Player News - Redskins

Date: Team: Pos:

The Cowboys could have interest in free agent Colt McCoy.

McCoy would be a low-cost option behind Tony Romo, but isn’t a huge upgrade on Kellen Moore. Dallas is more likely to add a backup through the draft.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 13 - 2:25 PM

A film study of Redskins ILB Will Compton by the Washington Post observed that Compton was a liability in run defense as a 2015 starter.

The Post's Mark Bullock did an extensive tape review of Compton, praising his communication skills but noting Compton was pedestrian in pass coverage and a big liability versus the run. Pro Football Focus agreed, giving Compton poor grades in pass rush, coverage, and especially run defense. An impending restricted free agent, Compton should return to the Redskins as a backup.
Feb 12 - 11:36 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim "wouldn't pencil in" Matt Jones as Washington's No. 1 back for 2016.

After doing film study of Jones, Keim noted the third-round rookie's tendency to run too high, diminishing his lower-body power and leading to fumbles. Jones fumbled five times as a rookie, losing four. Keim also noted Jones didn't necessarily make strides as his rookie season progressed, averaging just 3.09 YPC on his final 70 runs. Jones currently stands clearly atop the depth chart, but he should face competition in training camp.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 12 - 5:17 PM

Robert Griffin III passed his exit physical.

That was the only hurdle in the way of the Redskins cutting him. Washington still needs to lock up Kirk Cousins but RG3 is as good as gone. The Browns, Rams and Texans are a few teams that could be in the market for a quarterback, though we're guessing Griffin III will have to settle for a backup job.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 2:00 PM

CSN Mid-Atlantic believes Redskins SS Dashon Goldson will be brought back on a renegotiated deal.

One of the worst safeties in the league last season, Goldson is owed $8 million in salary and bonuses. He will likely have to accept a straight pay cut to return. The Redskins should be looking for a higher-quality starter either way.
Feb 11 - 11:26 AM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim believes Washington wants SS Dashon Goldson back if they can lower his cap number.

Goldson was one of the worst safeties in the league last season and is owed $8 million in salary and bonuses. The Redskins can save all of that against the cap by releasing him. Goldson theoretically brings veteran leadership to the secondary, but Washington desperately needs to upgrade the back-end of their defense. Goldson should not be starting Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Feb 6 - 11:43 AM

Redskins president Bruce Allen said the team has opened contract talks with free agent Kirk Cousins.

"We’ve had discussions with his representative," Allen said. "We feel good. Kirk wants to be a Washington Redskin. It will work itself out." Cousins is likely targeting an Alex Smith-type deal after throwing for 4,166 yards and leading the league in completion percentage. Franchising Cousins would cost $19.7 million.
Feb 5 - 6:07 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins won't make an effort to re-sign Alfred Morris in free agency.

Executive Bruce Allen has already admitted the team will let Morris reach the open market, but Keim reports they're unlikely to re-sign him even at a team-friendly rate. Per Keim, the Redskins were frustrated with Morris' "lack of productivity" last season, "especially when the blocking wasn't there." Keim reports there's "a belief" that Morris' 1,078 career carries have already taken a toll on his effectiveness. Morris' 1,613 rushing yards as a rookie were the 49th most in NFL history, but his production has steadily waned ever since. He was a product of ex-coach Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.
Feb 4 - 4:00 PM

Redskins president Bruce Allen suggested the team is not actively trying to re-sign impending free agent Alfred Morris.

"Free agency is going to be a great test for him," Allen said. "If he gets a great contract [elsewhere], we’re going to applaud him. If not, we’re going to see what happens with us." Allen did not completely shut the door on re-signing Morris, but it is clear they are not actively working on a deal. A two-down player on a clear downward trend, Morris may struggle to find a starting job in free agency.
Feb 4 - 11:00 AM

The Washington Post considers the Redskins "lukewarm" on free agent ILB Keenan Robinson.

Robinson has made 21 starts over the past two seasons, but is a poor tackler who graded out as one of the worst players in the league in Pro Football Focus' ratings. If Robinson is back with the Redskins, it will probably be on a one-year deal after free agency has already started.
Feb 2 - 2:17 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said WR Andre Roberts (knee) is a potential cap cut.

Signed to a four-year, $16-million contract prior to 2014, Roberts has struggled to make an impact in two seasons with Washington. He caught under 50% of his targets in 2014 and lost his job to rookie Jamison Crowder even before landing on injured reserve with a meniscus issue last season. The Redskins can save $3 million against the cap by releasing Roberts.
Source: ESPN
Feb 2 - 10:18 AM

Redskins signed DE Ziggy Hood to a one-year contract.

A first-round pick of the Steelers in 2009, Hood signed a big contract with the Jaguars prior to the 2014 season, but he landed on injured reserve with a foot injury at the end of training camp last September. He made two appearances with the Bears after being released from injured reserve in October. Hood worked out for the Redskins earlier this month. He will compete for a rotational role in camp.
Feb 2 - 9:44 AM

CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir expect the Redskins to retain Pierre Garcon.

Garcon is set to earn $8 million in salary and bonuses and count $10.2 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. Both numbers outpace Garcon's production by a large margin, but the Redskins are short on options at receiver. With not much high-end talent available in free agency or the draft, Washington may be best served overpaying Garcon for another season.
Feb 1 - 11:27 AM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said RE Jason Hatcher has not informed the team of his plans for next season.

Hatcher admitted he was considering retirement following the Wild Card loss, but he has yet to make his decision known. "I talked to him too and I said, 'Listen, you do what’s best for you and your family. You’ve had a really good career and we’d love to have you back,'" McCloughan said. The 33-year-old was still productive last season, but he is set to count $8.7 million against the cap. McCloughan seems willing to pay that price, but he will want to know Hatcher's plans before free agency begins.
Feb 1 - 9:44 AM

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler mentioned Pierre Garcon as a possible cap casualty.

DeSean Jackson is in the same boat. Both players are entering the last year of their contracts. Cutting Jackson and Garcon would obviously free up cap room, but this year's free agent market for wide receivers is incredibly uninspiring and Washington's in-house replacement options are just as bleak.
Jan 31 - 9:30 AM


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