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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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Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Rams

Need to Know: Last look at Redskins vs. Rams

Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, September 19, five days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.

Timeline

Today’s schedule: No media availability

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 13
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 24
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 40

Last look at Redskins vs. Rams

—Before the game, I confidently told someone on Twitter that Ryan Grant would get about as many targets (6) against the Rams as he did against the Eagles. But as it turned out, Grant was targeted just twice. The second time was on the game-winning touchdown in the last two minutes. A big difference between this week and last was that Kirk Cousins attempted just 27 passes against LA compared to 40 vs. the Eagles. That led to fewer opportunities for receivers and Grant was one of those who saw his chances drop the most.

—Cousins started well and finished strong but he didn’t do much in the middle. It seems that he was rolling along well until he misfired on a fade pattern to Josh Doctson and then on another throw to Chris Thompson. That ended a goal to go opportunity in a situation where a touchdown would have given the Redskins a commanding 17-0 lead. The next time the Redskins had the ball Cousins was sacked on his first passing attempt and he fumbled a snap a little later. In the third quarter and early in the fourth he completed some passes but many of them were for a minimal gain. To his credit, he didn’t panic and force a turnover. And, of course, he came through on the final drive, completing three of three passes for 42 yards including the 11-yard game winner to Grant.

—During the week leading up to the game, Jay Gruden emphasized the importance of getting to the quarterback. It didn’t play out as well as I’m sure Gruden would have liked. They got two sacks of Jared Goff, one by Preston Smith and one by Ryan Kerrigan, both in the Rams’ possession late in the first half. They pressured Goff on other occasions but overall their pass rush possibly was not as good as it was against the Eagles. Then, they at least got to Carson Wentz even though they had issues bringing him down. Too often, Goff had plenty of time to operate and that helped keep the Rams in the game until near the end.

—Chris Thompson has been the Redskins’ offensive MVP so far. He has improved each year and yesterday he was at his peak. What you really had to like on the 61-yard touchdown run on the draw play was his patience. He was almost standing still as he took the handoff from Cousins as he carried out the pass-blocking fake and chose his path for when he got the ball. He said that the play was designed for him to go one way but his read took him someplace else. It took him to the end zone for the second time that game.

—One surprise early in the game was that Montae Nicholson started at strong safety in place of DeShazor Everett. Nicholson made no glaring errors before he left the game with an AC joint sprain. The depth chart here apparently is set after the team announced that Su'a Cravens, the starter until he left the team to contemplate retirement, will not return this season. 

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NFL Power Rankings: Serious contenders already starting to emerge

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NFL Power Rankings: Serious contenders already starting to emerge

The NFL season is already one-eighth of the way done. That's a bit sad, isn't it?

Playing two games in professional football is roughly equivalent to playing 10 in the NBA or 20 in MLB. That means two things: 1) The season flies by, and 2) Contenders begin proving themselves early.

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This year is no exception. So far, those trending toward the top of CSN's rankings have looked dominant, and figure to be in the hunt all season long. Those at the bottom, meanwhile? Hey, it's never too early to start doing some draft prep.

Wondering where your team is (and how far Dallas fell, because that's something everyone enjoys)? Check out the link above or below.

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