reserve with a knee injury.

DT Caleb Brantley

The Redskins expected Brantley, 25, to rotate along the defensive line this season, but he suffered a foot injury in the season opener and spent the rest of the year on Injured Reserve.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Washington has two exclusive rights free agents entering the 2020 free agency period. Exclusive rights free agents are players on expiring contracts who have accrued fewer than three seasons of service. If the Redskins offer these players a one-year deal at the league minimum, the player cannot negotiate with other teams.

QB Josh Woodrum

Woodrum, who signed with the Redskins in April, tore his pectoral in the preseason opener and was immediately placed on Injured Reserve.

DE Myles Humphrey

The Redskins waived Humphrey, 24, after he suffered a knee injury in the preseason. Once he cleared waivers, he reverted to Injured Reserve for the rest of the year.

Returning Starters

The Redskins have 17 combined offensive and defensive starters under contract through the 2020 season.

Offense:

  • QB Dwayne Haskins Jr.
  • RB Adrian Peterson
  • WR Terry McLaurin
  • WR Kelvin Harmon
  • WR Steven Sims Jr.
  • TE Jeremy Sprinkle
  • C Chase Roullier
  • T Morgan Moses

Defense:

  • DL Jonathan Allen
  • DL Daron Payne
  • DL Matt Ioannidis
  • OLB Ryan Kerrigan
  • OLB Montez Sweat
  • MLB Cole Holcomb
  • CB Quinton Dunbar
  • S Montae Nicholson
  • S Landon Collins

Their three specialists -- kicker Dustin Hopkins, punter Tress Way and long snapper Nick Sundberg -- are also under contract until 2021.

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