Top available wide receivers for Redskins to target in free agency

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February 12, 2020 - 12:45 pm
Redskins Potential Targets: Top available wide receivers

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The Redskins have a major need to address this offseason at the wide receiver position.

The team found the steal of the 2019 draft in the third round in Terry McLaurin (58 catches, 919 yards, 7 TDs), but outside of him, the Burgundy and Gold didn't have many key contributors at the position. 

Fellow rookies Steven Sims (34 catches, 310 yards, 4 TDs) and Kelvin Harmon (30 catches, 365 yards) both showed flashes during the season, but the team needs more playmakers.

With all signs pointing toward the team focusing on the defense during the first round of 2020 NFL Draft, in addition to not having a second-rounder (traded to Colts during '19 draft in addition to 2019 second-round pick, to move up to select Montez Sweat), the best chance for the Redskins to bring in a playmaker is during free agency.

Below is a look at some of the wide receivers that will be available in free agency in 2020. Included is the age they'll be at the start of the 2020 NFL regular season.

2020 Unrestricted Free Agent Wide Receivers: 

**All figures according to Spotrac.com**

Amari Cooper, 26, Cowboys

2019 Salary: $13.9 million (fifth-year option)

Calculated Market Value For Next Contract: 5 years, $98.5 million | AAV: $19.7 million

Cooper will undoubtedly command top dollar. The Cowboys have the option of using their franchise tag on him, but it is assumed they will designate that option onto Dak Prescott. To date, the Redskins have never given a wide receiver a contract in which the AAV was over $10 million. While the Redskins often pursue former members of the Alabama Crimson Tide, Cooper to D.C. is more of a pipe dream than a possibility.

Robby Anderson, 27, Jets

2019 AAV: $3.095 million

Calculated Market Value: 4 years, $48.1 million | AAV: $12 million

Anderson is expected to land north of $10 million in AAV. He joined the Jets after going undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft. After three seasons, the Jets re-signed Anderson to a one-year prove-it deal. He responded by posting 52 catches for 778 yards and 5 TDs in 2019. Anderson will likely receive a long-term deal from a team that has an imminent need at wide receiver, but the Redskins have little reason to take a chance on him.

Emmanuel Sanders, 33, 49ers

2019 AAV: $11 million

Calculated Market Value:  2 years, $20 million | AAV: $10 million

Sanders played well for the Broncos in 2019 coming off of torn Achilles, but was shipped off to San Francisco in Week 8. He was expected to provide Jimmy Garoppolo with another weapon outside, but it soon became clear that rookie Deebo Samuel was a better (57 catches, 802 yards, 6 total TDs) and cheaper ($1.81 million AAV) option for the Niners offense. Sanders will most likely join a contender on a short-term deal. The Redskins don't fit that bill.

A.J. Green, 32, Bengals

2019 AAV: $15 million

Calculated Market Value: 2 years, $18.2 million | AAV: $9.1 million 

Green didn't take the field for the Bengals in 2019 and is now expected to be fully healed from the ankle injury he suffered during training camp last July. With reports circulating that the Bengals are looking to part ways with longtime quarterback Andy Dalton, they are presumed to be taking LSU star QB Joe Burrow with the first pick in April's draft. Green, 32, could be back for another go-round with the Bengals, but on the off-chance he hits the open market, he will undoubtedly look to join a contender to add a Super Bowl ring to his resume.

Randall Cobb, 30, Cowboys

2019 AAV: $5 million 

Calculated Market Value: 2 years, $14.2 million | AAV: $7.1 million

Cobb made a solid impact for Dallas' offense last season. The nine-year veteran posted 828 yards on 55 catches and 3 TDs in 15 games for the Cowboys. Cobb could be an intriguing option for the Redskins on a short-term deal, where he'd fit in nicely in the slot.

Devin Funchess, 26, Colts

2019 AAV: $10 million

Funchess struggled to get going in 2019 during his first, and likely only, season in Indianapolis. After signing a prove-it deal with the Colts, Funchess suffered a broken collarbone in his first game and did not take the field again. The former Michigan star could reunite with his former head coach Ron Rivera in D.C. after spending four years together in Carolina (2015-18). Funchess has the size (6-4, 225 lbs.) and skill set that would fit in nicely as a weapon for Dwayne Haskins.

Breshad Perriman, 27, Buccaneers

2019 AAV: $4 million

Perriman enjoyed a breakout campaign (36 catches, 645 yards, 6 receiving TDs), for the Buccaneers in 2019 as the No. 3 wide receiver in Bruce Arians' offense behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Perriman, who was selected by the Ravens in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, never materialized in Baltimore, and was waived in Sept. 2018. The Redskins gave him a shot by signing him to a contract shortly thereafter, but he was cut six days later. He then spent the 2018 season in Cleveland before breaking out in Tampa last season. Perriman is a high-risk, high-reward option the Redskins could consider.

2020 Redskins Salary Cap: $40.4 million, according to Spotrac.

Cap Savings if the following players are released:

Josh Norman: $12.5 million added to cap

Ryan Kerrigan: $11.7 million added to cap

Jordan Reed: $8.5 million added to cap

Paul Richardson: $2.5 million added to cap

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