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Redskins Insider: March 28, 2010 - April 3, 2010

Donovan McNabb linked to Redskins in trade rumors

Earlier Saturday, FoxSports.com's Jay Glazer tweeted that the Redskins inquired about Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb, whom the Philadelphia Eagles apparently are determined to trade. And Glazer emphasized in a follow-up tweet that the Redskins' interest was "more than just mild ... they even talked players." Glazer, however, did not...

By Jason Reid  |  April 3, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
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Bradford looking forward to visiting with Redskins on Tuesday

Quarterback Sam Bradford is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Tuesday for a pre-draft visit with Redskins coaches. While the visit will give team officials a better idea of what Bradford is about, it'll also give Bradford a chance to talk at length with the man who devised an offense...

By Rick Maese  |  April 3, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Devin Thomas ready to take on leadership role in Shanahan system

Beginning his third season, wide receiver Devin Thomas said he's ready to assume a bigger role in the offense and locker room. "I just feel like this is my time to step up and really be a leader around here," Thomas said the other day at Redskins Park. "I've finally...

By Jason Reid  |  April 3, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan  
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Parker's agent: 'It's flat out an open competition' at RB

Apparently, Clinton Portis really will have to fight to keep his job. That seemed clear Friday after the Redskins signed running back Willie Parker, adding another Pro Bowl runner to a backfield that already included Portis and the recently signed Larry Johnson. Parker signed an incentive-laded one-year contract worth as...

By Jason Reid  |  April 2, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
Categories:  Free agency , Jason Reid  
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Redskins sign Willie Parker, add experience and competition at RB

Updated at 3:39 p.m. Clinton Portis has been the Redskins' unchallenged starter since he arrived in town in 2004. That clearly won't be the case this year. The Redskins have added yet another veteran running back in free agent Willie Parker. The former Pittsburgh running back has signed an incentive-laden one-year...

By Rick Maese and Jason Reid  |  April 2, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Free agency  
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Redskins won't tip their hand as Bradford, McCoy, Tebow visit

If the Redskins' interest in quarterbacks is only a smoke screen to mask their true draft intentions, then they're staging a full-court hoax. We reported Thursday that former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is scheduled to begin a two-day visit this afternoon. Sam Bradford, considered by many draft evaluators to...

By Jason Reid  |  April 2, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth , NFL Draft  
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Hall says Orakpo will 'fit perfectly' in Redskins' new defensive scheme

As we've previously reported, cornerback DeAngelo Hall is excited about the switch from a 4-3 defense to a version of the Pittsburgh Steelers' 3-4. Hall also is eager to watch linebacker/defensive end Brian Orakpo work in the new scheme. "A 4-3 is so stagnant," Hall said the other day at...

By Jason Reid  |  April 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Brian Orakpo , Jason Reid  
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Eric Berry speaks of Sean Taylor, Redskins' new defense after visit

As a high school football star in Georgia, Eric Berry was a big fan of Redskins free safety Sean Taylor. And Berry studied Taylor closely while he became an All-American free safety at Tennessee. So Berry was pleased that Washington brought him in for a two-day visit that ended Thursday....

By Jason Reid  |  April 2, 2010; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Jason Reid , NFL Draft , Remembering 21  
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Safety Eric Berry completes visit with Redskins

Former Tennessee star safety Eric Berry completed a two-day visit with the Redskins and is scheduled to return to Knoxville for a little break before resuming his draft tour shortly, he said Thursday afternoon. It was very nice," Berry said in a phone interview. "I got to meet the GM,...

By Jason Reid  |  April 1, 2010; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (186)
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Larry Johnson says he and Clinton Portis will complement each other

Running back Larry Johnson met with reporters today for the first time since signing with the Redskins, and, though he doesn't consider that playing for his third team in six months signifies a fresh start, he intends to fight his way to as much playing time as possible. "I don't say it's...

By Rick Maese  |  April 1, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
Categories:  Clinton Portis , Free agency , Larry Johnson , Mike Shanahan  
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Sam Bradford, James Andrews speak of the Redskins and D.C.'s charms

Sam Bradford to the Redskins in a colossal, earth-shaking, NFL-rattling deal on the first day of the draft, a la the Eli Manning/Phillip Rivers swap? His doctor, James Andrews, said on this light-hearted Fox 5 interview that he likes the idea (while pointing out that he has a relationship with...

By Cindy Boren  |  April 1, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Jimmy Clausen to visit Washington Redskins beginning Friday

Former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen is scheduled to visit the Redskins beginning Friday, a league source confirmed Thursday. Clausen is expected to meet with Coach Mike Shanahan, members of the coaching staff and other top Redskins officials during the two-day trip. The Redskins also have scheduled a private workout...

By Jason Reid  |  April 1, 2010; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
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Albert Haynesworth's $21 million option bonus to be paid today

Today is a big day for the Redskins and Albert Haynesworth. Well, it's actually an expensive day for the team and an extremely profitable one for the Pro Bowl defensive tackle. This is the day Haynesworth is scheduled to receive a $21 million option bonus from the team. The team...

By Jason Reid  |  April 1, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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Eric Berry's visit with Redskins continues

Former Tennessee free safety Eric Berry arrived as scheduled Wednesday night to begin a visit with the Redskins that continues Thursday, according to a league source. In some mock drafts, Berry, whom many talent evaluators have rated as the top coverage safety in this year's class, has been linked with...

By Jason Reid  |  April 1, 2010; 9:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Jim Haslett , Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft  
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Okung might be right fit for Redskins no matter who is weighing in on decision

With all the buzz around the league about the Redskins possibly drafting a quarterback, Coach Mike Shanahan still might address the offensive line with the fourth overall pick. Michael Lombardi wrote an excellent piece about Washington's longtime interest in former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen and the potential ongoing role...

By Jason Reid  |  April 1, 2010; 6:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft , Offensive line  
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Jimmy Clausen defends his reputation on the field and off

To hear ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay tell it, former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen lacks leadership skills and maturity. Other than that, Clausen apparently is a pretty good guy. "I have no idea why he says that," Clausen said Wednesday in a lengthy phone interview. "People are just going...

By Jason Reid  |  March 31, 2010; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (209)
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Redskins' preseason schedule: Buffalo, Baltimore, N.Y. Jets, Arizona

The Redskins' preseason schedule, with exact dates and times still to be determined: Aug. 12-16: Buffalo at FedEx Field Aug. 19-23: Baltimore at FedEx Field Aug. 26-29: at New York Jets Sept. 2-3: at Arizona Cardinals All games will be on NBC4/ComcastSportsNet....

By Cindy Boren  |  March 31, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Preseason schedule  
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Redskins proceed with plans to see Bradford, Clausen, Tebow

Any talk about Sam Bradford being St. Louis-bound certainly hasn't scared off the Redskins. Not only is Bradford scheduled for a private workout for Washington officials in two weeks in Norman, Okla., but he should be in Ashburn as early as next week for an in-person visit with the Redskins. Teams...

By Rick Maese  |  March 31, 2010; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft  
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With no changes on offensive line, Campbell might be Redskins' best option

Regardless whether the Redskins select a quarterback in the NFL Draft, it is clear Jason Campbell no longer is part of the franchise's long-term plan. Coach Mike Shanahan signaled as much in making the decision to offer Campbell only a first-round contract tender, not a first and third. And with...

By Jason Reid  |  March 31, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (167)
Categories:  Jason Campbell , Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan , Offensive line  
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Snyder's draft preference for Redskins? 'Perennial Pro Bowl guy' in draft

Vinny Cerrato, Washington's former executive vice president of football operations, once told me that if the Redskins have a top-10 draft pick, owner Daniel Snyder wants "a perennial Pro Bowl guy." Including the 1999 draft, which occurred before Snyder officially took control of the franchise, the Redskins have held selections...

By Jason Reid  |  March 31, 2010; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (187)
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder , Jason Reid , NFL Draft  
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Redskins draft Q&A with Tracee Hamilton, Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

For the latest edition of her daily "First Things First" chat, Post columnist Tracee Hamilton is talking Redskins draft rumors. Submit your questions, but first, read on to see what's on her mind: Trade up for Sam Bradford? Pick Jimmy Clausen in the first round? Pick Tim Tebow in the...

By David Larimer  |  March 30, 2010; 10:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Source: Jimmy Clausen to work out with Redskins

The Redskins will conduct a private workout in South Bend, Ind., with quarterback Jimmy Clausen on April 15, according to a league source. The former Notre Dame star is widely considered the second-best quarterback prospect in the draft. Although former Oklahoma star Sam Bradford is viewed as the top overall...

By Jason Reid  |  March 30, 2010; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (233)
 
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Tim Tebow reportedly will visit Redskins next week

The Redskins saw Tim Tebow at the Senior Bowl. They saw him at the NFL Scouting Combine. They saw him during a private workout 1 1/2 weeks ago in Gainesville, Fla. And they'll see him again next week. Tebow is scheduled to visit with the team next week in Ashburn,...

By Rick Maese  |  March 30, 2010; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft  
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Redskins take a look at Eric Berry with creating turnovers in mind

We know that Coach Mike Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett believe the Redskins must create more turnovers. The emphasis on that area is among the reasons the Redskins are expected to shift from a base 4-3 front to a hybrid 3-4 scheme. Although the Redskins again had a top-10...

By Jason Reid  |  March 30, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  3-4 defense , Jason Reid , Jim Haslett , Mike Shanahan  
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Redskins wide receivers should do homework on Rod Smith, Ed McCaffrey

Unheralded wide receivers Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey thrived with the Denver Broncos under Mike Shanahan, and the Redskins' receiving corps would be wise to study a lot of film of the productive duo. "They both had the ability to catch the football extremely well. They both were fearless blockers,...

By Jason Reid  |  March 30, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
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Berry set to visit Redskins this week

Free safety Eric Berry is scheduled to visit the Redskins beginning Wednesday night, according to a league source. The former Tennessee all-American also will spend time Thursday at Redskins Park. Berry, who will travel to Ashburn after visiting the Kansas City Chiefs, was a big-time playmaker in college. Berry has...

By Jason Reid  |  March 30, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  NFL Draft  | Tags: Eric Berry, NFL Draft  
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The Redskins, Shanahans and Sam Bradford might be an ideal combo

As always, Rick Maese did an excellent job explaining what our sources are telling us about quarterback Sam Bradford in relation to the Redskins. Months before Washington officially hired Coach Mike Shanahan, a longtime former NFL executive who knows Shanahan told me that Jason Campbell wasn't Shanahan's type of quarterback....

By Jason Reid  |  March 30, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
Categories:  Jason Campbell , Jason Reid , Kyle Shanahan , Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft , Offensive line  
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In this year's draft, could Sam Bradford be the new Eli Manning?

Despite the glowing reviews Monday out of Norman, Okla., site of Sam Bradford's eagerly-anticipated Pro Day, it's probably too early to rule the Redskins out of the hunt for the talented quarterback. Bradford seemed to have solidified himself as the draft's top pick on Monday, but it's still not a...

By Rick Maese  |  March 30, 2010; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (233)
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Phillip Buchanon signs one-year deal with Redskins

Updated at 3:31 p.m. The Redskins have signed cornerback Phillip Buchanon, an eight-year veteran who will give the team much-needed experience in the secondary this season. "I'm a Redskin!!!" Buchanon tweeted this afternoon. "We are very excited to add a veteran corner, such as Phillip, to our defensive backfield," Coach...

By Rick Maese  |  March 29, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (333)
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Sam Bradford impresses in Pro Day workout at Oklahoma University

Quarterback Sam Bradford has finished throwing at his Pro Day in Norman, Okla. The university offered a live-stream of the workout on the Internet and, from what we were able to see online, it sure looked as if Bradford did everything that was needed to solidify his standing as the...

By Rick Maese  |  March 29, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  Bruce Allen , NFL Draft  
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Count Vinny Cerrato among those who like Jimmy Clausen

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has publicly raised questions about the leadership skills and maturity of Jimmy Clausen, widely considered to be the No. 2 quarterback prospect in the draft. The Redskins have the fourth overall pick and Coach Mike Shanahan is believed to be interested in selecting a quarterback....

By Jason Reid  |  March 29, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
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Phillip Buchanon expected to visit Redskins today

On Sunday night, Phillip Buchanon tweeted: "Big day tomorrow...." Because the cornerback hasn't received a lot of bites in the free agency market, this apparently is a very big day for him. The Redskins are in need of depth in the secondary, and he is expected to hit Ashburn to...

By Rick Maese  |  March 29, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Other voices weigh in on Kyle Shanahan

Hope you had a chance to catch up with Sunday's profile on Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins' new offensive coordinator. At 30, he's the youngest coordinator in the league -- the third straight year he's held that distinction. Those who've been around him and have watched his quick climb up the...

By Rick Maese  |  March 29, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  Kyle Shanahan , Mike Shanahan  
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Sam Bradford's Pro Day today may solidify the top of the NFL Draft

The top of the NFL Draft could largely be decided today. Quarterback Sam Bradford's Pro Day begins at noon in Norman, Okla. If he throws well, it could make him a near-lock for the No. 1 spot of next month's draft. If Bradford shows no ill effects from shoulder surgery,...

By Rick Maese  |  March 29, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Mike Shanahan , NFL Draft  
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Mike Shanahan: Zone blocking worked because of belief in philosophy

Under Mike Shanahan, the Denver Broncos were considered second to none in the NFL at zone blocking. The scheme played a major role in helping the Broncos win consecutive Super Bowls in the late 1990s. Even teams that rely on power-running plays incorporate zone elements into their blocking packages, assistant...

By Jason Reid  |  March 29, 2010; 7:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
Categories:  Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan , Offensive line  
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Shanahan on Heyer: Untapped ability but hard work is needed

Anyone who reads this space regularly knows I don't pretend to know as much as coaches. I talk to coaches in forming my opinions - but those guys are the experts. Which brings me to right tackle Stephon Heyer, who often was beaten badly in pass protection last season, struggled...

By Jason Reid  |  March 28, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
Categories:  Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan , Offensive line  
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Mike Shanahan sees a lot to like in Mike Williams

Big Mike Williams has a big fan in Coach Mike Shanahan, who seems to believe Williams will play an even more prominent role this season than he did in 2009. "I think Mike has got a very high ceiling," Shanahan said. "The guard is his position, not the tackle position....

By Jason Reid  |  March 28, 2010; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
Categories:  Jason Reid , Mike Shanahan , Offensive line  
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