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Redskins Free Agency 2017: Tracking news, rumors and NFC East updates

Redskins Free Agency 2017: Tracking news, rumors and NFC East updates

NFL free agency is more of a rumor mill than a high school cafeteria, and it feels like each year, the Redskins are attached to more of those rumors and happenings than most other franchises.

Therefore, to keep you posted on all the news and buzz that'll inevitably pick up the moment you put your phone down, CSNmidatlantic.com has created this live blog that'll update constantly throughout one of the craziest periods in professional football.

What are you waiting for? Hurry up and scroll down to read the latest stories, analysis and gossip before the next big thing breaks and you're that sad, lonely person at your office or in your house who is a move behind everyone else.

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REDSKINS NEWS

SATURDAY

— Duke Ihenacho sent out some cryptic tweets on Saturday that make it seem like his time with the Redskins is coming to an end. (Read the full story here.)

WEDNESDAY

— Despite needing to rebuild their defensive line, the Redskins decided to release Ricky Jean-Francois after two seasons with the team. They also decided to re-sign Ziggy Hood within minutes of the Jean-Francois move. (Read the full story here.)

SATURDAY

— While the Redskins missed out on bringing back WR DeSean Jackson, they did make a (serious) late push. (Details here.

— The details for WR Terrelle Pryor's contract are out, and they are even more team-friendly than originally suspected. (Details here.

FRIDAY

— According to our own JP Finlay, the Redskins have signed former Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. It is reportedly a one-year deal. (Details here.

— Kirk Cousins signed the Redskins' franchise tender Friday morning, his agent announced on Twitter. Cousins is now under contract for 2017 and therefore tradeable. (Details here.)  

THURSDAY

— As the other 31 teams in the league are helping their general managers find players in free agency, the Redskins are officially moving on from theirs. After two years on the job, Scot McCloughan is no longer a part of Washington's front office, with his firing happening Thursday evening. (Read the full story here.)

— The Redskins addressed another position of need on defense: Safety. The team signed former Cardinal D.J. Swearinger, a 25-year-old with a reputation as a hard hitter. Check out the details of the deal here

— Looks like McClain isn't the only defensive lineman signing from the first official day of free agency. In addition to the ex-Cowboy, Washington inked Stacy McGee to a five-year deal Thursday after McGee spent his first four seasons with the Raiders. (Read the full story here). 

— The Redskins reportedly made their first signing to bolster the defensive line, agreeing to bring on former Cowboy Terrell McClain. There are some question marks with the signing due to injury history, which JP Finlay details here

WEDNESDAY

— In an effort to keep two solid contributors from the 2016 roster, Washington tendered Chris Thompson and Will Compton on Wednesday. Those two players can negotiate with other teams, but the 'Skins can match offers if they receive any. (Read the full story here.)

— After a year in which his production spiked, the Redskins decided to bring back Vernon Davis, who signed a multi-year deal Wednesday. Read why his return is key right here.

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REDSKINS-RELATED RUMORS

MONDAY

— Bennie Logan will not be a Redskin in 2017. The lineman, who visited Ashburn on Friday, has opted to sign with the Chiefs instead:

SATURDAY

— After leaving Redskins Park without an offer on Friday, WR Cordarelle Patterson is visiting with the Raiders today. 

— No news is good news on the Bennie Logan front? He is apparently still weighing his options.

FRIDAY

— The Redskins are hosting Eagles DT Bennie Logan on Friday night, per Adam Schefter. 

— It was reported that former Vikings wide receiver was visiting the Redskins by Ian Rapoport, but that the Redskins chose to go with Pryor over Patterson

— A source inside Kirk Cousins' camp tells CSN's Chick Hernandez that the QB will not negotiate a long-term deal with the Redskins as long as Bruce Allen remains team president. More from the report here. 

— A new report says Kirk Cousins has told at least one person that he will be a San Francisco 49er, whether it's in 2017 or 2018. How he could reunite with former OC Kyle Shanahan, and what this report means for negotiations, explained here. 

THURSDAY

— No, it fortunately doesn't appear like the Redskins' offseason strategy is to strictly lose receivers while not adding any. Terrelle Pryor, who had a breakout season with the Browns in 2016, is reportedly taking a visit with the 'Skins. He would big a large splash for a team that hasn't made any yet. (Read the full story here.)

— Former Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen, one of the more reliable blocking TEs in the NFL, appears headed to the San Francisco 49ers.

— Chris Baker, everyone's favorite defensive linemen, is on his way out of Washington, D.C. and joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He said that the Redskins didn't make him a single offer. (Read the full story here.)

— Kirk Cousins wants out of Washington badly enough to go to the very top of the organization asking for a trade, according to a report this morning from Chris Mortenson. This certainly represents an escalation from reports the day before.

— In the latter half of the 2016 Redskins season, the debate surrounding which receiver the Redskins should keep between DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon was a hot topic each week. Well, it appears that the answer to that will end up being "neither," as Jackson is set to become a Buccaneer (Read the full story here.)

WEDNESDAY

— Kirk Cousins probably deserves his own live blog. As of Wednesday evening at 6, one report said that Cousins "has made it clear" he doesn't want to be with the Redskins, and would much rather prefer joining Kyle Shanahan in San Fran. (Read the full story here.)

— Ditto the "he deserves his own live blog" comment for Scot McCloughan. According to some, the Redskins are already searching for his replacement, and he hasn't been a part of some recent vital decisions that were made at Redskins Park. (Read the full story here).

— Pierre Garçon's five-year tenure in D.C. is over. On Wednesday, the tough receiver cashed in with the 49ers, where he'll be working under one of his former offensive coordinators in Shanahan. (Read the full story here.)

—The Redskins needs defensive line help. To ensure that's clear, let's write that sentence again: The team needs defensive line help. Therefore, their interest in Dontari Poe makes a lot of sense. (Read the full story here.)

TUESDAY

—Top-notch organizations find lower-tier free agents who provide major returns on cheap contracts. So, while Andre Holmes and Terrell McClain aren't instantly recognizable names, they are younger players who would fill positions of need for the Redskins. The word on Tuesday is that both were being looked at by the organization. (Read the full story here.)

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NFC EAST AND MAJOR NFL NEWS

SATURDAY

— The Cowboys lost an offensive lineman, but the Giants added one in guard D.J. Fluker. 

— Speaking of the Cowboys, they are still looking for a suitor to trade for QB Tony Romo. However, it seems far more likely they will be forced to release him. 

— Cowboys RT Doug Free has announced his retirement. 

— Former Redskins utility man, Lorenzo Alexander, signed a two-year deal to stay in Buffalo. 

FRIDAY

— The rich got richer. The Patriots traded for star WR Brandin Cooks. They gave up a first round pick and a third round pick. 

— The Browns will release former Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. RG3 had been in Cleveland for less than a year, but his time was plagued with injury. 

THURSDAY

— The Philadelphia Eagles are really bolstering their WR corps. First it was Torrey Smith, and now it apepars Alshon Jeffery is headed to the NFC East. 

— With Brock Osweiler reportedly headed to the Browns, it appears as if Robert Griffin III's time in Cleveland is all but over.

— Here's a stunner. The Browns are acquring QB brock Osweiler and a second-round pick in order to take Osweiler's albatross fo a contract of Houston's hands. It's unclear if the Browns view Osweiler as their future starting QB. The Browns have a ton of cap space and could be more interested in the pick.

— Former Maryland Terrapin and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith is headed to Philadelphia to join the Eagles.

— Kenny Britt was one talented target that seemed like someone the Burgundy and Gold could be enticed by. However, a report on Thursday says the ex-Rams wideout is heading to Ohio, leaving the Redskins to search elsewhere for replacements for Jackson and Garçon:

WEDNESDAY

— Calais Campbell, who the Redskins were interested in acquiring via free agency, is reportedly signing with the Jaguars. Upset about that? Redskins Insider JP Finlay explains why the Redskins were right to pass on Campbell.

— On Wednesday morning, it was reported that the Redskins were looking at Marquise Goodwin as a possible deep threat addition to their offense. But later in the day, he ended up choosing the 49ers instead, much like Garçon.

— Tony Romo is leaving Dallas. The fragile QB is reportedly going to be released by the Cowboys. (Read the full story here.)

— Eli Manning now has two No. 1 wideouts at his disposal. On Wednesday morning, the Giants agreed to a deal with ex-Jet Brandon Marshall. (Read the full story here.)

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

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Unlucky Day: Cowboys release WR Lucky Whitehead following arrest warrant

Monday was an unlucky day for Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead.

What started with a warrant for his arrest ended with him being released by the Cowboys.

Back on June 22, Whitehead was arrested on charges of petit larceny in Woodbridge The former Osbourn High School (Va.) and Florida Atlantic wide receiver was popped for shoplifting under $200 of merchandise at a local Wawa convenience store.

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An arraignment was scheduled for July 6. Court records indicate that Whitehead did not show up to court, and on Monday, July 24, a warrant for his arrest was issued, the Prince William County police Department confirmed. On Monday afternoon, Whitehead was informed that he was being released, according to Ian Rapoport.

Whitehead told the Dallas Morning News on Monday that he wasn't even aware that he was wanted in court. 

Whitehead's agent also claimed that the wide receiver wasn't in Virginia at the time of the arrest.

This all comes less than a week after Whitehead's pet dog was kidnapped and held for ransom. Whitehead got the dog back 24 hours later.

The Bealton, Va. native appeared in 15 games last season, hauling in three catches for 48 yards. He also carried the ball 10 times for 82 yards. Whitehead's biggest contribution came in the return game, where he returned 25 punts for 195 yards and 17 kickoffs for 394 yards.

Whitehead signed a 3-year, $1.5 million deal with the Cowboys in 2015 after going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, offense

Need to Know: Redskins pre-camp 53-man roster projection, offense

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, July 24, three days before the Washington Redskins start training camp in Richmond on July 27.

Timeline

The Redskins last played a game 204 days ago; they will open the 2017 season against the Eagles at FedEx Field in 48 days.

Days until:

—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 17
—Preseason vs. Packers at FedEx Field (8/19) 26
—Roster cut to 53 (9/2) 41

Redskins roster projection—offense

The Redskins strap it up and start the battle for the 53 roster spots in earnest in just three days. Some are locks, others are hoping to hang on. Here is my prediction of the roster will shake out along with players who are on the bubble. The offense is up today, the defense tomorrow.

Players I have making the roster who are new to the organization in 2017 are in italics

Quarterback (3)

Starter: Kirk Cousins
Backups: Colt McCoy, Nate Sudfeld

Cousins and the team didn’t agree on the contract but that changes nothing for 2017. The elimination of two-a-day practices makes a fourth “camp arm” QB unnecessary so these three will handle all the snaps from now until when the season ends.   

Running backs (3)

Starter: Rob Kelley
Backups: Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson

Bubble: Mack Brown, Keith Marshall

Kelley skipped the drive-through window meals during the offseason, switching to a healthier diet to get himself in better shape. He will need to be strong to hold off Perine, who will make a push for playing time. Brown could be on or off depending on numbers elsewhere on the roster. If Marshall can stay healthy, he could force his way into the picture but the health is a big “if”.

Wide receivers (6)

Starters: Josh Doctson, Terrelle Pryor, Jamison Crowder (slot)
Backups: Maurice Harris, Ryan Grant, Robert Davis

Bubble: Brian Quick

I’m not sure if Grant, who caught nine passes while playing in all 16 games last year, should be a lock but it appears that he is. Davis is a projection; he has a lot to learn but if he is showing significant progress he could push out the veteran Quick, who was not impressive during the offseason practices.    

Tight ends (4)

Starter: Jordan Reed
Backups: Vernon Davis, Niles Paul, Jeremy Sprinkle

Bubble: Derek Carrier

Paul and Sprinkle could be considered on the bubble as well. The normal allowance is for three tight ends on the 53-man roster. Reed and Davis are locks, they need Paul for special teams, and Sprinkle is slated to be the blocking tight end. But Sprinkle needs to add a lot of polish to his game and Paul has the injury bug to fight. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

Offensive line (9)

Starters (left to right): Trent Williams, Shawn Lauvao, Spencer Long, Brandon Scherff, Morgan Moses
Backups: Ty Nsekhe, Arie Kouandjio, Vinston Painter, Chase Roullier

Bubble: John Kling

The starters are locked in unless Kouandjio can come up with a huge camp and push Lauvao out of the starting job. Roullier could be the backup center but if he’s not ready the Redskins could look for a veteran off the waiver wire for that spot.

Offensive breakdown: 25 players, four rookies, a total of five new to the Redskins.

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