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Redskins Insider: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Former DL Brooks passes away

Perry Brooks, a Redskins defensive lineman from 1977 to 1984 who was part of two Super Bowl teams, died earlier this week at 55 in Woodbridge, where he'd made his home. Brooks, whose son, Ahmad, played at Virginia and is a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, had his best...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  March 6, 2010; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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Redskins confirm Hicks signing

The Redskins made it official tonight, announcing the signing of former Minnesota Vikings guard-tackle Artis Hicks. The nine-year veteran was the Vikings" top backup at both positions during the 2009 season. Hicks is expected to compete to start at right guard next season for the Redskins. We've updated our previous...

By Jason Reid  |  March 6, 2010; 11:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Free agency , Jason Reid  
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Kemoeatu to visit on Tuesday

Former Carolina nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu is scheduled to visit the Redskins on Tuesday, a league source said. Kemoeatu, whom the Panthers released this week, missed the 2009 season because of an injury. In 2008, Kemoeatu started 14 games for the Panthers and was credited with 31 unassisted tackles....

By Jason Reid  |  March 6, 2010; 9:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Free agency , Jason Reid  | Tags: free agency, nose tackle  
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Pashos's agent says no deal is in place

There were reports Saturday evening the Redskins agreed to terms with both Artis Hicks and Tony Pashos, which still could happen. But as of now, Hicks is the only new offensive lineman headed to Ashburn. "It's not true. It's not true," Pashos's agent, Rick Smith, said before I could ask...

By Jason Reid  |  March 6, 2010; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Free agency , Jason Reid  | Tags: Tony Pashos, free agency, offensive line  
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Redskins sign guard-tackle Hicks

[UPDATED 11:17 p.m.] The Redskins on Saturday took a step toward addressing their major problems along the offensive line, signing former Minnesota Vikings guard/tackle Artis Hicks to a three-year contract. Hicks, a versatile lineman who spent the past four seasons with Minnesota, received about $3 million in guaranteed money as...

By Jason Reid  |  March 6, 2010; 8:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Free agency , Jason Reid  | Tags: Artis Hicks, Redskins, free agency, offensive line  
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OL Casey Wiegmann visits Ashburn, leaves without contract

At the very least, the Redskins are addressing their offensive line with plenty of conversations. Offensive linemen Casey Wiegmann visited Redskins Park, according to a league source, but he left town without a contract. It's believed that four linemen have come through Ashburn the past two days, but the team...

By Rick Maese  |  March 6, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Ethan Albright hopes to remain a Redskin

Long snapper Ethan Albright just completed his 15th season in the NFL, so he understands how these things work. The Redskins have an offseason to-do list, and the new regime has initiated sweeping roster change, so he figures they're a little busy. When things slow down a bit, though, Albright,...

By Jason Reid  |  March 6, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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Willie Parker will visit Ashburn

UPDATED 6:10 p.m. We now know that at least five of the tailbacks who finished last season as members of the Redskins -- Rock Cartwright, Ladell Betts, Quinton Ganther, Marcus Mason and Eddie Williams -- will be continuing their careers somewhere else. The Redskins need to reload their backfield and...

By Rick Maese  |  March 6, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Daniel Snyder responds to Emmitt Smith Criticism

You probably saw yesterday comments that former Dallas running back Emmitt Smith shared about Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder. Well, Snyder responded today in a prepared statement. He didn't lob any bombs but tried mixing a bit of humor and a subtle jab. "I applaud Emmitt Smith's induction into the NFL...

By Rick Maese  |  March 6, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Larry Foote's one free agent who might be a good get for Redskins

So the early big defensive names that were attached to the Redskins are already off the market, but one of the players still out there would be a pretty good get. Linebacker Larry Foote is scheduled to visit to Washington on Monday, and if the Redskins really want him, it...

By Rick Maese  |  March 6, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Free agency , Jim Haslett  
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Foote expected to visit Ashburn

Detroit linebacker Larry Foote is expected to visit with the Redskins Monday in Ashburn, a league source confirmed. Foote was originally drafted in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played in Pittsburgh under Lou Spanos, the Redskins' new linebacker coach. A former all-American from Michigan, Foote started...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 8:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
Categories:  Free agency  | Tags: 3-4 defense, Larry Foote, free agency  
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Redskins not a factor as Karlos Dansby signs with Dolphins

The Redskins made clear today they weren't in hot pursuit of the biggest names on the free agency market, and the news wires certainly seemed to confirm that fact. Arizona linebacker Karlos Dansby was thought to be a priority for the Redskins just 24 hours ago, a backup option if...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Report: Chad Clifton re-signs with Packers

The Redskins' first free agency visitor will not be signing with Washington, but their second guest is still in play. Left tackle Chad Clifton will re-sign with Green Bay, according to an ESPN.com report. The Redskins are still in hot pursuit of another tackle. San Francisco's Tony Pashos was spotted...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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No buzz at start of free agency is clearest sign yet of the Redskins' change of direction

On Football For all the speculation about how things would be different under the Redskins' new management, there had been little actual proof. Team employees have spoken privately about a new sense of professionalism at Redskins Park that coincided with the arrivals of General Manager Bruce Allen and Coach...

By Jason Reid  |  March 5, 2010; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
 
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Bruce Allen explains Redskins' approach on free agency

If you're wondering why the Redskins weren't in the running for Julius Peppers when free agency began at 12:01 a.m., Washington General Manager Bruce Allen has a simple explanation: Peppers just wasn't in the team's plans. The Redskins have been relatively quiet today, locking up their own unrestricted free agents...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Free agency , Jason Reid  
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Rex Grossman might be a backup QB for Redskins

Are the Redskins searching the free agency market for a quarterback? According to a report on ProFootballTalk.com, the Redskins might have some interest in Rex Grossman. We're still seeking out confirmation to gauge the seriousness of the report, but it certainly wouldn't be completely surprising. Grossman worked under offensive coordinator...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Shanahan on Alexander, Daniels and Mike Williams

The Redskins have made a few of their signings official this afternoon, confirming they've re-signed defensive end Phillip Daniels, offensive lineman Mike Williams and Lorenzo Alexander, who's expected to move to outside linebacker. Center Casey Rabach wasn't on today's news release, but his signing should become official as soon as...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Mike Williams re-signs with Redskins

The Redskins have reportedly signed an offensive lineman, but it's not Chad Clifton. Or Tony Pashos. Or anyone new, in fact. The team is expected to announce today the re-signing of Mike Williams, who spent time at both guard and tackle last season for the Redskins, according to a league...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Phillip Daniels, Redskins agree to terms on a new deal

Updated at 12:23 p.m. Defensive lineman Phillip Daniels has agreed to terms to return for his 15th season and sixth with the Redskins. "I had a good birthday," said Daniels, who turned 37 on Thursday. "They gave me a gift and I gave them a gift to come back to...

By Jason Reid  |  March 5, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (176)
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Poll: How do you feel about Redskins' new approach to free agency?

At The League, the topic du jour is whether the Redskins' measured approach to free agency will stick or whether they'll morph into the football version of the Yankees again. Mark Maske has the latest headlines from around the NFL as well. And, in case you're feeling a little confused...

By Cindy Boren  |  March 5, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Offensive tackle Tony Pashos set to visit Redskins today

Chad Clifton apparently isn't the only offensive tackle who will be visiting Redskins Park today. Tony Pashos, an unrestricted free agent from San Francisco, is scheduled for a visit in Washington, according to Aaron Wilson of the NationalFootballPost.com. Pashos, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 326 pounds, played under Washington offensive...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , Free agency , Mike Shanahan  
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A Redskins' trade for Sproles? Don't count it out yet.

When the San Diego Chargers tendered Darren Sproles on Thursday, many fans probably scratched the 26-year-old running back off their free agency list. After all, it'd be foolish for any team to part with first- and third-round picks for a guy who's never had more than 100 carries in a...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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For Redskins, signing Clifton would satisfy biggest need

It certainly wouldn't be quite like last year, when the Redskins opened the vault for Albert Haynesworth, but if the Redskins can lock up left tackle Chad Clifton today, it would satisfy their biggest need and make the rest of the offseason a lot easier. I spoke Thursday before free...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (179)
 
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Lorenzo Alexander staying with Washington Redskins (updated)

Lorenzo Alexander is ready to make the switch to outside linebacker, especially after the Redskins showed their commitment to him today with a three-year contract that could be worth as much as $3.8 million. "It's great to be able to stay here in the city so I can be part...

By Jason Reid  |  March 5, 2010; 8:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Left tackle Clifton is scheduled to visit

Though it might have seemed like the Redskins were slow out of the gate as free agency began at midnight, they appear to have made significant progress to addressing one of their biggest roster holes. Green Bay Packers left tackle Chad Clifton has a trip scheduled to Washington on Friday,...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 2:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Defensive end Babin on Redskins' radar

While the Redskins don't appear to be in the running for some of the big names that hit the free agency market, a league source confirms the team has had discussions with defensive end Jason Babin, an unrestricted free agent who spent last season with Philadelphia. Babin, 29, was a...

By Rick Maese  |  March 5, 2010; 1:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Redskins make no sudden moves

[Updated at 12:55 a.m.] The Redskins did not pull the trigger on any big free agents in the opening minutes of free agency, and, in fact, apparently have fallen behind on the sweepstakes for a top defensive target. Carolina defensive end Julius Peppers already has a visit scheduled to Chicago...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  March 5, 2010; 12:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Casey Rabach signs three-year contract with Redskins, avoids free agency

The Redskins said goodbye to veterans Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas on Thursday, but they also managed to re-sign another key piece of their offensive line. Center Casey Rabach, who was due to become an unrestricted free agent at midnight, signed a three-year contract worth $12.3 million. "I'm very happy,"...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Bruce Allen: 'A day of change for the Redskins'

The Redskins' plan for 2010 started coming into sharp focus with a flurry of late-day roster cuts ahead of the beginning of free agency, which starts at 12:01 a.m. "Obviously, it's a day of change for the Redskins," said General Manager Bruce Allen, who promised more activity in the coming...

By Cindy Boren  |  March 4, 2010; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Redskins release Griffin

Updated at 5:15 p.m. Add Cornelius Griffin to the growing list of players who received walking papers from the Redskins today. The defensive tackle is the sixth veteran known to have been cut today. It was not immediately clear if more players could still be on the chopping block. Griffin,...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
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Redskins release Betts, Smoot

Ladell Betts is another running back who appears to have reached the end of the road in Washington. Though, because he finished last season on the injured reserve list, the two sides might have to reach an injury settlement before his release is official. Like Rock Cartwright, Betts was a...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Redskins release Randy Thomas, Randle El

Updated at 4:56 p.m. The Redskins core saw a major shake-up on Thursday afternoon. Just a couple of hours after Chris Samuels formally announced his retirement, the team began releasing several veterans who'd been a part of the Washington nucleus since Joe Gibbs still wore a headset here. Randy Thomas...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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Redskins to release Rock Cartwright

The Redskins' cuts have begun. Running back Rock Cartwright will be released. "Bruce Allen just called me and told me I'll be released tonight," Cartwright said. "To be honest with you, I saw it coming. When you have a new coach and a new coaching staff, they're going to want...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Sproles no longer a free-agent possibility for Redskins

It should be an interesting 24 hours for the Washington Redskins. General Bruce Allen is scheduled to meet with reporters at 7 p.m. We'll tell you later what exactly he has to say, but we expect to see the team's list of tendered offers, which we've tried to document here,...

By Rick Maese  |  March 4, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Portis isn't likely to be cut from Redskins' roster

Judging from the comments on our recent post about probable cuts, some of you were confused/upset that we did not include running back Clinton Portis on the list. Portis was not included because we believe he will be on the roster when the season starts. In fact, the Redskins plan...

By Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Chris Samuels retires from playing, turns to coaching

Chris Samuels has retired after 10 seasons with the Redskins and the headline out of his press conference is that he isn't really leaving Redskins Park. "I've always wanted to coach," he said. "Even when I was in high school, I knew once my playing days were other with, I...

By Cindy Boren and Rick Maese  |  March 4, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
 
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Karlos Dansby might be best fit for Redskins in free agency

With free agency beginning just after midnight tonight, the Redskins might make another big splash out of the gate as they did last offseason with the signing of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The Redskins are among the teams believed to be interested in defensive end/linebacker Julius Peppers - considered the...

By Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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Redskins tender offensive lineman Will Montgomery

Offensive lineman Will Montgomery says that the Redskins tendered him an offer yesterday. He wasn't yet sure of the level of the tender, however....

By Rick Maese  |  March 4, 2010; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Carlos Rogers says he wants 'a new start' elsewhere

Disgruntled cornerback Carlos Rogers said he has animosity toward the Redskins for many things. High on Rogers's list is how his benching last season was handled. Philadelphia wide receiver DeSean Jackson beat Rogers on a double-move for a 57-yard touchdown in Washington's Week 7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. And...

By Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
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Redskins are likely to make to make high-profile roster cuts

With an uncapped season in 2010, the Redskins are expected to cut many high-profile players with big contracts because, well, there are no cap ramifications. We decided to take a look at the most likely candidates to be released later today before the Redskins, minutes after midnight tonight, begin what...

By Cindy Boren  |  March 4, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Expect Jason Campbell's name to continue to be mentioned in trade rumors

Interesting story from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer this morning. The Browns reportedly are interested in trading for a quarterback rather than searching for one on free agent market. We bring this up to illustrate the nuances of the tenders issued yesterday. Jason Campbell was given a first-round tender. The highest-tender possible...

By Rick Maese  |  March 4, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Inside the uncapped year with capologist J.I. Halsell

Hope you had a chance to peruse today's stories on the Redskins' ever-changing situation and the league-wide uncertainty that surrounds free agency which begins at midnight. Without a salary cap in 2010, free agency is a little unpredictable. Some front office members say teams might be willing to shell out...

By Rick Maese  |  March 4, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Anthony Montgomery hopes to return to Redskins

As of late Wednesday night, defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery did not know whether the team planned to tender him a contract offer. "I still didn't hear nothing yet," Montgomery said in a phone interview. Montgomery hopes to return to the Redskins next season and rebound from a disappointing season in...

By Jason Reid  |  March 4, 2010; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Redskins give Chris Wilson second-round tender

One final post tonight on the Redskins' restricted free agents. The team made a second-round tender today to linebacker Chris Wilson, according to a tweet by Wilson's representation, ProStar Sports. So if you're keeping score at home, the team issued tenders today to quarterback Jason Campbell, cornerback Carlos Rogers, linebacker...

By Rick Maese  |  March 3, 2010; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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Carlos Rogers isn't happy with tender

Much to his dismay, cornerback Carlos Rogers received a first-round tender and is not free to walk away from the Redskins as he would prefer. "I hate it, man," Rogers said tonight in a phone interview. "That's all I'm going to say. I really don't want to say too much...

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (138)
 
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Redskins give Campbell first-round tender

Quarterback Jason Campbell has received a first-round tender from the Redskins. Although Coach Mike Shanahan has said he expects Campbell "to be here" this season, he has not committed to him as the starter. Shanahan expects Campbell "to be here," Jason Reid and Rick Maese reported last week from the...

By Cindy Boren  |  March 3, 2010; 6:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Carlos Rogers gets tender offer

The Redskins have tendered an offer to cornerback Carlos Rogers. It wasn't immediately clear whether the team extended a high- or low-level offer to the Auburn alum. Rogers started 15 of 16 games last season, his fifth in the league. As a player with less than six years of service,...

By Rick Maese  |  March 3, 2010; 6:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
 
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Heyer given second-round tender by Redskins

The Redskins have been busy today addressing their restricted free agents, and we can now add another to the list. Redskins tackle Stephon Heyer was given a second-round tender today, according to league sources. Heyer, who just completed his third season, is slated to become a restricted free agent when...

By Rick Maese  |  March 3, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Jason Campbell has not received tender, 'not really worried'

Coach Mike Shanahan last week said the Redskins would tender restricted free agent quarterback Jason Campbell, though Shanahan declined to reveal if it would be a high or low tender. A high tender would give the Redskins first- and third-round picks as compensation for Campbell if he signs a contract...

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Peppers' price sky-high; will any team meet it?

Interesting story on ESPN.com about Julius Peppers that could have some bearing on the teams that intend to pursue him when he becomes a free agent. According to the report, Peppers recently turned down a deal that would've paid him close to $14 million a year from Carolina, which could...

By Rick Maese  |  March 3, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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McIntosh 'on short end of the stick' in uncapped year

Disappointed the Redskins offered him only a low contract tender today and not a multiyear extension, linebacker Rocky McIntosh expressed frustration with being "on the short end of the stick" in the upcoming uncapped year. McIntosh is among 212 NFL players who would have been unrestricted free agents this offseason...

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 1:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Samuels to announce retirement at noon Thursday

Thursday will be Chris Samuels Day at Redskins Park. The Redskins have made official the previous reports that the left tackle will retire, announcing that there will be a noon press conference Thursday. The Redskins have known since October that Samuels' career was over because of the injury he suffered...

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
 
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Redskins give McIntosh a second-round tender

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh received a second-round tender from the Redskins, a league source said. McIntosh finished fourth on the team with 64 unassisted tackles. He also finished second on the team with two interceptions. Last season, McIntosh had a base salary of $535,000 and received a $100,000 workout bonus....

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Redskins give Doughty a second-round tender

The Redskins gave safety Reed Doughty a second-round tender, people familiar with the move said today. Doughty rebounded nicely last season after his 2008 season was cut short because of back surgery. He supplanted Chris Horton as the starter at strong safety in the second half and finished third on...

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Redskins make low tender to Kedric Golston

With free agency beginning at midnight on Thursday, we're starting to hear more about the Redskins' plans for their restricted free agents. The Redskins made a low tender to Kedric Golston, people familiar with the situation said today, meaning they would receive a second-round draft pick as compensation for the...

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 9:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
 
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Redskins' new-look defense will be more complex under Haslett

Former defensive coordinator Greg Blache simplified much of the scheme he inherited from his predecessor, Gregg Williams. The Redskins continued to run a base 4-3 attack and remained a top-10 unit statistically - fourth overall in 2008 and 10th last season - during Blache's two seasons. New defensive coordinator Jim...

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Redskins explore their nose-tackle options in draft

Mike Shanahan is calling it simply "the Redskins defense," but even if the new system is a hybrid of sorts, expect to see a 3-4 base. For now, as the team prepares to build its roster via free agency and the draft, you'll hear a lot more chatter about that...

By Rick Maese  |  March 2, 2010; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (143)
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Is changing overtime the NFL's most pressing rules issue?

A quick TO to discuss OT. Over at The League, the topic du jour is whether overtime is the most pressing issue facing the NFL in light of the competition committee saying it will consider possible changes next month. Is that the most pressing rules issue the league faces? Should...

By Cindy Boren  |  March 2, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (72)
 
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Redskins, again, get ready to make a free agency splash

Looking around the ol' Internet, the consensus definitely appears to be that the Redskins will be active players during free agency. As we discussed in a story Sunday, no one is exactly certain how free agency will play out this year, but unlike a lot of teams, the Redskins have...

By Rick Maese  |  March 2, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
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Real evaluations, for Redskins, will come at players' pro days

In Indianapolis, the focus has turned to the defensive players at the NFL Scouting Combine. The offensive players have finished working out -- even though some barely started. The top quarterbacks opted not to throw for one reason or another, but still, Sam Bradford's stock might've improved slightly -- by...

By Rick Maese  |  March 1, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (308)
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Phillip Daniels: Redskins 'want me back'

Veteran defensive end Phillip Daniels confirmed he has an offer to return to the Redskins next season. "They want me back," Daniels said Monday in a phone interview. "They sent an offer out to me and we're analyzing that now. We'll get back with them early this week and we'll...

By Jason Reid  |  March 1, 2010; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
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Samuels expected to announce retirement Thursday

Updated at 2:07 p.m. As we previously reported in October, Pro Bowl left tackle Chris Samuels plans to retire because of a severe neck injury, and he is expected to announce his decision in a news conference Thursday at Redskins Park. With free agency beginning Friday, the timing of the...

By Jason Reid  |  March 1, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Haynesworth is the key in Redskins' use of 3-4 defense

The Redskins' impending switch from a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 base front was among the worst-kept secrets during the scouting combine at Indianapolis. Coach Mike Shanahan's plans for the Redskins were among the main discussion topics for some coaches, agents and reporters during late-night sessions at downtown restaurants and...

By Jason Reid  |  March 1, 2010; 6:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , Jason Reid , Jim Haslett  
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Redskins will use Alexander at outside LB in 3-4 scheme

In another sign the Redskins plan to shift to a 3-4 defense, versatile defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander will add outside linebacker to his duties next season, two people familiar with the situation said during the scouting combine at Indianapolis. Although Coach Mike Shanahan has been noncommittal about his plans for...

By Jason Reid  |  February 28, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Redskins make an offer to Daniels

With Washington preparing to make a major shift to a 3-4 defense, the team wants to bring back veteran defensive lineman Phillip Daniels, two people familiar with the situation said Sunday. The Redskins have extended a contract offer to the 14-year veteran, who could become an unrestricted free agent Friday....

By Jason Reid  |  February 28, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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If Rams draft Bradford, Redskins should rethink No. 4 pick

Over at The League, you can read Mark Maske's report about today's comments from quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen during their media availability at the scouting combine. The buzz is that the St. Louis Rams are strongly considering selecting Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick, which could shake...

By Jason Reid  |  February 28, 2010; 10:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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