Washington would like to keep Charles Leno around

The Washington Football Team signed veteran left tackle Charles Leno back in May after the Chicago Bears surprisingly released him in a cost-cutting move. The Bears released Leno right after the NFL draft, and Washington quickly brought him in for a visit before signing him days later.

Washington, which had just taken Texas offensive tackle Sam Cosmi in the second round of the draft, released longtime right tackle Morgan Moses and former draft pick Geron Christian days later. That meant Leno and Cosmi would be Washington’s offensive tackles for 2021.

Leno, who signed a one-year deal, will become a free agent in March after one season in Washington. If Washington has anything to say about it, Leno will be its left tackle for the foreseeable future.

According to John Keim of ESPN, Washington has reached out to Leno’s representatives about re-signing the veteran left tackle.

Leno has started every game for Washington at left tackle. And, he’s played well. Getting a deal with Leno soon would be a smart decision by Washington.

This offensive line has played well before injuries decimated it. Even then, the group has done, with Leno being a major reason.

At 30, Leno could still have several productive seasons ahead of him. He’s earned an extension — and he’s not going to break the bank. Also, Washington has plenty of cap room in the offseason.

Right guard Brandon Scherff is a free agent after the season. After two franchise tags, Scherff is free to negotiate with anyone come March. Should Washington make an offer to Scherff? He’s still a fantastic player, but he misses a lot of time.

Washington’s top offseason priorities are re-signing wide receiver Terry McLaurin to a lucrative extension and find a long-term answer at quarterback.

Keeping Leno shouldn’t be too far down on Washington’s priorities. He’s a good player at an important position.

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