According to sources, the Washington Redskins will pursue Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan if/when he hits the open market on March 9.
Logan (6-2, 315 lbs), would make perfect sense for the Redskins at nose tackle as the team looks to strengthen their front seven.
At 27, Logan is in his prime and looking to get paid. The Eagles have glaring needs in free agency and likely won't have the extra cap space (the Eagles will have roughly $11 million to spend before cuts) to retain Logan. They do, however, have exclusive rights in negotiating with him until free agency opens in March. The Redskins, on the other hand, will have $60+ million in free space, and a major need at nose tackle.
A 2013 third-round pick of the Eagles out of LSU, Logan's first three years in the NFL had him playing nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme. Last year, he moved to defensive tackle in the Eagles 4-3 scheme. His main strengths include run defense and durability, as he's only missed five games in his entire career despite being injured several times.
The Redskins started 2016 with 34-year-old Kedric Golston (about to be free agent himself) at nose tackle. The team was forced to rotate their other defensive tackles to nose after Golston's injury ended his season early on. During the 2016 season a combination of rookie Matt Ioannidis, Ziggy Hood, Chris Baker and others filled the role on the team's 20-30 percent of plays in which they run their base 3-4 scheme.
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