Redskins get a draft pick in the fold

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Redskins get a draft pick in the fold

The Redskins have signed draft pick Steven Daniels, according to a report.

Daniels, an inside linebacker, was drafted in the seventh round (232nd overall) out of Boston College. The 5 foot 11, 243-pounder amassed 82 tackles, including 16 for a loss, and an interception as a senior last season.

The four-year deal for Daniels is worth $2.581 million, including a $77,296 signing bonus, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.

Daniels is the first of Washington's seven picks to sign.

He’s expected to compete for a backup role on defense, contribute on special teams and bring some toughness to the unit, according to General Manager Scot McCloughan.

“Daniels [is] a football player,” McCloughan said this week. “Not pretty. Not going to run the fastest 40, but really tough. He has [special] teams value and brings the kind of culture I want to keep bringing in, especially late in the draft. He brings in a competitiveness and a toughness that he isn’t going to back down from anybody. You’re going to have to beat him out to get him out of here, and that’s what I want.”

It looks like Santana Moss is getting his Master's Degree Thursday

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It looks like Santana Moss is getting his Master's Degree Thursday

Santana Moss' resume — one that includes more than 10,000 receiving yards in the NFL to go along with 66 touchdowns through the air — is definitely different than an average business student. While most people pursuing an MBA spend their summers taking on internships or learning the ins-and-outs of accounting and marketing, Moss spent the majority of his since 2001 in training camps with the Jets and Redskins, learning new offenses and route combinations.

Despite those differences, though, the 14-year veteran will look like any other regular guy on Thursday, when he graduates from a University of Miami business program, according to his Instagram. At 36 years old, it'll be the second time he wears a cap and gown at "The U" — he earned his bachelor's degree in 2001 after four years there, where he also set the school record for receiving yards on the field for the Hurricanes.

Here is the full post from Moss detailing the accomplishment:

Last July, CSNmidatlantic.com explained Moss' decision to go back to school. The wideout told Bloomberg.com, "One day there is going to be a time when you are done with the NFL, and it’s like, 'What else?'" That's why he enrolled in a specialized class designed for artists and athletes, and it looks like he's passed it just like he used to pass first down markers during his days in Washington.

The perils of post-football life are well-known, as stories of ex-players running into financial hardships are told on a seemingly daily basis. Judging by Moss' decision to pick up his MBA, however, he figures to be in solid shape to avoid those troubles. So, while he developed a reputation as a big-play guy with the Redskins, one capable of ripping off a 70-yard score at any time, all of his long catches will probably be outweighed in importance by the handful of steps he takes across the stage Thursday.

His NFL career was a prolific one. But now, he's setting himself up for another profession — and this one won't just matter on Sundays. 

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Redskins building a long-term core of star players

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Redskins building a long-term core of star players

The Redskins are starting to build a core of star players who will be with them for the long haul. They now have the following key players signed through at least the 2018 season:

  • TE Jordan Reed (signed through 2021)
  • OT Trent Williams (2020)
  • OLB Ryan Kerrigan (2020)
  • CB Josh Norman (2020)
  • P Tress Way (2020)
  • OL Brandon Scherff (2018 plus fifth-year team option)
  • OLB Preston Smith (2018)
  • WR Jamison Crowder (2018)

The Redskins will have their 2016 draft class signed through 2019 when they agree to deals. The team will have a fifth-year option on first-round pick Josh Doctson so he could be under contract through 2020.