Player News - Redskins

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the 49ers would go "hard" after Kirk Cousins if he is available.

Even if the Redskins hit Cousins with another franchise tag, Schefter reports the 49ers may be willing to part with a trade package that includes the No. 2 overall pick to land the quarterback. With former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan almost certain to take over as head coach, Cousins would likely be open to a move to San Francisco. There is little doubt Washington will place the exclusive franchise tag on Cousins if the two sides cannot work out a long-term deal, but even that might not be the end of the saga.
Source: ESPN
Jan 21 - 12:22 PM

Scout.com's Ben Standig reports Rob Kelley underwent surgery on his right knee following Washington's season-ending loss to the Giants.

Kelley suffered the injury in Week 16, played with a brace against the Giants, and had the knee operated on shortly after the loss. A source told Standig the surgery was "relatively minor" and "dealt with the meniscus." Kelley averaged just 3.33 yards per carry over the Redskins' final six games and showed next to no passing-game ability. He'll face competition for his starting job in 2017.
Source: Scout.com
Jan 21 - 1:51 AM

Redskins hired Kevin O'Connell as QB coach.

O'Connell was fired after one season as Cleveland's quarterbacks coach. He spent last year as an offensive assistant with the 49ers. O'Connell's hiring confirms Matt Cavanaugh will be promoted to offensive coordinator. Coach Jay Gruden is expected to call plays in 2017.
Jan 20 - 7:51 PM

Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan underwent elbow surgery after the season.

The procedure cleaned up "loose bodies" in Kerrigan's left elbow, which he sprained in Week 4 and aggravated later on. As fellow OLB Preston Smith turned in a somewhat disappointing sophomore campaign, Kerrigan was the Redskins' only threatening pass rusher in 2016 while playing through the injury. Kerrigan finished with 11 sacks and has at least 7.5 sacks in all six of his NFL seasons.
Jan 20 - 1:22 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins will interview current OLBs coach Greg Manusky for their vacant defensive coordinator position.

Manusky has nine years of experience coordinating an NFL defense, most recently with the Colts from 2012-15. His defenses have been middling at best, and the wheels fell off his last year in Indianapolis. Manusky would not be an exciting hire, but Washington has yet to interview any better in their search.
Source: ESPN
Jan 16 - 6:39 PM

Redskins signed CB Tharold Simon, formerly of the Cardinals.

An underachiever for his skill set, Simon stands 6-foot-2, 202 with adequate athleticism but has been unable to earn jobs in Seattle and Arizona. Simon was drafted by the Seahawks when Redskins GM Scot McCloughan worked there.
Jan 16 - 5:47 PM

The Redskins are expected to promote QB coach Matt Cavanaugh to offensive coordinator.

Washington is staying in-house after losing Sean McVay to the Rams. Cavanaugh is one of the better position coaches in the league but hasn't coordinated since 2004 in Baltimore. With Jay Gruden returning to playcalling, Cavanaugh will have more of a game-planner role.
Jan 14 - 2:25 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome admitted the team could sign a veteran receiver this offseason.

Newsome said he'll be in the market for "complementary receivers" following Steve Smith Sr.'s retirement. Pierre Garcon or Kenny Britt would fit the bill in free agency, as would older options Anquan Boldin and Vincent Jackson. The Ravens have a lot of bodies at wideout, but no proven depth behind Mike Wallace.
Jan 10 - 7:08 PM

Redskins signed NT Phil Taylor to a reserve/future contract.

Washington also signed LBs Khairi Fortt and Pete Robertson to reserve/future deals. Taylor has missed the last two years with chronic knee issues. He's an upside stash for Washington going into the offseason. Redskins NT Ziggy Hood is a free agent.
Jan 6 - 6:02 PM

Impending free agent OLB Junior Galette said he plans to re-sign with the Redskins.

"Technically I’m a free agent, but in my mind, like I said last year, I’m set to come back," said Galette. "I already spoke to [GM] Scot [McCloughan], and we already have plans to just sign me back on a one-year deal." Galette first signed with Washington in 2015 but has yet to play a game for the Redskins after suffering two separate Achilles' tears. He'll turn 29 in March.
Jan 6 - 2:17 PM

Redskins signed S Earl Wolff to a reserve/future contract.

The 2013 fifth-rounder hasn't appeared in a game since 2014. Wolff has made 18 career appearances, including seven starts.
Jan 5 - 5:02 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim reports Josh Doctson is dealing with "tendinitis in his left foot."

Doctson had been reported to be dealing with an Achilles' issue, but the "unique injury" seems to be to his foot. "There’s not a certain diagnosis other than tendinitis," Doctson said. "It’s something that hopefully won’t reoccur if I let it calm down." Limited to two games as a rookie, the Redskins will need a lot more from Doctson next season with DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon headed to free agency.
Source: ESPN
Jan 3 - 12:16 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports the Redskins have already discussed a new deal with impending free agent Vernon Davis.

Signed to a one-year contract last offseason, Davis showed well both in limited work behind Jordan Reed and as a fill-in for the injury-prone starter. The Redskins would be smart to keep quality insurance like Davis around behind Reed, but he might be looking for one last payday. Davis will turn 33 later this month.
Source: ESPN
Jan 3 - 12:08 PM

ESPN's John Keim reports there is a "solid chance" impending free agent Pierre Garcon is not back with the Redskins next season.

Keim reports Garcon will not return for less than the $7.6 million he earned this season, a number he may be able to command on the open market after putting up a 79/1,041/3 line in his contract year. With DeSean Jackson also heading to free agency, the Redskins could look a lot different on offense next season even if (when) Kirk Cousins is retained. 2016 first-rounder Josh Doctson and Jamison Crowder are solid buys in Dynasty formats.
Source: ESPN
Jan 3 - 12:02 PM

Redskins signed WR Matt Hazel, LB Rufus Johnson, DL Joey Mbu, OL Ronald Patrick, DB Shak Randolph, TE Wes Saxton, WR Kendal Thompson and T Isaiah Williams to reserve/future contracts.

Most of the players listed were already on the Redskins' practice squad. All of them face to an uphill battle to crack the final 53-man roster.
Jan 2 - 6:30 PM


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