It looks like the Washington Redskins are willing to spend some money to add another weapon to the offensive arsenal for quarterback Robert Griffin III. Rumors have surfaced that report the Redskins having an interest in free agent wide receivers, Kenny Britt and Andrew Hawkins , as well as running back, Darren Sproles .
Sproles was released by the Saints over the weekend, after being a very productive receiver out of the backfield for three seasons in New Orleans. Hawkins has spent three seasons with the Bengals, catching a total of 86 passes. Britt appears to be the most interesting of these three "rumored interests". He is a former first round draft pick who's still only 28 years old. If he could have even one season that comes close to the potential he showed that earned him first round draft status, he'd be a good acquisition for any team.
If, if, if... I absolutely LOVED Kenny Britt after he had 775 yards and 9 touchdowns receiving in just 12 games his second year in the league. I thought he was the next big thing at the position. Sometimes, you're just wrong. Britt has been a huge disappointment since being a first round draft pick in 2009 for the Titans. He played in 12 games and only caught 11 passes for Tennessee in 2013.
Hawkins is largely unproven, but would probably be a slight upgrade over anything the 'Skins trotted out as a #2 WR last season.
Sproles, while aging, would probably be the best "weapon" that the Redskins could acquire out of this group. He had a down year in 2013, but is still dynamic and capable of breaking big plays. Plus, he is a veteran that is well-respected by his peers. He could be good for a young quarterback who's still learning his ways. With that said, the team already has one of the most underutilized RB's in the league (in my opinion) in Roy Helu Jr. I believe Helu could do many of the things that Sproles does, if given more than 62 carries and 42 targets in a season.
If they insist on signing an offensive skill player, my belief is that a #2 wide receiver would be a bigger hole worth filling. Sign Hawkins, continue his development, let Sproles go somewhere else and use the guys you've already got. Even if they don't make a big splash when free agency starts tomorrow, the Redskins have one of the top RB-WR-TE trios in the league in Alfred Morris , Pierre Garcon , and Jordan Reed. Adding another weapon will only increase QB Robert Griffin III's fantasy value heading into 2014.