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Redskins Insider: February 25, 2007 - March 3, 2007

The Skins And Dock Were On Different Planets

The chasm between the Redskins and Derrick always existed, but I didn't realize just how great the difference was between their offers and Buffalo's until tonight. Howard and I spoke to some team sources and what they told us was pretty remarkable. I'm not going to post the numbers here,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 10:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Smoot Is A Redskin

The sides, after another day of talk, have come to an agreement in the last few minutes. It's done.. Smoot was scheduled to leave here this afternoon at one point, but returned to the building and they finally got this thing sorted out before another night of dinners. Hope to...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 6:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Another Uggh Smoot Update

Okay, Smoot we are told is in the building. Talks ongoing. If he gets signed, then the press conference would be around 1 ish Sunday. And with Smoot at the mic, you definitely want to check in....

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Amazing Fact About Leonard Davis

So my main man Howard Bryant is sitting here writing his story for tomorrow's paper and looking up some facts on Leonard Davis in the 'Zona media guide when he begins to read something from the player's entry that blew my mind. Consider: "Before Leonard was born, father L.A. Davis...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Derrick Dockery Is a Happy, Happy Man

I was stunned by the Derrick Dockery contract. The Redskins were stunned by the Derrick Dockery contract. And the man himself was stunned by it all. Just got off the phone with him. Dockery's agent, Todd France (who also did the monster Nate Clements deal) read the market amazingly well...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 4:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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London Fletcher Highlights/Leonard Davis And Fisher Taking Physicals

(Update: Fisher just left for his medical testing about 15 minutes after Davis did). I had to ask London - who was clearly thrilled to be here and had a huge smile on his face throughout the entire press conference - about his name. Last season he changed to Fletcher-Baker,...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
 
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Fred Smoot Still Does Not Have A Deal/Fisher Here (Updated Several Times)

Like I've been writing, the Skins were the first team to pounce on him. They pushed for him. They got deep into negotiations. They got close to a deal. They have no deal and had no deal and Joe Gibbs said just a few minutes ago, "No deal is imminent...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Leonard Davis Speaks

Just ran into him as Jason Campbell was taking the big man to lunch. Davis seems likea cool, laid back cat. Said it's down to the Redskins and Dallas, where he visited yesterday. Said the Cowboys did not make a firm offer but they talked about parameters. Has no other...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
 
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Leonard Davis in the House

Davis just arrived with the usual entourage of Skins folks. It's going to cost some serious coin to keep thius dude, and some around the league have serious reservations about his dedication and intensity. His rep was not great in Arizona from thagt standpoint. But the dude is huge, has...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 3, 2007; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
 
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Leonard Davis Is On His Way

I am told the big man got on a plane, is on his way to Ashburn, and the Skins will have every chance to sign him. of course, the crazy contract Dockery got will up his price. He left Dallas and from what I gather there will be no more...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 10:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fletcher Is Done

Just got word from a very good league source that the deal with Fletcher is done. Still working on the details but I am guessing he will get at least $10 million guaranteed and a healthy average salary. Smoot could be done before the night is through as well....

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 8:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dock Hit A Grand Slam

Holy bleep. here are the numbers I got for Dockery's deal with the Bills - it's basically the record setting deal Hutchinson got with the Vikes last year (the one with the poison pill). I hear Dock got 18 guaranteed. Yeah, you read that right. It's worth a total of...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Latest on Smoot and Fletcher

Heard he is traveling to this area and should be here in time for the game. Again, I think it's failrly close to certain the Skins will get Fletcher and Smoot. Fletcher returned from his physical a little while ago and was whisked to the back of the building....

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Iron Mike Sellers

Just got off the phone with Big Mike. As those of you who read this blog often probably already know, if you made me pick a favorite football player on this team - from a pure football standpoint - it would be him. I have no rooting interest in it...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More Corners

The Redskins continue to look at the cornerback spot. Even if they get Smoot, corner Travis Fisher has a scheduled visit here Saturday. Fisher is another Rosenhaus guy, as is Fletcher, Portis, Cartwright (recent defection to Team Shark), the Reaper, Santana. Oh yeah, and Troy Vincent signed with him just...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Leonard Davis - Updated, Second Time

Looks like Leonard Davis could be in the house tonight when the Skins take their free agent entourage to the Wizards game. They want to bring him in; not sure if he is in Dallas first, but the Skins are pushing for him. Sounds like the Dockery thing is not...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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London Fletcher Is In the House

From what I hear, Dockery is in Atlanta and the Falcons have some interest in Dock, so you could probably connect some dots there. Not sure he is/will visit the Falcons yet, but it would make sense. The Skins still making a push to keep him. Fletcher is here and...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fletcher and Smoot Update

According to what I hear around the league, from good sources, the Skins have contacted Fletcher and Smoot officially, asked both to coem here for visits on Friday and things look good. Believe it or not, as late as it is, it's still early in the evening by free agent...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 2, 2007; 1:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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I Can't Stop Blogging ... Somebody Give Me a Raise (Dock, Brunell and Salary Cap Stuff)

Alright peeps, got some cap info for you (I don't feel so bad for letting DCsween, Haiku and the boys buy me some shots the other night, 'cause, frankly, I'm earning in now y'all). I know I wrote earlier that my gut on Dock was they re-sign him. Well, after...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 1, 2007; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Dre Bly/Shawn Springs Follow Up

Dre Bly is gone to Denver, which had the best trade ammunition to get him with players in a position of need and ample draft picks to dangle. The Skins were definitely major players in this various sources said. The Lions are among a handful of teams to express interest...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 1, 2007; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Ron Springs Is Doing Well

Just received an email confirmation that Ron Springs, former Cowboy running back and Shawn's dad, underwent a successful kidney transplant. He was in dire need of a replacement, and, as we reported in The Washington Post many months ago, his former Cowboy teammate, Everson Walls - Shawn's godfather - was...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 1, 2007; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Crystal Ball, Redux

America's nondenominational Christmas Eve is finally upon us. Are you ready for some (free agent) football? I'm going to take a stab at predicting what goes down today based on all of the reporting I've been doing over the last month, and particularly the last 48 hours. Free agency officially...

By Jason La Canfora  |  March 1, 2007; 9:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Odds and Ends and Smoot and Brunell

Frost got tendered today (actually received the $850,000 contract). Boschetti did not but the Skins told his agent they would be interested in bringing him back at a lower salary this offseason. So he becomes a UFA. Can not say with complete certainty that Molinaro - the other restricted free...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 28, 2007; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Fauria Gone - Patten and Hall Next?

Skins make is official that Fauria is released. The class of 06, dropping like flies. Collins could be looking to leave as well. Also, Skins announced that Pucillo is back. As I reported yesterday, the capable O-Line backiup gets one year for the vet min. Might have a few more...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 28, 2007; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Getting To Know - Casey Bramlet

I am going to preface this by saying that I am just connecting some dots here. But, with Mark Brunell completing his new contract done as expected, I anticipate Todd Collins expressing an interest to be somewhere else, where he can possibly be more than a No. 3 QB....

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 28, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Brunell Is Back

Heard from some people this morning that the Skins and Mark Brunell reached an agreement on a new contract last night and that Mark will probably sign the thing soon. In essence, it works out pretty close to what I wrote about a few days ago. Instead of Mark counting...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 28, 2007; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DCSween Guest Blog

Good morning, all. Hope you're doing well. DCSween wanted to share something with you guys about the secondary play last season, so here's his guest blog. I'll post something later today (updating news and also something on Casey Bramlet) and still have my Redskins/English Premier League idea to flesh out...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 28, 2007; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
 
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Free Agent Update

Heard today that the Skins agreed to a one-year deal with Mike Pucillo, probably for close to the vet. min. The Skins are also talking to Todd Yoder and that one could get done in a few days as well. From what I have heard, the team is not showing...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 27, 2007; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
 
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Brunell, Frosty The Punter and Redskins Insider T-Shirts

I'll take care of the Redskins business first. Spoke with Mark Brunell today and got the impression a new, cap-friendly contract with the Skins will be done in a few days. He seems pumped to have a chance to come back. Also, the Skins told Frosty today that he will...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 26, 2007; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
 
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Saturday Night's Alright For Drinkin'

Hope everyone is enjoying the inevitable snow day a comin' to these parts tomorrow. Seems like it always snows on Sundays around here, eh? Saturday night was a lot of fun. As DCween noted in his comments to another thread, we may have missed a few people due to circumstances...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 25, 2007; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
 
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