Almost everything is in flux. The Redskins will usher in a first-year head coach in Jay Gruden and a first-year offensive coordinator (27-year-old Sean McVay). The defense was terrible in 2013: The unit needs vast improvement and at least five new starters. The team also will lose defensive leader London Fletcher to retirement. On the upside, RGIII will be another year removed from reconstructive knee surgery and can continue his progress under center. Jim Haslett and his 3-4 defense remains in Washington.
» CB DeAngelo Hall: The 'Skins quickly took care of Hall, signing the corner to a four-year deal worth nearly $5 million per year, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Hall was resurgent in 2013; he provided solid coverage of the opposing team's No. 1 receiver and posted three defensive touchdowns.
» LB Perry Riley: The team already is losing one starting inside linebacker and can ill afford to let Riley go as well. He's been soild, starting in all 16 games over the past two seasons.
What they need
Defensive backs and more defensive backs. David Amerson likely will step into one starting role at cornerback, but the Redskins will need two new safeties and at least one cornerback (assuming they re-sign Hall). The Redskins have long needed a No. 1 receiver and finally have one, but they still need a complement to Pierre Garcon. They also need safety help in a bad way. The Redskins don't own their first-round draft pick thanks to the RGIII trade, so they'll have to rely primarily on free agency. This hasn't worked out well in the past. (Adam Archuleta anyone?)
On the way out?
Offseason crystal ball
The Redskins finally will have some cap room to play with, but they have more holes to fill than most teams. With a whopping 20 impending unrestricted free agents, a lot of money will be devoted to retaining key starters. Look for the team to prioritize improving special teams and get bigger offensive linemen, bringing in possibly three new starters. The team will retain Orakpo via the franchise tag, and we predict they'll secure Riley. Our crystal ball says the Redskins will overhaul the much-maligned secondary and will bring in at least one high-priced player there. And, as always, the Redskins will make a splash on the first day of free agency.