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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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Redskins Playbook: 3 under-the-radar players that could make big impact

Redskins Playbook: 3 under-the-radar players that could make big impact

Much of the Redskins offseason has been focused on players like Josh Norman and Kirk Cousins, or the addition of guys like Terrelle Pryor and Zach Brown. Further down the roster, however, is where games are won. Here's a look at three players that will have the opportunity to make a big impact in 2017.

  1. Kendall Fuller - Let's be honest: the second-year Hokie had a tough rookie year. He started the season injured, and probably wasn't all the way up to speed when he began playing Week 4. Early on he produced at a good level for a rookie, but quickly, the league saw how to beat him. In a November game against the Vikings, Fuller repeatedly got beat on the inside by Vikings wideout Stefon Diggs. After that, the Redskins coaching staff looked elsewhere for a slot corner. 2017 is a new season, and Fuller will be a full year removed from his knee injury. He still has good vision and hips, an NFL pedigree, and should have the first crack at the slot corner role. If he can produce like many expected from him in 2015 - when he was an assumed first-round pick - Fuller could make a big difference for the Washington defense. Third round draft pick Fabian Moreau might also push for snaps at corner, once he gets healthy. 
  2. Stacy McGee - A new addition to the defense, McGee might be the answer Redskins fans want at nose tackle. Last season was by the far the best of McGee's career, and he emerged as a strong run stopper in Oakland. With his frame, and Jim Tomsula's coaching, McGee might play a big role this fall. His biggest hurdle? Staying healthy. In four seasons in the NFL, McGee has only played 16 games one season. Last year, he was limited to just nine games.
  3. Spencer Long - A free agent at the end of the season, Long comes in to 2017 looking to prove he can be a top tier center in the NFL. He excelled in pass blocking and calling the assignments on the Redskins line, but his run blocking could improve this fall. The literal centerpiece of a strong, young 'Skins line, 2017 will be a big opportunity for Long. Don't forget Washington moved up to draft Chase Roullier from Wyoming in the 6th round, and he played center and guard in college. Life in the NFL always has pressure, and Long will be facing some.

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Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Need to Know: The Redskins week that was—Who will surprise, who will play NT

Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, May 27, 17 days before the Washington Redskins start minicamp on June 13.

Timeline

It’s been 146 days since the Redskins played a game. Their season opener against the Eagles at FedEx Field is in 106 days.

Days until:

—Redskins minicamp (6/13) 17
—Training camp starts (7/27) 61
—Preseason opener @ Ravens (8/10) 75

The Redskins week that was

Here are some of the most popular post from the last week on www.CSNmidatlantic.com and on www.RealRedskins.com

How well will the Redskins' defense adjust to six new starters? The Redskins unquestionably got an infusion of defensive talent but as we have seen in the past that does not guarantee better results. Throw a new defensive coordinator into the mix and it could take some time for this unit to reach its full potential. I think that there will be struggles early in the season and a better (but not dominant) unit by the time November rolls around.

Which Redskins will surprise in 2017? Every player carries expectations into the season. Some will be better than we believe right now (think of what many thought Vernon Davis would do last year) and some will play worse (Josh Doctson). I take out the crystal ball to figure out who will exceed expectations and who will fall below them.

Don't count out 3rd straight franchise tag for Cousins—Yes, Bruce Allen said that he is willing to franchise tag Kirk Cousins for a third time next year, a move that would cost $34 million for one season. But I think that’s a total bluff; the Redskins’ salary cap situation for 2018 would make such a move very difficult for them to pull off. The best hope for Cousins being a Redskin in 2018 is getting him signed to a long-term contract by July 15 of this year. The tone of the conversation regarding a new deal has been positive lately but the team must come up with a serious offer for a deal to happen.

For Redskins, finding a nose tackle needs to be a priority—Well, it’s up to Jim Tomsula to “make” a nose tackle. Phil Taylor is a true NT and he will get a shot. But he hasn’t played a snap since 2014. Undrafted free agent Ondre Pipkins also has nose tackle size at 6-3, 325. But he is a long shot, as are the Redskins’ chances of being significantly better against the run if they don’t find someone, anyone to be an adequate solution as the nose tackle.

Did Vernon Davis make the NFL change celebration rules? Although I prefer the John Riggins way of celebrating a touchdown—hand the ball to the referee because you’ve been in the end zone before and you expect to be back again soon—elaborate celebrations don’t bother me. After a TD in a game I’m covering I’m focused on writing about the scoring drive. When I’m watching at home, my attention goes to Twitter or to the refrigerator. I do think that it was dumb for the Redskins to lose 15 yards of field position because Vernon Davis put a jump shot over the crossbar so that’s why I’m glad that the NFL changed the celebration rules.

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