The Washington Redskins let Michael Floyd and Pernell McPhee walk this offseason. The two of them ended up signing with the Baltimore Ravens.
The Redskins let a lot of players walk this offseason. A lot of attention was paid to the top talents that walked, including Preston Smith, Jamison Crowder, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and Ty Nsekhe but, the team lost some depth players as well.
However, the team lost some depth players as well, and there were some that were still lingering on the market. But over the past couple of days, the Baltimore Ravens scooped them up.
With the May 7 compensatory pick deadline passed, the Ravens decided to sign wide receiver Michael Floyd and edge rusher Pernell McPhee to contracts. Both spent one year, 2018 with the Redskins and McPhee is returning to the Ravens after leaving them following the 2014 season. Because of the deadline, neither player will impact the ‘Skins’ 2020 compensatory picks.
Of the two players, McPhee seems likely to have a bigger role. The Ravens lost some of their key edge rushers in the offseason including Za’Darius Smith and long-time Raven, Terrell Suggs. McPhee is familiar with the team and in his final season with the squad, he had a career-high 7.5 sacks. He can play on the edge and his strength-based attack should make him a decent rotational rusher, though he has slowed down in recent seasons.
As for Floyd, he will have a tougher time making the roster. He is one of many veterans fighting for a spot in a receiving corps that is unsettled but has four players drafted within the past two seasons vying for roles as well. Floyd could make the roster but the spot could also go to a guy like Seth Roberts. And even if Floyd makes it, he’ll just be a depth player.
Despite these losses, the Redskins won’t miss either player too much. McPhee played less than 20 percent of the defensive snaps, ceded time to Cassanova McKinzy near the end of the year (before McKinzy’s injury), and failed to log a sack. Meanwhile, Floyd played about 34 percent of the offensive snaps and logged 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. His production can be replaced by a younger player like Terry McLaurin or Kelvin Harmon.
At this point in the offseason, these are just bookkeeping notes, and these veterans are now not available to be signed if the ‘Skins need depth at either position. But considering that they didn’t want either player on their 90-man roster, they were always unlikely to make the team anyway.