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Redskins making contract progress with Chris Baker but are competing with multiple teams

Redskins making contract progress with Chris Baker but are competing with multiple teams

The Redskins have been slow to talk with some of their pending free agents this year, but good news has emerged with defensive lineman Chris Baker. The team's best player along the defensive front for the last two seasons, a source told CSN that Washington and Baker had "positive" contract talks.

The 'Skins face competition for Baker, however, with as many as six teams expressing interest in the pending free agent. 

It's no surprise that there will be some competition for Baker on the open market. During the last two seasons, Baker has logged 10.5 sacks while playing defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. 

A stout run stopper, Baker is exceptionally quick for his 6-foot-2, 300 lb. frame and is capable of getting to quarterbacks from the interior of the line. Pro Football Focus named Baker to its "Top 10 Under the Radar" list of free agents, and it appears the other teams in the NFL listened.

Washington's defensive line needs a rebuild, the unit ranked near the bottom in too many statistical categories. But many observers of the team recognize that rebuild should include Baker, a guy that provides a strong locker room presence with his leadership and his levity. 

In the last week, the Redskins placed the exclusive franchise tag on QB Kirk Cousins as well as working with Baker towards a new deal. That contract work comes amid rampant speculation about front office turmoil, as general manager Scot McCloughan did not attend the NFL Scouting Combine with other Washington brass.

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Redskins' draft pick Ryan Anderson just had a baby (partly) named after him

Redskins' draft pick Ryan Anderson just had a baby (partly) named after him

Here's an updated look at second-round pick Ryan Anderson's stats since the Redskins drafted him back in late April: zero career NFL tackles, one career baby named partly after him.

On Tuesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt honored Anderson and fellow ex-Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster by combining their last names and making that combination his newborn son's middle name.

Everyone please say hello to Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt:

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The gesture was not lost on Anderson, who said on Instagram that the "little guy will always hold a special place" in his heart:

One gets the sense that Anderson, who comes across as a very intense man and one whose breakfast probably consists of a bowl of motor oil, doesn't use heart emojis very often. Therefore, since he used some in his Instagram caption, you know Pruitt's decision meant a lot to him.

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Jordan Reed missed OTAs Tuesday but was still putting in work with Chad Johnson

Jordan Reed missed OTAs Tuesday but was still putting in work with Chad Johnson

Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.

Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:

For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.

By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself. 

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