By By Rich Tandler
The Redskins not only altered their quarterback depth chart in the trade for Alex Smith, they also shook up things at cornerback by including Kendall Fuller in the deal. Where does the trade leave that area of the defense?
The cornerback position was mostly unscathed by the injury bug that hit the team so hard last year. Josh Norman missed two games with a broken rib and Bashaud Breeland missed one with a knee injury. Other than that, the entire depth chart was available for all 16 games.
That depth chart had Norman and Breeland as the starters on the outside with Fuller coming off of the bench as the slot corner. When they needed a starter due to an injury or a fourth cornerback on the field, it was Quinton Dunbar. Rookie Fabian Moreau was active all 16 games, but he played just 59 snaps and fellow 2017 pick Joshua Holsey barely got his feet wet with nine snaps.
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With Fuller gone in the trade, they definitely will have to replace one of those top three corners. And Breeland is an unrestricted free agent. While Jay Gruden spoke positively about the prospects of a Breeland return in 2018, financial realities may make that difficult. Breeland just turned 26 and he has been a starter for four years. His resume will command a deal with an average annual value that will push $10 million, perhaps exceed it. With the Redskins looking at three more years of having Norman under contract with cap numbers ranging from $14.5 million to $16.9 million, they have to be careful of spending too much at one...