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Redskins Insider: February 21, 2010 - February 27, 2010

Bradford not opposed to playing for Redskins

Interesting post from Mark Maske on The League: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was asked Saturday at the NFL scouting combine about his Native American heritage and whether that would create a dilemma for him if he were to be drafted by the Washington Redskins. Bradford, who is of Cherokee descent,...

By Micah Pollack  |  February 27, 2010; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
 
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Albright hopes to have deal with Redskins before Friday

Pro Bowl center Ethan Albright hopes to have a new contract in place with the Redskins before the free-agent market opens Friday. "I haven't talked to them yet, but I know they've been busy at the combine and evaluating guys," Albright said in a phone interview today. "Sometimes my deal...

By Jason Reid  |  February 27, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Redskins hire Malcolm Blacken and Chad Englehart as strength coaches

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan has completed his coaching and training staffs, he said Friday at the scouting combine. Shortly after Shanahan's comments, the Redskins announced the rehiring of Malcolm Blacken and the addition of Chad Englehart as assistant strength and conditioning coaches. Blacken was a Redskins conditioning assistant from 1996...

By Jason Reid  |  February 26, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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Rabach 'encouraged' that a Redskins deal can be done

On Thursday, we reported that the Redskins this week reached out to the agent for center Casey Rabach, who next week can become an unrestricted free agent. Retaining Rabach is a priority for the Redskins, who had one of the league's worst offensive lines last season. We caught up with...

By Jason Reid  |  February 26, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
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Shanahan expresses 'admiration' for Campbell

During his media availability at the scouting combine, Coach Mike Shanahan revealed the Redskins plan to tender a contract to quarterback Jason Campbell, who could become a restricted free agent next week. Shanahan expects Campbell "to be here," and he has "big admiration for Jason and how he's handled himself...

By Jason Reid, with video by Rick Maese  |  February 26, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan  
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Will you watch the combine this weekend?

Over at The League, we're discussing whether there's a smart way for fans to watch the combine on televsion -- or if it's smarter to avoid it altogether. Dave Goldberg, who covered the NFL for years for the Associated Press, gives this answer: I loathe the combine because it overemphasizes...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  February 26, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Shanahan outlines expectations for Redskins players

After finishing his group media session today at the scouting combine, Mike Shanahan spoke briefly to a smaller gathering of reporters and then conducted one-on-one interviews for more than 30 minutes. He did a lot more stuff than I expected, especially for someone who previously had had little media availability...

By Jason Reid  |  February 26, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Shanahan expects Campbell to return to Redskins

Updated at 11:45 Quarterback Jason Campbell, who will become a restricted free agent March 5, will be tendered an offer this week, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said today in a press conference at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. He said, according to tweets by Jason Reid and Rick Maese,...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 26, 2010; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
 
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Live: Mike Shanahan news conference at combine

Mike Shanahan is speaking to the media at 10:45 a.m. ET from the combine in Indianapolis. Rick Maese and Jason Reid will tweet highlights on site, and Cindy Boren will chime in from D.C. As soon as it starts, we'll show the live tweet stream below ...   MultiTweetUsers =...

By Jon DeNunzio  |  February 26, 2010; 10:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
 
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Colt Brennan faces uncertain future with Redskins

In the past few days, I've answered a lot of email about Colt Brennan. Most of the questions go like this: With Colt on the roster, why would the Redskins consider drafting another young quarterback with the fourth overall pick? Responding to everyone privately would be too time-consuming, so let...

By Jason Reid  |  February 26, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Offensive linemen make their case at combine

With two to three potential vacancies on their offensive line, it would seem that the Redskins should have particular interest in studying the linemen who are at the scouting combine in Indianapolis this week, each challenging the durability of the NFL's scales and trying to impress scouts with their fundamentals....

By Rick Maese  |  February 25, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
 
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In switch to 3-4 defense, Redskins might look within for nose tackle

The deadline for teams to use franchise or transition tags on players is later this afternoon. Six teams have tagged players so far, and of that group, three players are nose tackles. Plus, Pittsburgh locked up its nose tackle, Casey Hampton, to a multi-year deal today. As more teams shift...

By Rick Maese  |  February 25, 2010; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (141)
 
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Redskins, Rabach in contract talks

The Redskins recently opened contract talks with the agent for center Casey Rabach, who could become an unrestricted free agent March 5, a league source said. Although it appears a deal is not imminent, both sides hope to reach an agreement before Rabach could test the open market. Negotiations are...

By Jason Reid  |  February 25, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (122)
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Campbell's future with Redskins should come into focus with draft

My BlackBerry buzzed often Wednesday night while I was having dinner here in Indianapolis with Jason La Canfora, who apparently used to do something for The Post. It's hard getting face time with the television star these days, so I was glad my boy could squeeze me into his busy...

By Jason Reid  |  February 25, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Jason Campbell , Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan  
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For Redskins, combine offers more than just stats

Two of The Post's three Redskins beat writers are headed to Indianapolis today for the NFL scouting combine. As the combine gets underway Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium, Rick Maese and Jason Reid (Barry Svrluga must be on vacation again) will have a lot to share about players the Redskins...

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  February 24, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (292)
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Redskins' first question centers on the quarterback

"If you're the Washington Redskins, the first decision you have to make is the quarterback position. If you believe there's a franchise quarterback available at number four, that trumps all other needs, in my opinion." -- Mike Mayock, NFL Network draft expert. Hmmm...not so fast there. Redskins General Manager Bruce...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 24, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Mike Shanahan  
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Redskins heading in right direction, but turnaround will take time

As some of you know, I enjoy reading the comments because Insider participants are highly passionate and informed. For me, it's all about sharing information and opinions, so the more involvement in our community the better. Based on some of the recent comments, it seems I need to clarify my...

By Jason Reid  |  February 23, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (271)
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Mike Mayock agrees Redskins should target quarterback in NFL draft

We heard some draft thoughts last week from ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., and with the NFL Draft Combine about to begin, it's time to give the NFL Network's resident draft expert Mike Mayock the stage. When it comes to the Redskins' first-round pick, Mayock agrees with Kiper on the position the...

By Rick Maese  |  February 23, 2010; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
 
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Redskins focus on present players, then draft and free agency

The Redskins finished last in the NFC East the past two seasons, so it would seem that a major roster shakeup is in order. But with an uncapped season appearing inevitable, it would be difficult for the Redskins' new senior leaders - General Manager Bruce Allen and Coach Mike Shanahan...

By Jason Reid  |  February 22, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (510)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan  
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Chris Samuels remains mum on whether he'll play again

On Jan. 13, right tackle Chris Samuels said he had not made a decision about whether to retire because of neck problems that ended his 2009 season after only five games. Samuels, who spoke with reporters after Joe Bugel's retirement news conference at Redskins Park, said he would make a...

By Jason Reid  |  February 22, 2010; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
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