Keim adds that Washington has publicly and privately stated they would like to bring Smith back, but they’re also well aware of the fact that it’s going to be costly.
If the Redskins let Smith depart in free agency, Keim mentions that Ryan Anderson could be in line for a larger role, but Washington will still need to address the position in the draft.
Smith, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Redskins back in 2015. He planed out the final year of his rookie contract and is now in line to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his NFL career.
In 2018, Smith appeared in all 16 games for the Redskins and recorded 53 tackles, four sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 19 edge rusher out of 103 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.