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P.R. Position Interview

From Jason Reid: Former San Francisco 49ers public relations director Kirk Reynolds is scheduled to interview Monday for the Washington Redskins' top media relations job, a league source said today.
Reynolds, who currently works with Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, left the 49ers in 2005 after producing a controversial in-house video meant to prepare players for dealing with the media. Reynolds has said he made a "terrible mistake" in the execution of the video, but his intention was to make players aware of situations they could encounter in San Francisco and how to best represent the organization.
I'm new to football (I covered the L.A. Dodgers for a long time) and I've never met Reynolds, but I've heard good things about the guy. One of my former colleagues at the L.A. Times spent most of his professional career covering the NFL, and he often praised Reynolds during our discussions about the best and worst public relations directors in professional sports (there's not much to do between pitches).
My former colleague isn't easily impressed, so his comments about Reynolds really stuck in my head. He talked about Reynolds' high level of professionalism and commitment to doing things the right way, which, in my humble opinion, is all you can ask of anyone in that position.
Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, worked with Reynolds while both were in the 49ers' organization. The Redskins' new public relations director will report to Cerrato.

By Emilio Garcia-Ruiz  |  March 14, 2008; 2:42 PM ET
 
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Comments

FIRST!

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Jibba jabba.

Beer post.

Picked up a six-pack of BrouCzech Dark at Trader Joe's earlier this week. It's awesome. I knew nothing about it, but it looked intriguing. It's a porter, very smooth, not bitter, with a hint of chocolate at the end. Tastes best when it's in the mid-50 degree range.

I've still got four bottles left, but I'm going to pick up some more tonight anyway.

They had 2 or 3 other varieties of BrouCzech, so I'll evaluate those in due course.

Anyway, there you go. BrouCzech Dark.

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 02:46 PM

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Fat sack - BONG!

Posted by: bigmurf08 | March 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

No one from RI was interviewed. That's truly disapointing.

Posted by: johndinhouston | March 14, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

4th, I think this is the second time you've brought him up, what gives? What has he done in his career?

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 02:30 PM

Tab Perry had one catch for seven yards last year. Are you serious?

Posted by: marlonjohn | March 14, 2008 02:44 PM

He has nothing but upside. He can replace Thrash and develop into a #2, or atleast #3 WR. He is basically the same person as Anthony Nix(Only 3 receptions in his career). I don't see anyone bashing him........

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 02:49 PM

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

4th if you're saying the skins should sign Perry to a minimum to get a look see in training camp, I can go along with that. If you talking about anything more, I'm not very sure...

Posted by: marlonjohn | March 14, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I've still got four bottles left,

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 02:46 PM

'zilla, I was thinking everything made sense until I read this. Four bottles left? Out of six? Man, this is seriously bad suds if you left four in the fridge.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 14, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

psp, are you serious? Yeah, Wes Welker made Tom Brady. Thats a little bit of a stretch.....

4th, I'm not on the Mix bandwagon, but to say that Perry can be a #2, or a #3, is a little much.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Why don't they just go ahead and hire Jasno for this job? He's been like their number one fan for so long that they ought to put him on the payroll. Or "buy him off," might be a better way of putting it.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 14, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Been gone for 3 weeks, can someone please fill me in on what has gone on!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 14, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

All I'm sayin' is if Perry is like Mix, why do we need 2 of 'em? Just sayin'

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 14, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

HIT!

Posted by: oilcart | March 14, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

scamp, thats a good point. Don't know that you can fill your roster with special teams guy, who 'might' figure it out.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 3:10 PM | Report abuse

zce,
You've missed absolutely nothing, except the time warp.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 14, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Been gone for 3 weeks, can someone please fill me in on what has gone on!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 14, 2008 03:04 PM

What was the last thing you remember? As far as free agency, we've resigned Albright, Cartwirght, Collins, and Boschetti. Blloyd was cut!!! Lots of contracts restructured to make about $7 mil in cap space. Waiting on Frost and Fabini to resign. Kept Suisham. Only one FA visit and that was Hackett- he turned down an initial offer. Nutshell

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 14, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

'zilla, I was thinking everything made sense until I read this. Four bottles left? Out of six? Man, this is seriously bad suds if you left four in the fridge.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 14, 2008 02:56 PM


Not so, t_e. There are several kinds of beer in the fridge, meaning that there's only room for a few bottles/cans of each at a time. Also, I've consumed two other brands of beer this week, and I didn't buy the BrouCzech until Tuesday. And I tend not to drink my weight, despite having graduated from UVa. :)

Plus, I've spent most evenings this week working on my garage, up on ladders with power tools and maps and such, etc.

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Are you working on some sort of Trojan Seahawk zilla?

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 14, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

4th, I'm not on the Mix bandwagon, but to say that Perry can be a #2, or a #3, is a little much.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 02:57 PM

I didn't say/write 'he can be a #2 or #3' at this very moment. I said he could take the place of Thrash (a WR who also plays special teams) and develop into a #2 or #3. Where is the stretch? All the point of us getting younger......

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I imagine the interview would be fairly short......."Do you know what continuity means? How many times do you think you can use it in the next 10 minutes."

Posted by: mile.high | March 14, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

All I'm sayin' is if Perry is like Mix, why do we need 2 of 'em? Just sayin'

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 14, 2008 03:07 PM

The same reason you have 2 starting caliber QBs. The same reason you have 3 starting caliber CBs.

If you have 2, the chances are greater that atleast one will succeed vs. just having one and banking on him for the future. Am I making sense yet? DO I ever?

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

4th, "develop into a #2 or #3", thats the stretch right there. How many years has Perry been in the league? How many career catches does he have??

Sometimes you are what you are.......

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Stumped,

Working ON my garage, not IN. Okay, technically both. We converted our carport into a finished garage, and I'm building some storage racks for tools and doing touch up painting on the trimwork and such. It's going to be way sweet when I'm all done.

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Tab Perry has been in the NFL 3 years and has a grand total of 30 yards receiving. Just think, assuming we locked him up for a 10 year deal, when he is 36 years old, he will likely give the skins a whopping 100yards.

I think i'll pass.

Posted by: SETH.LEMASTER | March 14, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

http://redskinsinsiders.wetpaint.com/page/RI+Lingo

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 01:59 PM

RC, thanks for this link. Most helpful link posted on this blog. Almost like learning to read.

Thanks!

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 14, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Ok, I'll leave Perry alone.

I was saying he might be a good choice because in the Preseason, he had some highlight catches in the endzone from BBP when Chris Henry was suspended. He actually played just like Chris Henry. My scout eye saw real potential in this guy. We'll revisit this next offseason though.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

psp, are you serious? Yeah, Wes Welker made Tom Brady. Thats a little bit of a stretch.....

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 02:57 PM

Not sayin' Welker made Brady. I am sayin' Welker is extremely talented, and there's no way Brady throws 50 TDs or the Pats set the scoring record without him. They all feed off each other. You wouldn't be able to stick just anybody in there and get that type of production, even if that "anybody" lined up next to Brady and Moss. And it wasn't like he was the #3 option picking up the scraps. He was without question their #2 go to guy. You could've made that same argument the last couple years about Houshmanzadeh and Reggie Wayne lining up next to Palmer/CJ and Manning/Harrison. How do you feel about those guys?

Posted by: psps23 | March 14, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey 4th, If you like Tab, then lobby for him. Everyone has their "guy". Mine is Trent Dilfer. WCO kind of guy, could teach it to Campbell and Collins (Most importantly Campbell), and most of all will come dirt friggin' cheap.

If not Dilfer then draft a QB. Didn't Dilfer work with Zorn at some point?

Posted by: RedDMV | March 14, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

++++Anyway, there you go. BrouCzech Dark.

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 02:46 PM ++++

Not sure if the TJs where u are carries the same brands where I am (SoCal). But mine has several varieties of Kennebunkport, and I've had a bit of the IPA, which is outstanding, especially for the price, which is a buck or two less than non sale prices for Sierra Nevada or most other decent India pale Ales.

Wow, here it is FA season and the hot topix here are brewskis and Publicists. What's the over/under on inking a publicist before an overpriced wideout?

Posted by: corkczar | March 14, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

After a six week search where the publicist job is offered to two current NFL publicists who turn it down, they will offer the Assistant Publicist position to Jasno, who two weeks later will be promoted to full Publicist

Posted by: johndinhouston | March 14, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

psp, are you serious? Yeah, Wes Welker made Tom Brady. Thats a little bit of a stretch.....

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 02:57 PM

Not sayin' Welker made Brady. I am sayin' Welker is extremely talented, and there's no way Brady throws 50 TDs or the Pats set the scoring record without him. They all feed off each other. You wouldn't be able to stick just anybody in there and get that type of production, even if that "anybody" lined up next to Brady and Moss. And it wasn't like he was the #3 option picking up the scraps. He was without question their #2 go to guy. You could've made that same argument the last couple years about Houshmanzadeh and Reggie Wayne lining up next to Palmer/CJ and Manning/Harrison. How do you feel about those guys?

Posted by: psps23 | March 14, 2008 03:54 PM

Psps23,

You really need to go back and read some of Readcoat's post on Welker. IMO, he was the beneficiary of a really good offensive team. Moss demanded double coverage on every play. Stallworth needed to be covered on every play. NE has a very talented OL, excluding the SB where fresh players were thrown at them all game.

Not saying that Welker is not a good WR, but Thrash would have had similar #s in Welkers place due to how defenses played NE.

Just sayin'

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 14, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Never found an ad anywhere for the PR position, otherwise I would have applied; just for grins.

Hey 4th, the Skins are looking for a staff accountant though!

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Not sayin' Welker made Brady. I am sayin' Welker is extremely talented, and there's no way Brady throws 50 TDs or the Pats set the scoring record without him. They all feed off each other. You wouldn't be able to stick just anybody in there and get that type of production, even if that "anybody" lined up next to Brady and Moss. And it wasn't like he was the #3 option picking up the scraps. He was without question their #2 go to guy. You could've made that same argument the last couple years about Houshmanzadeh and Reggie Wayne lining up next to Palmer/CJ and Manning/Harrison. How do you feel about those guys?

psp, look at the general riff-raff that Brady has won super bowls with. Luminaries such as Deion Branch, David Givens, David Patten. BRADY makes the player BETTER, than the player actually is, and the case in point of this is Wes Welker. Welker had a WHOPPING 1 touchdown in the previous three years, then comes to NE, and catches over 100 passes and 8/9 touchdowns? Sorry, thats on Brady.
And they break the scoring record whether they have Welker or not.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Tab is def not my guy.

My guy would be Anqoun Boldin. I tend to think that FSU Footballers excel in the NFL.

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey 4th, the Skins are looking for a staff accountant though!

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 04:07 PM

How do you know? Where's the link?

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

How do you know? Where's the link?

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 04:12 PM

http://redskins.com/tickets/article.jsp?id=25159

Scroll down...

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"...I was saying he might be a good choice because in the Preseason, he had some highlight catches in the endzone..."


4th- Shhhhh! Don't show them a reason to trade 2 picks and give the guy $10 million guaranteed.

Posted by: 4-12 | March 14, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

great, more cronyism.

Posted by: Dorf | March 14, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/12846-NFL-Washington_Redskins-Redskins_Analysis_Washington_Can_t_Live_on_Veterans_Alone-130308

As the 2008 season approaches, the Washington Redskins, like many teams, have holes to fill.

After a season marred by untimely injuries and underachievement, the Redskins need to solidify their team. The 'Skins have not proven they can develop and maintain cohesion with their existing group and that's indicative of why they have a new head coach and defensive coordinator.

The Redskins are not the least talented team in the league, in fact (when healthy), they might be one of the most talented the NFL has to offer. One problem that has plagued the Redskins is their top-heavy roster.

In other words, they simply don't put too much stock in back-up or role players. Usually, when a starter goes down the 'Skins are left with a backup that's just happy he made the final preseason cut, but certainly not someone that can make an impact.If the Redskins followed the blue-print, they could rectify this situation in the upcoming Draft. As stated before, the major issue isn't talent, it's lack of youth and depth which is a recipe for disaster in the football world.

Our injury plagued, talent laden, 30-something offensive line is indicative of the fact that we cannot survive on vets alone. Randy Thomas is one of the best pulling guards in the NFL and John Jansen is a solid right tackle.

Thomas and Jansen have both missed most of the past two seasons with injuries which left coaches struggling to find capable replacements.

If I'm a coach or a general manager, I'd rather have solid, serviceable top-tier players and backups with comprable abilities, rather then injury prone, aging stars with future high school coaches backing them up.

In today's game teams cannot live on vets alone and their survival is contingent upon what they do in the Draft.
Hail To The Redskins!
____________________________

It is evident that the FO has learned that the way they were doing things (trying to buy a championship) does not work. Their lack of "buying" during the start of FA and their offer (can't believe it was a high offer or Hackett would not be visiting other teams) to Hackett displays to this fan that they have learned from their mistakes.

And I feel Gibbs contributed to the expensive FAs brought in during his 2nd "term".

Ijuries and no quality back-ups are what cost us several games. Good coaching got us to the playoffs.

I want to comment on the play calling before/after Campbells injury, but was not involved in the "whys" of it all, so I will leave it at the above paragraph.

This offseason is the beginning of the Skins journey back to the winning team we all want and expect. As I have posted before, PATIENCE is the key.

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 14, 2008 4:22 PM | Report abuse

And they break the scoring record whether they have Welker or not.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 04:09 PM

I agree with everything Greg says except this last point. I do think that Welker has found his 'home' in NE and because of that he's a better player there than he would be on any other team.

Some of that is on Brady, finding him in stride etc. but some is also that Welker is massively overachieving; he's breaking tackles he never would have broken before, he's throwing brutal blocks on people and making plays better even when he's not the receiver.

No doubt that Welker always was talented, but it needed the Pats (dammit!) to liberate that. Not sure he would ever hit those heights elsewhere because he isn't set up to be THE guy.

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Psps23,

You really need to go back and read some of Readcoat's post on Welker. IMO, he was the beneficiary of a really good offensive team. Moss demanded double coverage on every play. Stallworth needed to be covered on every play. NE has a very talented OL, excluding the SB where fresh players were thrown at them all game.

Not saying that Welker is not a good WR, but Thrash would have had similar #s in Welkers place due to how defenses played NE.

Just sayin'

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 14, 2008 04:04 PM

No doubt that he was in the perfect fit for his ability, but you've got to be kidding thinking that Thrash would've had similar numbers in that system. Yes, Moss demanded double coverage on every play, and of course Stallworth needed to be covered...every receiver needs to be covered, otherwise it's a free touchdown. But Welker worked the middle of the field perfectly. It was no secret who the #2 threat was on the field. And you knew the Pats were going to throw the ball. Why was it so difficult to take Welker away then? McDaniels was the coordinator the year before, the line was the same the year before, why didn't Brady put up those numbers two years ago? Moss wasn't productive in Oakland. Is he a product of the system too? What, did Belichick just get lucky when he decided to trade a 2nd rounder for a guy most people never heard of? Stallworth was the former 1st rounder, the potential superstar. Why didn't he produce the way Welker did? You think teams were more scared of Stallworth than Welker? All this adds up to one conclusion in my book; Wes Welker is one talented player. If he were with the skins next year, he'd instantly upgrade JC, Santana, and ARE, simply by attracting attention. He'd give the "Randy Moss" treatment to his fellow teammates, if you will. Of course, that's just my opinion.

Posted by: psps23 | March 14, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Thanks SCampbell ... pretty slow for a Skins offseason. Resign Collins? He'd be better off elsewhere, like STL. Surprised no one grabbed Rock.

Does this mean 2008 is the year the Skins rethink the cap? Get it under control??

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 14, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

One reason the Redskins' FO is taking a different approach now is that the landscape has changed. There's lots of teams now with lots of cap space, so it's hard to compete. And now that so many teams are willing to pay out that guaranteed money, Snyder's willingness to pay isn't so unique anymore. But they seem to have learned; it's all about evaluating talent and getting value for the dollar.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 14, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

4-12 - That was a 'D'Oh!' moment. And since I am one of the bloggers the team listens to, you can blame me when we sign him for $10Mil gaureenteed.....

Redcoat - That is exactly me!

Now, 2 things:

1. Do I wanna commute to Ashburn everyday? (Only if the pay me like the players).

2. Do they block all other Redkins blogs save for extremeskins on their computers during work?

I can negotiate with them on question #1. I'm calling Rosenhaus right now to hire him as my agent.

BUT, #2 would be a deal breaker.

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Welker had a WHOPPING 1 touchdown in the previous three years, then comes to NE, and catches over 100 passes and 8/9 touchdowns? Sorry, thats on Brady.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 04:09 PM

As I said, they all feed off each other. Where was that 112 catches, 1175 yards, and 8 TDs from Deion Branch, David Givens, and all the other riff-raff when Brady was winning those super bowls. Excuse me for not believing that Brady's superhuman powers would've exploded into record-setting performances without the addition of talented players...with an "s" at the end.

Posted by: psps23 | March 14, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

LMGO 4th,
In this case, RI is that ham sandwich you just gotta have.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 14, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of cheap houses out in Ashburn right now 4th!! Come out to the countryside (sorta) and join us!!

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think the analysis Kerzon posted was pretty mixed. The Skins actually did a pretty good job at having backups in place. In today's NFL, it almost impossible to do that well. But 2007 was worse than usual for injuries. The O line had limited depth after Wade and that is where the Skins were hit hardest. But they were also hit hard in the DB, LB, WR and QB and were able to hold it together in all of those places.

It was the play of backups that did help the Skins overcome injuries and tragedy.


Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 14, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Plenty of cheap houses out in Ashburn right now 4th!! Come out to the countryside (sorta) and join us!!

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 04:35 PM

Right. $800K Homes are now going for $650K. Eh, still out of my range!
Thanks for the offer, though........

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

No doubt that Welker always was talented, but it needed the Pats (dammit!) to liberate that. Not sure he would ever hit those heights elsewhere because he isn't set up to be THE guy.

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 04:23 PM

Even Randy Moss couldn't produce when he was in the wrong situation. Welker could play for many teams in the league, he just didn't fit with the Dolphins at that time. He'd make A LOT of teams MUCH better if he were added to their offenses.

Posted by: psps23 | March 14, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me for not believing that Brady's superhuman powers would've exploded into record-setting performances without the addition of talented players

Yeah, because winning 3 super bowls with sub-par players wasn't convincing.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Kirk Reynolds mistake didn't reach the Elliot Spitzer level of stupidity but my first reaction was "hmmm... that was dumb!" I would think that if he can convince a team to hire him after that fiasco then he has some PR skills and will do a fine job as long as he learned his lesson.

Posted by: WWELLS | March 14, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, because winning 3 super bowls with sub-par players wasn't convincing.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 14, 2008 04:41 PM

I never said Brady wasn't great. He wasn't Peyton Manning, though, in the regular season. Ever. He never came close. Now all of a sudden, Welker and Moss come along, and he throws 50TDs and shatters the NFL's team offensive records. This is a coincidence to you? Brady would've done this anyway? Or is Moss just that good that he turns Terry Bradshaw (reference to Brady) into Dan Marino, and turns (insert random nobody receiver like, such as...reference to Welker) into Marvin Harrison. Or is it actually possible that Belichick knew what he was doing when he traded a 2nd rounder for Welker, that Welker's actually a very talented individual, and that Welker's talent actually had something to do with Brady throwing 50 TDs and the Patriots shattering offensive records?

Posted by: psps23 | March 14, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

And I'm not diminishing Moss' talents with my above comment either. I'm just stating what is obvious to me; that ALL 3 play off each other, ALL 3 make each other better, because ALL 3 are VERY TALENTED players.

Posted by: psps23 | March 14, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Let me chime in on the wes welker thing for a sec.....The FO up here did a great job of evaluating welker's abilty, according to belichick he was basicly unguardable in the slot and was equally hard to contain on special teams and is the clinton portis of recievers with out the ball, what he is plain and simple is a football player....they were smart enough to recognize and envision what he could do if he were on their team (they wanted bad enough to give the fish, a divison rival a 2nd round pick, like us trading with dallas)anyhow it is not all about 40 times or bench press, if you follow welkers story, high school, texas tech etc you would see a history of production above and beyond , the Pats saw that and went after it.....We need to be that smart once and awhile ( yes brady helps remember i'm all about the QB, but welker is a player and he is perfect for them.......long post, but I think the skins at this point like what potential Mix has....just a hunch on my part...could change after ota's and camp.....

Posted by: Oldschool | March 14, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Right. $800K Homes are now going for $650K. Eh, still out of my range!
Thanks for the offer, though........

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 04:41 PM

Anbd $400k houses going for $250k too....

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Right. $800K Homes are now going for $650K. Eh, still out of my range!
Thanks for the offer, though........

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 04:41 PM

Anbd $400k houses going for $250k too....

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 05:03 PM

And the $100k homes, they'll pay you $50K to move 'em out of the area.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 14, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

psp

Brady was plenty good before he got the horses..... I was on my soapbox awhile back because moss is the biggest difference maker in the league and is destined to be 1A just behind J. Rice when its all said and done....... 1B if if he doesn't get a ring.......

Posted by: Oldschool | March 14, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

peyton has had great revievers to throw to...wayne, harrison (HOFer), stokely and clark....i mean he has had great recievers...finally when brady gets a comparable recieving group he shatters wut manning did...not to mention before this year...brady was throwing to the patten, branch, givens, random no name receivers...his best reciever was branch..and look wut he has done with hasselback...no question that brady is the games greatest qb

Posted by: mimic | March 14, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

I was on my soapbox awhile back because moss is the biggest difference maker in the league

Posted by: Oldschool | March 14, 2008 05:11 PM

On your soapbox? I remember that Sunday afternoon when you were posting every five minutes. You were on drugs, a sugar rush, a caffeine binge, or a fantasy joyride. A couple of us tried to talk you through it, but you were having none of us. Soapbox? Man, you were riding a rocket into space.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 14, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about the public relations director. I know d$mn well fans don't. So why not update us on DJ Hackett. Hackett is a imediate upgrade. Give him the money and the skins will have the best wr corps since the Posse.

Then you don't have to worry about drafting a wr. You can be more flexible in the draft

Posted by: jhess18 | March 14, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Hey 4th, the Skins are looking for a staff accountant though!

Posted by: Redcoat | March 14, 2008 04:07 PM


Why haven't The Jasons or The Cindy made a post about this accountant search?

I'd much rather read about how the Skins go about hiring a guy (or gal) who has to help figure out how the heck to pay for all of this stuff, rather than read about the process of selecting the dude (or chick) whom they hire to spin us.

But I'm really not that interested in either one.

New episodes of the The Office start next month, though.

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm.

That came off more cantankerous than intended.

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

for the record, i was not comparing brady vs. manning, nor was i diminishing brady's greatness. all i was saying is that the patriots would not have broken the records they did, and brady would not have thrown 50 TDs if welker weren't on the team. plain and simple. he is not an overrated by-product of the brady-to-moss factor.

Posted by: alexan_simon | March 14, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

i'm psps23, by the way.

Posted by: alexan_simon | March 14, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You guys see this? Bryant Johnson signs a 1 year deal in San Fran...thats really strange.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3293318

Posted by: daytradeforcash | March 14, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

TOO LATE, SUCKERS

Right now it's 6:05 EDT. I just got hired for the Redskins accounting job ten minutes ago. So as of 5:50 PM, that position was filled, so don't bother applying.

Posted by: corkczar | March 14, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

zcezcest, we heard you met up with kost in Oz (during your blog sabbatical), but he said he didn't ask you how your handle is pronounced.

So, how is your handle pronounced? Is it zee-sezz-sest, or zee-say-say, or zuh-sezz-sest, or what??

And what I'm trying to say is, there has been virtually no news.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 14, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Psps23,

Tried to post earlier before I went into a meeting and, well losabletype attacked.

Just trying to say that Welker and NE were beneficiaries of each other. Not trying to re-hash a dead blog issue. Peace.

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 14, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

So as of 5:50 PM, that position was filled, so don't bother applying.

Posted by: corkczar | March 14, 2008 06:06 PM

Hope you got a big signing bonus plus a substantial portion of your salary guaranteed. Otherwise, they fire your butt when they find an accountant who can beat your time on the 10-K. No job is ever "filled" at Redskins Park.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 14, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

i'm psps23, by the way.

Posted by: alexan_simon | March 14, 2008 05:57 PM

Alex,

I should have addressed my last post to you.

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 14, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry guys, didn't mean to break the blog!

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 14, 2008 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Geez Nate, I've never tried to pronounce it ...

Kost should definitely go for a tryout with the Skins. He's got the size for that big wideout thing ... solid at 6'5" ... plus he's got the hair.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 14, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Here are some possible late round gems.

Brian Johnson-Defensive End, Gardner-Webb
Johnson entered the year as one of the top small school prospects with a shot at the late rounds. But after a stellar performance at the Hula bowl, showcasing his first step and closing speed, Johnson has made yet another rise up the draft boards. Measuring at 6'5, 275 pounds, at his pro day he ran an excellent forty time of 4.66 with a 10-yard split of 1.51, a very important time to see the first step speed of a defensive end. To put that time in perspective, 1.51 was the same 10-yard split that Darren McFadden had at the combine in February

Tyrell Johnson- Safety, Arkansas State
The small school safety ran like a corner and lifted like a lineman at the combine last month. His 4.41 forty time was second best among the safeties and his 27 reps on the bench was the top mark. He's done nothing but move up the draft boards with strong postseason showings, and now looks like the draft's top strong safety.

Antwaun Molden- Cornerback, Eastern Kentucky
Molden is a physical press corner who has shown good balance and recovery speed throughout all of his postseason performances. He ran a better-than-expected forty time at the combine (4.40) and led all corners with 23 reps on the bench. His quick feet and explosive vertical leap (37.5 inches) didn't hurt his cause either. A seventh round/free agent type coming into the year now has his sights set on day one.

Posted by: marlonjohn | March 14, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

z, you're the guy who should be trying out for the Skins. you have not one but TWO zees in your name. Zorn would LOVE seeing that name on the back of a maroon and black jersey. and so would I.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 14, 2008 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Nate, I'm almost 50 and got 30 lbs too many right now. And the hair is pretty much history. I'd go for the long snapper thing, but they already have one. Kost is young and big. He'd look good in burgundy and gold or even maroon and black.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 14, 2008 7:38 PM | Report abuse

marlonjohn,
Not trying to bust you, but the comment implies they WERE late round gems and are now likely to go in the first/second rounds.

We need a guy like Brian Johnson. If we're lucky maybe he'll be there in round 3.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 14, 2008 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Stumped these guys measurables are rally good but they have some flaws in their on field production which would prevent them from being drafted high.

Posted by: marlonjohn | March 14, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

WICHITA, Kan. -- Authorities are considering charges in the bizarre case of a woman who stayed in her boyfriend's bathroom for two years, spending most of her time on the toilet _ so that her body was stuck to the seat by the time the man finally called police.

It appeared the 35-year-old Ness City woman's skin had grown around the seat, said Ness County Sheriff Bryan Whipple. The woman initially refused emergency medical services but was finally convinced by responders and her boyfriend that she needed to be checked out at a hospital.

"We pried the toilet seat off with a pry bar and the seat went with her to the hospital," Whipple said. "The hospital removed it."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/12/AR2008031202042.html

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 14, 2008 8:34 PM | Report abuse

Nate, I'm almost 50 and got 30 lbs too many right now. And the hair is pretty much history.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | March 14, 2008 07:38 PM

C'mon zeesncees, these conditions didn't affect Sonny Jurgensen.

Posted by: SMACK1 | March 14, 2008 10:14 PM | Report abuse

For those who wanted Larry Fitz, if this guy slides to the range Kiper believes, the skins should pick him. They would most likely have to move up past Tampa to get him.

Greg (Iowa): Who are your top 5 rated WR's and how many do you think will go in the 1st round? Thanks!

Mel Kiper: Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma. But right now his stock is dropping just a bit. There's a little bit of a knee question. He had a knee injury in his career. DeSean Jackson, I think he could be a pick for Tampa at 20. Kelly, I had going to Buffalo, but he might drop to the 20-25 area. Devin Thomas, I have him going to Seattle. James Hardy, I have him as a late first, early second. Then the fifth one, I have as Limas Sweed, who is a second round pick. My sixth guy is Jerome Simpson from Coastal Carolina.

Compares To: LARRY FITZGERALD-Arizona...Like Fitzgerald, Kelly takes advantage of his size and strength to break arm tackles rather than trying to get fancy with moves when trying to separate. Both have some of the best natural hands in the game, as Kelly was charted with only one dropped pass in the last two years. Perhaps due to the team's reliance on the running game, he will disappear for stretches on the field. But when he gets into that rhythm he will catch everything in site. Some teams might prefer Indiana's James Hardy, but Kelly is a more natural receiver and comes with no off-field baggage. Could be a perfect fit in Cincinnati with Carson Palmer if Cincinnati trades Chad Johnson.


Posted by: marlonjohn | March 14, 2008 10:50 PM | Report abuse

This blog is on FIRE!

That toilet lady was too weird.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 15, 2008 2:30 AM | Report abuse

This blog is on FIRE!

Posted by: _Stumped_ | March 15, 2008 02:30 AM

Looks like you put it out, Stumped.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 15, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Darell Jackson is available, any takers. I say not so much because of his tendency for drops and not staying healthy.

2007 Scouting Report - Scouts Inc.
Grade: 71 | Key
Alert: D

Comment: Jackson is crafty, experienced and pretty athletic. He can be productive on all three levels of the passing game. He has good short-area quickness and elusiveness in his releases off the line. He plays fast and can quickly close cushions against cornerbacks in off coverage. He is an excellent route runner. He is quick out of his routes, has a good setup and plays with balance and control. He gets his head and hands around quickly on outside speed cuts. He has solid hands and can adjust to catch outside his frame. He can move through traffic, go over the middle and catch in a crowd. He is elusive after the catch and has a nice stiff-arm. But Jackson lacks prototype No. 1 receiver skills. He isn't very big, fast or strong. He has a history of drops. He isn't a consistent or physical blocker, and he takes some plays off on the back side. He has missed significant playing and practice time the last two years, so durability is a major concern.


Posted by: marlonjohn | March 15, 2008 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Working ON my garage, not IN. Okay, technically both. We converted our carport into a finished garage, and I'm building some storage racks for tools and doing touch up painting on the trimwork and such. It's going to be way sweet when I'm all done.

Posted by: freakzilla | March 14, 2008 03:38 PM

I'm doing the same thing ... finishing up* a long project in our carriage house that involves creation of an extra bedroom, with toilet and shower, electric radiant heat floor and electric point-of-use water heater, then sween space (mine all mine) with what's left over (about 17' x 9'). Part of the plan is replacing the siding facing the alley ... and I spent yesterday getting that permit yesterday from the DC gov't ... at the "Homeowners' Center" ... and it took me FOUR hours (the life was sucked from my body and I had no energy to even check the blog yesterday).

* By "finishing up", I mean starting.

Bryant Johnson in SF? Who ever heard of a BJ in SF? [Not that there's anything WRONG with that!] Ever since the possibility of trading for Bolden arose, I'm less excited about other teams' #3 guys, esp. guys who really want to be #2. That said, any news on our buddy, Hackett, in his visits in Carolina and Tampa? [My understanding is that the visiting is in Tampa proper b/c Tampa Bay is ... actually a bay.]

Posted by: dcsween | March 15, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

sween,

Today's print edition has a bit about Hackett, but the short answer is no, no news:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/14/AR2008031403767.html

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 15, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

did one of thoe old bloggers forget their depends, this blog stinks

Posted by: stinkstown | March 15, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

did one of thoe old bloggers forget their depends, this blog stinks

Posted by: stinkstown | March 15, 2008 01:05 PM

Seems like the blog only stinks when you're posting. Cause or effect?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 15, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/features/column.aspx?sport=NFL&columnid=60&articleid=30054

10. Andre Caldwell, Florida

Height/Weight: 6'1/209
College Experience: Fifth-year senior
Combine Results: 4.37 forty, 10.04' broad jump, 4.11 short shuttle
Comparison: Bryant Johnson
Draft Projection: Mid-second round to mid-third round
2007 Statistics: 56-761-13.6-7 Tds, 12-58-4.8-Td

Positives/Negatives: While smaller, Caldwell is ripped like Terrell Owens. He's had the best offseason of any draft-eligible receiver, from torching Boston College CB DeJuan Tribble during Senior Week practices to testing very well at the Combine. Caldwell missed two games as a senior with a sprained MCL and broke his leg in 2005, leading to a medical redshirt. Durability is certainly a concern. But Caldwell is considered a superb blocker and fine route runner. He has an impressive blend of quickness and speed. He is also sure handed and an aggressive player in all areas. Still, Caldwell's physical skills aren't apparent in his college production.

Verdict: Among this year's receivers, Caldwell appears to have the best chance of being a better pro than he was a collegiate. In terms of tools, he's a borderline first-round prospect and light years ahead of his brother Reche, a former second-round pick. Because of his injury-marred past, drafting Caldwell any higher than the third round will be a risk. But if he can put his ailments behind him, there's reason to believe Caldwell can be a No. 2 and borderline No. 1 receiver in time.

...he is compared to BRYANT JOHNSON..for all of you who wanted BJ (including me)

he would be a good pick-upp in the 3rd or 4th round of the draft...ut of course we need to get either Malcolm Kelly..Limas Sweed..or James Hardy befroe we even think of him...

Posted by: the_crazy_one17 | March 15, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Who cares?

Posted by: lilagram | March 15, 2008 2:57 PM | Report abuse

fcuk you

Posted by: the_crazy_one17 | March 15, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Michael Mayock doesn't like any of the WRs for the first round.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 15, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

talent evaluator must be around. stink follows like pigpen

Posted by: stinkstown | March 15, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

You overlook Devin Thomas.

Posted by: wagman1 | March 15, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

*Poking stick at the blog while walking by to make sure it's still breathing*

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 15, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

*Gasp*

barely, 4th.

Posted by: LarryBud | March 15, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I equate this offseason to the that of a novice poker player. At first, you want to be in every pot.....play every hand. ( FA splurges ) Then u read a few books( several NFL seasons), realize that ur game is too loose and begin the turnaround. But to do that, u have to play tighter.( This years FA)

My only concern is that they make the mistake and play too tight. Too tight is like playing too loose...it gets u nowhere.

HAIL!!!

Posted by: GimmyDatPot | March 15, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

LB - Can you post that website for me? Wordpress? Any new shirts lately?

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 15, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

"The Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement in principle with the Oakland Raiders to trade cornerback DeAngelo Hall for the Raiders' second-round pick in the 2008 draft, pending the Raiders finalizing a contract with Hall, according to a source close to the Falcons.


While a Raiders source said Hall and the team are nearing an agreement on a contract, the source close to Hall said there is "still a lot of work to get it done."

The Raiders source said the deal is expected to pay Hall just below what Asante Samuel signed with the Eagles. Samuel signed a six-year deal worth a reported $57 million, with $20 million guaranteed.

"

Via C Mort - ESP of N

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 15, 2008 8:21 PM | Report abuse

So, the 'Skins have signed no free agents from other teams, right? Just trying to catch up on all the news while I've been out and about wandering around the universe.

BTW, I got my SJK handed to me by the mountain today. I'm almost too tired and sore from snowboarding to drink tonight. Almost.

Any other topics of conversation? If the 'Skins don't do something, we'll never make it to a meelion posts by Labor Day.

Posted by: PDiddy | March 15, 2008 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Bears | Team calls for hearing with San Francisco
Sat, 15 Mar 2008 17:08:20 -0700

Jay Glazer, of FOXSports.com, reports a hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 17, to help determine if the San Francisco 49ers tampered with Chicago Bears LB Lance Briggs or his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, during the 2007 NFL season. A near-trade between the two teams for Briggs collapsed right before the deadline, and the Bears believe the 49ers may have contacted Rosenhaus regarding a contract before being granted permission to do so. If the 49ers are found guilty, the team could lose draft picks and/or a fine would be likely. Bears team president Ted Phillips, general manager Jerry Angelo and possibly head coach Lovie Smith are expected to appear at the hearing.

Posted by: skinfanman | March 15, 2008 11:25 PM | Report abuse

So how long until D-Jack comes to town?

Posted by: bigmurf08 | March 16, 2008 1:57 AM | Report abuse

The Dolphins bolstered their offensive depth with the addition of former Bengals wide receiver Tab Perry.

Perry, 26, agreed to a one-year deal for around $1 million with Miami after being pursued by several teams. He comes to the Dolphins not only as depth to the receiving corps, but could also help out as a kick returner.

In 2005, he set a franchise record with 1,562 kickoff return yards. He caught only 10 passes in his three seasons as a Bengal, but at 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, he is considered a receiver who could break big plays.

Perry was a sixth-round pick of the Bengals in 2005. (ESPN)

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | March 16, 2008 3:07 AM | Report abuse

Tab Perry is the enterprising young reporter for The Daily Bugle. His best work comes in hiding his secret identity, not in catching passes over the middle.
Pretty soon you'll be claiming that one of the frat boys from school -- Chad -- is a real deep threat.
Crazy talk...

Posted by: daggar | March 16, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Dude, Jasons, Cindy,

We could care less about the new head of the propaganda PR department. What a foolish thread.

Posted by: DownTownClown | March 16, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Speak for yourself, downtownclown....anything that starts a new thread is fine by me.

Posted by: Lisa_R | March 16, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Thumbs still twit tilling.........

Posted by: Oldschool | March 16, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

clown,

Couldn't disagree with you more. Bad PR has plagued this franchise since Dan Snyder bought it. Some of it was their own doing, but bad PR has made the worst out of everything they do. It's about time that they look for someone competent to improve their image.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 16, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

TEAM-BY-TEAM ADJUSTED CAP NUMBERS
Posted by Mike Florio on March 16, 2008, 2:08 p.m.
Though it's generally known that the per-team spending limit for 2008 is $116 million ($116,729,000, to be exact), each team has an adjusted cap number. The variations are due in large part to so-called likely to be earned incentives (LTBEs) that were charged against the 2007 cap but then carried over when not earned, and so-called not likely to be earned incentives (NLTBEs) that were not charged against the 2007 cap but earned in 2007 and thus charged in 2008.

We've got the full list of each team's adjusted salary cap for 2008, on the other side of the "read here for more" thingamajig.


Arizona Cardinals: $116,729,000.

Atlanta Falcons: $116,378,000.

Baltimore Ravens: $119,261,000.

Buffalo Bills: $129,442,000.

Carolina Panthers: $125,655,000.

Chicago Bears: $117,455,000.

Cincinnati Bengals: $116,729,000.

Cleveland Browns: $129,362,000.

Dallas Cowboys: $117,727,000.

Denver Broncos: $117,389,000.

Detroit Lions: $111,381,000.

Green Bay Packers: $126,159,000.

Houston Texans: $114,521,000.

Indianapolis Colts: $123,230,000.

Jacksonville Jaguars: $128,649,000.

Kansas City Chiefs: $128,387,000.

Miami Dolphins: $120,674,000.

Minnesota Vikings: $135,161,000.

New England Patriots: $121,125,000.

New Orleans Saints: $124,746,000.

New York Giants: $113,632,000.

New York Jets: $121,782,000.

Oakland Raiders: $121,070,000.

Philadelphia Eagles: $130,816,000.

Pittsburgh Steelers: $114,818,000.

San Diego Chargers: $116,131,000.

San Francisco 49ers: $119,353,000.

Seattle Seahawks: $124,115,000.

St. Louis Rams: $117,361,000.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $130,036,000.

Tennessee Titans: $122,220,000.

Washington Redskins: $118,550,000.

Posted by: kerzon417 | March 16, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

when are we gonna get an update on the kirk reynolds interview? this blog stinks

Posted by: stinkstown | March 16, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

this blog stinks

Posted by: stinkstown | March 16, 2008 05:24 PM

Blog only stinks when you're posting, dude. Cause or effect?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 16, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

talent evaluator aka defender of the stinky blog. call em like i see em dude. where is the insider info. are we interested in darrel jackson. what kind of contract did we offer to hackett. something, anything.

Posted by: stinkstown | March 16, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Any Mc's out there that can answer a St. Paddy's Day question fer me? Is it wrong to drink Bushmill's on the day o' the green?

It's the spawn o' the bloody prot aint it?

My local booze establishment was out of Jamey's so I had to go with the Bush. Not sure I'm gonna make it to work tomorrow.

Holla at my McPeeps! Erin go braless! Slainte! and all that other cliche Irish crap.

Posted by: LarryBud | March 16, 2008 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Nate O'PDX, dcMcSween, Talent O'Eamonndevaluator, Seamus Mc4thfloor, Ye O'Ldschool, Lisa the Fair Lass, Mister bigmurf Hisself, PaddyDiddy, Dorf O'Golf!

We're all Irish tonight, boyos! Where's Pogues Mahone whe I need him.

Posted by: LarryBud | March 16, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

LarryBud Mehlman... Irish on your mother's side, eh?

Posted by: daggar | March 16, 2008 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Population of Ireland: 4.1 Million
Population of US claiming Irish descent: 36 Million

A better argument for drinking your way to success cannot be made.

Posted by: daggar | March 16, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Population of US claiming Irish descent: 36 Million

Posted by: daggar | March 16, 2008 08:54 PM

It's true. Remember, we're Catholics. Families are multiplying like eight graders with new calculators. It's amazing there are ONLY 36 million of us.

It wasn't always like this. Time was when discrimination caused us all to pretend we were British. Now, there are successful Irish role models everywhere: Fitzgerald Auto Mall, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Fitzgerald Kennedy to name just three.

Talent_O'valuator

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 16, 2008 9:24 PM | Report abuse

For a minute there I thought you were talent ovulator... which actually works!

Posted by: daggar | March 16, 2008 10:03 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm.....DARRELL JACKSON now available....probably for cheap....

Now if only he could stay healthy.....he could be a steal.

Posted by: goosedude | March 16, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

I never thought I would agree with Downtown but I do. I couldn't give a crap about the PR director. Lisa and talent make good points but if George W Bush or Obama's pastor were the PR director it wouldn't make any difference to how I relate to this team. Hail 'skins!

Darrell Jackson becoming available proably gives the 'skins the reason not to sweeten the deal with Hacket if not take it off the table - whatever the deal was.

Posted by: bangkokben | March 16, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

What irony. Looking for a big receiver yet guys have a injury history - Jackson and Hacket. I guess the bigger you are the harder you fall. Also, for what its worth, Santana had an injury history with the Jets.

Posted by: bangkokben | March 16, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

We know JACKSON & Hackett can probably produce in Zorn's system.....heck they can't do any worse than what the WRs have done the past 2 years.....

By the way...how did OCHO STINKO get another job??? I think the Bears just love signing Redskins Castoffs at this point just for s--ts and giggles.

Posted by: goosedude | March 16, 2008 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Darrell Jackson - Besides having injury and attitude issues, he isn't exactly a big receiver either. He's only 5'11, which doesn't quite fit the bill. (At least Hackett is 6'2.)

We didn't like the idea of DJ last year when he was available. We like it even less now.

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | March 17, 2008 2:27 AM | Report abuse

when are we gonna get an update on the kirk reynolds interview? this blog stinks

Posted by: stinkstown | March 16, 2008 05:24 PM

"Former San Francisco 49ers public relations director Kirk Reynolds is scheduled to interview Monday for the Washington Redskins' top media relations job,"

Monday, March 17, 2008 is exactly one day later than your post. Congratulations on your inability to comprehend the written word.

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | March 17, 2008 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheCrickets007 | March 17, 2008 2:58 AM | Report abuse

Happy St Patrick's Day!!!

Posted by: tartanskin | March 17, 2008 5:48 AM | Report abuse

My grandparents left Ireland for America in search of freedom and prosperity. Now, here it is 6:15 in the morning of St. Patrick's Day and there's not a single bar open. What kind of a country did they bring us to?

--Talent O'Valuator

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 17, 2008 6:15 AM | Report abuse

My grandparents left Ireland for America in search of freedom and prosperity. Now, here it is 6:15 in the morning of St. Patrick's Day and there's not a single bar open. What kind of a country did they bring us to?

--Talent O'Valuator

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 17, 2008 06:15 AM

If you were truly Irish, you'd have your own bar in your basement with nothing but Guinness on tap. Now THAT'S how you kick off St. Patty's Day!

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 7:00 AM | Report abuse

Party at Brownwood's house!!!!!!

Posted by: tartanskin | March 17, 2008 8:12 AM | Report abuse

Ultimate St. Patty's Day startoff :

Roll up a phattie and smoke some of the finest green. Wake'n'Bake!

Too bad I am sitting in my 'box' (cube) half asleep with nothing to do for the next hour or two.

BONG!

Posted by: bigmurf08 | March 17, 2008 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Couple things from above:

Kiper still has Cialis Campbell going in the first. Cialis, who was timed in the 40 with a sun-dial. Not to mention that Kiper does this for a living, and regularly only gets 4-5 out of the 32 picks correct. I'm not a math major, but those aren't good percentages. I'd be willing to wager that Sweed, and Thomas both get drafted before Kelly does.

Glazer, didn't he report that a big trade was going to happen last Tuesday? Was the Hall to Oakland trade the big trade?
Glad that the Redskins weren't involved in that trade. No thanks.

Happy St. Patty's...

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

If you were truly Irish, you'd have your own bar in your basement with nothing but Guinness on tap. Now THAT'S how you kick off St. Patty's Day!

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 07:00 AM

Don't forget Harp. It's very popular.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Has anyone ehard anything about Hackett? He was supposed to interview with these other teams and head back to Seattle. What offers were madde, if any, etc, etc.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

Morning News,
PFT.com
EVEN IF BEARS DIDN'T ASK FOR HEARING, THEY'RE GETTING ONE
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 8:52 a.m.
The recent report from Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com that a hearing will occur on Monday regarding the Bears' claim of tampering against the 49ers has prompted some league insiders to conclude that the Bears specifically requested a hearing.

Not so, says one league source. The hearing was called by the league, and it wasn't specifically requested by the Bears.

Still, it's a matter of semantics, in our view. The Bears filed the charges; a hearing is the natural consequence. So the notion that the Bears didn't ask for a hearing is no different than a person who files a civil lawsuit claiming that he didn't ask for the eventual trial.

Clearly, the Bears are taking this matter seriously. Glazer reported that G.M. Jerry Angelo, coach Lovie Smith, and team president Ted Phillips will be attending the hearing in New York.

But whether the issue results in the imposition of penalties against the 49ers remains to be seen. The specific contention is that the 49ers engaged in unauthorized contract negotiations with agent Drew Rosenhaus regarding linebacker Lance Briggs while the Niners and the Bears were discussing a possible trade. It eventually was confirmed that Briggs couldn't sign a new deal, because he'd inked his one-year franchise tender after the July 15 deadline for doing a multi-year deal.

Still, if unauthorized discussions occurred, the discussions potentially undermined the Bears' ability to sign Briggs to a long-term contract at the outset of the 2008 league year, since the discussions gave Briggs' agent an idea as to what else might be out there.

Some league observers believe that the Bears cried foul primarily to ensure that the Niners would back off. And if that was the goal, it might have worked; once Briggs hit the market, the 49ers were nowhere to be seen.

The broader reality here could be that the league office is getting anxious to make an example out of someone, given the rampant tampering that occurs every February, if not earlier, as players prepare to hit the market.

And it's possible that the Niners won't be the only team to face scrutiny. As one league source explained it to us, Commissioner Roger Goodell's recently-launched effort to crack down on cheating likely includes a desire to stamp out tampering. Per the source, Goodell's desire to reduce the standard of proof necessary for establishing rules violations would make it easier to establish that tampering has occurred, since such cases routinely rely on circumstantial evidence of impermissible discussions.

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COLES, ROBERTSON NO-SHOWS FOR OFFSEASON PROGRAM?
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 8:27 a.m.
With his demands for a new contract unmet and plenty of strangers to the organization getting paid a lot of money through free agency, Jets receiver Laveranues Coles might not be showing up for the start of the team's offseason program on Monday.

Last month, Coles claimed that the team lied to him regarding his contract status.

Less than two weeks ago, an unnamed Jets veteran whom many believe to be Coles grumbled about the cash being paid by the team to new free agents.

Another guy might skip the offseason workouts is defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson, the fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft. The Jets are actively trying to trade him, and most likely will otherwise cut him if he doesn't agree to a new contract that substantially reduces a $3 million roster bonus due on June 3.

The offseason conditioning program technically is voluntary. As a practical matter, however, many teams regard it as mandatory, usually without consequence.

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CHIEFS SNIFFING AROUND HARTWIG
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 8:16 a.m.
As the saying goes, one man's trash is another man's stapler. Or something.

Anyway, the Carolina Panthers cut starting center Justin Hartwig last week. The Kansas City Chiefs, who are rebuilding an offensive line that has yet to recover from the retirements of Willie Roaf and Will Shields, might sign him.

Per Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs expect to meet with Hartwig soon. Last year's starter, Casey Wiegmann, is a free agent and won't be re-signed.

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NOT MUCH OFFER SHEET ACTIVITY
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 8:11 a.m.
As the first wave of 2008 free agency continues to fade into the rear-view mirror, the next phase (if it ever happens) will be the assault on players whose contracts contain a right of first refusal.

Surprisingly, however, there have been few offer sheets signed this year by restricted free agents, the twelve franchise players, and/or the sole player with the transition tag.

There have been only two offer sheets signed, both by restricted free agents. Colts tight end Ben Utect recently signed one with the Bengals, and former Bucs safety Kalvin Pearson signed one with the Lions. Because neither player was drafted, no compensation is available. (The Bucs opted not to match the Pearson offer.)

Steelers tackle Max Starks is this year's lone transition player, a designation for otherwise unrestricted free agents that provides only the ability to match the offer within seven days. To date, no one has shown any interest in Starks, even though the Steelers likely would not match an offer that even remotely reflects the market value for a marginal starting tackle (i.e., $6 million per year).

If/when Starks signs the one-year tender, he'll be guaranteed to receive $6.9 million in 2008. Until then, he's not under contract and has no obligation to attend any mandatory team activities.

As more time passes with no offers coming Starks' way, there could be a chance that the Steelers will yank the transition tag and then try to sign him to a deal worth far less than $6.9 million this season. At some point, then, it might be wise for Starks to sign the tender.

Regarding the franchise players, teams in many cases use the tag as a vehicle for getting value for the player via a trade. Under the CBA, it's a realistic option through July 15. To date, however, there's no indication that any of the franchise players will be traded soon.

The reasons for the lack of activity aren't clear, and maybe things will pick up. Restricted free agents usually can sign offer sheets until eight days before the draft.

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JETS BAG BUBBA
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 7:07 a.m.
As the Jets open their offseason conditioning sessions, they'll do so with yet another new player in their presence.

Tight end Bubba Franks has joined the party.

Per Rich Cimini of the New York Daily News, Franks gets a one-year, $1.65 million contract.

Franks lost his starting job in Green Bay last season to Donald Lee, and played in only eight games. Franks, a first-round pick in 2000, is a three-time Pro Bowler.

Posted by: kmdp4 | March 17, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Nate... I sent you an email... didn't hear back. My feelings were hurt in the process.

Bitter in the Burg

Posted by: Dorf | March 17, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

km, thanks for your consistency.

Coles. Every time something with that cat happens, it makes the Coles/Moss trade look better for the Redskins.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

I'd take a shot at Robertson if he gets cut by the Jets. He'd be an experiment worth going through with, maybe another Cornelius Griffin. It'd have to be for the right price though.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

I believe the correct prefix for an Irish name is MAC. Mc is Scots.

Pedantically yours.
RedcO'at.

Posted by: Redcoat | March 17, 2008 9:13 AM | Report abuse

Scamp,

I have looked everwhere on the net and can find nothing on how Hackett's meeting's went with Tampa or Carolina.

Posted by: kmdp4 | March 17, 2008 9:14 AM | Report abuse

DJ Hackett stuff..

http://blogs.charlotte.com/panthers/2008/03/wr-hackett-expe.html

WR Hackett expected to pick a team soon
It may be another day or two before D.J. Hackett makes a decision, but the Carolina Panthers remain in strong contention to sign the Seahawks' free agent wide receiver, according to a league source.

Hackett visited Washington, Tampa Bay and Carolina last week, and also has been considering a return to Seattle.

Negotiations with multiple teams, including the Panthers, are believed to be well underway.
The Panthers need another receiver to compete with Muhsin Muhammad and Dwayne Jarrett for playing time alongside Steve Smith.
--- Charles Chandler

Posted by: marlonjohn | March 17, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Scamp,

I have looked everwhere on the net and can find nothing on how Hackett's meeting's went with Tampa or Carolina.

Posted by: kmdp4 | March 17, 2008 09:14 AM

Yeah, that's what I'm finding, nothing.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Marlon, at least it's something, perhaps a low budget bidding war?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

LEAGUE OWES $9 BILLION
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 9:20 a.m.
The NFL, which has been without question the most popular professional sport in America, is nevertheless awash in debt.

According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, the league had more than $9 billion in debt as of October 2007.

That's an average of more than $281,000,000 per team.

The disclosure came in a letter from NFL outside counsel Gregg Levy in support of a decision by the league to reduce the per-team annual debt ceiling. The union has filed collusion charges regarding the move, alleging that the league essentially has limited the amount of money that will be available to pay bonuses and other lump sums to players. The Levy letter has been made public because it has been filed in connection with the collusion charges.

But the salary cap (and floor) are still in place. Regardless of how the money is paid out, every team is required to spend at least $100 million per year on players, with that number going up every year.

And the debt figure really is high, in our estimation. Major league baseball clubs owe a total of $3.1 billion, and NBA teams cap their debt at a total of $175 million per team. NHL teams can borrow up to one-half of the value of each franchise (so they can borrow like 500 bucks, right?).

Interesting...

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Jason has a sweet deal. I wish I could work once a week and complain the whole time doing so.

Posted by: sams3 | March 17, 2008 9:36 AM | Report abuse

"If all goes well for the Carolina Panthers, there's a decent chance D.J. Hackett could be heading back to Charlotte today -- and this time to stay."

Posted by: trailblazer658 | March 17, 2008 9:52 AM | Report abuse

And the debt figure really is high, in our estimation. Major league baseball clubs owe a total of $3.1 billion, and NBA teams cap their debt at a total of $175 million per team. NHL teams can borrow up to one-half of the value of each franchise (so they can borrow like 500 bucks, right?).

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 09:29 AM

Mike Florio is on over his head. Does Mike Florio have a mortgage? Is it more or less than, say, his annual income? Debt figure actually seems low considering the value of NFL franchises compared to franchises in other sports or to other businesses -- e.g., Duke Energy, Bank of America, Procter and Gamble.

But, hey, it's St. Patrick's Day! Everyone have a beer on me! Head to your nearest pub and order up a Guinness. When they ask you to pay, just sign my name:

Talent_O'Valuator

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 17, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Because the blog is Jasno's job... right.

I tell you what is a sweet deal, back up QB.

Posted by: Dorf | March 17, 2008 10:10 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking if the Redskins don't end up signing DJ, thats not a huge loss. Not that anyone on here is trumpeting that it will be, but no big deal to me. Draft a rook, and stick them at #3.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

What's up with Espy?

Posted by: Dorf | March 17, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

greg,

I'm in agreement with you on Hackett. No one has shown much interest in him. Everyone has questions about the guy.

But I don't agree with you on Cialis Campbell. Any guy with a four-hour erection deserves to go in the first. Although he obviously can hold out to the second or third round.

Wishing ye the top o' the morning as we head out to the pub,

--Talent_O'Valuator

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 17, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

dorf, I'm not sure how much the Redskins will get out of both Espy, or Mix for that matter. They might surprise me, but I think they are what they are, that being special teamers and probably not much more.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Not signing Hackett, in my opinion, is as good as losing a draft pick. I think teams know Hackett can perform, hence him being brought in for visits, but are too wary of injury history to throw too much money at him. However, bringing in Hackett would quell the "need" for using a draft pick on a WR. Once again, I'll state my position that I would like the team to be tentatively set BEFORE heading into the draft, so that we can let the draft dictate who we select (i.e. best available) rather than having us set parameters before the draft even begins (i.e. an impact WR in round 1 or 2, a serviceable nickel corner in the early rounds, a young QB in the later rounds, etc.).

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I really wish Espy was around last year. We could have really learned a lot about him. I still see potential there, but I'd rather have known last year than now. We are not patient enough for projects (save the young dline guys).

Posted by: Dorf | March 17, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Greg,

You're absolutely right about the Moss/Coles trade. I HATED that trade when it first happened, but I've never been happier about being so loud wrong. Now if we can only work a one-sided trade to get back at Denver...

As for the WR spot, F D.J. Hackett. His career stats add up to one good season. He may be a guy who fits Zorn's system, but I'd rather have someone who wants to be a Redskin. Draft somebody and move on.

By the way, sweet irony if "Cialis" Campbell gets drafted by the Bears. The whole Ditka connection and everything...

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Just for the record, I *have* responded to Dorf's email.

Just don't want anyone to think I'd leave a blog brother hanging. I most certainly would not.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, people!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 17, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

According to rotoworld, Hackett is either going to sign with Carolina or Seattle today.

Posted by: greg_hughes90 | March 17, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Thanks Marlon [about the clip from the Carolina blog], at least it's something, perhaps a low budget bidding war?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 09:27 AM

This feels more like a poker game and its getting late in the evening. Everyone is hanging in there thinking everyone else is bluffing about having a pair of fours. I say that King high wins this hand.

Posted by: dcsween | March 17, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

However, bringing in Hackett would quell the "need" for using a draft pick on a WR.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 10:55 AM

I think the Skins still need to pick a WR on Day 1, whether they pick up Hackett or not. This has been a spot of glaring weekness since Art Monk left. Moss is entering the tail end of his prime (not to mention he's been nicked the last two years) and ARE is better suited to play the slot than be a #2 guy. This team desperately needs a guy to play #2 to Moss and eventually challenge him for the #1 spot. I agree that they should pick best available instead of need, but is there really a bigger need on offense than impact receiver going into '08?

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 11:08 AM | Report abuse

How about an ultimatum or penultimatium or whatever is need to Mrs. Boren to make this an actual blog....

GET A REAL BLOGGER AND BRING THIS THING TO LIFE!!!

Seriously do you understand the subject at hand is the Washington Redskins (the area's most popular team) and you are the Washington Post (supposedly the premier media outlet covering them)

The posts are more frequent, pertinent and timely in the freaking soccer and highschool recruiting blogs than this one. Nevermind the wiz, nats and caps blogs that run circles around this one.

If you all are not embarrassed by the work of Jason on this thing...then maybe folks are right that print media is a dinasour unable to adapt to the world of digital media.

Posted by: JLR75 | March 17, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

psp, how is not signing hackett like losing a draft pick? That just makes no sense? If the Redskins draft a rookie WR, and he CONTRIBUTES to the team, doesn't that make your point moot? Not to mention that taking into consideration Hacketts injury history, even if the Redskins signed him, they don't have a 4th wideout, not named Thrash.

Moss is 28/29, ARE is 28/29, you can't deny that the Redskins need an infusion of youth here, as well as other places.

Not signing Hackett=lost draft pick....wow...

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

JLR75, could you please post about all the news in YOUR life over the weekend? [This is rhetorical and sarcastic ... sorry, I need a second cup of coffee].

If there is nothing new, there is nothing to be "inside" about ... an interview of someone of the PR position has to be about as "inside" as you can get. I, for one, am thankful that we are not getting updates about the cleaning crew coming around to vacuum and empty the trash cans.

Posted by: dcsween | March 17, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Damn JLR75,

First of all, it's St. Patty's Day. Have a drink and take a deep breath. You are aware this is the off-season, right? And it's the most inactive the Redskins have been in the off-season since the days (or day) of Marty-ball. Unless you'd like a PFT-style 'round the league' approach to the blog, then perhaps you'd like to...read PFT.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 11:23 AM | Report abuse

brownwood,

I would actually vote for upgrading/providing security on the o-line as a much bigger need. Yes, neither Moss nor ARE could stay healthy last year, but when they were healthy at the end of the year, our offense was very potent. Unlike a lot of people, I attribute the success of the offense at the end of the season to Portis/Moss/ARE being healthy and the o-line performing well rather than the god-like performance of The Todd. I think that ARE and Moss will both be 1000-yard receivers next year, and the likes of Hackett, Espy, Mix, and Caldwell are more than enough to fight it out for the 3rd and 4th receiver spot. Remember, Matt Hasselbeck was a pro-bowler throwing to Hackett, Engram, Burleson, and a gimpy Deion Branch. I think our receivers are more than adequate.
On the other hand, our o-line is past its prime (with the arguable exception of Samuels), two of which have serious injury history (Jansen, Thomas), and two OTHERS have chronic injuries (Kendall - knees, Rabach - back). These guys don't have many productive years left in them, so better to start training their replacements now rather than years down the road. Give me a stable o-line before you upgrade WRs.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

The posts are more frequent, pertinent and timely in the freaking soccer and highschool recruiting blogs than this one. Nevermind the wiz, nats and caps blo

Posted by: JLR75 | March 17, 2008 11:11 AM gs that run circles around this one.

Comparing the "insiders"

Capitals - in season
Wizards - in season
Nats - who cares but preseason
high school recruiting - always happening
soccer - always in season somewhere thankfully

Redskins - offseason, quiet free agency all around, not draft time yet, not mini camp time yet.....not sure what we should be expecting......

Posted by: mmok | March 17, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

At a world brewing convention in the States, the CEOs of various brewing organizations retired to the bar at the end of the first day's conference.

Bruce, CEO of Fosters, shouted to the Barman: "In 'Strylya, we make the best bloody beer in the world, so pour me a bloody Fosters, mate."

Bob, CEO of Budweiser, calls out next: "In the States, we brew the finest beers of the world, and I make the king of them all, gimme a Bud."

Hans steps up next: "In Germany ve invented das beer, ferdamt. Give me ein Becks, ya ist der real King of beers, danke."

Paddy, CEO of Guinness, steps forward: "Barman, would ya give me a diet coke with ice and lemon? Tanks."

The others stare at him in stunned silence, amazement written all over their faces.

Eventually Bruce asks: "Are you not going to have a Guinness, Pat?"

Paddy replies "Well, if you fookin' pansies aren't drinkin', then neither am I!


Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Posted by: mmok | March 17, 2008 11:27 AM | Report abuse

From a website called "Carolina Growl" ...

CHARLOTTE -- If all goes well for the Carolina Panthers, there's a decent chance D.J. Hackett could be heading back to Charlotte today -- and this time to stay.

The Panthers remain very much in the mix to sign the free agent wide receiver, who is talented enough to assume Carolina's No. 2 spot opposite Steve Smith. As of late Sunday, the Panthers were still talking numbers with Hackett's representatives, although nothing has been completed, sources said.

A decision, however, could come as early as this morning.

Seattle, Tampa Bay and Washington are also interested.

One source close to the situation said Carolina is Hackett's top choice if he decides to leave Seattle. However, Hackett is said to be happy in Seattle and might decide to stay there if the Seahawks were to come close to matching Carolina's offer.

One source said, "It all comes down to money."

Hackett, 26, would be an immediate upgrade for the Panthers receiving corps and have a good chance to start right away opposite Steve Smith, even with the presence of Muhsin Muhammad and Dwayne Jarrett. Although he's been injured some since joining the league five years ago, he's an outstanding talent and an incredible athlete.

Posted by: dcsween | March 17, 2008 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I found seven different football news sites in the NYC market that featured the story that Derrick Ward had re-signed with the Giants. What I couldn't find was which of the authors started his/her story with "first!"

Posted by: dcsween | March 17, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

gregmarino88,

Alright, losing a draft pick was a bit harsh, but it still hurts the options on draft day. Hackett is much more of a certainty, IMO, than any WR draft pick. I think WR is the hardest position to judge in the draft, next to QB. And considering our stellar efforts in the past (Taylor Jacobs, Rod Gardner) I'd rather take a guy who I know will contribute. And 2 WRs at 28/29 is not my idea of causing a need for an infusion of youth, as you say. Bobby Engram, Terrell Owens, Joey Galloway, Randy Moss, Torry Holt, these guys didn't exactly slow down after they hit 28.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm not finding any chatter in the Tampa papers about Hackett. I did, however, find this ... http://www.tampabay.com/sports/football/bucs/article418891.ece ... which has a picture of the Buccs general manager. I was thinking "geez, he looks alot like that Senator Macaca fella" ... turns out its his brother.

Posted by: dcsween | March 17, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Give me a stable o-line before you upgrade WRs.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 11:25 AM

Amen to that.

However, this team should have been lining up young linemen years ago. That aside, you can get good linemen later in the draft. He's no Hog, but Dockery was solid and he came in the 3rd round. You won't be getting anything special at WR that late in this draft. So that's why I'm sort of shying away from my usual "build from the line of scrimmage back" approach and saying take a receiver in Round 1. Although, technically, receiver DO line up at the line of scrimmage...

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

psp, Hackett played 6 games last year, and you think a rookie coming in would be LESS effective than this? Hackett has NEVER played a full season.

My dream draft is trading back out of the first round, and gaining a 2nd and 3rd, and using the 5 draft picks in the first 3 rounds to draft, G,WR, DE, G, DT.

Not even taking into consideration the cost ratio of a rook versus what Hackett will get.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Looks like D.J. Hackett may have been an afterthought in Tampa. Last Wednesday, the local paper down there quoting team sources who were talking up Bryant and McCareins (now with SF and Tenn, respectively). Word of Hackett didn't get reported till Thursday, and that's been it since. Even that Thursday article said Hackett would essentially be replicating the skill set of Clayton.

Posted by: dcsween | March 17, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Engram, Terrell Owens, Joey Galloway, Randy Moss, Torry Holt, these guys didn't exactly slow down after they hit 28.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 11:34 AM

Those are exceptions. All but Engram are star players in this league. For every guy that can play WR at a high level after 30, there's 5 more that suck and/or stay hurt after 30. There are no sure things in the draft (or in life); you just make the best decision with the information available at that time. The only way I don't take a WR in Round 1, is if there's a stud guard there at 21 that could replace Kendall immediately.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Well, Parcells may be a genuis.

He signed Tab Perry.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 17, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

My dream draft is trading back out of the first round, and gaining a 2nd and 3rd, and using the 5 draft picks in the first 3 rounds to draft, G,WR, DE, G, DT.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 11:40 AM

I haven't looked at the draft pick trade chart (the one Jimmy Johnson gets all this credit for), but I doubt someone would trade a 2 and 3 in the same draft for the 21st pick. Maybe if it's higher in the order, but doubtful at 21. But then again, Dallas got a one and couple other picks from the Browns last year...

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Please...don't give me this offseason garbage. The NFL is year round. Ask the leauge, thier TV network, any skins exec, any of the players who work their tails off 11 months of the year.

Redskins Insider is the spot for adicts, so yes we care about the janitors emptying trash...give us the crack. If you care about major signing after they happen there will be an article in print and it will be on sports center.

Not saying there need to be 3 posts a day, but come on there is plenty to write about:

What other WRs are out there assuming DJ Hackett does not sign (oh wait there is still np reporting on that from our insider)

How are Rocky and Carlos rehabing...what kind of rehab and effort are they putting in. Any guys working super hard to get back from injury?

Campbell at the park? Does he have the new playbook? does he like it?

Vinny and Danny are always planning a next move, what could it be? Drop some knowledge on us.

Day in the life of a coach or player this time of the year. How much do they workout?

Redskins park tournament pool? NCAA Parties? Which guys are huge fans of their school and traveling to see them in the tourney?

There you go in 1 minute a week or 2 worth of stuff to blog away on.

And don't worry I have my St. Patty's day cheer on...this is me happy can't you tell :)

Posted by: JLR75 | March 17, 2008 11:51 AM | Report abuse

I guess my point is that, more and more, it seems like there is not going to be a DE, worth taking at 21 without it being considered a reach. Same with the Guard position. There are however a couple of wide-outs who if they're available, are worth the 21st pick, Thomas/Sweed.

Its just a question of if the team REACH'S for a player or not.

Now this doesn't mean that if Chris Long slides to 21 I'm saying take a wide-out.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm posting this because 1) no one else has yet and 2) I REALLY want the 'Skins can get him...

PEPPERS IN DENVER
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 10:31 a.m.
Spotted at Sunday night's Denver Nuggets game was Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers.

The sighting created enough of a stir to prompt an item in the Rocky Mountain News regarding the possibility that Peppers could be traded to the Denver Broncos.

Peppers is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but with a high cap number. The Panthers are believed to be unwilling to extend the deal with a Freeney-esque pay day ($12 million per year and $30 million guaranteed), but the Panthers likewise deny that Peppers is on the block.

The Broncos have had an obsession of sorts with reclamation projects on the defensive line, but few of the gambles (Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, Daryl Gardener) have panned out.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 11:53 AM | Report abuse

If you're expecting a rookie receiver to contribute next year, you're pushing you're luck. How many 1st year receivers actually prove to be effective? 1 or 2 per year? I can remember 4 of them in the past five or so years: Michael Jenkins, Marques Colston, Roy Williams, and Anquan Boldin. That's fine if you want to develop a receiver, but expecting to be able to just throw a receiver in the 3rd slot is asking too much. I personally believe that receivers are the most overrated position on the field, and I'd rather take my chances with developing Mix and Espy rather than spending another pick and more time on another young receiver.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

greg,

I'm in agreement with you on Hackett. No one has shown much interest in him. Everyone has questions about the guy.

But I don't agree with you on Cialis Campbell. Any guy with a four-hour erection deserves to go in the first. Although he obviously can hold out to the second or third round.

Wishing ye the top o' the morning as we head out to the pub,

--Talent_O'Valuator

Posted by: talent_evaluator | March 17, 2008 10:40 AM

The problem is he is to fat, slow and weak to do anything with it. What a waste of 4 hours.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | March 17, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Now this doesn't mean that if Chris Long slides to 21 I'm saying take a wide-out.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | March 17, 2008 11:52 AM

The 'Skins have a better shot at drafting Shelly Long at 21 than Chris Long. If he falls to 21, I'll lose my mind!

Speaking of losing the mind, JLR75 has clearly lost his. You're asking for fluff pieces in a blog? Who gives a sh_t if James Thrash won his NCAA bracket! And if you think you're getting a straight answer about the next move from Danny and Vinny (or any other NFL personnel exec), you ARE crazy! Hell, as slow as this off-season is going, we're lucky to get a new thread once a week!

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

psps23,

Good point again. You're on a roll today...

It's hard to get ANY rookie to be productive right off the bat. But this WR class is supposed to be one of the most talented in a while, so that's why I've kind of changed my tune to 'draft a receiver'. But taking OL help wouldn't hurt my feelings in the least.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

well my question is if JLC isnt working on the blog, what the heck is he working on?

The other Jason is writing all the Post's skins articles now - and some WITHOUT JLC's name attached, meaning he is working solo without JLCs help.

I agree this blog is no place for "filler crap" but stories like who else the skins could go for in FA; what positions JLC thinks we will address, and in what order, in the draft; what players the skins are keen on; these are all relevant topics JLC could be writing about.

Posted by: SETH.LEMASTER | March 17, 2008 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm sure we'd all love to get at least a new thread everyday. But it's the off-season. It's not un-heard of for the Post to not have a Redskins article at all for a couple days during the off-season. I'd guess the Redskins coverage is a big percentage of their sales (not to mention hits on the website), and they'd write all day about it if there's something to write. But they can't just make stuff up. For all the work he does during the season (including travel), I think the guy could afford to take it easy during the quietest off-season in recent memory.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse

It is official....DJ Hacket signed a 2 year 3.5M contract with the Carolina Panthers, as reported by NFL Network. Disappointed because he could have really helped the learning curve of this offense.

Posted by: mshawk11 | March 17, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

And let the Hackett talk officially come to a close...

HACKETT LANDS IN CAROLINA
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 12:19 p.m.
The Carolina Panthers continue to load up on pass catchers who might benefit from all the attention that Steve Smith receives.

After bringing back Muhsin Muhammad, the team has now added D.J. Hackett, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks.

Per Adam Schefter of NFL Network and Adam Caplan of Scout.com, Hackett will sign a two-year, $3.5 million deal with the Panthers.

Hackett has shown flashes of ability during his NFL career, but that potential wasn't enough to get a team to open its wallet wider than $1.75 million per year.

Other teams interested in Hackett were the Seahawks, the Redskins, and the Buccaneers.

The Panthers also have Dwayne Jarrett, a second-round pick in 2007, and Travis Taylor, a well-traveled first-round pick of the Ravens in 2000.

Posted by: brownwood26 | March 17, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

MONDAY MORNING ONE-LINERS
Posted by Mike Florio on March 17, 2008, 11:53 a.m.
As Mark Madden points out, when it comes to off-field misconduct, the Steelers aren't really all that different than the Bengals.

It's always kind of suspicion whenever a police spokesman doesn't know what made cops suspicious about a guy who was pulled over on suspicion of DUI.

Though the Colts aren't doing much in free agency, they don't need to; 20 of 22 starters will be back.

Chargers TE Antonio Gates could be in danger of suffering the dreaded coup d'etoe.

WR D.J. Hackett could be picking a team soon.

Packers LB Tracy White supposedly rejected more money from the Steelers to stay in Green Bay.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio defends his criticism of He Who Shall Not Be Criticized.

Dan Klecko, a career defensive lineman in the NFL, will try to stick as a fullback with the Eagles.

Attending QB Matt Ryan's Tuesday Pro Day workout will be 25 of 32 teams.

Fins DE Jason Taylor launches his new career on Monday night.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers is getting started now on his training for the next sub-freezing playoff game at Lambeau Field.

An American who has lived in Beijing for ten years thinks that the NFL will never make it in China: "Chinese people are short and skinny. They don't have that [NFL] attitude."

Michigan RB Mike Hart followed a disappointing 40-yard dash at the Combine by choosing not to run at his Pro Day. (Hey, Mike. The sixth round just called; it's running out of shrimp.)

The Bronco were the only team that didn't attend the Michigan Pro Day. (Maybe Coach Kevlar is miffed that he didn't get the job there.)

Asked recently who'd portray him in a movie, Delaware QB Joe Flacco said, "Who cares? The important part is who plays my love interest." (Um . . . Jake Gyllenhaal?)

Titans RB Lendale White's legal troubles occurred near a club throwing a party in his honor.

The Bucs have offered a contract to C Jeremy Newberry.

Posted by: kmdp4 | March 17, 2008 12:29 PM | Report abuse

So does the end of Hackett pretty much put an end to FA for us? Not much else out there except for scraps that we could probably pick up at any time between now and the training camp.

Posted by: psps23 | March 17, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm with brownwood, let's go after Julius Peppers. He would be worth this years 1st rounder, plus a little more than a ham sandwich. Guy's a beast.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | March 17, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

I am a little uneasy about losing Hackett, because I really feel they are going to feel pressure to do something in the trade market. I really hope they stand pat and just build through the draft unless they can get a real steal.

Posted by: mshawk11 | March 17, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm with brownwood, let's go after Julius Peppers. He would be worth this years 1st rounder, plus a little more than a ham sandwich. Guy's a beast.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | March 17, 2008 12:47 PM

"Peppers is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but with a high cap number. The Panthers are believed to be unwilling to extend the deal with a Freeney-esque pay day ($12 million per year and $30 million guaranteed), but the Panthers likewise deny that Peppers is on the block."

Let's not make a run at Peppers. Overpaying for "superstars" hasn't worked out well for the Redskins in the past, and Peppers would be no exception, based on his most recent performance. Considering the many needs of the team, Peppers is a salary cap and draft pick hit that the Skins cannot afford, this year or anytime soon.

Posted by: tafka | March 17, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying overpay for him contact wise, but I would definitley make a trade that enables us to essentially draft him this year. He is already better than anyone in the draft, lets take him. For the right money of course, but he would be worth a reasonably hefty contract.

And beep beep

Posted by: dlhaze1 | March 17, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I am a little uneasy about losing Hackett,

Posted by: mshawk11 | March 17, 2008 12:48 PM

why? He wasn't all that good. Just a little better than B Lloyd. But Not as good as Gardner, Rod to be honest wit ya...

Now, if you wanna be mad, be mad we didn't go after Tab Perry.......

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