3 Free-Agent Linebackers Washington Should Sign After Jon Bostic Injury

Larry Rupp
Three free-agent linebackers the Washington Football Team should sign to replace Jon Bostic.
Three free-agent linebackers the Washington Football Team should sign to replace Jon Bostic. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
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The Washington Football Team prides itself on having one of the toughest defensive units in the NFL. The team is becoming very shallow at the linebacker position, though. Starter Jon Bostic suffered a pec injury in Week 4 that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Washington doesn't have many internal options to turn to at this point, which means they could start looking at the free agent market. With that in mind, here are three linebackers the team should sign to replace Bostic.

Free Agent Linebackers

1. Reuben Foster

It's no secret that Reuben Foster has dealt with a number of issues off of the football field over the last few years. However, he may be worth a shot for Washington given the pure talent he possesses. Foster is a former first-round pick and racked up 101 tackles (10 for loss) to go along with 2 pass breakups across 16 games played for the San Francisco 49ers. He has been out of the league since 2018, but did work out for the Cleveland Browns three weeks ago. It's clear that Foster is making an effort to get back into the NFL and Washington could be just the spot to do it.

2. Daren Bates

This signing would be more about depth than anything else for the Washington Football Team. Daren Bates has eight seasons of NFL experience under his belt, but has mainly been a special teams ace. The 30-year-old has 73 tackles in his career in addition to a pass breakup and a forced fumble. His versatility could come in handy for a Washington team in need of a spark at the linebacker position. Bates would not cost too much to sign and would give the team a player hungry to perform once again.

3. Benardick McKinney

The best option out on the free agent market may be Pro Bowler Benardick McKinney. The veteran playmaker has posted over 530 tackles and 11.5 sacks over the course of his six-year NFL career. McKinney has also proven to be reliable on coverage and has logged 14 pass breakups. Adding his skill set to the mix would be a smart idea for Washington. Keep in mind that McKinney could be a mentor for rookie linebacker Jamin Davis at the very least. His knowledge could go a long way in shaping the 2021 first round pick's strategy of attack.


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