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DeAngelo Hall And Fred Smoot Exercise, Talk, Talk About Exercise

Posted by Matt Terl on March 19, 2009 – 5:21 pm

If I were to tell you that a Redskins player had been chosen to speak at a press conference promoting a Congressional youth fitness initiative, you’d assume that it was a quick-witted, chatty, loquacious guy who could make a potentially dry subject at least mildly compelling.

In short, you’d probably assume that it was Fred Smoot, especially if I told you that the player in question was a cornerback.

And you’d be right, sort of.

Smoot was indeed on hand today at the west side of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., along with players from the Baltimore Ravens, cheerleaders from both teams, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, and a whole host of governmental VIPs. And a Redskins cornerback did indeed step up to the podium … but it was the recently re-signed DeAngelo Hall who did the talking, not Smoot.

“Everybody always has to listen to me talk,” Smoot joked beforehand. “I thought it was time to let [Hall] have a chance.” Read more »

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Thursday, March 19: So, About This Jay Cutler Thing

Posted by Matt Terl on March 19, 2009 – 9:29 am

I got a lot of email yesterday about those rumors of the Redskins making a trade for disgruntled Broncos QB Jay Cutler, and I feel fairly confident that there’s absolutely no fire to the smoke. People can parse Vinny Cerrato’s denial in as much minute detail as they’d like, but everything I’m hearing here is that what he meant is pretty much what he said: Jason Campbell is the quarterback next year, and we’re not trading for Cutler.

It’s also useful to remember that the Redskins fans aren’t the only team in the league where such rumors get going when a big-ticket guy is available. Over at SI.com, Don Banks takes a look at the Cutler coverage around the league:

• The Dallas Morning News shooting down a notion that has taken on a life of its own on Cowboys blogs: Trading Tony Romo for Cutler straight up. No word on whether Jessica Simpson goes too.

• Various outlets pooh-poohing the idea that a Cutler for Donovan McNabb trade makes sense in Philadelphia. It has been correctly noted that the thin-skinned Cutler might just get his feelings roughed up a bit in a town of Philly’s ilk.

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