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A Letter From Bruce Allen To Redskins Fans

Posted by Matt Terl on March 15, 2011 – 2:49 pm

The following is the text of a letter from Redskins general Bruce Allen to Redskins fans regarding the recent negotiations between the NFL and the NFLPA. An image of the letter appears after the jump.

Dear Redskins Fans:

Last Friday, negotiations between the NFL and the NFL Players Association ended without a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Unfortunately, the union’s abandonment of bargaining and subsequent decertification led to the league’s difficult but necessary step to lock out, something we tried hard to avoid. We remain committed to getting a new deal done and believe that the fastest way to a fair agreement is through mediation and not litigation.

We share your disappointment with the lack of progress. The offer that the union walked away from was fair and addressed many of the key issues, including a rookie compensation system, enhanced player health and safety measures, improved retired player benefits and compromises on the union’s financial demands.

Of particular importance to the Washington Redskins were the additional benefits the proposal would have provided to retired players. Our organization is rich in history and we are proud of the men who have contributed to our glorious past and helped create our great fan base that we all benefit from today. The Redskins Alumni continue to play an integral role within our community, and the union’s decision to walk away from a deal that would have benefited our retired players is especially disappointing.

As the home team in the nation’s capital, we understand and respect the political process. However, we feel a deal will be reached at the negotiating table and not with the involvement of Congress. The NFL remains committed to collective bargaining and the federal mediation process, which is the most effective way to reach a new agreement – one that is good for the long-term future of the game.

We care deeply about our passionate fans of the Burgundy & Gold and we are determined to bring you a winning football team. You should know that the current status of the Collective Bargaining Agreement will not disrupt our preparation for the 2011 season or swerve our focus from the Redskins’ objective – WINNING.

We greatly appreciate your support of the Washington Redskins.

Executive Vice President/ General Manager

See below for an image of the lettter.

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A Lukewarm Look At Blaine Gabbert

Posted by Matt Terl on March 15, 2011 – 11:45 am

I guess it’s turning into a theme day here: people being critical of the highly ranked quarterback prospects from this year’s draft class. So if it’s going to be a recurring theme, I guess I should disclose my bias: I’m generally opposed to using a high-round draft pick on a quarterback. I know all the reasons it’s a good idea — most Super Bowl teams feature a highly-drafted franchise quarterback, for example — and I know that the mid-round starting quarterback is more of a wishful myth than an easily-uncovered gem. I’d like to see that draft pick used on a pass-rusher or a disruptive force on the defensive line — or, of course, traded back for additional picks if it’s possible. But a quarterback isn’t the way I’d go with this pick.

Of course, this specific crop of quarterbacks isn’t doing much to convince me otherwise. We’ve already covered Washington’s Jake Locker here, more than once. Next up? Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert. Read more »

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A Lukewarm Endorsement Of Jake Locker From National Football Post

Posted by Matt Terl on March 15, 2011 – 9:20 am

I’m not quite sure what the relationship is between National Football Post and CSNWashington. I may have missed a media partnership somewhere along the line; that certainly can happen — Washington Post’s content partnership with Bleacher Report started and ended quicker than a 40-yard dash. But however it happened, I was happy to come across this NFP video analysis of the Redskins draft needs on the CSNWashington site. NFP has been doing my favorite general coverage of the NFL Draft this year, and it was fascinating to see Matt Bowen, Wes Bunting, Joe Fortenbaugh, and Greg Gabriel doing their schtick in video format instead of print.

Much of the content is the same — former safety Bowen talking about new safety O.J. Atogwe‘s impact, draft analyst Bunting professing his love for FSU QB Christian Ponder — but it’s still worth watching, and an excellent distraction from the ongoing labor situation. Plus, at around the 3:40 mark, you get to see the world’s most lukewarm endorsement of Washington QB Jake Locker as a legitimate NFL quarterback prospect.

For those of you who don’t want to watch, here’s what Bunting says (just after indulging his Ponder man-crush): Read more »

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