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Bruce Allen Addresses The Media

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 8:02 pm

The Bruce Allen press conference has concluded, and not much of substance was revealed. (Which is, of course, as you’d expect.) I’m sure we’ll find everything out over the next few days — or hours, I suppose. Anyhow, here are a few of the quotes I excerpted on Twitter:

“Obviously, it’s a day of change for the Redskins.”

“We made some decisions that we feel address some of the concerns we have, and addresses our plan for the 2010 season & beyond.”

“One of the reasons to do it [the cuts] today is to give these players an opportunity at the starting line of free agency.”

“We’ve developed a pretty extensive gameplan for what we’re gonna do in free agency.”

“These players have been tendered because we can see ’em in our gameplan for the 2010 season and beyond.”

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Redskins Release 10 Players; Tender 10 Free Agents

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 7:07 pm

Not much to add to the press release on this one just yet:

The Redskins announced today that they have released the following players:

  • RB Ladell Betts
  • RB Rock Cartwright
  • QB Todd Collins
  • DT Cornelius Griffin
  • RB Marcus Mason
  • WR Antwaan Randle El
  • DL J.D. Skolnitsky
  • CB Fred Smoot
  • G Randy Thomas
  • FB Eddie Williams

The team also announced today that they offered tenders to the following restricted free agents:


  • QB Jason Campbell – Original Round (First)
  • CB Carlos Rogers – Original Round (First)
  • S Reed Doughty – Second Round
  • DL Kedric Golston – Second Round
  • T Stephon Heyer – Second Round
  • LB Rocky McIntosh – Second Round
  • LB Chris Wilson – Second Round
  • DT Anthony Montgomery – Original Round (Fifth)
  • OL Will Montgomery – Original Round (Seventh)
  • LB Lorenzo Alexander – Right of First Refusal

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Stephon Heyer Says Goodbye To Chris Samuels

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 3:57 pm

After Chris Samuels finished addressing the media today, after the assembled reporters had finished asking their questions, offensive lineman Stephon Heyer raised his hand to ask a question from the audience.

“This is Stephon Heyer from the Washington Redskins,” he said, following the name-and-affiliation format the reporters had been using. “I had a question: how do I become as good as you?” Read more »

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The NFL Provides An FAQ On FA And The CBA

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 2:30 pm

Well, the headline says it all, really, just in abbreviated form. The National Football League today helpfully sent out a Frequently Asked Questions document regarding free agency and the collective bargaining agreement.

I reproduce it here for you, because doing so is easier than trying to work up another primer like I did for restricted free agency yesterday. (IMPORTANT NOTE: That picture is from LAST YEAR’S first Friday of free agency. Just in case there was any confusion.)

From the NFL:


Q. When can players start being signed in the 2010 free agency signing period?
A. Beginning at 12:01 AM ET on Friday, March 5.

Q. What are the categories of free agency?
A. Players are either “restricted” or “unrestricted” free agents. Within the categories are also “transition” and “franchise” players.

Q. What is the time period for free agency signings this year?
A. For restricted free agents, from March 5 to April 15. For unrestricted free agents who have received the June 1 tender from their prior Club, from March 5 to July 22 (or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). For franchise players, from March 5 until the Tuesday after the 10th week of the regular-season (November 16). If he does not sign by November 16, he must sit out the season. There are no transition player designations this year.

Q. What is the difference between a restricted free agent and an unrestricted free agent?

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Chris Samuels Is Even Tougher Than You Think

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 2:07 pm

I don’t think anyone would ever have questioned Chris Samuels’ toughness. He was an offensive line cornerstone; he’s been to more Pro Bowls than anyone else from his draft class; and he played 144 games at one of the most vital positions on the field.

I know that I, at least, have always thought of Samuels as a classy guy, a talented guy, and a tough guy. But I really had no idea just how tough.

“I was born with a neck condition called stenosis,” he explained during his retirement press conference today. “When I get hit a certain way, I lose power in my upper extremities, which is what happened to me last season against Carolina. Some doctors only predicted me to play six or seven years in the NFL, but here I am ten years later with six Pro Bowls. God has truly been good to me.”

We all knew about the stenosis, have known about it for years, but I don’t think I ever fully understood just how much it affected Samuels.

“I found out I had the condition in high school,” he said. “I hit a guy and everything went paralyzed on me. Not only did I lose power in my upper extremity, [but] also in my lower extremities. I was carted off in a stretcher, taken away to the hospital. Some doctors even told me not to play again, and it was pretty devastating. I got some more opinions and they told me that I could go out there and play, and it’s been a blessed career.”

And if that isn’t a horrifying enough image, a guy who had already been temporarily paralyzed once not only continuing to play, but to play at the highest levels of his sport, Samuels went into even more detail about his run-ins with paralysis with reporters after the conference ended.

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The Chris Samuels Press Conference

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 11:59 am

I don’t expect a ton of news from the Chris Samuels press conference (aside, obviously, from Samuels retiring), but I’ll be covering it via Twitter anyhow. Follow along there, or with the Twackle module after the jump.

And if you want to see the rest of the commemorative book that goes along with the cover pictured above, download the PDF here. (Just click on the cover for a larger version of that image.) Read more »

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Larry Michael's Chris Samuels Interview

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 11:03 am

Larry Michael sat down with Chris Samuels to get his thoughts on retirement, find out what he plans to do next, discuss rapping (yes, really), and answer some fan questions. Part 2 is after the jump; the retirement press conference starts in just under an hour.

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RBN's Chris Samuels Highlight Video

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 10:08 am

With Chris Samuels retiring today, the folks at Redskins Broadcast Network put together this tribute video. It features the pie-in-the-face incident (again) and also more highlights than you might expect given that offensive linemen rarely make the Top Ten Plays on SportsCenter, and it should do a good job of getting you ready for today’s press conference.

UPDATE: Commenter BobZmuda makes an excellent point: “Okay, if you don’t get fired up about watching an OT block, at least skip to 3:40 to watch Chris Samuels freestyle with a puppet.”

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Thursday, March 4: These Guys Are Playing Lorenzo Alexander's Charity Event

Posted by Matt Terl on March 4, 2010 – 9:34 am

Chris Samuels will be holding a press conference to announce his retirement at noon, and free agency starts at midnight tonight; both of those things will receive plenty of coverage as warranted. But first, to start the day, one more reminder about Lorenzo Alexander‘s benefit concert for Haiti tonight.

There are two bands playing: Baltimore’s Jah Works, whom Alexander describes as “a local reggae band that I’m really into,” and Brooklyn’s rock-centric Z02. I had never heard of Z02 before they showed up at Redskins practice one day last December (as guests of Alexander, in fact), but they’ve actually got quite a bit of exposure. In addition to three well-received albums (RIYL: Aerosmith, Kiss, old Soundgarden), they’re also the stars of Z Rock, a legitimately funny comedy series on IFC.

They met Alexander through a mutual friend and they all hit it off. Only one member of the group (drummer Joey Cassata) is a football fan — “If you told me the Redskins were a California team, I would say, ‘Oh, okay,'” guitarist Paulie Z told me — and that one is a New York Giants fan.

Alexander is working to change that, though. “I’m trying to convert ’em,” he says. “They’re real good dudes, real down to earth. And I’m not big into rock, but I’ve become a fan of theirs.”

And they’re fans of Alexander as well. “We even told him we named the band after him,” Cassata told me, “but he didn’t go for it.”

The benefit is tonight at Jaxx in Springfield; tickets and further information available at their website.
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