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Samuels to announce retirement at noon Thursday

Thursday will be Chris Samuels Day at Redskins Park.

The Redskins have made official the previous reports that the left tackle will retire, announcing that there will be a noon press conference Thursday.

The Redskins have known since October that Samuels' career was over because of the injury he suffered early in an Oct. 11 loss at Carolina. He also has stenosis.

Samuels consulted with many specialists, several of whom warned him about the possibility of becoming paralyzed if he attempted to prolong his career, people familiar with the situation said, but questions about his playing status lingered publicly because Samuels declined to officially announce he would not return for an 11th season with the Redskins.

On Jan. 13, Samuels, who played in only five games last season, said he had not made a decision about whether to retire. Samuels, who spoke with reporters after Joe Bugel's retirement news conference at the complex, said his situation would become clearer after he had another checkup in February.

By Jason Reid  |  March 3, 2010; 12:29 PM ET
 
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BEST OF LUCK TO SAMUELS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM INVOLVEDIN THE ORGANIZATION IN SOME CAPACITY.

Posted by: wattsicon | March 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

That neck thing ... feeling tender ... not an offer ...

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

BEST OF LUCK TO SAMUELS. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION IN SOME CAPACITY.

Posted by: wattsicon | March 3, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

BEST OF LUCK TO CHRIS SAMUELS. I HOPE HE WILL BE INVOLVED IN THE ORGANIZATION IN SOME CAPACITY

Posted by: wattsicon | March 3, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Is somebody going to monitor all the other 31 teams' tenders so we know what we'd have to give up to sign desirable RFAs?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 12:11 PM

That would never happen up here or even elsewhere on the internet.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Best Skins player of the last decade. Hands down.

Posted by: Salinas1 | March 3, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Best Redskin of the 2000s. Enjoy retirement Chris.

Posted by: Rypien11 | March 3, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

The problem with a 3-4 yr deal is the possibility of not playing in 2011. I don't think there will be too many of those seals signed this year.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 12:24 PM

Is there some reason why they can't write a contingent contract? "Salary is XXX if there is a season, and salary is one ham sandwich per week if there is no season?"

Posted by: League-Source | March 3, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Good decision Chris. You are young, have a ton money, and can still walk. Keep your finances straight and enjoy the rest of your life.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

YO...These cats love Reed Doughty to give him a 2nd round tender....

I geuss he will be our Jim Leonhard.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Boy we took this cat for granted. Look at how desperate our O-line situation has been since he has been injured.
Thanks Chris!

Posted by: Stu27 | March 3, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

fredie and LS, admittedly I don't understand all the scenarios, but players don't get paid if they don't play, do they?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

I love Chris Samuels and will miss him, but while I hate to see him go out because of an injury, this is absolutely the right move for him and the team.

Champ and Jon Jansen, then LaVar and Samuels... so great...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

YO...These cats love Reed Doughty to give him a 2nd round tender....

I geuss he will be our Jim Leonhard.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | March 3, 2010 12:52 PM

Doughty was our best player in the secondary last year, not the most talented, but the most consistent.

If they gave him the lowest tender, some team would grab him for a 6th rd pick.

The 2nd rd tender is the 3rd tender out of 4.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

During a lockout the players don't get paid. This is the leverage the owners have. The owners would still be entitled to the broadcast revenues.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

fredie and LS, admittedly I don't understand all the scenarios, but players don't get paid if they don't play, do they?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 12:58 PM

I'm not a lawyer and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night. I'm not even a blog know-it-all like, well, we know who they are... Okay, maybe I am one.

My GUESS is that existing contracts require that they be paid if the owners lock them out and keep them from playing. But, even if this guess is correct, I don't understand why they can't write contracts this year which would allow longer term deals without paying them during a lockout.

Posted by: League-Source | March 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

sween, you may be right about that... but a boy can dream about the possibilities of the internets, can't he? Can't he?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Best Skins player of the last decade. Hands down.

Posted by: Salinas1 | March 3, 2010 12:42 PM

The saying "hands down" ... where did that come from? Does it assume that the statement you just made, if it were presented in the form of a question, would be a question that there is no need to ask the question, and thus the listeners are instructed to put their hands down b/c the question has already been answered definitively?

Or is a poker term?

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to Chris Samuels. I just wish he was able to hand the keys to the Buick over to someone already on the roster. Thank you, Vinny. You gave Redskins fans a gift that just keeps on giving... sacks, no ground game, occupants on the injured reserve, Stephon "el matador" Heyer, Mike "Phat Bastard" Williams, Randy "I play the IR position" Thomas, Chad "Fat, Drunk and Stupid" Rhinehart, etc...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | March 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

fredie and LS, admittedly I don't understand all the scenarios, but players don't get paid if they don't play, do they?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse
I think if they have a contract, they will get paid.

I also heard that the TV contracts with the league are guaranteed, meaning they pay NFL even if there are no games played.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

L-S, at least you wear your blog know-it-allness on your sleeve. I'm a passive-aggressive know-it-all, which is definitely worse. But you knew that already, of course.

It would seem pretty silly for the owners to pay the players and prevent them from playing. And it would seem pretty silly for the union to be unhappy about such an arrangement. But many silly things happen every day, Up Here and elsewhere.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

fredie and LS, admittedly I don't understand all the scenarios, but players don't get paid if they don't play, do they?

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 12:58 PM
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Under the Democrats' plan they do. Plus they get free healthcare and a $8000.00 tax credit on their next Mercedes purchase...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | March 3, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I would think that if the owners locked out the players, that they would be the first party to break the contract. But I don't know enough about the collective bargaining agreement. If the collective bargaining agreement expires, then maybe there would be no contract to break. If a player signed a contract that extended beyond the term of the current collective bargaining agreement, then if the player agrees to play, but the owner doesn't provide the games in which the player would need to play in order to fulfill his obligation under the contract, then the owner would be in breech. I suspect, however, that there probably would be some clause that requires the player to make the roster in the first place, so if there is no roster, then maybe the player would be in breech.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Wow, BTG is reporting on PFT that Panthers offered Peppers $14 mill, and he turned it down. IF he is going to get more than that, Skins should say "No thank you."

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Randy Thomas needs to hang 'em up and follow Samuels out the door.

Since the team is shuffling players, why not give Big Mike Williams a look at nose tackle? He'd probably do a better job than Montgomery. Wasn't Dave Butz an o-lineman with the Cardinals before he came to the Skins? Maybe not.

Posted by: coparker5 | March 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

sween, the saying "hands down" has to do with the way a player in American football addresses the line of scrimmage before the ball is snapped. His "stance," if you will.

No Redskin was better at playing with his hands down over the past decade than Chris Samuels.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | March 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

sween--hands down --from some Yahoo site:

"We stumbled upon several wrong guesses, but just about all the etymological sites we came across agreed that the term dates back to the mid-19th century and the genteel world of British horse racing. Back then, a jockey who found himself way ahead as he approached the finish line would relax his grip on the reins and drop his hands. Not as confrontational as a spiked football, but still a bit of gestural in-your-face-ness. By the late 19th century, the idiom had been extended to non-racing contexts, and it remains in frequent use today. "

Posted by: League-Source | March 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

I also heard that the TV contracts with the league are guaranteed, meaning they pay NFL even if there are no games played.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 1:13 PM

I think its a multi-year contract and that payments received by the NFL get credited against them for future payments due ... or something like that.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

During a lockout the players don't get paid. This is the leverage the owners have. The owners would still be entitled to the broadcast revenues.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 3, 2010 1:10 PM

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

During a lockout the players don't get paid. This is the leverage the owners have. The owners would still be entitled to the broadcast revenues.

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 3, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse
Diesel, do you have a source for this?

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

The saying "hands down" ... where did that come from? Does it assume that the statement you just made, if it were presented in the form of a question, would be a question that there is no need to ask the question, and thus the listeners are instructed to put their hands down b/c the question has already been answered definitively?

Or is a poker term?

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I don't know but it's way better than saying period. That just ends a sentence. There is nothing to stop you from simply adding another sentence. I think when people say something like "Chris Samuels was the best PERIOD". The appropriate response would be "No he wasn't exclamation point".

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | March 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I hadn't heard that about Peppers....seems like that might be made up....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

End of an Era in some ways.

Posted by: alex35332 | March 3, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If the collective bargaining agreement expires, then maybe there would be no contract to break.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:17 PM

I'm just an annoying blog know-it-all (who really doesn't) but I think the collective bargaining agreement is still in force, but the sections pertaining to the salary cap (and floor) are no longer in effect. You can find the actual agreement here on a site which NFL.com has set up to get out its side of the labor story:

http://nfllabor.com/current-cba/

Posted by: League-Source | March 3, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Since the team is shuffling players, why not give Big Mike Williams a look at nose tackle? He'd probably do a better job than Montgomery. Wasn't Dave Butz an o-lineman with the Cardinals before he came to the Skins? Maybe not.

Posted by: coparker5 | March 3, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse
I asked this question back in January, and really got shot down on it. The feeling is that there are really different skill sets for the two positions. Still seems to me that his power would be disruptive in the middle. He could certaily drive one man back into backfield, so he would demand two blockers, at least initially.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

A guy fell into an upholstery machine. He is now fully recovered.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The CBA is still in effect. It expires next year. The worried about lock out would be in 2011, not this next season.

A butcher backed into a meat grinder. He got behind in his work.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Funny...the guy making 535k saying he was just trying to make it..

Bucs center Jeff Faine says a potential lockout in 2011 is like "the monster that is hiding in your closet — and you don't want to open the closet door."

But it's an issue that the union has brought to the forefront the past several months, encouraging players to begin preparing now for the worst: a year without paychecks.

With the owners opting for an early end to the collective bargaining agreement after the 2010 season because of concern about the rising salary cap ($127 million this season), there have been ominous predictions of a work stoppage, which could be a significant hit especially for players who are on the lower tier of the salary spectrum.

That's partly why representatives from the National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, are scheduled to be at One Buc Place today to discuss with players potential financial game plans. Receiver Michael Clayton, a union rep, said they've suggested players put away 25 percent of their take-home pay; he said there is also a plan for dues to increase, and options where players' marketing checks get held and put in an interest-bearing account (which he said will allow players to receive $3,000 to $4,000 a month, and help with attorney fees).

"There are a lot of guys in the NFL who are just trying to make it," said Bucs long-snapper Andrew Economos, 27, who makes a $535,000 base salary. "They don't have that luxury of having the guaranteed contract, or guaranteed money. So (the union) is just trying to make sure everyone gets some kind of paycheck, if (a lockout) happens."

While no uniform policy appears to be set, players from each team are discussing which plans work best for them. Players — from stars to those on the practice squad — agree that they better be prepared.

"(The union) relayed to us we have to take it serious and start being proactive," Clayton said. "Every other lockout, we learned that they weren't prepared, that the reason why it broke (the union) is because players weren't receiving any money. So we're trying to put ourselves in a position where it can help in case of a lockout.

"You look at it, while you're making money is the best time to be putting it away. Now is the best time."

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I hadn't heard that about Peppers....seems like that might be made up....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 3, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

They just reported it.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I think if the scouts really wanted to measure lineman speed, they'd put somebody in front of them pushing back.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

A short fortune teller escaped from prison. There is a small medium at large.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | March 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

She makes whiskey. He loves her still.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

Beep beep.

Posted by: dcsween | March 3, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Look at it this way: if Mike Williams played nose tackle, the quarterback would be fully protected.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | March 3, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse
Thanks Diesel. Now that you showed that, I do remember seeing it. "Sometimers" has really kicked in. Altheimers is next.

Sounds like only the guaranteed money will be paid.

Posted by: frediefritz | March 3, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Good luck Chris. We all loved watching you play, but you're making the correct decision for you and your family. You'll be missed.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | March 3, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking the key to nose tackle isn't necessarily size. There've been some huge ones like Ted Washington, Tony Siragusa, and Haloti Ngota, but also smaller players like Jay Ratliff. Kelly Gregg was very effective for the Ravens at about 300 pounds. Not a lightweight by any means, but nothing exceptional for the NFL.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

A few years ago at a Redskins vs. Panthers game at FedEx, I was standing at the tunnel where players came out for warm-ups. Chris had a cup of coffee in his hand and asked me to hold it for him. When he came off the field, he signed autographs and posed for photos with me and my wife. Class act. We need that in the organization now. More Chris Samuels' and less Clinton Portis'....

Posted by: amontgomery1 | March 3, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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