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Redskins have unfinished business with RFA's Thompson, Compton

Redskins have unfinished business with RFA's Thompson, Compton

Earlier this week I looked at the Redskins’ unrestricted free agents.

The team has offered tenders to their two exclusive rights free agents, OT’s Ty Nsekhe and Vinston Painter.

They have two other players who are free agents and there is a deadline approaching.

Third-down back Chris Thompson and starting Mike linebacker Will Compton are restricted free agents. They will remain RFA’s as long as the team offers them tenders by 4 p.m. on Thursday. If they aren’t offered the tenders by that time they will become unrestricted free agents. The Redskins likely will not let that happen but the clock is ticking.

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The restricted free agent tender salaries were announced earlier this week. The low or original round tender will be $1.8 million. That is the level likely to be given to Thompson and Compton.

The two would be free to shop their services just like any other free agent. If they get an offer sheet the Redskins would have seven days to match it. If they choose not to match an offer for Thompson they would get a fifth-round pick in return since that is the round in which he was drafted. They would get nothing for Compton, who signed as an undrafted free agent.

In order to get anything in return for Compton they would have to put the second-round tender on him. That would set them back $2.7 million, probably too much for Compton. It should be noted that offer sheets to RFA's are rare and the players usually end up staying with the team that tendered them.

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The money from the tenders is not guaranteed. Assuming both are on the team and they play out their deals they would become unrestricted free agents in 2018.

The team’s other option would be to sign one or both of them to two- or three-year contracts. The players could get some money up front with a signing bonus and maybe make a little more money since the team essentially would be buying out the players’ first year or two of unrestricted free agency.

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One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

One surprising stat that puts Vernon Davis at top of NFL tight ends

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. 

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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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Terrelle Pryor has no problem keeping up with Antonio Brown during offseason workout

Terrelle Pryor has no problem keeping up with Antonio Brown during offseason workout

Having a workout buddy is good. Having a workout buddy who's a three-time All-Pro and who churns out 100-catch seasons like Michael Bay churns out dreadful Transformers sequels, however, is better.

It's that second kind that Terrelle Pryor has chosen to spend time with recently. On Thursday, the Redskins wideout tweeted footage of him working out alongside Antonio Brown, and even though he is much taller and 40+ pounds heavier than the Steelers star, Pryor didn't have that much trouble keeping up with the NFL's top outside threat.


Take a look at this race between the two, for instance, in which the pair of pass-catchers blow by the camera man so quickly, he fails to film the contest's conclusion:

You can also watch Pryor and Brown go through a ladder drill while wearing a band around their ankles at the end of this video from the Redskins. Now, that band would likely cause some problems for common folk trying to complete the drill, but as these two show, they aren't common:

They even found time for yoga (please be sure to note how Pryor's groutfit is so thorough that it includes his mat): 

For a guy like Pryor — who's still relatively new to his position — spending offseason time with Antonio Brown could really pay off for both him and the Redskins in 2017.