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Redskins re-signed TE Niles Paul to a three-year contract.

Paul has only missed four games in four seasons, which makes him a much safer bet than injury-prone starter Jordan Reed. Paul entered the league as a wideout, evident by the fact he hauled in 75 percent of his targets last season. If given a consistent role in the offense, he could be a fantasy sleeper. Prior to re-signing in D.C., Paul drew interest from Atlanta. We wouldn't be surprised if he became Washington's new starter over Reed.
Mar 6 - 12:10 PM

Free agent Brian Orakpo said he "wouldn't mind" playing for the Cowboys.

Orakpo, a Texas alum and native, expressed interest in playing for either Texas team. The question is whether the Cowboys will have the money to make a splashy signing. He'd give the Cowboys another pure pass-rusher to go with Demarcus Lawrence. Anthony Spencer and George Selvie are free agents.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 6 - 11:09 AM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports free agent Brian Orakpo "will not be back" with the Redskins.

It's a tough decision, but ultimately the right one. Orakpo can't stay healthy and has lost a ton of strength due to several arm tears, all but eliminating his patented bull rush. Assuming his tenure in D.C. is over, Orakpo will finish his Redskins career with 40 sacks across 71 appearances.
Mar 6 - 9:48 AM

Kirk Cousins is fully expected to be a Redskin in 2015.

It's not a true NFL offseason without Kirk Cousins trade rumors or demands, but he simply has more value to the Redskins than he would fetch in a swap. With free agent Colt McCoy moving on, Cousins will be counted on to put heat on Robert Griffin III. Per beat writer John Keim, the coaches "do like" Cousins and "there was a sense he got a raw deal last season" when he fell behind McCoy.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 5 - 9:15 AM

Redskins re-signed exclusive rights free agent S Duke Ihenacho to a one-year, $660,000 contract.

Ihenacho, 26 in June, played five snaps last season before fracturing his heel in Week 3. A "box" safety, Ihenacho may be a candidate for a real role in 2015 with both FS Ryan Clark and SS Brandon Meriweather free agents.
Mar 4 - 3:47 PM

Free agent RB Roy Helu will test the open market.

Helu has been an intriguing player the past few years, but was unable to find more than passing-down work behind Alfred Morris in D.C. He'll look for a bigger role elsewhere, but Helu is going to be hurt by such a robust running-back market. He's still just 26 years old and owns a career 4.43 YPC average.
Mar 4 - 3:02 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to pursue free agent TE Niles Paul.

McClure sees Paul as a likelier target than expensive Julius Thomas, who is the top tight end on the market. Paul has a history with new Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, and could play the role of "move" tight end in Shanahan's offense. Still only 25 years old, Paul finished 2014 with a 39-507-1 receiving line.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 3 - 3:04 PM

The Jaguars are "very interested" in free agent Brian Orakpo.

The Jaguars have already been linked to top free agents Devin McCourty and DeMarco Murray. Jacksonville has the cap space to take on several big contracts. Orakpo could among those players, although the Jags won't be alone in their pursuit. The Falcons have expressed interest in Orakpo while the Redskins haven't given up on re-signing the three-time Pro Bowler.
Mar 3 - 9:02 AM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Falcons are interested in free agent Brian Orakpo.

This isn't the first time we've seen the Falcons connected to Orakpo. Atlanta was poised to make a run at Orakpo last offseason, but the Redskins ended up using the franchise tag on him. He'll hit the open market next week barring a late deal with the Redskins, who are said to be very interested in re-signing the 28-year-old. Despite a half-sack injury-shortened season, Orakpo will have suitors.
Mar 2 - 7:15 PM

Other teams are showing "significant interest" in free agent Brian Orakpo.

Despite ongoing negotiations with the Redskins, Orakpo is no lock to remain in Washington. Orakpo is probably thrilled to have other suitors because it helps drive up his price. Though ultimately we'd expect Orakpo to remain in the nation's capital, the Redskins may not get him at the discounted rate they were hoping for.
Mar 2 - 2:55 PM

NBC Washington reports that the Redskins won't franchise tag free agent Brian Orakpo for the second-consecutive season, but that "both sides" are working on a new deal.

Orakpo was never going to be tagged after tearing his pec for the third time last season. He mustered just half a sack across seven games. With Orakpo going on 29, the 'Skins will try to bring him back at a discount.
Mar 2 - 1:07 PM

Redskins re-signed OT Tom Compton.

He was slated for restricted free agency. Compton's performance was abysmal when forced to start at right tackle late last season, but he's 26 years old (in May) and the Skins may believe he still has room for developmental growth. The Redskins badly need Morgan Moses to step up and become a starter.
Feb 27 - 3:10 PM

Redskins signed DL Ricky Jean-Francois to a three-year, $9 million contract.

The deal includes $4 million guaranteed, and could be worth as much as $11.25 million if Jean-Francois reaches certain incentives. It's a nice chunk of change for a player who got released by the Colts just three days ago. Jean-Francois had a negative Pro Football Focus rating in both of his seasons with the Colts, and generated only 5.5 sacks in 26 games. He was drafted by new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan in San Francisco.
Feb 26 - 6:57 PM

NBC Washington confirms the Redskins plan to let free agent S Brandon Meriweather walk.

Now 31, Meriweather remains more notable for his cheap shots than effectiveness. The Redskins need to remake the back end of their defense. Letting Meriweather go is a no-brainer.
Feb 26 - 2:18 PM

Free agent DL Ricky Jean-Francois will visit with the Seahawks this week.

Jean-Francois has drawn interest from multiple teams since being released. He's scheduled to meet with Washington and the 49ers in addition to Seattle. Jean-Francois should be seeking a multi-year deal after posting a career-high 28 tackles and three sacks in 2014.
Feb 25 - 5:18 PM

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