Beyond that, we don’t know much.
It is unclear where the 4-3 defensive tackle fits into the Redskins 3-4 defensive scheme. At 6-foot-3, 305, he might be a bit light to fill the Redskins’ primary need at nose tackle. But Jim Haslett could alter the scheme to accommodate a light man in the middle of the line in certain situations. Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys has made three straight Pro Bowls while playing nose tackle at less than 300 pounds.
There was talk that second-round draft pick Jarvis Jenkins, who weighs in at about 315 lb., might play some nose tackle as well so perhaps the defense is being retooled in order to accommodate
We will know more about Cofield’s role if and when they make their next move on the defensive line. If they acquire an end such as the Packers’ Cullen Jenkins, we can expect to see Cofield play more on the inside. Should a nose tackle like Aubrayo Franklin or Kelly Gregg come to Washington, Cofield will be an end.
We also do not yet know whether or not the Redskins overpaid for Cofield. An average of $6 million a year for an interior defensive lineman who has never sniffed a Pro Bowl seems a bit high to some. But we are early in what promises to be a wild free agency market. Before judging the value of Cofield’s deal we need to see what else comes in. It may prove to be a solid deal for a 27-year-old player who has missed just one game in five years as a starter on a very good Giants defense.