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Blast From The Past: ESPN Asks DeAngelo Hall About His Madden Ranking

Posted by Matt Terl on March 10, 2010 – 4:15 pm

Way back in June of last year — when the 2009 season was just a glimmer in Roger Goodell’s eye — the advance ratings for Madden NFL 10 came out. This was a staged media event, as it is every year, and like every other year there were players who were upset by their new rankings. It just so happened that this year, DeAngelo Hall was one of those players.

So he made dramatic angry pronouncements, I transcribed them, the EA Sports guys jumped in on Twitter, much offseason blog content was generated, and a good time was (mostly) had by all. The the season happened and Hall’s Madden rating became the least of the problems the team was having.

But the real prophet of that incident turns out to have been long snapper Ethan Albright, who had previously had some run-ins of his own with video game infamy. “DeAngelo may not realize,” Albright told me at the time, “but he’s going to be fielding questions about this forever.”

Well, it’s a little soon to discuss “forever,” but when Hall went through the ESPN carwash on Monday, sure enough, they brought up the Madden rating incident.


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Edwin Williams Weighs In On The Uniform Controversy

Posted by Matt Terl on March 10, 2010 – 3:55 pm

Intrepid Free Lance-Star Redskins beat reporter Rich Campbell is out at the University of Maryland Pro Day today, and snapped this picture of Redskins second-year offensive lineman Edwin Williams (a proud Maryland alum) for his Twitter feed.

Now, I’m not saying that this means that Williams supports a switch to the red R on gold helmets — I certainly don’t want to fire up that whole uniform change debacle again — but … well, I think the picture speaks for itself.

(In perhaps more relevant news, I talked to Williams briefly yesterday about Maryland offensive line prospect Bruce Campbell, and Williams described his as a “ridiculous athlete.”)

(Also, no, center/guard EdWIN Williams was not released; that was fullback EdDIE Williams. Easy mistake to make; always know your E. Williamses. UPDATE: Coincidentally, Eddie Williams was picked up by Chicago today.)

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Redskins Sign NT Ma'ake Kemoeatu

Posted by Matt Terl on March 10, 2010 – 12:47 pm

That’s not an official Madden 10 cover, in case there was any confusion — it’s one of many custom covers designed by someone by the name of Dorado45. But it might as well be authentic, because being on a Madden cover all but guarantees one thing: the season in question is doomed for you.

And last season was doomed for nose tackle Ma’ake Kemoeatu, who was signed by the Redskins today.
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Wednesday, March 10: Responses To The Redskins 2010 Free Agency

Posted by Matt Terl on March 10, 2010 – 9:41 am

“‘Don’t Panic.’ It’s the first helpful or intelligible thing anyone’s said to me all day.”

Well, the 2010 Washington Redskins offseason has proved … interesting so far, albeit not in the way that most people expected. With the free agent signing period almost a week old, here’s what the Redskins have officially accomplished:

  • Released ten players, many of them aging (and expensive) veterans.
  • Signed or re-signed four of their own free agents: two aging veterans (although they’re at two wildly disparate degrees of “aging” — Phillip Daniels makes Casey Rabach look like a wide-eyed rookie by comparison), one versatile young player entering his prime (Lorenzo Alexander), and one difficult-to-pigeonhole guy in Mike Williams. Two offensive linemen, one defensive lineman, and one defensive utility player currently listed as a linebacker, if you’re counting.
  • Signed Artis Hicks, a versatile utility player along the offensive line.

Unofficially, the team has reportedly met with a number of free agents. They’ve either elected not to pursue or otherwise missed out on such “big” names as Julius Peppers, Karlos Dansby, Antrel Rolle, and Chad Clifton. And they’ve generally been biding their time, apparently content to wait and cherry-pick guys for the price they’re willing to pay.

All of this squares with what general manager Bruce Allen has been saying all along:
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