After getting released by the Cardinals on Friday, Crezdon Butler did not remain unemployed long.The Redskins claimed him off waivers Saturday, giving the team five cornerbacks and Butler the second chance he had been seeking.Drafted out of Clemson in the fifth round by Pittsburgh in 2010, Butler played sparingly in four games his rookie season. He was waived by the Steelers the following preseason and claimed by Arizona a few days later.Butler, however, appeared in only one regular season game with the Cardinals before a gruesome ankle suffered in practice cut his season short.I need my speed, and that was the first thing that went when I broke my ankle, Butler said. Sometimes it gets a little bit sore after practice, which is normal any time you break a bone. But once Im loose, its loose. Its 100-percent healed.The 25-year-old spent the entire offseason in Arizona but was released on cutdown day as the Cardinals squeezed down to league maximum of 53 players. The Redskins had left open a spot on their roster, presumably for Butler, whose strengths are his speed, size (6 foot 1, 191) and versatility.I was disappointed to get cut by the Cardinals, Butler said. But its always a blessing to have a job.The Ashville, N.C. native arrived in town Sunday and went through his first practice in Ashburn on Monday.Butler joins a cornerback corps that includes DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford. Butler said he can play either side, cover the slot, and line up as a free safety if necessary. He also received ample time on special teams with the Cardinals.Although hes familiar with the Redskins scheme after playing in similar systems in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Butler said the terminology is different. For that reason, he knows he might not play Sunday m New Orleans.They might give me a week to get up to speed, get all the terminology down, Butler said. But if they call upon me, Im going to be ready. Well probably see Friday whats going on.The terminology might be different, but Butler did something familiar when he walked into the Redskins locker room: former Clemson teammate Jarvis Jenkins.It helps a lot coming to a new team, having someone show you around, so youre not just lost in the woods, lost, Butler said. It means a lot. Ive been at Jarvis house every day since Ive been here.
Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 28, 30 days before the April 27 NFL draft.
—Offseason workouts begin (4/17) 20
—Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 45
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 57
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 109
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 157
Tuesday three and out
1. Maybe Bruce Allen and the Redskins have a master plan for saving the whole Kirk Cousins situation but right now it just looks like they’re stuck without a solution to paying $24 million to a quarterback who likely will be gone in a year. That’s money that could either be rolled over into future seasons if Cousins gets traded or used as a down payment on a long-term Cousins deal. Maybe there’s a master plan there somewhere but right now it looks an awful lot like the organization is just stumbling around in the dark, stubbing its toe while trying to find the light switch.
2. WR Brian Quick will cost the Redskins less against the salary cap than they are paying him. That’s because his contract takes advantage of the minimum salary benefit. He gets the sixth-year minimum salary of $775,000 plus an $85,000 signing bonus, a total of $860,000. Because of the minimum salary and low signing bonus the CBA rules allow the team to essentially discount the cap hit for the contract down to $695,000. The rule is designed so that younger players are necessarily cheaper, at least when it comes to the salary cap.
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3. Allen hinted that the Redskins won’t necessarily hire a general manager after the draft. While talking to colleague JP Finlay he said, “We’ll talk about what we need after the draft from a staffing standpoint.” Not “we’ll search high and low for the best GM in the business” but that needs will be examined. It’s going to be interesting to see how it all shakes out.
And out—Allen didn’t have much to say when JP asked about the stadium project that was a hot topic a year or so ago, only confirming that talks are ongoing. The fact that he had so little to say, not even some platitudes about the desire to build a great environment for the fans. Reading between the lines, this makes me think that a deal is getting close and the less that is said about it at this point the better. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will be term limited out of office next January and the feeling is that he will want to leave a Redskins stadium deal as his legacy.
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The NFL wasn’t making any money off of Romo’s fantasy convention in Vegas. With Raiders in Vegas they get a ~$350 million relocation fee. https://t.co/7YeAQidRyO— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) March 27, 2017
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When it comes to incorrectly identifying the names of social media platforms, Bill Belichick is the standard-bearer and industry leader. Examples of terms recently uttered by the head coach include gems like "MyFace" and "Yearbook," as the football icon has demonstrated he's somewhat aware of the sites and apps yet doesn't really care about them.
Bruce Allen, though, may have just laid claim to Belichick's crown. In a 1-on-1 interview with CSN Redskins Insider JP Finlay, Allen discussed how he's not involved at all on social media and then proceeded to give Snapchat a glorious new name.
"I don't get to pay attention to everything," Allen told Finlay when asked if the team president keeps up with the constant rumors surrounding Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.
"You're not on Twitter all the time?" Finlay interjected.
"No, I don't have Twitter," Allen answered, laughing, "and I'm not on Snapper-chapper or whatever it's called."
Allen was in the neighborhood by starting off with "Snap," but the rest of his attempt showed he's not exactly on the right street. Fortunately, unlike Belichick, Jay Gruden has gotten Snapchat's name right in the past, and could likely help Allen get used to the app if Allen ever decides to start using it.
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