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Redskins Sign Levi Jones, Quinton Ganther

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2009 – 4:29 pm

Well, some depth for the injury-depleted offensive line has arrived. The team today has announced the release of running backs Marcus Mason and Anthony Alridge, and the signing of former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones and former Tennessee Titan running back Quinton Ganther.

Ganther, a seventh-round draft choice of the Titans back in 2006, was waived/injured back in September with a calf injury that Tennessee didn’t feel like waiting on. Apparently Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith had liked something about him when he was working with the Titans RBs until last year.

Jones, meanwhile, was considered the top late-summer free agent tackle after being cut by the Bengals to make room for rookie tackle Andre Smith. Jones came into the league as a first-round draft choice in 2002, and is probably best-known recently for a fight with linebacker Joey Porter in a casino, an altercation that brought much levity to the world of sports blogs. Read more »

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Talking Chris Cooley With Rachel Nichols

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2009 – 1:49 pm

On Friday, I mentioned that the E:60 piece on Chris Cooley — which he talked about on his blog when it was filmed in July — would be airing tonight (7:00 eastern, sports fans!). And roughly since I posted that, I’ve been trying to get in touch with with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols to ask her about working with Cooley. We tried to set something up for the weekend, but things got hectic during and after the game, and I had to reschedule because I couldn’t clear the time.

When we finally caught up by phone yesterday, Nichols was completely understanding and said something about knowing how busy things must’ve been. And that’s when I felt terrible, because I had used the hectic schedule of one football-drama-filled day as an excuse to reschedule a quick talk with someone who had been forced to follow the ENTIRE WEEKS-LONG BRETT FAVRE DRAMA in person from city to city.

This is roughly analogous to me complaining about a flat tire to someone whose entire home has caught fire, burned to the ground, had the ruins swallowed by an earthquake — and then had their insurance claim denied. So I felt kind of bad about that.

But Nichols was perfectly forgiving, and more than happy to talk about a project she’s obviously proud of.
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Tuesday, October 20: Would You Trade Portis?

Posted by Matt Terl on October 20, 2009 – 12:25 pm

Today marks the NFL trade deadline, that time of year when the media feverishly speculates about a whole bunch of arbitrary trades and nothing really happens.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is engaging in one of the favorite media pastimes for NFL Trade Deadline Day: isolating the players “most likely” to be traded. And one of the names on his list would have to be of some interest to Redskins fans: running back Clinton Portis. Here’s Cole’s reasoning:

Clinton Portis: With the Washington Redskins’ loss to Kansas City, not only is coach Jim Zorn’s job seemingly more in jeopardy, but owner Dan Snyder might be willing to start over completely. Snyder likes Portis personally, but he also knows that running backs don’t last and Portis has already outlived the normal lifespan of a back.

What Cole doesn’t address here is the question of who would want Portis. Read more »

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