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RG3 agrees to a deal


RG3 agrees to a deal

The Robert Griffin III Era in Washington can now officially begin.The Redskins first round draft pick signed his rookie contract today, clearing the way for Griffin to participate in rookie camp, which began Monday at Redskins Park. Veteran players report to Ashburn July 25.Griffin announced the signing via Twitter.@RGIII: Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!(Update: The Redskins have confirmed that he has signed via the team's Twitter feed.)Without a signed contract, Griffin could not attend the first two days of the weeklong camp, which consists of classroom, conditioning and no-contact drills.According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk the contract is for four years and 21,119,098 and is fully guaranteed. He will get a signing bonus of 13,799,344.Florio also is reporting that there is not offset language in the contract, meaning that in the highly unlikely event they should release him before the contract is up the Redskins would owe him the full amount of the contract regardless of how much another team might pay him. According to multiple reports the offset language was the main holdup in getting a deal done.In recent days, Griffin said he was confident that a deal would get hammered out.The only time Im going to get nervous is if Im not signed by the time main camp comes, Griffin told ESPN980 on Wednesday. Im not nervous about it. Im not going to lose sleep over it. I know the people around me and I know the Skins want to get it done, so well get the contract signed.Griffin is the first player drafted in the top eight spots to sign his rookie deal.The likely holdup for those players is the same salary cap-related issue that is believed to have delayed Griffins arrival offset language. Although rookie deals for top draftees are essentially set by the CBA, teams want any unpaid guaranteed money owed to that player to be offset by whatever money he might earn from another club if hes cut before the four-year pact expires.Its unclear how the Redskins and Griffins agent, Ben Dogra, resolved the offset language issue. But its likely few fans care.Griffin, the player many expect to lead an eventual turnaround of the moribund franchise, is officially a Redskins and ready to report for his first day on the job.
RG3 signs his contract (photo courtesy Washington Redskins)

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A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all-time

A tribute to a fallen hero: CSNMA's top ten Vines of all-time

There are 14,400 six-second increments in every day, which means a single six-second increment is usually not all that important. That all changed in January 2013, however, when Vine launched and turned any six second window into a place of endless possibilities. 

Sadly, on Thursday, Twitter announced that it was going to discontinue Vine, and the app was going to fade away in the near future. Vine's website will be kept online, but that shouldn't be taken as any sort of good news; once the app goes away, so, too, does the chance to create new material.

As our form of tribute to what's become a social media staple, here are the 10 best Vines CSNMA has captured in the past few years. Feel free to play this song as you begin watching to truly enhance the somber mood. 

10) If every state had an official Vine, like they do flags and mottos and birds, this would be Philadelphia's state Vine:

9) When you have a goal, you have to give 110 percent to accomplish that goal. You have to fight for it, sacrifice for it and do anything to complete it. It should be all that you think about, from the second you wake up in the morning to the moment you close your eyes at night.

But, if you get tired after a few seconds, it's OK to move on:

8) Most bosses would terminate you the instant you gave them a purple nurple. Jay Gruden isn't most bosses.

7) Vine became really relevant about four years ago and lived a bright and intense life, but it looks like it's going to disappear far too soon.

Sounds a lot like this former Redskins quarterback:

6) Stephen A. Smith would disagree with the inclusion of this Vine:

5) When the Running Man phenomenon swept the nation a few months ago, a lot of people did the dance really well. Then you have these two:

4) Is it too late to get Alex Ovechkin on the presidential ticket? 

3) It takes a special person to essentially turn Bryce Harper into a muscular medal rack:

2) It should be a law that anyone who wants to play hockey must first view this Vine before deciding whether to actually pursue the sport:

1) CSNMA's Vine account has roughly 65 million views. This clip, which is the living embodiment of the phrase, "Right place, right time," has 45 million of those views. Kirk Cousins is to CSNMA's Vine views what Justin Bieber is to YouTube's video views:

Farewell, old friend.


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No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

No promise on playing, but Jordan Reed, Josh Norman traveling to London with Redskins

LONDON - Working their way through the NFL concussion protocol, the Redskins announced Thursday that tight end Jordan Reed and cornerback Josh Norman will travel with the team to London.

Cleared to practice and cleared to play are two different things, but it's certainly a good sign that Reed and Norman can fly over the Atlantic with the team.

Arguably the team's best two players, Reed hasn't played since sustaining a concussion in the win against Baltimore, though the tight end finished that game. Norman also suffered a concussion, but it came last week against the Lions.

It's interesting that Reed's concussion forced him to miss two games, where Norman might be able to play this week without missing any games. Keep in mind Reed's extensive concussions history could be a factor. 

On the season, Reed has 33 catches for 316 yards and two touchdowns, all numbers that led the team when he was injured. Norman has one interception and one forced fumble on the season.

Both players would be big help for Washington, especially Norman. The Bengals prominently feature A.J. Green, perhaps the best receiver in the NFL. Jay Gruden made clear he'd like Norman to cover Green, and with Thursday's news, perhaps the $75 million man will do just that.

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