[Editor’s Note: The information in this post is not associated with the thinking or decision-making of team executives. Any information is based purely on the speculation of the writers referenced.]
As the clock ticks down to the start of NFL free agency at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, it’s time for the lists to start rolling out. In the next 120 hours, the best, worst, fastest, tallest, sweatiest, hairiest and most-overrated free agent lists will be compiled.
Thanks to a recent blog post at NFL.com, we can already report on the most-underrated prospective free agents. Highlighting the list is current Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker, along with another familiar face from bygone Redskins teams.
Here’s the scoop on why neither player has made a buzz this offseason, but may be worthy of a second-look:
As NFL.com writer Jason La Canfora writes, Carriker was miscast as an interior defensive lineman in St. Louis, which led to his eventual change of scenery in Washington. The 3-4 transition worked well for the strong man, who put together career numbers in 2011.
The former first-round pick is scheduled to hit free agency for the first time next week (if he isn’t re-signed in the mean time):
Now 27, Carriker was a great find by the Redskins via trade a few years back — ‘Skins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who was with the Rams when Carriker was there, deserves kudos for that — and he has blossomed into a strong all-around performer. He chipped in with 5.5 sacks last season and is showing why he was drafted 13th overall in 2007.
If he does hit the market, however, there will be plenty of suitors. He found his way on the edge in a 3-4 scheme, and he’s started 31 of 32 games in two years.
The Redskins addressed the shortcomings along the defensive line last summer, with the additions of Jarvis Jenkins, Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield. Jenkins sat out his rookie season with a traumatic knee injury, but his speedy recovery could impact the team’s perceived need at defensive end.
Oddly enough, Carriker’s development as a defensive end may have pushed him out of the market as a stopgap or rotational lineman. Then again, it may make him the ideal candidate.
Also listed in the post was former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell, who is scheduled to test free agency for the first time in his career. La Canfora classifies him as “an exemplary No. 2, someone who is more than qualified to be the No. 1.”:
A strong athlete who led Auburn to an undefeated season, he throws a great deep ball and has managed to learn a new offense with a new coordinator almost every year since his early college days.
What do you think of the current and former Redskins named on this list? Are there any other prospective free agents from Washington that are better qualified for the list?