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Why the Washington Redskins Should Pursue Josh Freeman

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COMMENTARY | Josh Freeman is on the free agent market, thanks to his inevitable release by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Over the next several days, Freeman will get his share of attention from teams desperately in search of a starting-caliber quarterback.

Even though they're well fortified at the position with Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins leading the way, the Washington Redskins should at least consider the seemingly far-fetched possibility of signing Josh Freeman.

Make no mistake; RGIII is definitively the number one quarterback of the Redskins. However, due to the nature of his play and susceptibility to injury, there's nothing like having a viable insurance policy as the team's number two quarterback in case Griffin goes down.

No disrespect to Rex Grossman, but it's a whole lot easier to stomach an RGIII injury with Kirk Cousins waiting behind the scenes to get the job done. That's why it was a shrewd but effective move for the team to draft Cousins; if RGIII is unable to go, "Captain Kirk" is there to save the day.

Of course, Cousins has displayed the potential to be a number one quarterback as well and in due time, perhaps as early as next offseason, he'll be traded to a team in search of a franchise signal caller.

This is why the Redskins should shock the NFL world and become an unlikely suitor for Josh Freeman's services. If Freeman is signed, he'll have the opportunity to learn the playbook as a backup for the remainder of the year. If Cousins is traded in the offseason, the Redskins will be immediately insured at the backup quarterback spot due to Freeman's presence.

Admittedly, there are certainly some obstacles that stand in the way of Freeman becoming a Washington Redskin.

For starters, Freeman may feel that at the young age of 25 and several years of leading his own team under his belt, he should sign with a franchise that's going to give him a reasonable shot of becoming their immediate and future solution at the quarterback position. There's no question that he'll be on the radar of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Minnesota Vikings of the NFL landscape; teams still in the hunt for a franchise signal caller.

Since Freeman is immediately the best option at quarterback if he signs with any of the aforementioned quarterback-starved franchises, it makes sense for him to desire to continue his days of a starting NFL quarterback instead of accepting the type of backup role he would have in Washington.

The second biggest obstacle will be the salary cap factor for the Redskins. Courtesy of their dire cap situation, there's definitely a chance that a lack of available cap resources would hinder the team's ability to sign Freeman.

Since he's still scheduled to receive his entire salary from Tampa Bay, perhaps Freeman will consider giving the Redskins a discount if he decides to join them.

Despite the obstacles, similar to the team's decision to draft Cousins despite already having RGIII, acquiring Freeman would be a shrewd move that would allow the Redskins to be solidified at the backup quarterback spot if Griffin gets hurt and Cousins is no longer around.

So in spite of the seemingly long odds of Freeman becoming a Redskin, that shouldn't stop the team from contemplating the intriguing possibility.

Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. For additional football talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.

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