Redskins positional outlook: Cornerbacks


Our positional look continues, this time with the Redskins cornerbacks. As a group, the Redskins had small corners; E.J. Biggers and David Amerson were the only ones 6-foot or taller. They need to get bigger and that likely will be a focus of the offseason.

DeAngelo Hall

Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett listed Hall among the team's priorities. So it's no surprise that they've already started talking to him about a deal. Hall will turn 31 in November, but is coming off perhaps his best season in Washington. He competes and played his best against the better receivers he faced. When he plays off-man coverage or even zone, Hall is not as effective as when he's in press coverage. He offers some versatility, though his strength is playing outside. Perhaps a move to safety is in the future, but he still has a couple years left at corner. Why move a corner who is still playing well?

2014: Likely back as a starter.

Contract status: Free agent as of March 11.

Josh Wilson

There was no declaration from Haslett about Wilson being a priority to re-sign. Wilson did a good job in the slot against the run, but his coverage skills were just OK. Wilson started ahead of David Amerson, though it's hard to see that continuing in 2014 if he somehow returns. The Redskins need to get bigger at corner – that's been true for a couple years and not just because of Seattle's Super Bowl success -- though if Wilson leaves they also have to find someone who can play in the slot.

2014: Tough to see him returning.

Contract status: Free agent as of March 11.

David Amerson

He played in every game as a rookie as the No. 3 corner and showed growth over the course of a season. If he becomes a starter, will he play the run as physical as Hall and/or Wilson? That will need to happen. Amerson improved in this area during 2013. He showed that he could make plays and got better in press coverage, something his long arms make him well-equipped to do. Amerson needs to ascend to a starter's role.

2014: Starter

Contract status: Signed through 2016.

E.J. Biggers

He was able to help the Redskins in a few spots, playing corner and safety. But Biggers is better suited just being a corner. There's a difference between lining up at safety and playing the position. Biggers' effort was good, but that's not where he needs to be. He is best used as a fourth corner, providing good depth. He only cost $1 million against the cap in 2013 and it's hard to imagine him being in great demand on the open market.

2014: Backup

Contract status: Free agent as of March 11.

Chase Minnifield

He was the darling of training camp, in part because he didn't get hurt (after two knee surgeries in six months) and showed feistiness at corner. He loves playing press coverage, but even in camp he struggled in any other coverage. That has to change this summer. He's listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, but he was measured at the combine at 5-foot-10. In other words: he's not a big corner.

2014: Back on the bubble.

Contract status: Signed through 2015.

Richard Crawford

Before getting hurt last summer, Crawford had showed improvement as a slot cover corner. He was ahead of Chase Minnifield. Plus his ability to return punts made him a roster lock. It's tough to know where he stands for next season until we see how he's moving in the spring -- or when he's able to be full-go. Considering the multiple ligament tears in his knee, it could be a tough go for Crawford.

2014: Bubble

Contract status: Signed through 2015.