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RG3 agrees to a deal

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RG3 agrees to a deal

The Robert Griffin III Era in Washington can now officially begin.The Redskins first round draft pick signed his rookie contract today, clearing the way for Griffin to participate in rookie camp, which began Monday at Redskins Park. Veteran players report to Ashburn July 25.Griffin announced the signing via Twitter.@RGIII: Well people....It's Time to go to Work!!! Off the unemployment line and oh yea HTTR!!!!(Update: The Redskins have confirmed that he has signed via the team's Twitter feed.)Without a signed contract, Griffin could not attend the first two days of the weeklong camp, which consists of classroom, conditioning and no-contact drills.According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk the contract is for four years and 21,119,098 and is fully guaranteed. He will get a signing bonus of 13,799,344.Florio also is reporting that there is not offset language in the contract, meaning that in the highly unlikely event they should release him before the contract is up the Redskins would owe him the full amount of the contract regardless of how much another team might pay him. According to multiple reports the offset language was the main holdup in getting a deal done.In recent days, Griffin said he was confident that a deal would get hammered out.The only time Im going to get nervous is if Im not signed by the time main camp comes, Griffin told ESPN980 on Wednesday. Im not nervous about it. Im not going to lose sleep over it. I know the people around me and I know the Skins want to get it done, so well get the contract signed.Griffin is the first player drafted in the top eight spots to sign his rookie deal.The likely holdup for those players is the same salary cap-related issue that is believed to have delayed Griffins arrival offset language. Although rookie deals for top draftees are essentially set by the CBA, teams want any unpaid guaranteed money owed to that player to be offset by whatever money he might earn from another club if hes cut before the four-year pact expires.Its unclear how the Redskins and Griffins agent, Ben Dogra, resolved the offset language issue. But its likely few fans care.Griffin, the player many expect to lead an eventual turnaround of the moribund franchise, is officially a Redskins and ready to report for his first day on the job.
RG3 signs his contract (photo courtesy Washington Redskins)

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5 under the radar names to watch at NFL Combine as possible Redskins fits

5 under the radar names to watch at NFL Combine as possible Redskins fits

The NFL world descends on Indianapolis this week to scout college football players eligible for the upcoming draft at the 2017 NFL Draft Combine.

That's not all that goes on, as agents and front offices begin to work on new deals that will have the rumor mill buzzing.

The Redskins have nine picks in the 2017 Draft, and Scot McCloughan and crew will be very busy this week. There will be plenty of big names drawing attention, but here are some off-the-radar guys the Washington scouts will be checking out. 

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Much of the focus for Redskins fans will be what McCloughan does with his first-round pick at No. 17, but remember, some of the GM's best work often comes late in the draft. Further, McCloughan is armed with extra picks in the 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds. 

The 2017 NFL Draft is loaded with lots of potential along the defensive line, and that will be a major area of focus for the Redskins. The team will also need to supplement offensive skill positions after what could be a rough run in free agency. 

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Need to Know: Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray?

Need to Know: Will the Redskins be interested in C Mangold, RB Murray?

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 27, 2 days before the March 1 NFL franchise tag deadline.  

Timeline

Days until:

—NFL Combine (3/2) 3
—Start of NFL free agency (3/9) 10
—Redskins offseason workouts start (4/17) 49
—NFL Draft (4/27) 59
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 195

Monday morning Redskins musings as free agency approaches

1. It appears that the Raiders are going to let Latavius Murray, who rushed for over 1,800 yards combined in the last two seasons, test free agency.

I’d be surprised if the Redskins showed any interest. I’m not sure that they will be jumping into the RB free agent pool, at least not into the deep (expensive) end of it. They might draft a back to compete with Rob Kelley, Matt Jones, and Mack Brown. Chris Thompson will remain the third-down back.

2. Do you wonder why the Redskins have been reluctant to draft a safety?

Eventually, someone will need to figure out the safety position in the NFL. With all the spread offenses that safeties face in college the safeties have become more like additional corner. Also, the better defensive backs in college want to be cornerbacks because it pays better in the pros. The pool coming out is generally small to begin with and then it shrinks even further for each team due to the scheme factors that Farrar discusses. Su'a Cravens could be the solution to one safety spot for the Redskins but they continue to be in search of someone to pair with him. 

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3. The Jets allowed C Nick Mangold to announce his own release. He was one of the best centers of the past decade; Mangold went to seven Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro twice. But I don’t see him being of interest to the Redskins. They are happy with Spencer Long and even if they weren’t, Mangold is 33 and he missed half of last season with an ankle injury. Those factors likely will make the Redskins steer clear.

4. Maybe some fans don’t care if they are getting information from the team through the media at the combine. Or at the Senior Bowl. Or anywhere. And it is the team’s option to have someone available or not during most of the offseason (a press conference prior to the draft is mandatory). But they are missing out on a chance to give their side of the story.

One of the problems with changing what has been a longstanding practice and going into radio silence is that it leaves people speculating. If the team doesn’t want to put any information out there that is the organization’s option. But if you choose not to fill in the blanks, the fans and media will.

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5. We have another D-lineman signed as the Panthers retained DE Mario Addison.

Addison, who was with the Redskins for five games in 2012, also had six and 6.5 sacks the previous two year, not bad for a guy who has started just one game in the last three seasons. That average of just over $7 million per year sets another data point for the Redskins to use to try to retain Chris Baker. Addison is a 4-3 end while Baker is a 3-4 end so it’s not an apples to apples comparison but it will help figuring out what a reasonable contract is. Without seeing the details, it looks like Addison gave the Panthers something of a hometown discount as that’s a good price for a guy who was half a sack away from double digits.

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