Player News - Redskins

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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

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler believes the Redskins are unlikely to re-sign free agent Alfred Morris.

Morris wants to return to D.C., but the feeling doesn't appear mutual. Alf's production has fallen dramatically on an annual basis since his rookie year, and at age 27 his best years are probably behind him. Matt Jones struggled with fumbles during his rookie season, but his upside is enough to make Morris expendable. Chris Thompson should be back in his normal third-down role.
Jan 31 - 9:23 AM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer does not believe Robert Griffin III or Johnny Manziel will join Dallas this offseason.

"Of the two, I think Robert Griffin III is more likely to be a Cowboy," Archer said, "but I don’t see that happening either." Manziel obviously intrigues Jerry Jones, but his off-field issues would likely be even more pronounced back home in Texas. Injuries have diminished Griffin, and he has yet to prove he can be an effective NFL quarterback without his scrambling ability. The Cowboys will add a quarterback this offseason, but Archer believes it will be through the draft.
Source: ESPN
Jan 30 - 10:40 AM

CSN Washington's Rich Tandler reports Matt Jones is not a lock for the Redskins "workhorse running back" role next season.

"From what I have heard they like Jones," Tandler said, "but they are not sure that he will be able to fix everything he needs to fix between now and September." Jones certainly needs to work on his consistency and ball security, but the Redskins may have no choice with Alfred Morris set to leave in free agency. Unless a back is added early in the draft, Jones should open 2016 as the starter.
Jan 28 - 11:29 AM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said he wants to work out a "long-term deal" with impending free agent Kirk Cousins.

"From the standpoint of going forward, of course I’d like to have him around," McCloughan said. "Our philosophy with me and the organization is we won’t talk contract stuff with the media, but I want him to be a part of the Redskins." Cousins cannot complain about being underappreciated. Washington may prefer a long-term extension -- ideally at a team-bargain price -- but they will almost certainly use the franchise tag to retain Cousins for 2016.
Jan 27 - 7:41 PM

Redskins GM Scot McCloughan said the team may not make the final decision on Robert Griffin III until March 9.

Washington can cut Griffin on the Monday after the Super Bowl. "The thing that’s good about where we are right now is, we have until March 9," McCloughan said. "That’s why I want to sit with the coaches ... and get a feel for it, because he's a good football player, he’s a really good person, and he’s under contract." Griffin's $16.155-million option becomes fully guaranteed on the first day of the new league year, which starts at 4 EST on March 9. The Redskins do not want Griffin to be their quarterback next season, but they are not going to let the only quarterback under contract walk before working out a deal with impending free agent Kirk Cousins.
Jan 27 - 5:46 PM


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