PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03: Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NFL Free Agency: Clinton Portis To Work Out With Seahawks, According To Report

Clinton Portis is still a free agent. He has a workout scheduled with the Seattle Seahawks this week, according to a report.

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Clinton Portis Works Out For Seattle Seahawks, According To Report

As the NFL's regular season draws closer, former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis continues to be a free agent. Portis will have his third workout of the summer, as the Seattle Seahawks are scheduled to bring him in, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

Clinton Portis will workout for the Seahawks this week. No signing expect but they'll take a look at the veteran running backless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Portis has already worked out for the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, but has not been able to come away with a new job. It looks like he won't with Seattle either, at least based on this report.

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Clinton Portis Works Out For Dolphins, Who Sign Larry Johnson Instead

Former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis remains a free agent, but did work out with the Miami Dolphins, according to Pro Football Talk. Portis had previously worked out for the Patriots, and the Dolphins could use a running back with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams both departing.

However, it appears that Portis has been passed over for one of his former teammates: Larry Johnson. The Dolphins officially announced the signing of Johnson just hours after Portis reportedly came in for the workout. Johnson was in Redskins training camp last year before being cut early in the season. He had just two yards on five carries last year before being released.

That's got to be pretty humiliating for Portis if indeed the Dolphins chose Johnson over him. It makes you wonder where he may play next season, if he plays anywhere at all.

Check out The Phinsider to see what Dolphins fans think of Portis visiting. 

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NFL Free Agency: Clinton Portis Works Out With New England Patriots, According To Report

Having already acquired Albert Haynesworth in a trade, the New England Patriots have kicked the tires on another former Washington Redskins star. The team brought in running back Clinton Portis for a workout on Friday, according to Ian R. Rapoport of the Boston Herald.

The Patriots worked out another marquee name yesterday, kicking the tires of former Washington running back Clinton Portis. He was in for a workout along with former Ravens receiver Mark Clayton and linebacker Ricky Brown, a former Raider who played at Boston College, sources said.

Portis was released by the Redskins before the lockout, as many injuries have limited his effectiveness. He gained just 227 yards last season on the ground and was sidelined with a neck injury for much of the year. Rapoport theorizes that the Patriots are just looking at all available options, and nothing is imminent.

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NFL Free Agency: Washington Redskins Are $10.9 Million Under Salary Cap, According To Report

The Washington Redskins still have nearly $11 million to spend on new roster additions this off season if they choose to do so, according to NFL.com blogger Jason La Canfora. 

The current NFL salary cap shakes out to about $120 million, although enough loopholes exist in the rules to allow teams to spend more than that on their total payroll and still come in under the cap. 

With their cap number, the 'Skins are about on par with the NFL average. Of the league's 32 teams, only the St. Louis Rams are currently over the salary cap, which they exceed by about $800,000. 

Several smaller-market teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, have payrolls under $100 million. Starting in 2013, the NFL will install a salary floor of about 89 percent of the salary cap, which would force those teams and several others to add considerably to their payroll. 

The Redskins have more cap room than any of their divisional rivals. The Dallas Cowboys have the next-most in the NFC East, with about $6.7 million, then the New York Giants, with $5.3 million, and then the Philadelphia Eagles, whose mere $2.2 million in cap room likely mean their big-spending ways this off season are over.

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Washington Redskins Training Camp: Kicker Shayne Graham Has Been Cut, According To Report

Overall, Friday night's 16-7 defeat of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the preseason opener was a rousing success for the Washington Redskins. The offense looked like a well-oiled machine, and the defense looked active and was effective in pressuring the quarterback. The only real negative was the kicking game, as least for one of the potential place kickers. Veteran Shayne Graham, brought in to compete with incumbent Skins kicker Graham Gano, had an awful night, missing two field goals, a chip shot from 29 yards out and also a 49 yard attempt. Well, it appears Shayne kicked himself right out of a job with that performance. Via Adam Caplan of Sirius XM radio:

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It didn't help Graham that Gano went out and made three kicks in the second half, from 32, 34 and 45 yards out. Gano also has the much stronger leg, and with these new kickoff rules in the NFL, he is likely to assure the Redskins of touchbacks on virtually every one of his kickoffs this season. Note to NFL: change that kickoff rule, and soon, please.

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Redskins To Attend Terrelle Pryor Workout Prior To Supplemental Draft, According To Report

The Redskins will be one of several teams to attend Terrelle Pryor's private workout on Friday in advance of the August 17 supplemental draft, according to a report.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Former Redskins DE Andre Carter Signs With Patriots

Former Washington Redskins defensive end Andre Carter will once again have to play with Albert Haynesworth. This time, though, he'll at least do so on a winning team. Carter announced on his Twitter account that he has signed with the New England Patriots, where he will team with Haynesworth to make an impact on passing downs.

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The 32-year old Carter had a career year in 2009, but struggled last year to adjust to the Redskins' 3-4 scheme. He lost his starting job and was released prior to the beginning of the NFL lockout.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Sign LB Keyaron Fox

The Washington Redskins continue to remain busy in free agency, with reports indicating the Skins have signed ex-Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Keyaron Fox. The 6-foot-3, 235 pound Fox was a backup inside linebacker and the special teams captain for the Steelers the past two seasons. Fox was the backup to Steelers' linebackers James Farrior and Lawrence Timmons, and therefore saw the field much more on special teams than defense the past two years.

An eight year NFL veteran, Fox has only started seven games in his career. His best year statistically came in 2006 with the Kansas City Chiefs, when Fox played in all 16 games, starting four, and finishing with 43 tackles and one sack.

Fox's signing came hours after the team announced it would waive veteran linebacker Robert Henson, and it appears likely this move means the team has moved away from ex-Seahawks LB Lofa Totupu, who Washington spoke with late last week. It is possible Fox will be competing for a job at inside linebacker with the newly re-signed Rocky McIntosh and second-year man Perry Riley.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins LB Robert Henson To Be Waived, According To Report

Our friends over at Hogs Haven just heard from Redskins linebacker Robert Henson himself that coach Mike Shanahan plans to waive the veteran today. When reached for comment on the move, Henson had this to say to HH:

"Coach Shanahan told me that right now I was mostly kind of seen as a special teams contributor and that by releasing me now, I would have the chance to try and go somewhere else with enough time to catch on."

It seems Henson was caught up in the proverbial numbers game, battling with Rocky McIntosh, Lorenzo Alexander, H.B. Blades and Perry Riley for a roster spot and playing time, and unfortunately, it looks like the math just didn't add up for him this year in Washington. Henson, however, seems to hold no ill will toward Shanahan, and looks forward to his next opportunity in the league:

"That's a good question. I was thinking about that. I do believe they mean what they say though. Drew [Rosenhaus] has already heard from six to eight teams. I am pretty sure I am going to have an opportunity to make a team, but we don't know where yet. Coach told me it wasn't a question about whether I could play--he knows I will be playing somewhere this year. I think it was just about an already crowded field of competition and they had to make a decision about maybe not putting me into that competition at this point."

Drew Rosenhaus cracks me up - every client he has always seems to have six to eight teams interested in them. The guy is a piece of work. Anyway, good luck to Henson in his future endeavors, hopefully far away from the NFC East.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Sign OL Sean Locklear, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have seemingly made another move near the end of the NFL free agency period in an attempt to improve their offensive line. The Redskins have signed Sean Locklear, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, according to a report by Doc Walker over at ESPN 980.

Locklear was a starter at right and left tackle for the Seahawks, having started no fewer than 10 games in any season since 2005. However, the 30-year old's play had declined enough for the Seahawks to make him a free agent at the end of the year. Locklear could also be moved inside, where he'll have a better shot at competing for a starting job. The Redskins are expected to play Trent Williams and Jammal Brown at tackle, but are much thinner at guard, even after signing Chris Chester from the Baltimore Ravens. It appears that Locklear will be used mostly to provide depth.

It is not immediately clear how much money Locklear's new deal is worth or how many years it is.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Josh Wilson Recruiting Lofa Tatupu To Redskins

The Redskins have been pursuing inside linebacker Lofa Tatupu, who was released by the Seattle Seahawks a few weeks ago. There are a few teams vying for his services, but the Redskins might have a little bit of an upper hand in his recruitment, if we can call it that. Josh Wilson is one of the newest Redskins, but he is already trying to lobby Tatupu to join the team. According to Nathan Fenno of the Washington Times, Wilson and Tatupu are very close from their days playing together in Seattle.

“I’m definitely trying to persuade him,” Wilson said. “That’s my guy. I love to play with Lofa. That’s one of my favorite players I’ve ever had the opportunity to be on the field with. He’s taught me so much. . . . We’re communicating in good fashion. Playing with him would be another blessing for me, but I’ve got to remember it’s where he wants to go.”

Tatupu, 28, has been very productive when he is able to stay on the field. He has 549 tackles in his six year career, despite missing 11 games during the 2009 season. He would line up with London Fletcher to give the Redskins a dynamic inside linebacker duo.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Lofa Tatupu To Visit Redskins On Thursday

Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lofa Tatupu will visit with the Washington Redskins on Thursday to explore the possibility of joining the team for the 2011 season, according to 106.7 The Fan reporter Grant Paulsen. He tweeted this on Thursday:

According to a league source, former #Seahawks LB Lofa Tatupu is still scheduled to visit #Redskins Park today. 28 yr-old entering 7th year.    

Tatupu is a six-year NFL veteran, and has played his entire career to date with the Seattle Seahawks, where he was a middle linebacker in their 4-3 defensive scheme. He is an unrestricted free agent. 

Although only 28 years old, Tatupu's best and most productive seasons appear to be behind him. The former USC star's three Pro Bowl appearances were in his first three seasons, '05,  '06 and '07, when he had over 100 tackles each year. He has not reached that mark since, and missed much of the '09 season due to injury. This past offseason Tatupu had surgery on both knees.

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NFL Free Agency: Redskins Re-Sign LB Rocky McIntosh, DB Reed Doughty

The Washington Redskins continue to hang on to many of their free agents, inking linebacker Rocky McIntosh and safety Reed Doughty to contract, according to reports. The news about McIntosh was actually broken by fellow Redskins linebacker Robert Henson, while the news about Doughty was broken by John Keim of the Washington Examiner.

The news that the team has kept McIntosh is somewhat surprising, because previous reports indicated that the Redskins planned on letting McIntosh go and handing the inside linebacker job to Perry Riley. Instead, it looks like McIntosh will be brought back for even more competition at the position.

Doughty, meanwhile, will get a three-year deal to contribute mostly on special teams now that O.J. Atogwe has been signed. He started a handful of games last season, but should have a reduced role in 2011.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Washington Redskins Re-Sign Kedric Golston

The Washington Redskins added depth to their defensive line on Wednesday, bringing back five-year veteran free agent Kedric Golston, according to Golston himself. He was said to have drawn interest from the Dallas Cowboys, among other teams. 

The terms of the contract are not yet clear. Golston will likely take the place of recently traded lineman Vonnie Holliday in the defensive rotation, behind probable starters Stephen Bowen and Barry Cofield

Golston has played his entire career with the Redskins, dating back to 2006, when the Redskins took him in the sixth round of the NFL Draft with the 196th overall pick. He is 28 years old. 

This is a smart move by the Redskins' brass. Golston will help provide continuity to a defense that has received a major overhaul this offseason, and is more than capable of filling the role it appears the Redskins intend for him to fill. With this move the front office is likely close to finished assembling next season's defensive line group.

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Carlos Rogers Never Planned On Re-Signing With The Redskins: 'Time To Move On'

Carlos Rogers spent six years with the Washington Redskins after being selected out of Auburn with the ninth overall pick in the 2005 Draft. Rogers has been solid if unspectacular in that time, playing decently in coverage but never fully living up to the expectation of being a top-ten pick. Rogers has now moved on from the Redskins, signing a one-year deal with the San Fransisco 49ers on Tuesday. Based on some comments Rogers made that were tweeted by Grant Paulsen, it seems like the split might not have been totally amicable.

Rogers: “I didn’t have any plans of going back to Washington. I wanted to go elsewhere. I thought it was time for me to move on.”

I found this one the most interesting.

I asked Rogers if the play the this season to see if he knew. No hesitation: "Week-9." Says he's "looking forward to it."

Rogers might be asking the 49ers defensive coordinator for a few cornerback blitzes in that particular contest. As you know, the Redskins signed Josh Wilson to replace Rogers, will likely rubbed him the wrong way. And it is showing in what constitutes as his exit interview.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Carlos Rogers Signs One-Year Deal With 49ers, According To Report

Carlos Rogers entered NFL free agency looking for a big payday. In the end, he didn't get it, but he did get out of Washington D.C. The former Redskins' cornerback has signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The deal is worth about $4.25 million, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area.

Rogers hyped himself as one of the top cornerbacks in a deep free agency class, but was passed over one by one by several teams who needed help. That list includes the Redskins, who elected to sign Josh Wilson from the Baltimore Ravens instead.

Rogers has been known to be a strong cover cornerback, but is very bad at getting interceptions. He also has been very critical of the Redskins during his time in D.C.

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Rex Grossman Re-Signs With Washington Redskins, Inks One-Year Contract

Rex Grossman has officially re-signed with the Washington Redskins, announcing the news to local media late Tuesday afternoon. Coach Mike Shanahan had said Grossman would be in camp by the end of the day, and he now is there with a new contract. Grossman announced that it was a one-year contract, because he wanted to play the season and try free agency again next year.

Grossman's return was all but assumed, but it hadn't yet gotten done before Tuesday, which made some people wonder. Grossman took over as the team's starting quarterback late last season after Donovan McNabb was benched, and did a decent job, considering the circumstances. It looks like he'll be a backup again, though, with John Beck picking up most of the first-team reps early in training camp.

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NFL Free Agency: Casey Rabach Signs Two-Year Deal With The Ravens

Former Washington Redskins center Casey Rabach is going back to where his career began: Baltimore. The 33-year-old lineman was recently released by the Redskins and was picked up on Tuesday by the Ravens, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. 

Rabach was drafted by the Ravens in the third round in 2001, and played there for four seasons, becoming Baltimore's starting center in 2004 when then-starter Matt Flynn got hurt. The following offseason he signed with the Redskins as a free agent, and has been their full time starting center ever since. 

Rabach signed a three-year extension with the 'Skins in 2010, but Washington's front office brass cut him as part of a roster-wide effort to get younger at each position. Rabach no longer fit into the Redskins' plans, especially after the free agent signing of former Ravens offensive lineman Chris Chester.

The 10-year veteran inked a two-year deal with his former team in light of injuries to incumbent Matt Birk.

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NFL Free Agency: Rex Grossman Likely To Re-Sign With Redskins On Tuesday

The Washington Redskins still have not re-signed quarterback Rex Grossman, despite many public statements indicating his return is a mere formality. However, it appears that there has been some movement on this on Tuesday. In a press conference following Tuesday's morning practice, coach Mike Shanahan indicated that there is a "good chance" that Grossman will sign a new deal Tuesday night.

To be clear, though, this isn't the same as saying he has already agreed on a new contract. It just means that something should probably happen. Via CSN Washington:

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after today's practice that quarterback Rex Grossman would be arriving at camp on Tuesday night, when he's expected to resign with the team.

Assuming the deal does get done, Grossman will compete with John Beck for the starting quarterback job. He will be a bit behind, but can probably make it up with his familiarity with the offense.

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NFL Free Agency: Phillip Buchanon Announces He's Re-Signed With Redskins

Phillip Buchanon, a free-agent cornerback who was the No. 3 guy for the Washington Redskins last season, has announced that he has re-signed with the team. He put the news out there on his Twitter account after suggesting he ha an announcement to make.

 

Buchanon had received some other offers and even changed agents a couple times over the summer, but ultimately, he decided to stay in D.C. to serve as a nickel cornerback alongside DeAngelo Hall and Josh Wilson. Buchanon, 30, picked up two interceptions in the role last season. The former Oakland Raiders first-round pick will be entering his 10th season in the league next year.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Lofa Tatupu, Kelvin Hayden To Visit Redskins, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have had a busy offseason, but it's not quite over. The team still needs some help at linebacker and at cornerback, and will reportedly pursue two of the more prominent free agents still remaining at those position. The Redskins will bring in former Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu and former Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden, according to a report by Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

Tatupu, who will turn 29 this season, was released by the Seahawks last week. He was a three-time Pro Bowler, but his play has dropped off since early in his career. However, he has experience as a middle linebacker, and the Redskins have a need alongside London Fletcher in their 3-4.

Hayden is a 27-year old starter who was recently released by the Colts. He has not been on the field consistently, missing six, seven and five games in the past three years. The Redskins are thin at the position, though, and could use him and Josh Wilson alongside DeAngelo Hall.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins To Sign Kicker Shayne Graham, According To Report

In an attempt to give incumbent Graham Gano some competition in training camp, the Washington Redskins will sign former Cincinnati Bengals kicker Shayne Graham, according to a report by Chris Russell of ESPN 980. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed the news in his post-practice press conference.

Graham was a mainstay as the Bengals' kicker for seven years from 2002 to 2009. He was released after a playoff failure in 2009 and spent time with the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots last season. Shanahan was satisfied with Gano despite a sometimes-erratic first season where he missed 11 field goal attempts, so the guess here is that Graham is there just to push Gano.

Gano is a native of Radford, Va. and attended Virginia Tech, so he is sort of a local guy.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Carolina Panthers Interested In Carlos Rogers, According To Report

The market for Washington Redskins' free-agent cornerback Carlos Rogers has been pretty much non-existent to this point, but luckily for Rogers, it appears a team has stepped forward and shown interest. The Carolina Panthers, who have been spending a lot of money this summer, are interested in Rogers, according to the Gaston Gazette.

Carolina lost starter Richard Marshall to the Arizona Cardinals and are reportedly looking at Rogers as a replacement. Rogers talked himself up a lot coming into free agency as he looked for a big payday, but has seen a number of other teams fill their cornerback voids with other players. That includes the Washington Redskins, who signed Josh Wilson from the Baltimore Ravens last week.

Rogers is generally known as a good coverage player who has really bad hands. He frustrated Redskins fans for years with his inability to haul in interceptions. However, he's also capable of locking down receivers better than most.

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NFL Free Agency: Redskins Acquire Tim Hightower From Cardinals

The Washington Redskins have acquired former Arizona Cardinals running back Tim Hightower in a trade for defensive lineman Vonnie Holiday and an undisclosed draft pick. The team announced the news in a press release just now.

Hightower is a 25-year old running back that was squeezed out of the Cardinals' backfield with Beanie Wells' emergence and the team picking Ryan Williams in the NFL Draft. Hightower just completed his third season in the NFL, rushing for 736 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 yards a carry last year, but struggles a bit with fumbles, having accumulated 12 in his career. He will likely be part of a committee approach, along with Ryan Torain, Keiland Williams and rookies Roy Helu and Evan Royster.

Holiday was a veteran presence for the line last year, but new acquisitions made him expendable.

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NFL Free Agency: Redskins Re-Sign Jammal Brown, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have re-signed right tackle Jammal Brown to a five-year contract, according to a report. For more on Brown, visit this Storystream.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Express 'Preliminary Interest' In Ahmad Bradshaw, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have avoided throwing big money at top-tiered free agents thus far in this NFL free agency period, so one should take this with a grain of salt. However, a report by Pro Football Talk suggests the Redskins have "expressed preliminary interest" in New York Giants free-agent running back Ahmad Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is arguably the top running back left on the board, and is coming off a season where he rushed for 1,235 yards and eight touchdowns. He's also fairly young, at just 25 years of age. But with few teams expressing much interest in him thus far in free agency, it's very possible that Bradshaw's camp is merely using the Redskins as leverage to drive up the price of his new contract with the Giants.

The Redskins currently have Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams at the position, and also drafted two running backs in Roy Helu and Evan Royster in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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NFL Free Agency 2011: Washington Redskins' Moves Show Defense Needed More Upgrades Than Offense

There have been two themes for the Redskins after the first couple days of free agency: get better on defense, and get younger players who were undervalued in their previous spots.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Sign Ryan Kerrigan, Rest Of Rookies

The Washington Redskins have signed all 12 of their 2011 NFL Draft picks, according to several reports. That means that they all should be present when the Redskins hold their first practice at training camp on Friday.

The big one to take care of was first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan. The team worked on the deal late into the night, but it has been agreed upon according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. It appears the paperwork will be finalized in the morning.

Earlier in the night, second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins agreed to a contract, announcing the news on his Twitter account. His deal appears to be finalized already. The only ones left besides those two were seventh-round picks Brandyn Thompson and Maurice Hurt, but according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner, those deals are done too.

Signing rookies to salaries is made easier with the new rookie scale, but it's still nice to have all the Redskins' rookies ready to go for camp.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Sign Punter Sav Rocca, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have a new punter, agreeing to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles punter Sav Rocca according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan. Rocca will become the ninth player since 1999 to hold the position as the Redskins' starting punter.

The 37-year old Rocca is coming off the best season of his career, garnering a 43.8 average in his punts for the Eagles last season. He will replace Josh Bidwell, who was injured last season, and Hunter Smith, who returned for a second go-around.

The move gives the Redskins stability at the position for the first time in a long while. Rocca has only been in the league for four years, and he is a punter, so the age thing isn't a huge concern.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Washington Redskins Sign Stephen Bowen

The Washington Redskins have signed Dallas Cowboys defensive end Stephen Bowen to a five-year, $27.5 million contract with $12.5 million guaranteed, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. For more on Bowen, visit this StoryStream.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Agree To Contracts With Several Rookies

The Washington Redskins continue to cross a number of their 12 rookies off their to-do list for signing new contracts. Earlier Thursday, they agreed to terms with third-round pick Leonard Hankerson, sixth-round pick Aldrick Robinson and sixth-round pick Evan Royster. Now, they have done the same with a number of their other rookies.

Fourth-round pick Roy Helu (via @SalaryCap101), fifth-round picks DeJon Gomes (via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times) and Niles Paul (via Mike Jones of the Washington Post) and seventh-round picks Marcus White (via Campbell) and Chris Neild (via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan) are now all in the fold. The only ones left to sign are first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan, second-round pick Jarvis Jenkins and seventh-round picks Brandyn Thompson and Maurice Hurt.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Release Phillip Daniels

The Washington Redskins have released defensive end Phillip Daniels, the latest move in the team's apparent effort to transition to a much younger roster. Daniels had been with the Redskins since 2004, and was a reliable presence up front, a solid run-stopper who was, at his best, a capable pass-rusher as well. He is respected in the locker room and has a reputation as a classy individual.

Drafted out of the University of Georgia, Daniels has been in the NFL since 1996. He is 38 years old and has accumulated 62 sacks in his 15-year NFL career for the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears and Redskins. Daniels confirmed the bittersweet news Thursday on his twitter account: 

"Sad news guys. I just got released. Details coming."

Although it's sad to see a mainstay like Daniels leave, it's hardly surprising. The team's moves this offseason have been indicative of an organization trying to become younger so as to build their roster from the ground up. 

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Release DT Ma'ake Kemoeatu, According To Report

The Washington Redskins continue their purge of veterans on Thursday, releasing defensive tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner. Kemoeatu was widely expected to get released after a poor 2010 season, and now, he has been. This means there will officially be a different player playing nose tackle last season.

Kemoeatu was acquired off the scrap heap from Carolina after missing the 2009 season due to injury. The Redskins tried to give him a chance to claim the nose tackle spot, one of the most important in any 3-4 defense. However, he wasn't up to the task, and the run defense suffered. Overall, he had 19 tackles, 11 assists and no sacks in 14 games last season.

It remains unclear who the Redskins will have starting at nose tackle next season. Perhaps they will put new signee Barry Cofield there.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Plan To Let Rocky McIntosh Go, According To Report

The Washington Redskins will likely have a new starting linebacker next season, and it appears to be someone already on the roster. The latest NFL free agency rumor comes from Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan, and it suggests the Redskins will let go of free-agent inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh and promote Perry Riley to the starting job.

#Redskins source: Team's plan is to let Rocky McIntosh move on to new club and to promote Perry Riley to the starting ILB spot he'll vacate.

McIntosh had 73 tackles, two sacks and 37 assists as a starting inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense last year, but Riley was very impressive at the end of the year, and evidently has shown enough to be given the chance to start. Riley was the team's fourth-round pick in 2010, so it's also a sign that the Redskins are committing to their youth.

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NFL Free Agency: Wide Receiver Glut Means Brandon Stokley Won't Sign With Redskins After All

The Redskins had a very busy day in free agency yesterday, including signing or trading for a number of wide receivers. But that number has dropped by one, apparently, as Brandon Stokley won't sign with the Redskins after all. A tweet from his agent:

Spoke to soon. Brandon Stokley won't sign with Redskins. Too many WR's signed.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPad Favorite Retweet Reply

Well, that kind of makes sense for both sides. After signing Santana Moss and Donte Stallworth and trading for Jabar Gaffney, the Redskins probably don't need another diminutive wide receiver. And at this point in his career, Stokley probably does not need to join a situation with so much competition at his position. Now the Redskins can allocate those funds to help shore up a position that isn't quite so, well, crowded.

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Redskins Agree To Terms With Trio Of Rookies

The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with three of their picks from the last NFL Draft this morning in running back Evan Royster and wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson.

Hankerson was the highest drafted of the three, being picked in the third round out of the University of Miami. According to Grant Paulsen of CBS Washington, Hankerson has signed a four year deal that will pay him up to $2.72 million.

Royster was drafted out of Penn State three rounds later than Hankerson, but according to Mike Jones he will be payed only slightly less.

Redskins sign rookie Evan Royster for 4 years rougly $2.5 mil.less than a minute ago via txt Favorite Retweet Reply

Robinson was draft later in the sixth round out of Southern Methodist. His signing was confirmed in a tweet from John Keim, but the terms of his deal were not disclosed.

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Casey Rabach Will Be Released By Redskins

The Redskins continue to shuffle their roster in this abbreviated offseason, and the latest move is to release veteran offensive lineman Casey Rabach. His release was first reported in a tweet from Chris Russell.

The #Redskins have informed OL - Casey Rabach that he will be released, that has been confirmed by multiple people.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

It was later confirmed by the ultimate source, a text reportedly sent from Rabach himself to John Keim.

From casey via text: "They r going younger." class guy.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

Rabach was a third round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, but had started all but one game for the Redskins since being acquired in 2005. The Redskins don't have an immediate replacement on the roster, but if they are comfortable releasing Rabach, then they must be planning to find someone in free agency.

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NFL Free Agency: Redskins Sign Josh Wilson, Who May Be Better Than Carlos Rogers

The Washington Redskins have made a move at cornerback, signing local product Josh Wilson to a reported three-year contract worth $13.5 million with $6 million guaranteed. Wilson, late of the Ravens and a product of Maryland and DeMatha, will probably start opposite DeAngelo Hall at corner.

The move to sign the local product probably means that last year's starter, Carlos Rogers, is going elsewhere. Rogers has stated his desire to make more than Wilson got, so perhaps the Redskins felt Wilson was a cheaper alternative. However, at least according to a couple measures by football statistics site Pro Football Focus, Wilson was the better cornerback last season.

QBs throwing at Carlos Rogers last season had a 95.2 rating. Throwing at Josh Wilson they were just 67.8 - DC upgraded ... Josh Wilson allowed 46.9% of passes into his coverage to be complete in 2010, Rogers 69.4% - Repeat. UPgrade

Wilson is also four years younger than Rogers. It's just a couple metrics, but the Redskins may have made out well if this is indeed a swap of Wilson and Rogers.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Washington Redskins Sign CB Josh Wilson To Three-Year Contract, According To Report

The Washington Redskins are thin at cornerback, so they have made a move to sign one. They have signed local product Josh Wilson, according to a report by Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun. The contract is for three years and $13.5 million, with $6 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wilson is a four-year pro who spent his first three years in Seattle before playing for the Baltimore Ravens last season. He started nine games for the Ravens last season, picking off three passes in 14 games. For his career, he has nine interceptions. He also is a kick returner, having led the NFL in returns and return yardage for the Seahawks in 2008.

It is unclear if Wilson will start or be the nickel cornerback. The move may also signal the departure of free-agent Carlos Rogers, who has been likely to depart for a while now.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Sign Brandon Stokley, Add To Long List Of Wide Receivers

The Washington Redskins are clearly loading up on wide receivers early in this 2011 free agency period. The latest wide receiver to join the roster is Brandon Stokley, who has signed with the team according to his agentESPN's Adam Schefter reports that he will sign a one-year deal.

Stokley is a 12-year veteran who last played for the Seattle Seahawks. Last season, he caught 31 passes for 354 yards in 11 starts. His best season was in 2004, when he caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns while with the Indianapolis Colts.

Stokley joins a long list of receivers on the roster right now. In fact, here is that list.

  1. Santana Moss (re-signed)
  2. Anthony Armstrong
  3. Jabar Gaffney (acquired in trade)
  4. Stokey (signed)
  5. Donte' Stallworth (signed)
  6. Leonard Hankerson (draft pick)
  7. Niles Paul (draft pick)
  8. Aldrick Robinson (draft pick)
  9. Brandon Banks
  10. Terrence Austin
  11. Roydell Williams
  12. Malcolm Kelly
  13. Maurice Price (UDFA)
  14. Taurus Johnson (UDFA)

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins Acquire WR Jabar Gaffney From Broncos In Trade, According To Report

The Washington Redskins continue to stock the wide receiver position early in this 2011 NFL free agency period. After re-signing Santana Moss and signing Donte' Stallworth, the Redskins have acquired Jabar Gaffney from the Denver Broncos in a trade for defensive end Jeremy Jarmon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Gaffney is a 31-year old veteran wideout that is coming off a career year with the Denver Broncos. Gaffney caught 65 passes for 875 yards and two touchdowns last season. He had 54 catches for 732 yards and two touchdowns in his first year in Denver in 2009. The Broncos were a very pass-happy team, but Gaffney is a somewhat reliable option that could be the Redskins' No. 3 or No. 4 receiver.

In return, the Redskins will ship out Jarmon, a hybrid defensive end/linebacker picked in the 2009 Supplemental Draft. He has 12 tackles and 0.5 sacks in his NFL career.

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NFL Free Agency: Washington Redskins Sign QB Kellen Clemens, According To Report

The Washington Redskins have reportedly signed a quarterback, just not the 2011 NFL free agent you might expect. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the team has signed former Jets backup Kellen Clemens to a one-year contract. That leaves them with John Beck and Clemens, with Rex Grossman likely to be re-signed and Donovan McNabb about to be dealt to Minnesota.

Clemens is a former second-round pick that never really panned out for the Jets. The 28-year old has thrown five touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 25 games (nine stars) in five seasons. The Oregon product was selected with the 49th overall pick in 2006.

Clemens is likely to be a backup or third-string quarterback when it is all said and done, though he does have more starting experience than Beck.

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NFL Free Agency: Santonio Holmes Re-Signs With Jets, Redskins Pursuit Ends, According To Report

The Washington Redskins' pursuit of Santonio Holmes, one of the top 2011 NFL free agents on the market, is over. Holmes has signed a five-year deal to remain with the New York Jets, according to multiple reports. Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger is one that has the report.

The deal is a five-year contract, according to ESPN's Adam SchefterESPN New York's Rich Cimini reports the deal will have $24 million in guaranteed money.

The Redskins were reportedly pursuing Holmes even after re-signing Santana Moss, but Holmes always wanted to remain with the Jets, and now, he has. The Redskins could still go after Sidney Rice of the Vikings or even Holmes' teammate Braylon Edwards, but with Moss back and Donte' Stallworth signed, it's probably a good time to slow down on the wide receiver market.

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Chain Reactions: NFL Free Agency Means Productive Week In Washington D.C.

It was a big week in D.C. First, there's a new NFL a labor deal, and now the Redskins go shopping in free agency. Also, the Nationals make a minor move, as well as a big mistake in the media.

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NFL Free Agents: Donte' Stallworth Signs One-Year Contract With Redskins, According To Report

One day after re-signing Santana Moss to a three-year contract, the Washington Redskins have reportedly signed another 2011 NFL free-agent wide receiver. The team has inked a one-year contract with veteran wide receiver Donte' Stallworth, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.

Stallworth has played for four different teams in the last four years after beginning his career with the New Orleans Saints in 2002. Last season, he had just two catches in eight games for the Baltimore Ravens. His best season was in 2005 with the Saints, when he caught 70 passes for 945 yards and seven touchdowns. He has played for the Eagles, Patriots, Browns and Ravens since then.

It remains to be seen if this has any impact on the Redskins' reported pursuit of New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, which reportedly continued even after Moss was signed.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Washington Redskins Still Chasing Santonio Holmes, According To Reports

The Washington Redskins opened the 2011 NFL free agency by re-signing wide receiver Santana Moss, but it appears they are still looking to upgrade the wide receiver position. Despite keeping Moss, they are still chasing New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, according to multiple reports.

First, CSN Washington's Rich Tandler reports that the Redskins are still chasing Holmes, based on his reports.

I have been hearing that the Redskins signing of Santana Moss will not preclude the Redskins pursuit of Jets free agent receiver Santonio Holmes.

Later, ESPN's Adam Schefter, in a radio interview and on SportsCenter, suggested the same thing, saying the Moss signing did not impact the Redskins' pursuit of Holmes. However, he also said that the Jets are hoping to keep Holmes, and he expects a deal between Holmes and the Jets to be completed later Wednesday.

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Donovan McNabb Trade To Minnesota Vikings Nearing Completion, According To Reports

The Donovan McNabb trade to the Minnesota Vikings is close to being completed, according to reports. For the latest on the McNabb deal, visit this StoryStream.

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NFL Free Agency: Washington Redskins Sign Barry Cofield To Six-Year Contract

The Washington Redskins have signed former New York Giants defensive tackle Barry Cofield to a six-year, $36 million contract with $12.5 million guaranteed. For the latest on the Cofield deal, visit this StoryStream.

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Donovan McNabb Traded To Minnesota Vikings, Pending McNabb Contract Restructure, According To Report

The Washington Redskins are finally closing in on completing a Donovan McNabb trade with the Minnesota Vikings. The two teams have agreed to trade McNabb to Minnesota for a sixth-round pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2013, according to FOX Sports' Jay Glazer. The only step left now is for McNabb to agree to restructure his contract.

Glazer reports that McNabb will have to settle for "much less $$," though he doesn't elaborate. On ESPN earlier, John Clayton suggested the Vikings want McNabb to accept a one-year contract, but that is only a report. As for the draft pick, Glazer reports the 2013 one is contingent on McNabb passing some performance incentives next season.

The contract thing remains a major issue, so it's possible this could get dragged out. However, it looks like it's only a matter of hours until the disastrous McNabb era ends in D.C. The Redskins clearly won't get anywhere close to equal value after the feud between McNabb and Mike and Kyle Shanahan last season.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Donovan McNabb Trade To Vikings Not Close, According To Report

Earlier Tuesday, multiple reports indicated the Washington Redskins were discussing a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to trade them Donovan McNabb. One report suggested the parameters of the deal were in place, pending McNabb restructuring his contract. However, the latest NFL free agency rumors suggest any talk of a deal being close is premature.

Via Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:

A source with knowledge of the discussions tells us that, while a trade may indeed happen, the report of a deal being in place between the Vikings and Redskins is premature.  Per the source, no agreement has been reached on the compensation the Redskins would receive.

Getting McNabb to agree to take a pay cut after the Redskins gave him a contract extension last season also appears to be a lingering issue. Florio also notes that the Vikings may not be the best fit with first-round pick Christian Ponder also in the fold.

It appears we can slow down a bit on this one for now. It may happen, but a lot has to be solved before it does.

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Donovan McNabb Rumors Pick Up Steam, Trade To Vikings Held Up By Finances, According To Report

Donovan McNabb rumors have picked up steam on Tuesday afternoon. The latest report suggests the Redskins and Vikings have the parameters of a trade in place to send McNabb to Minnesota, but the deal is being held up because of financial problems. This is according to Jason La Canfora of NFL Network.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, the Vikings will not agree to a trade unless McNabb's contract is restructured. McNabb and the Redskins agreed to a contract extension last summer that will guarantee McNabb his salary next season after a certain date. Had the Redskins cut him, it would mean no financial penalty beyond what has already been paid. But because the Redskins might trade him, that doesn't apply. The Redskins, Vikings and McNabb himself must now agree to restructure the deal.

If McNabb doesn't go to the Vikings, teams like Tennessee, Cincinnati and Arizona are possibilities. But it looks like Minnesota is the first choice.

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Washington Redskins Re-Sign Santana Moss, According To Report

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that the Washington Redskins have re-signed free-agent wide receiver Santana Moss to a three-year, $15 million deal, with $6 million guaranteed. For more on Moss' re-signing, visit this StoryStream.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Redskins To Release Punter Josh Bidwell, According To Report

It's not the biggest NFL free agency rumor, but it is an important one for the Redskins' special teams, which has struggled in recent years. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Redskins will release punter Josh Bidwell on Thursday.

Redskins instructed their former Pro-Bowl punter Josh Bidwell not to report to training camp and that he will be released Thursday.

Bidwell was signed by the team last winter, but suffered an injury and was only active for six games last year. His departure is not a huge surprise, but it does mean the Redskins will need to find yet another player to man the position. The team let go of Hunter Smith, then brought him back last year before letting him go again.

The Redskins have now had eight different punters since Matt Turk departed in 1999. Chances are, that number will grow to nine.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Minnesota Vikings Discuss Donovan McNabb Trade, But Obstacles Remain

The Washington Redskins are likely to trade Donovan McNabb at some point during the first few days of NFL free agency, and one potential trade partner seems to have emerged. The Minnesota Vikings have had discussions with the Redskins surrounding McNabb, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

However, there are complications. Specifically, the Redskins' decision to give McNabb a contract extension last season is causing problems. Schefter reports that the Vikings are unwilling to trade for McNabb without redoing his contract, and McNabb would have to agree to that.

Still, the Vikings seem to be in the picture. They just dealt Tavaris Jackson to the Seattle Seahawks, so they will need to acquire a quarterback to play for them next season, now that Brett Favre is out of the picture. Things are certainly setting up for a possible McNabb trade. However, there are also a number of other quarterbacks on the market that the Vikings could turn to instead.

Schefter also reports that "a few" teams have talked to the Redskins about McNabb, though he did not name any others besides the Vikings.

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NFL Free Agency Rumors: Kyle Orton On Trading Block, Could Affect Donovan McNabb Situation

NFL free agency rumors are underway, and one of the first involves Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton. Mike Kils of the Denver Post is reporting that Orton will be placed on the trading block so the team can clear room for Tim Tebow.

To begin the business of Day One of the NFL's 2011 season, the Broncos will place quarterback Kyle Orton on the trading block.

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Teams that don't have a proven starting quarterback and therefore need one include Minnesota, Tennessee and Arizona. Seattle, Washington, Cincinnati and Miami also could be possibilities.

Whether the Redskins are in the running for Orton's services depends on whether they are willing to surrender a fairly large return to get him. But even if they are not, the Orton situation, as well as the situations of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, will have a major impact on the Redskins as they look to deal Donovan McNabb.

If Orton, Kolb and Palmer end up switching teams quickly, that leaves fewer places for McNabb to go. The teams to watch here are Minnesota and Arizona. Both desperately need a starting quarterback, and both are places where McNabb may make sense. If they decide to go for Orton or Kolb instead, that is bad news for the Redskins.

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2011 Washington Redskins Team Needs: Skins Need Help All Over The Field

Football is finally back, and the NFL is about to enter into one of the craziest free agency periods in recent memory. The Redskins, who always seem to be major players in this part of the offseason, have some money to spend and should once again be very active. They have a bunch of places on the roster that they can add depth. Here is where I think they may look for some.

Offensive Line: This is arguably the top area of need for the Redskins. They have some quarterback issues, and those will only look worse if they can't protect whoever they put back there. They could use a couple guards, and some help at tackle if they are unable to bring back Jammal Brown.

Wide Receiver: The Redskins need some help at wideout, and it starts with probably bringing back Santana Moss. They have also reportedly made Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes their top priority. That would be sooooo Redskins to sign him to a big contract.

Defensive Line: Albert Haynesworth isn't going to be back, so the Redskins could use some depth along the defensive front. It would also be a good time for the Redskins to sign some lineman who fit into their 3-4 scheme, which is something that they haven't really done yet.

Secondary: With Carlos Rogers probably on the way out, the Redskins could use someone to line up opposite of DeAngelo Hall. Because they are owned by Daniel Snyder, we will probably hear that they have interest in Nnamdi Asomugha. But I'm not sure how serious their interest will be.

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NFL Free Agency: Albert Haynesworth, Donovan McNabb And 'Distraction' Question Loom For Redskins

It's only a matter of when, not if, Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb are no longer members of the Redskins. But should the Redskins just release both this second? It depends on how you define "distraction."

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NFL Free Agency: Breaking Down Washington Redskins' Top Areas Of Need

The NFL lockout is over, and the Washington Redskins will be active in free agency. Here is our breakdown of their biggest areas of need.

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2011 NFL Free Agents Includes A Dozen Washington Redskins

Now that the NFL lockout is over, we can begin to focus on NFL free agency. The league has released its official list of 2011 NFL free agents, and there are 12 members of the Washington Redskins on it. All 12 are unrestricted free agents with four or more seasons accrued in the league.

Santana Moss and Carlos Rogers headline the list. Moss is the team's leading receiver for the past several years running and is one of the longest-tenured members of the club. Rogers is one of the team's starting cornerbacks and has also been with the team for a while, though his tenure has been a bit rockier.

The Redskins are expected to be among the most active teams in free agency. Here are their 12 free agents, in alphabetical order.

Other players could be cut and added to this list, most notably Albert Haynesworth or Donovan McNabb.

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NFL Free Agency Timeline Revealed, Free Agents Can Officially Sign Friday

The NFL lockout is over, and the timeline for 2011 NFL free agents has been set. Sports Illustrated obtained a copy of the summary document ending the lockout, and we know all the dates for free agency and training camps. Here is a summary of free agency.

Tuesday, July 26

  • Teams can start negotiating with any player.
  • Teams can sign rookies and undrafted free agents.
  • Teams cannot sign any unrestricted free agents yet. They can only negotiate with them.

Wednesday, July 27

Thursday, July 28

  • Roster bonuses must be on the roster as of 4 p.m.
  • This appears to be the deadline for existing players to be cut. This is obviously a key date for the Redskins, with Albert Haynesworth and Donovan McNabb on the roster.

Friday, July 29

  • All unrestricted and restricted free agents can be signed as of 6 p.m.
  • All of the teams' own free agents can be re-signed.

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2011 NFL Free Agents: Redskins To Bid With Jets For Santonio Holmes, According To Report

We are still not sure when NFL free agency will begin, but according to a report by Gary Myers of the New York Daily News, the Washington Redskins and New York Jets will be engaged in a "bidding war" for Santonio Holmes, one of the top 2011 NFL free agents on the market. The Redskins are in the market for another wide receiver and Holmes is an accomplished one that is available.

Bringing back Holmes, the top wide receiver playmaker on the market, as an unrestricted free agent is the Jets' No. 1 priority. Sources say the Redskins have also made Holmes their No. 1 priority.

The report backs up an earlier report linking Holmes to the Redskins. However, there are a lot of moving parts on both sides. The Jets also have Braylon Edwards to deal with as a free agent, which may divert their attention. On the Redskins' side, Santana Moss is a free agent, and the team will have to decide whether keeping him is more of a priority than going after Holmes.

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NFL Free Agency Could Begin As Soon As Tuesday According To Adam Schefter

So far in the NFL Lockout, we have gotten a lot of bad information and heard a lot of reports that ended up being false. So take everything you hear with a grain of salt until it becomes official. But Adam Schefer has been sending out a series of tweets this morning with what he believes will be the new timeline for the abbreviated offseason once the NFL Lockout is lifted.

Teams can sign their free agents this afternoon. Teams can begin talking to UFAs this afternoon. Teams can sign UFAs tomorrow at noon.less than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply

 

That seems a little fast, so we're not sure if it will end up being the case. In fact, it conflicts with other reports. But if it is, the rest of this week could be absolutely insane. The NFL would basically have to fit about four months of offseason activity into four days. Hold onto your hats.

Schefter also reports that teams could agree to trades Monday afternoon. but that they would not become official until Saturday, and that any unrestricted free agent contracts wouldn't be official until August 2.

Again, we aren't sure if this is correct or not because there are so many reports out there, each offering their own timeline of what they are sure will happen. So we'll just have to wait for the lockout to be lifted, and for the actual details to come out before we know for sure.

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Free Agency Could Start By The End Of The Week, According To Report

One thing is for sure, and that's football is going to come back. The only question now is what the time table will for the resumption of football business.

Here is the timeline that Mark Maske of the Washington Post has laid out (via twitter) for the potential start of football business:

Teams would be allowed to sign draft picks and rookie free agents Tuesday, and begin talking to veteran free agents.

Free agent signings would begin Friday at 6 p.m.

Training camps would open Wednesday for 10 teams, Thursday for 10 teams, Friday for 10 teams and Sunday for two teams.

Needless to say, this is an aggressive timeline that would likely put the Redskins back in camp by the end of the week.

With these timelines still unofficial, it will be interesting to see if the Redskins will have to start free agency simultaneous to training camp. 

We will find out later today.

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NFL Free Agency To Begin Saturday If Players Approve New CBA Monday

With the news that the players are almost certainly approving a new CBA on Monday to end the NFL lockout, we finally have an idea of when NFL free agency will begin. The official start date will be five days after the agreement is ratified, according to Mike Freeman of CBS Sports. That means that if the players vote Monday, free agency will begin Saturday, July 30.

NFL teams like the Washington Redskins can talk to their own free agents as soon as the deal is ratified. However, the first day where they can sign free agents from other teams will be Saturday. The Redskins are expected to be among the most active teams in free agency, and they also have a number of their own 2011 NFL free agents to address.

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2011 NFL Free Agents: Santana Moss, Carlos Rogers Among Key Redskins Free Agents

The NFL owners have approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, and it is now on the players to also approve and end the NFL lockout. As part of the proposed deal, NFL free agency will begin on Wednesday. Here is a list of 2011 NFL free agents that played for the Washington Redskins last season.

  • Santana Moss: The wide receiver will receive a lot of demand, but he wants to return to the Redskins.
  • Carlos Rogers: The Redskins' starting cornerback has expressed a desire to get paid, but may be overrating his skills.
  • Jammal Brown: The right tackle struggled through injuries last season, but the Redskins traded a high pick for him.
  • Rocky McIntosh: The inside linebacker is a decent player, but struggled in the Redskins' 3-4 defense.
  • Rex Grossman: Most expect Grossman to be re-signed, where he'll compete for the team's starting quarterback job.

Other free agents: Clinton Portis, Mike Sellers, Stephon Heyer, Derrick Dockery, Will Montgomery, Kedric Golston, Phillip Buchanan, Reed Doughty.

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NFL Free Agency: Albert Haynesworth Will Report To Redskins Training Camp If On Roster, According To Report

ESPN 980's Chris Russell quoted a source on his twitter account who said that "of course" Washington Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will be present for the start of the teams' training camp if and when the NFL lockout ends. This, we assume, is if Haynesworth is even on the roster.

With the lockout taking up the entire offseason so far, teams have not been able to make any personnel moves for the upcoming season. If they had, the Redskins would have almost certainly gotten rid of the embattled and expensive lineman by now. As it is, Haynesworth will still be under contract as a Redskin when the lockout ends, which will likely be just a few days before the start of training camp. 

It's a sad state of affairs when a player declaring his intentions to honor his contract is newsworthy, but considering Haynesworth's history with the Mike Shanahan regime, this is certainly worth reporting. 

It remains to be seen whether there's any chance of reconciliation between the player and the Redskins' coaching staff that would allow him to play another season in D.C., but few expect that to happen. Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen will likely either trade Haynesworth immediately after the lockout, or he'll become such a big distraction in training camp that they'll be forced to release him. 

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NFL Free Agency: Kris Jenkins Retires, Possible Redskins' Target Off Market

Kris Jenkins, a reported target of the Washington Redskins during NFL free agency, has retired, issuing a statement announcing the news. Jenkins was a nose tackle for the New York Jets, and was mentioned in a report by Jason La Canfora identifying free agents the Redskins would pursue.

Jenkins' statement is as follows:

"Wanted to let you all know that I have loved the support and respect that you all have given me throughout my career. But it is time for the torch to be passed to the younger players. I am going to hang up the cleats! The mind is always willing to play but my body deserves the rest. Thank you for the opportunites to play Carolina and New York."    

Jenkins would have probably been a short-term answer at nose tackle, a position the team desperately needs filled to improve their 3-4 defense. With Jenkins gone, the Redskins will probably turn to brother Cullen Jenkins of the Packers and Aubrayo Franklin of the San Francisco 49ers.

For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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NFL Free Agency: What Happens If Redskins Sign Nnamdi Asomugha?

A recent article by Chris Russell of ESPN980.com explores the possibility of and ramifications for the Washington Redskins signing star free agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha after the NFL lockout ends, hopefully in the next week or so. 

In the piece, Russell interviews salary cap and contract expert J.I. Halsell and more or less comes to the conclusion that, if the Skins were to dole out the type of cash it would take to lure Asomugha into burgundy and gold next season, they would be forced to either get rid of current cornerback D'Angelo Hall or let safety LaRon Landry walk when his contract expires in a year.

Cornerback is certainly a need for the Redskins this offseason, especially with Carlos Rogers about to hit free agency, but not more so than their other defensive needs to upgrade their pass rush and run defense. 

How Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen and the Redskins' front office handle this situation will go a long way in telling whether the new regime has learned from the Skins' past free agency boondoggles (see: Sanders, Deion). Do they intend to build through the draft and emphasize player development, or will they throw money at every big-name player on the market and doom the franchise to another decade of mediocrity.

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NFL Free Agency: Washington Redskins Will Be Active, Because They Must Be Active

News that the Washington Redskins are set to be active in free agency has been met with trepidation by many fans, but given the state of the roster, the Redskins have no choice but to be active.

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NFL Free Agency: Mike Shanahan Believes John Beck Can Be Starter, According To Report

As the days of the NFL lockout have gone on, there's been more and more noise about how John Beck could really be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback next season. That noise will undoubtedly continue after this nugget from this story by Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. La Canfora talks to a source who suggests the noise is legitimate.

"He is set on Beck," said a source familiar with Shanahan's thinking. "That's his guy. He isn't just saying it for the media or to blow smoke. He's serious as hell about it."

The Redskins will still likely re-sign free agent Rex Grossman, La Canfora reports, but there are indications it'll be in a backup role. Obviously, the Donovan McNabb situation still looms over the team's head. La Canfora reports that the Redskins will likely release him once they find their trade options are limited.

With trade options for McNabb limited, team sources expect Shanahan ultimately to release him. The Minnesota Vikings would be among the teams interested in the quarterback, league sources have said.

For more on free agency, visit Hogs Haven.

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NFL Free Agency: Devin Hester Wants Chicago Bears To Sign Santana Moss

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss is expected to be one of the top free agents available as soon as the NFL lockout is solved. Most expect him to stay with the Redskins after having a banner 2010 season. However, the Chicago Bears are also in the mix for his services, and one current player has advocated for him.

In an interview with Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune, Devin Hester said he'd like to see the Bears sign Moss.

"Anybody that can come in and help out the team, I'm down for it, and a guy like (Moss) can come in and really help out a lot," Hester said of his fellow Miami Hurricane. "I'm hoping we can get him."

The Bears are said to be looking for a bigger receiver, but it'll be hard for them to turn down Moss after having such anemic receivers last year.

For more on free agency, visit Hogs Haven.

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NFL Free Agency: Washington Redskins To 'Make Splash,' Targeting Santonio Holmes And Others

When the CBA is ratified, there will be an axtremely abbreviated free agency, which might just be the craziest five days any of us will ever experience. The Redskins, who take this "free agency" thing as a sort of competition, figure to be as aggressive as they would be in a normal year, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com. Jets receiver Santonio Holmes headlines the list of players La Canfora provides as potential targets for Washington.

Signing New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes reportedly is the primary objective of Redskins coach and chief decision maker Mike Shanahan. Guard Marshal Yanda, a player whom the Baltimore Ravens will vigorously fight to retain -- just as the Jets will make a concerted effort to retain Holmes -- also is coveted in Washington.

New Summer, new Collective Bargaining Agreement, same old Redskins. Now, they do have some money to spend, and the guys listed in the article are players that I think would be good investments. You know it's a different era when a guard is listed among the Redskins top priorities.

There was also an interesting little tidbit later in the article about the Redskins quarterback situation. Apparently, Mike Shanahan isn't messing around with this John Beck stuff, he is completely serious about using him as the starter.

"He is set on Beck," said a source familiar with Shanahan's thinking. "That's his guy. He isn't just saying it for the media or to blow smoke. He's serious as hell about it."

Maybe he's just set on Andrew Luck, and starting John Beck is his way to get there.

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NFL Free Agency: Dan Snyder Wants To Keep Donovan McNabb, According To Report

It seems like a foregone conclusion that Donovan McNabb will not be with the Washington Redskins next season, at least according to most of the media in town. However, he is still on the roster, and a recent report suggested he might be next season, despite all that happened with him and Mike Shanahan last year.

Howard Eskin of ESPN 610 in Philadelphia sent out this message on his Twitter account on Friday:

As it turns out Donovan Mcnabb may stay with Redskins. Dan Snyder wants him on team. Crazy

There may be nothing to this. However, CSN Washington's Rich Tandler describes a scenario where it might make sense.

In short, McNabb needs the Redskins and the Redskins need McNabb. Here is how it could happen.

Snyder has a talk with the elder Shanahan and lays out something similar to what I outlined above. He persuades the coach to have a meeting with McNabb, lay all of the cards out on the table, and tell him he can compete for the starting job. Snyder is a very persuasive individual and Shanahan could look at his options and agree to talk to McNabb.

From there, Tandler suggests they could put aside their differences, and McNabb could compete for the starting job. It seems improbable, but you never know.

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NFL Free Agency: Washington Redskins Won't Release Albert Haynesworth, According To Report

The Washington Redskins will need to figure out what to do with Albert Haynesworth once the NFL lockout ends and NFL free agency begins. He surely won't be on the team next season, and the only question is how he departs. Many think the Redskins should outright release him, but according to a report by Tim McManus in Philadelphia Sports Daily, the Redskins have no intention of doing that.

"They are not going to cut him," said one source with knowledge of the situation. "If the Eagles or anyone else wants him it is going to have to be by trade. Because if they cut him, that's giving him his way."

The issue, according to McManus, is the Redskins don't want to provide Haynesworth with the ability to choose his new destination, and they certainly don't want to see him going to the Eagles. SB Nation's Redskins blog Hogs Haven agrees with the team's reported philosophy for the following reasons.

  1. Releasing Haynesworth means he would likely get an incentive-based contract, which means he'd basically be playing in contract-year mode.
  2. Haynesworth of course played with Washburn in Tennessee and have a solid relationship.
  3. Haynesworth vs [Casey] Rabach two times a year will be a disaster.
  4. Haynesworth has a cheap contract the next 2 seasons. That alone has trade value.
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NFL Free Agency: Washington Redskins, DE Cullen Jenkins Have 'Mutual Interest,' According To Report

According to a report by The Washington Post's Mike Jones, there is mutual interest between the Washington Redskins and Cullen Jenkins, a defensive end who recorded eight sacks for the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers last season.

Assuming the interest really is mutual, this is very good news for the Skins, who need help on the defensive front. They've done a good job of shoring up their defensive secondary with the addition of free safety O.J. Atogwe before the lockout began. First-round draft pick Ryan Kerrigan should help bolster the linebacker corps as well. 

That leaves the defensive line, which never seemed to recover from the disastrous Albert Haynesworth signing as it transitioned last season from a 4-3 to a 3-4 base. Adding Jenkins would go a long way to getting the team's defensive personnel to where it needs to be. 

Here's what Jones wrote about the 'Skins possible defensive line additions this offseason:

"A person familiar with the situation said that there is mutual interest between Washington and end Cullen Jenkins, who recorded eight sacks last season for Green Bay and is now a free agent. Nose tackle probably is an even bigger need, and San Francisco’s Aubrayo Franklin, the top nose tackle available, has been rumored to be on Washington’s wishlist as well."

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NFL Free Agency: Santana Moss Expresses Desire To Sign Contract Quickly After NFL Lockout Ends

Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss went on Sporting News Radio on Sunday and told the hosts that he would like to end his free agency as quickly as possible, regardless of which team he ends up signing with. 

The 32-year-old wideout is the Redskins' leading receiver since 2005, and along with tight end Chris Cooley has been the team's only consistently productive offensive player in that span.

Moss' contract ended after the 2010 season, but the ten-year veteran will be stuck in limbo as long as the NFL lockout is still in effect. Players and teams cannot negotiate contracts until they reach a collective bargaining agreement. 

Moss has stated in the past that he would like to re-sign with the Redskins, and his most recent comments could be a signal to Redskins GM Bruce Allen and Head Coach Mike Shanahan that he wants to be back with Redskins without 12 rounds of negotiations. 

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Santana Moss Wants To Return To Washington Redskins, Says It's Mike Shanahan's Call

Free agent wide receiver Santana Moss was on ESPN980's "Sports Fix" this afternoon and spoke about his potential return to the Redskins in 2011.

Moss expressed his desires to come back to Washington next season:

Santana Moss on ESPN 980 : "That's the only thing I can think of (returning). I'm a ."

The Redskins top receiver also mentioned how he had a conversation with owner Daniel Snyder at the end of the 2010 season about his chances of returning:

Santana Moss on 980: "I did speak with Snyder at the end of the season, and he said he wanted to get something done"

He did note, however, that though Snyder wants him to return, it is ultimately Mike Shanahan's call:

Moss says he spoke to Dan Snyder at end of season, said he wants him back. Admits that it probably will be Shanahan's call on that.#Redskins

When asked what the likelihood of his return was, Moss stated he was not sure. He did reiterate, however, that he does not want to play anywhere else:

Moss on ESPN 980 : "I feel like I invested a lot in to this team. I would hate to leave and see the team be successful, knowing I was here"

So, there you have it. Moss wants to be back, but as has been the case all offseason, he nor the Redskins will be able to know when they can be reunited until the work stoppage ends.

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NFL Free Agency: Andre Carter Released By Redskins

The Redskins already released one player -- offensive lineman Derrick Dockery -- who did not fit in well with coach Mike Shanahan's scheme. Now, they have released another. The team announced that it has also released defensive/end linebacker Andre Carter

Like Dockery, Carter's departure is not a huge surprise. He had one of the best seasons of his career in the team's 4-3 scheme in 2009, posting 11 sacks as a down lineman. But he never fit in with the team's new 3-4 defense, as he was forced to switch to linebacker. He ended up losing his starting job to Lorenzo Alexander.

Carter was owed a $4.075 roster bonus in addition to his 2011 base salary, so it made financial sense to release him. He told Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star that he was happy the team released him now instead of "making me sit and wait."

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NFL Free Agency: Derrick Dockery Released By Redskins

The Washington Redskins released a highly-paid lineman that lost his starting job this season. No, I'm not talking about Albert Haynesworth. Instead, I'm talking about offensive lineman Derrick Dockery. Dockery told the Washington Post that he has been released.

The veteran guard was slated to make $3.8 million next season, with an additional $1 million roster bonus. This is an expensive salary for someone who became a backup and was even deactivated on several occasions last season. Dockery entered the season as one of the starting guards, but did not fit coach Mike Shanahan's blocking scheme well and lost his job to Kory Lichtensteiger. He ended up only playing in five games the entire season.

Dockery returned to the Redskins after signing a five-year, $26.75 million prior to the 2009 season. He played the first four years of his career with the Redskins before going to the Buffalo Bills for two seasons. Given his salary, it is not surprising that the Redskins ended up choosing to release him.

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NFL Free Agency: Albert Haynesworth Will Not Be Released By Redskins, According To Report

As the Washington Redskins enter an uncertain NFL free agency period due to the impending lockout, the major team issue remains the future of disgruntled defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth. The Redskins no longer owe him a huge roster bonus, so one might think they would consider outright releasing him. However, that does not appear to be the team's goal at this point.

ESPN's Adam Schefter, speaking on television earlier Tuesday, said the Redskins would rather hold on to Haynesworth and try to trade him, even if no good offers come. Via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan.

@AdamSchefter was just on @ESPN. Says #Redskins won't be cutting Haynesworth. Will hold on to him if they dont get a decent offer.    

It's hard to tell why anyone would want to trade something for Haynesworth right now, but keep in mind that Haynesworth no longer has a massive contract and is capable of being dominant in the right scheme. There's always a chance a team decides to surrender a low pick to take a chance on Haynesworth. 

However, given Haynesworth's history here, it might be best for the Redskins to just cut him and move on. His presence on the roster will continue to cast a dark shadow on the team as it moves forward.

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NFL Free Agency: Sidney Rice Will Be Looking For A New Team. Will Washington Be It?

With the Washington Redskins unlikely to retain Santana Moss for the 2011 season, the team will probably be in the market for a new No. 1 receiver. Fortunately for the Redskins, it looks like plenty of top wide receivers will be available in free agency this offseason. We now know that Sidney Rice will be one of them.

The Minnesota Vikings decided not to place the franchise tag on Rice, instead working towards extending him for a long-term deal today to remain with the team, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The Vikings hoped to meet with Rice's agent Drew Rosenhaus at the NFL Combine this week and complete a deal prior to the expiration of the NFL CBA on Mar. 5.

However, Adam Schefter of the NFL Network has indicated that Rice re-signing this week appears unlikely.

Drew Rosenhaus said his client, Vikings WR Sidney Rice, will not re-sign with Minnesota before first testing free agency.

If Rice does not return to Minnesota, he'll join an already vast group of big-name wide receivers eligible for free agency, including Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, Terrell Owens, and Malcom Floyd.

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NFL Free Agency: Clinton Portis Likely To Be Released By Redskins

We all knew the day was coming, but that doesn't mean we feel good about it. All signs point to the Washington Redskins releasing Clinton Portis, the team's second all-time leading rusher, within the next few days.

Speaking with the media from the NFL Combine yesterday, Mike Shanahan hinted to Mike Jones of the Washington Post that the only way Portis would be back with the team would be if he agreed to a smaller contract.

If we're not going to sign Clinton to that high salary, I'll let him test the market out. Not to say we don't want him, but for a lower price, and obviously we'll try to find the best deal. It could happen. I don't want to say right now. If I said that, usually I'm being pretty honest with you. Could be two days from now, could be three days from now.

Dominic Zaccagnini of the Fox Sports Radio Network also says that he spoke to Shanahan today and the coach plans for Portis to be released within the next 48 hours.

Fortunately for Portis, he's smart enough to know that "This is a business." In a conversation with Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan earlier today, Portis indicated that he's ready to move on.

If it’s time to move on, I’ll do that. I’m appreciative of everything they’ve done for me. I had a good time and enjoyed myself ... I don’t think the Washington Redskins owe me anything. I enjoyed my time in DC and I think I made the most of my time here. If it’s the end of the road, I’m thankful for my time in Washington.

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NFL Free Agency: Donovan McNabb's Status To Be Decided After The NFL Draft, Says Mike Shanahan

During Mike Shanahan's media address at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, he addressed several key Redskins questions as they enter the offseason. One such question is the future of Donovan McNabb, who was benched for the final part of the 2010 regular season. Shanahan said he has spoken to McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, and will likely wait until after the 2011 NFL Draft to decide McNabb's fate.

Via Albert Breer of the NFL Network:

Shanahan said he talked with Fletcher Smith, Donovan McNabb's agent, two days ago for an hour-and-a-half. Says decision will come post-draft    

Shanahan also discussed the status of running back Clinton Portis, saying he wants him to "test the market." Portis has a hefty contract for next season, so this isn't a good sign about his future in D.C. Shanahan also said that Albert Haynesworth remains a Redskin, but his future is uncertain.

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NFL Free Agency: OJ Atogwe Visits Redskins, Does Not Sign Contract

The Redskins did indeed meet with free-agent safety Oshiomogho "OJ" Atogwe at Redskins Park, just days after he was released by the St. Louis Rams. The Redskins have a need at safety, but they did not end up singing Atogwe to a contract just yet, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

Atogwe is eligible to sign a contract anytime irrespective of the lockout situation because nobody controls his rights, but he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last Friday when released that he planned to take his time to weigh all his options. After the workout, he did tweet the following message.

Redskins are a great organization. Enjoyed my time there today...    

Atogwe had his best season of his career playing for Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in 2007, and is a definite upgrade over incumbent Kareem Moore. The Redskins were interested in Atogwe last summer, before he signed a five-year, $31.6 million extension with the Rams. The contract guaranteed him an $8 million roster bonus if not cut, so the Rams let him go. Now, his price tag will be significantly less than that.

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NFL Free Agency: OJ Atogwe Actually Meeting With Redskins Tuesday

If you saw the reports from yesterday that had OJ Atogwe at Redskins Park, and sat around your computer all night waiting for news of a contract to be released, only to be disappointed when nothing came to pass; fear not. There was no way the Redskins and Atogwe could have come to an agreement yesterday because he wasn't actually in Ashburn yesterday. That reported meeting will actually come today, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post's Redskins Insider.

There were reports that Atogwe was going to be at Redskins Park on Monday. But many Redskins coaches were out of town for the holiday weekend, and Atogwe didn't arrive in the D.C. area until the evening, according to two sources familiar with the situation. The meeting will take place Tuesday, and the Redskins are said to be very interested in the six-year pro, who played three seasons under Washington defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in St. Louis (2006 to 2008).

So there is still a chance that Atogwe can be signed to a deal before he leaves Virginia. Probably not, but still a possibility. Stay tuned for the latest news as it breaks, or not.

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NFL Free Agency: Free Safety OJ Atogwe Visits Redskins Park

The Redskins are hosting a potential free agent acquisition at Redskins Park today, in former St. Louis Rams safety OJ Atogwe.

Confirmed: Free Safety OJ Atogwe is visiting #Redskins Park today. He's a 29yo, 6-yr vet. FS is a major need. He played for Haslett in STL.less than a minute ago via web

Atogwe would be a good fit for the Redskins, as he would be able to mask some of the coverage deficiencies of LaRon Landry. Atogwe has 18 interceptions in the last four seasons, with a career high eight coming in 2007. While Landry plays like a linebacker at safety, Atogwe really plays like more of a corner. In theory, they would fit very well together in the defensive secondary.

The Redskins will be able to sign Atogwe, regardless of the state of the CBA, because he was released by his former team. Had his contract simply expired, the Redskins would have had to wait until a new CBA was finalized to make an offer. We'll see if the Skins make an offer while Atogwe is at Redskins Park today, or if they aren't ready to bring him into the fold. But we all know how Dan Snyder gets when he sees something he wants. Stay tuned.

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Santana Moss, Now A Free Agent, Would Like To Remain A Washington Redskin

Santana Moss became a free agent when his deal expired last week, but the Washington Redskins wide receiver still plans to play his home games at FedEx Field next season.

Moss, who will turn 32 this summer, started all 16 games for the Redskins last season while hauling in 93 receptions for 1,115 total yards and six touchdowns.

Those numbers probably have more than just the Redskins interested in the veteran, but Moss told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio on Friday that he’d prefer to re-sign with Washington.

“My first choice is to stay in Washington,” Moss said in the interview. “My mind is nowhere outside of Washington. The fans are great. The organization has treated me well since day one. That’s where I want to be, when it’s all said and done.”

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, “it’s believed Moss is seeking a two- or three-year deal that averages about $5 million a season.”

It’s unlikely anything actually happens with this situation until the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement is settled.

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NFL Free Agency: San Diego Chargers Apply Franchise Tag To Vincent Jackson

A possible Washington Redskins target in free agency this winter (assuming there is, in fact, an NFL season next year) has been taken off the market. The San Diego Chargers have placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson, essentially ensuring he will remain with the team.

The Chargers applied a non-exclusive franchise player tag on Jackson, which means he will receive a one-year contract equal to the average salary of the top five wide receivers in the NFL. He may negotiate with other teams, but if anyone chooses to sign him, the Chargers have the option of matching the contract or receiving draft picks in return.

Jackson's free agency year was ruined because the NFL went to an uncapped year last season, and now, he is off the market again. Had he been available, he may have drawn interest from the Redskins, who need a big-play threat at wide receiver even if they choose to re-sign Santana Moss

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NFL Free Agency: Shaun Rogers Visits Redskins Park, Leaves Without Offer

Shaun Rogers, a big defensive tackle who just happens to wear the No. 92, was at Redskins Park today to meet with the Washington Redskins about possible joining the team for the 2011 season. Kelly Johnson of Comcast SportsNet confirmed that the free agent met with the Redskins today, but is reporting that a deal between the two sides is "unlikely."

Rogers is an 11-year veteran but is only 31-years old. He's listed as 350 lbs, and traditionally plays in the 3-4 defensive setup that the Redskins adopted for the first time in 2010. Rogers has been to three Pro Bowls, but only started one game for the Cleveland Browns last season, recording 14 tackles and two sacks.

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, Rogers is expected to command a salary in the range of $5 Million this offseason, as one of the top defensive tackles available as a free agent. But Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is reporting that Rogers seems to be in no rush to sign with any team. And with the NFL collective bargaining agreement expiring next month, teams probably won't be in a big rush to sign him either.

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NFL Free Agency: Santana Moss Officially Becomes Unrestricted Free Agent

Santana Moss is officially no longer under contract with the Washington Redskins. Moss' contract became void as expected on Friday, making the wide receiver an unrestricted free agent on March 4, when the current NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire. 

This news isn't exactly a surprise, since both sides knew it was coming for a long time. However, it does bring into question whether the Redskins will elect to keep Moss going forward. Moss is looking for a two- or three-year contract, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post.

It's believed Moss is seeking a two- or three-year deal that averages about $5 million a season.

That's about the same kind of contract as fellow 30-something Donald Driver signed last summer with the Green Bay Packers. If Moss is indeed looking for that kind of deal, the Redskins would probably be wise to give it to him. A youth movement must begin, but having a productive veteran wide receiver like Moss for that reasonable a price is a must. 

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Washington Redskins May Meet With Shaun Rogers, Free Agent Defensive Tackle, According To Report

One of the Redskins' biggest needs this summer is to find a good nose tackle to place in the middle of their 3-4 defense. Already, they may be making progress towards filling that hole. The team is interested in free agent defensive tackle Shaun Rogers and could meet with him soon, according to a report by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer.

Glazer reports that the meeting could come as soon as next week.

Sources close to Shaun Rogers say the Redskins have reached out and he could possibly visit them this week, even as early as tomorrow.    

Rogers, 31, played for the Cleveland Browns last season, his 10th in the NFL. He started just once and picked up two sacks in 15 games as he recovered from an achilles injury suffered in 2009, so he'd likely come in as a backup. The Redskins can sign Rogers regardless of the collective bargaining situation because the Browns released Rogers on Wednesday

Rogers was initially a high draft pick with the Detroit Lions, for whom he received a massive contract. 

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Report: Redskins "Don't Plan" On Offering Santana Moss A Contract Extension

Other outlets are now reporting ont he impending free agency of Redskins receiver Santana Moss.

However, there is now some speculation that the Redskins may not approach Moss to talk a contract extension. NFL.com's Jason La Canfora is reporting that the Skins may go into 2011 without Moss:

The Redskins don't plan to offer a contract extension to Moss, who had a career-high 93 catches this past season.

If true, this is a very interesting development about what the Redskins roster could look like in the future. Moss led the team in both catches and receiving yards in 2010 and was excelled in Kyle Shanahan's offense. Choosing to let Moss go in free agency would be an interesting decision for Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen, as there is no one on the current roster who looks to replace him. 

Either way, Redskins fans will learn of the team's true intentions for it's receiving corps once the new collective bargaining agreement gets completed.

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Report: Redskins' Santana Moss Contract Voids This Week, Making Him A Free Agent

It looks like the Redskins will have to make a decision as to whether or not to bring back Santana Moss. The veteran receiver's contract will void at the end of the week, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN:

The contract of Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss voids this week, five days after the Super Bowl, making him an unrestricted free agent whenever there is a new collective bargaining agreement, according to a league source.

Moss restructured his contract in 2009 and included a clause that said his contract will automatically void five days after Super Bowl XLV.

As stated in the report, Moss' eligibility as a free agent depends on the status of the new collective bargaining agreement. The question for the Redskins moving forward is if they will choose to start negotiating a new contract with Moss before the new CBA is completed, or if they will let this play out a bit longer and even let him test the market if the new CBA is reached.

One way or the other, it looks like the true impact of the labor negotiations on the Redskins (as well as every other NFL team) will be in full swing in the weeks and months ahead.

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