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Gardner: Nothing Doing

Gardner: Nothing Doing

It appears that a trade the Redskins have been seeking to complete almost since the day after the season ended, one to send Rod Gardner elsewhere, won't happen before draft day, if ever. From an article in the Washington Post:: Gibbs initially was hopeful that a deal for Gardner would be completed by now, expressing optimism about the degree of interest in the former first-round pick, but the market for him has been relatively stale, league sources said.
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"I haven't seen any movement there," said one NFL personnel executive, who said the most likely time for a deal could be at the April 23-24 draft.

In waiting until draft day, the Skins are hoping that a team looking to draft a receiver in the first two rounds will come up empty and deal away their third or fourth rounder for Gardner.

One of the hangups in a potential trade is Garnder's contract situation. Any team dealing away more than a throwaway pick for him wants to have him signed beyond the one year he has left on the contract he signed as a first-round draft pick out of Clemson. Gardner, realizing that his value would not be very high if he were to negotiate a deal right now, wants to play out the last year of his contract and become a free agent.

It seems like Gardner is holding all of the cards here and in a way he is, but it's not like he has a really strong hand. If he doesn't agree to an extension to make a trade happen he faces getting cut by the Redskins (they are very unlikely to keep him after publicly throwing him under the bus by announcing that he wasn't in their plans in 2005). If he faces being a free agent now, he'll be trying to negotiate a deal based on his 2004 numbers of 51 catches for 650 yards and 5 TD's, a performance quite similar to his '03 performance. That's not going to add up to a big contract. At least if he signs an extension to enable a deal with a new team he'll be able to keep the $2.1 million he's slated to make this year.

So, it's in 50/50's best interest to go ahead and grease the skids for his imminent departure from the Redskins. It's likely that he will find the post-draft free agent market to be a cold and unprofitable place to be.

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a roster move just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

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Out

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

Cardinals

Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.