New head coach Jay Gruden will certainly have his hands full while determining whether or not several contributors from the Mike Shanahan regime will continue their NFL playing days in the city of Washington D.C. next season and beyond.
Here are the five unrestricted free agents the Redskins should bring back in 2014.Brian Orakpo
Orakpo has established himself as one of the league's better sack masters and regardless of where he continues his playing career next season, he's in line for a hefty pay raise when free agency begins.
As a result of head coach Jay Gruden's likely decision to stick with the 3-4 defense; the Redskins need to emerge as the winner of the Orakpo free agency sweepstakes in a couple of months. Since the team appears headed in the direction of keeping the same style of defense in place, it only makes sense to retain the services of their top pass rusher.Even though he's been plagued by the injury bug at times, Orakpo's ability to get after opposing quarterbacks is worth the big contract he'll hopefully receive from the Redskins in the near future.
When Orakpo was injured in 2012, Rob Jackson stepped up in his place with some solid play at the outside linebacker position. In addition to providing a decent pass rush, Jackson exhibited his exceptional pass coverage skills on a routine basis. His unforgettable interception of Tony Romo helped seal the Redskins' NFC East division-clinching 28-18 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Even though Jackson's contributions in 2013 were limited due to a four-game suspension at the beginning of the season and Orakpo's ability to avoid the injury bug throughout the year, he's still a player that the Redskins should re-sign in 2014. Bringing back Jackson would provide the team with a solid insurance policy at outside linebacker in case Orakpo does decide to leave via free agency.
Perry Riley Jr.
With London Fletcher's decision to hang up his cleats, the Redskins can't afford to lose the services of fellow inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr.
Riley was one of the team's lone bright spots on the defensive side of the football in 2013, as he accumulated an impressive 115 tackles last year. In addition to his tackling skills, Riley is also solid at pass coverage.
Considering his talents as well as the fact that he's only 25 years old, Riley should have his share of suitors once free agency starts. Hopefully, he'll continue his development into one of the game's better interior linebackers in a Redskins' uniform.
Hall continues to get better with age. During his tenth season in the NFL, Hall was the team's best cornerback as he provided a ball-hawking presence in the secondary in 2013.
Known as a malcontent during the earlier stages of his career with the Atlanta Falcons and the Oakland Raiders, Hall has matured and become one of the Redskins' most consistent performers over the course of his six-year stint with the team.
Needless to say, re-signing Hall should be one of the team's biggest priorities this offseason.
Since his arrival in 2006, Doughty has been a steady performer for the Redskins' defense and special teams. He's a great team guy who's worthy of sticking around as a result of his ability to step in as a spot-starter.
It won't cost much to retain his services so hopefully, the Redskins will re-sign Doughty once free agency starts in March.
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