The Redskins tendered restricted free agents Chris Thompson and Will Compton. Both players can now negotiate with other teams, though should either player receive an offer sheet, the Redskins have seven days to match.
The team decided to give Thompson a second-rounder tender. That will pay him a $2.7 million salary if he plays on that deal. If the Redskins decline to match the offer sheet they will get a second-round pick as compensation. Compson got a low/original round tender, worth $1.8 million. That gives the Redskins the right to match an offer sheet for Compton but since he wasn't drafted they would get no compensation if they decline to match.
Thompson proved how valuable he can be as a running back in 2016, serving as the veteran of the position group and setting career highs with more than 700 total yards and five touchdowns. A capable receiver out of the backfield that showed he can take on blitzers in the pocket, Thompson gained more and more playing time as the season progressed.
Compton came off a strong finish to the 2016 season to be named a defensive captain in 2017. In 15 games, Compton recorded 128 tackles, good for second most on the team, to go along with an interception and two fumble recoveries.
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Vernon Davis played well in 2016, quite well in fact. Signed to a one-year deal after a poor 2015 season, expectations were low for Davis and he over-delivered.
He ended the season with 44 catches and 583 yards to go with two touchdowns, but a stat from Pro Football Focus truly stands out.
There were 15 tight ends with more yards than Davis, including one on his own team in Jordan Reed. Still, at age 32, Davis had the moves to make defenders miss.
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Even early in 2016, as early as training camp, a number of Redskins players mentioned that Davis still had speed and quickness. That didn't change throughout the 16 game season. Pro Football Focus just quantified it.
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Having a workout buddy is good. Having a workout buddy who's a three-time All-Pro and who churns out 100-catch seasons like Michael Bay churns out dreadful Transformers sequels, however, is better.
It's that second kind that Terrelle Pryor has chosen to spend time with recently. On Thursday, the Redskins wideout tweeted footage of him working out alongside Antonio Brown, and even though he is much taller and 40+ pounds heavier than the Steelers star, Pryor didn't have that much trouble keeping up with the NFL's top outside threat.
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Take a look at this race between the two, for instance, in which the pair of pass-catchers blow by the camera man so quickly, he fails to film the contest's conclusion:
You can also watch Pryor and Brown go through a ladder drill while wearing a band around their ankles at the end of this video from the Redskins. Now, that band would likely cause some problems for common folk trying to complete the drill, but as these two show, they aren't common:
They even found time for yoga (please be sure to note how Pryor's groutfit is so thorough that it includes his mat):
For a guy like Pryor — who's still relatively new to his position — spending offseason time with Antonio Brown could really pay off for both him and the Redskins in 2017.
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