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McDonnell defends 4 million grant to Redskins

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McDonnell defends 4 million grant to Redskins

The size and role of government is a smoking hot topic in politics these days. So when Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that a state grant of 4 million was part of a deal that brought the Redskins training camp to Richmond and committed the team to staying in Loudoun County and expanding its facility it raised some questions.It just so happened that the governor had his monthly appearance on WRVA radio in Richmond on Thursday and he fielded a question from a caller about the grant. The caller said its not the role of government to subsidize sports.McDonnell said that while he understood the callers general point there were larger considerations.There are certain incentives that do work to bring jobs to Virginia and to be able to provide new opportunities for the citizens of Virginia, and I think that's a legitimate role for government, said McDonnell."If we had not acted, and 9.8 million of tax revenue had walked out the door to another jurisdiction, I'm sure that many citizens would have been concerned about the fact that we'd then have a 9.8 million budget gap in our economy," he added.Like it or not, state government incentives are a part of the cost of doing business these days. If one state doesnt offer up a package of tax breaks and subsidies for a business to relocate or remain there, another state will. In trying to save a few million dollars the first state loses tens of millions in tax revenue.The City of Richmond will pony up 400,000 out of its capital improvement fund to help prepare a training camp location for the team. Camp is expected to generate some 5 million in economic activity annually so the city should get a return on its investment. McDonnell does not know where in Richmond the site for camp will be and he said its not his call."My role was to make sure we got the deal in Virginia," he said. "The details of how and where they practice and play is going to be solely up to the city of Richmond. I'm sure they've got several venues they're looking at."

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Report: Stork to report to Redskins over the weekend

Report: Stork to report to Redskins over the weekend

It looks like Brian Stork will play for the Redskins after all. 

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media Stork, who was acquired from the Patriots yesterday, will report to Redskins Park this weekend to get to work with the team.

Shortly after the deal for Stork was reported on Wednesday word came out that the third-year center and guard would retire. It appears that he reconsidered overnight and will join the Redskins. 

Stork, 6-4, 315, started 15 games as a rookie including the Patriots’ Super Bowl win over the Seahawks. Last year, however, he missed the first seven games of the season with a concussion but he did start eight games, including two in the playoffs.

Just what Stork’s role in Washington will be remains to be seen. Speaking to the media today after a practice at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, Jay Gruden spoke of Stork as a depth addition. That may be true but he also could get a shot at displacing incumbent center Kory Lichtensteiger, who is 31 and coming off of a season where he missed 11 games with a neck and shoulder injury. 

For his part, Stork has not been a model of durability during his two NFL seasons, missing 10 games due to injures including the seven with the concussion noted above. 

The situation will sort itself out over the coming days and weeks. The only thing we know now is that Stork is likely to report and that alone makes their line better and deeper.

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Projecting the Redskins 53-man roster: First cuts approaching

Projecting the Redskins 53-man roster: First cuts approaching

The Redskins are heading in to their third preseason game and next Tuesday the bubble will burst for about a dozen players as they cut their roster down to 75. Then on September 3, just nine days from today, the roster will be cut to 53.  

Many of the roster spots are set but there are enough jobs up for grabs to make the last two practice games interesting.  One important thing to keep in mind is that Jay Gruden said last week that preseason games matter a lot when it comes to trimming the roster to 53. With two games in the books we have a lot of evidence to work with.

Redskins blogger Rich Tandler sorts out the bubble and gives you what he thinks the roster will look like when the make the final cut to 53. 

Go here to see Tandler roster projection.

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Redskins Playbook: Watching for the Stork as practice moves locations

Redskins Playbook: Watching for the Stork as practice moves locations

Thursday the Redskins will take their show on the road, as the team will do their walk-through before the Bills game in front of military personnel at Joint Base Andrews. With Wednesday's whirlwind pursuit of Bryan Stork still somewhat fluid, there will be plenty to watch.

  1. Stork reactions - Players will likely speak sparingly Thursday following their walk-through session but the big question will be about the the former Patriots center. Where does he fit and how do the current players fit in with Stork will dominate the discussion.
  2. Getting specific - So what happens now at the center position? Is Stork a move for depth or to compete with Kory Lichtensteiger as the starting center? What does this mean for Spencer Long, or even more, Josh LeRibeus?
  3. Focus on the game - Despite all the noise surrounding the Stork trade, Washington has a game to play Friday night. A preseason game, yes, but the third preseason game where expectations are starters will play the first half. This is the most important - and for some only - live action before Week 1 against the Steelers. The Skins need to be ready.

Stay tuned all day for updates from @JPFinlayCSN.

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