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Matt Sinclair Waived

Posted by Matt Terl on March 17, 2009 – 5:27 pm

Linebacker Matt Sinclair spent the entire 2008 season on injured reserve after suffering a back injury during preseason. He was waived today, ending his tenure with the team.

I saw him as he was leaving the building, and he seemed in remarkably good spirits, and said that he was confident he’d catch on somewhere. Still, though, there’s something somewhat jarring about someone wearing a happy-looking St. Patrick’s Day shirt as he clears his stuff out of the workplace. All the best to Sinclair, who was a well-liked guy around these parts. Read more »

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Clinton Portis Has Had Enough Of Your Llama Drama

Posted by Matt Terl on March 17, 2009 – 12:32 pm

A long, long time ago, when the 2008 Redskins were sitting at 1-1 and anything seemed possible, I prepared for a Redskins Read event by asking players about children’s books. Most of the guys told me about books they remembered from their own childhood — including Fred Smoot, who described in the minutest detail a book that no one else had ever even heard of — but Jon Jansen talked about a book that his kids enjoyed.

“It’s … Llama Llama something? Llama Llama something Mama?” He stopped for a second, then got it. “Llama Llama Mad at Mama, that’s it. They LOVE it.”

My daughter was only four months old at the time, so I had no idea what Jansen was talking about. I dutifully recorded his quote and moved on with my life. In the intervening half year, though, we’ve discovered the awesome majesty of Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama books for ourselves.

Llama Llama Mad At Mama tells the harrowing tale of a Mama Llama who goes shopping at some kind of big box retailer with her cranky child, Llama Llama. Chaos ensues, as you might expect, until Mama Llama calms Llama Llama by explaining that they’re all in the horrible shopping experience together. It’s a touching story of family unity and teamwork in the face of impersonal commercialism, and I recommend it extremely highly.

So you can probably imagine how thrilled I was to find out that Clinton Portis would be doing a reading of it. Read more »

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Renaldo Wynn Agrees To Terms

Posted by Matt Terl on March 17, 2009 – 10:12 am

He hasn’t signed the contract yet, but former Redskins DE Renaldo Wynn has definitely agreed to terms with the team, and is expected to officially sign sometime soon.

Wynn, not unlike fellow returnee Derrick Dockery, is someone that everyone here speaks highly of. People still talk about his car show (as in the video above), his restaurant reviews, his leadership abilities, and his ties to Northern Virginia and the Loudoun County area — all of which are on display in this terrific Washington Post profile from 2007.

Wynn said his blue-collar upbringing has made him appreciate the wealth that playing in the NFL has brought him. That translates into charity work in Northern Virginia.

“My main thing is to try to give back to the community and help families,” he said. “Last year my wife and I came up with the idea for Adopt a Child. We bus in children less fortunate than we are, bus in whole families, actually, and give each child $100 gift cards for Target to buy whatever they want for Christmas. We give the parents $100, too, because we want to make sure the kids get what they want instead of buying something for their parents.” He said last year he and his wife gave gift cards to about 200 people and that about 15 other Redskins came out to Target the day of the shopping spree to help the children pick out the gifts.

“The players loved it,” he said.

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Tuesday, March 17: Two More From Yesterday

Posted by Matt Terl on March 17, 2009 – 8:46 am

Chris Cooley and Chris Horton — arguably the two most productive Chrises on the 2008 squad, although I’m sure Chris Samuels and Chris Wilson would disagree — also spoke to the media during yesterday’s first-day-of-offseason-conditioning extravaganza.

Both of them were upbeat, as you’d expect. (I really can’t imagine a pro player getting up on the first day of offseason conditioning and saying, “Yeah, we’re just an umitigated disaster. We’re doomed.”) Cooley has set the totally realistic goal of 110 catches for the year (which would break Tony Gonzalez’s NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end), and Horton is prepared to compete for LaRon Landry’s roster spot. So you can say this, at least: everyone’s spirits seem to be starting off high.

Here are Horton’s comments. Cooley is after the jump.

On the competition at safety:

Horton: “I’m competing with all of those guys, Kareem (Moore), Reed (Doughty). I even compete with LaRon (Landry) and I don’t even play his position, but you just never know how things are going to go. I just look at it as show up every day and put forth your best effort.”

On what he had to do today:

“Today was fairly easy. You come in, they test your measurements on stretching. Then you do the treadmill run.”

On what he has done this off season:

“I spent a lot of time on the west coast, around UCLA. I can’t get enough of that place. I did spend a couple weeks back in New Orleans. I just hung out with my family. I’m not really a guy into big trips and doing all that stuff, at least not yet.”

On what he personally needs to improve on to become better:

“I still think there are some things that I need to get better at in the film room. I need to look at myself from last year and do a self evaluation and figure out where I went wrong in certain games. How could I have done certain things better? I just want to get my physical strength up and just stay healthy.” Read more »

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