Building the 2016 Redskins: Offensive Tackle

Today we continue a new series on DC Pro Sports Report, where we look at each position on the Washington Redskins and analyze it in terms of what is needed to improve for the 2016 season. We will look at what the Skins have at that position, what their contracts look like and what the team might do and should do to improve.

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We continue today with the TACKLE position.

Current Roster: Takoby Cofield, Morgan Moses, Ty Nsekhe, Trent Williams

Free Agents: None

Plan of Action: This position is among the most settled on the team. Trent Williams continues to be a star at left tackle and at 27, should have plenty of good years still ahead. The Skins wisely signed Williams to an extension before the start of last season, keeping him off the open market for many seasons to come. Morgan Moses wasn’t great at right tackle in 2015, but he was pretty good and a huge surprise, considering he struggled with limited playing time as a rookie and then suffered a Lisfranc injury that many thought would wash out his sophomore campaign. Instead, Moses quickly showed he was ready for the big leagues, allowing the team to move first round pick Brandon Scherff inside, allowing them to put their five best offensive linemen on the field at the same time.

Takoby Cofield did not play much, but Ty Nsekhe looked fine filling in with spot duty. Nsekhe is a 30-year-old with very little wear and tear and because he can switch between left and right tackle, has value for the team. Washington might draft a tackle in the later rounds in 2016, but I don’t expect them to make any free agent moves at this position. Nsekhe makes $600,000 this year and Cofield makes $450,000, so both are very affordable and a good value for what they bring to the roster. Morgan Moses, a third round pick in 2014, makes $680,000 in 2016. Williams is the one — justifiably — making big money, with a salary of $6.75 million in 2016 and a cap hit of $10,668,750. That cap hit is second on the team to Kirk Cousins.

Conclusion: If a solid young backup/future starter is available from rounds four and down, the Skins should not hesitate to pull the trigger. Otherwise, this is not a high-need position for them right now.