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New Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is attempting to add Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith to his front office.

Highsmith is a highly respected college scout who was originally hired by Ron Wolf in 1999. He was named the NFL Scout of the Year following the 2010 season. McCloughan, like Highsmith, has a background with Wolf. McCloughan is trying to turn Washington's front office from a mess into something formidable. Luring Highsmith to D.C. would be a big first step.
Jan 25 - 2:20 PM

The Washington Post's Mike Jones reports the Falcons have requested an interview with Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris.

With the Falcons set to hire Seahawks DC Dan Quinn as head coach following the Super Bowl, Morris is likely being brought in to interview for the defensive coordinator position. Morris has already been passed over for the Giants' and Redskins' defensive coordinator jobs this offseason, but he could land a job in what should be a limited role under the defensive-minded Quinn. Morris played for and coached under Quinn while the pair were at Hofstra in the late 90s.
Jan 24 - 10:03 AM

The Redskins will continue to run a 3-4 defense under new coordinator Joe Barry.

The Chargers ran a 3-4 during Barry's four seasons as linebackers coach, so it will not be a difficult transition. Barry did run a 4-3 during his two years as Lions defensive coordinator in 2007-08, fielding one of the league's worst units.
Jan 20 - 4:46 PM

Redskins hired Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry as defensive coordinator.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport had the exact same report six days ago, but it turned out the Redskins were still chasing down other candidates. Only after Vic Fangio chose to go with John Fox and the Bears did Barry get back on the top of Washington's list. So now the 'Skins are settling for an underwhelming Barry, who was the Lions defensive coordinator during 2007 and 2008 -- when the team went winless one year and ranked last in total defense both years. This Redskins unit is going to be a defense to attack from a fantasy perspective once again in 2015 -- especially in the pass game.
Jan 20 - 12:15 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim doesn't expect the team to put forth much of an effort to re-sign impending free agent OLB Brian Orakpo.

Team brass was reportedly split on bringing Orakpo back last offseason. The Redskins used the franchise tag on him, and Orakpo registered a half-sack before landing on I.R. with a torn pectoral after Week 7. It was the third time he's torn his pec in his career. Orakpo is Evan Silva's No. 5 free agent edge rusher available behind Justin Houston, Jerry Hughes, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Greg Hardy.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 18 - 11:27 AM

ESPN Redskins blogger John Keim believes DE Stephen Bowen could be released this offseason.

Bowen appeared in just eight games (three starts) this year due to injury. He has an $8 million cap hit in 2015 and will need to take a pay-cut to return. Washington can save $5.5 million by cutting Bowen, but would leave $2.5 million in dead money.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 4:33 PM

Redskins LT Trent Williams is a candidate for an extension.

Williams is signed through 2015, but will count $13.7 million against the cap. He graded out as a top-15 left tackle by Pro Football Focus this year despite playing through multiple injuries. A three-time Pro Bowler, Williams was drafted prior to the new CBA and is already one of the highest paid offensive linemen in the league. The Redskins could lower his cap hit by extending him this offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 4:14 PM

Redskins hired ex-Cowboys OC Bill Callahan as offensive line coach.

The Redskins' offseason of upgrading continues. Per ESPN's Ed Werder, Callahan's three-year deal is "very lucrative." Callahan was humiliatingly stripped of play-calling duties in Dallas last season, but retained his "offensive coordinator" title even though he was limited to line duties. Either way, he's one of the league's very best at coaching up linemen. He's an excellent addition to coach Jay Gruden's staff.
Jan 15 - 1:52 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Redskins will be "making a play" for ex-Cowboys OL coach Bill Callahan.

Callahan was demoted from play-calling duties last season, but is regarded as one of the league's best line coaches. He'd be a nice get for coach Jay Gruden.
Jan 15 - 1:09 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Redskins are planning to hire Joe Barry as defensive coordinator.

It would be an underwhelming hire. Barry, 44, was the Chargers' LBs coach each of the past four seasons, but had a previous stint as the Lions' defensive coordinator from 2007-2008 under coach Rod Marinelli, who is Barry's father-in-law. The Lions went 0-16 in 2008 and finished dead-last in total defense each of those two seasons, giving up over 404 yards per game in the winless year. We'd actually maybe prefer Jim Haslett over Barry.
Jan 14 - 9:44 AM

Raheem Morris' Tuesday interview with the Redskins is the last one Washington will hold for its defensive coordinator vacancy.

Morris, the current secondary coach for a Skins defense that ranked 24th against the pass this past year, is a finalist. The other candidate appears to be Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry.
Jan 13 - 12:21 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Browns and Jaguars have requested to interview Cowboys OC/OL coach Bill Callahan for their offensive-coordinator vacancies.

Callahan didn't run the Dallas offense despite his title as OC; passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan was calling the shots. The Browns tried to hire Callahan last offseason, but were blocked by the Cowboys. Callahan is now a coaching free agent. He and Browns coach Mike Pettine are close friends.
Jan 12 - 9:38 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Giants are not interested in Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

This comes after Morris interviewed for the job on Friday, so they must not have liked what they heard or have better options in mind. Morris will now interview for the DC job in Washington. It'd be an underwhelming hire.
Jan 12 - 7:24 PM

Following a Friday "chat" with new GM Scot McCloughan, ESPN Washington's Chris Russell came away believing Griffin "stands a very good chance of staying" with the Redskins in 2015.

McCloughan said he believes Griffin "needs more time" to be developed and evaluated, and noted Brett Favre needed two full years to learn Mike Holmgren's system after the Packers traded for him early in Favre's career. McCloughan is an ex-Packers scout. Griffin turns 25 next month and is owed an affordable $3,269,877 in base salary. He's going to face competition in training camp, but all signs point to RG3 remaining a Redskin in 2015.
Jan 9 - 3:40 PM

The Giants have requested permission to interview Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

The Redskins have reportedly given the go ahead. In two years with Morris at the helm of the Redskins' secondary, the unit has ranked 24th and 20th against the pass. A lot of that has to do with talent deficiencies, which is why Morris is at least getting a look. Expect the Giants to cast a wide net in their search for Perry Fewell's replacement. Morris is also considered a candidate to replace Jim Haslett as defensive coordinator in Washington.
Jan 8 - 8:43 AM

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