The Redskins have made their first signing and it came at their position of greatest need.
According to the Washington Post, they will sign Cowboys defensive lineman Terrell McClain to a four-year deal worth just over $21 million.
McClain, who will be 29 before training camp starts, could be a good addition. He started 15 games for Dallas last year, getting 2.5 sacks and forcing two fumbles. But the team clearly still has work to do on a line that has been a weak spot for quite some time.
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With the departure of Chris Baker looking likely (but not yet certain), McClain joins Ricky Jean Francois and Phil Taylor as the veterans on the line. That gives you a nose tackle in Taylor and two ends but all of them are more journeymen than difference makers.
They have some youth in interior backup Matt Ioannidis and A.J. Francis and at end in Anthony Lanier, a player the organization hope can develop into a pass rusher.
While Taylor, Francois, and McClain are capable of starting, the line would continue to struggle without additional front-line players. Still on the market are Brandon Williams of the Ravens, Dontari Poe of the Chiefs, Jonathan Hankins of the Giants, and Bennie Logan of the Eagles are the top available linemen to keep an eye on.
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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, June 24, 33 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.
The Redskins last played a game 174 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles in FedEx Field in 78 days.
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/17) 23
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 47
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 70
The Redskins week that was
Pressure Points: Focus is on Jay Gruden like never before—So you lost two coordinators and your top two wide receivers? Well, the Redskins gave him a two-year contract extension because they think he can deal with problems like those. Gruden will be cut zero slack.
Post-minicamp 53-man roster projection, offense—Sure, there will be plenty of lip service about everyone having a chance of making the 53-man roster. But this cake is very nearly baked. But the real competition in training camp will be for the 10 practice squad spots. I picked 25 offensive players to make it and I’m confident that 23, maybe 22 of the picks will be right. There seems to be more questions on defense (roster projection here) but even on that side of the ball, few jobs are truly up for grabs.
Redskins in a no-lose situation with confident Galette—We haven’t seen Junior Galette practicing in the spring before. Two years ago, he wasn’t with the team yet and last year he was held out so he could rehab his torn Achilles. That means we don’t have much comparison to make but he did look good. Next step is to do it with the pads on.
Snyder 'THRILLED' with ruling that should protect Redskins name—The legal part of the fight to get the Redskins to change their name is over after the recent Supreme Court ruling. They will not lose their trademark protection, which would effectively force them to change the team. However, it seems likely that the political and social battle will go on.
Is a Redskins-Cousins deal not only possible but probable?—One analyst thinks that the Redskins have too much to lose to not get a deal done by July 17. I think he’s right but I’m not sure if I’ll go along with his odds.
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In case you missed it
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.
ROSTER BATTLES: Left guard | Tight end | Nickel cornerback | Inside linebacker | Running back
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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