The overwhelming sentiment in the halls of Redskins Park today, was relief to be back. There were smiles, hugs, and handshakes all around as players settled in and get acclimated to being back.
After the longest lockout in NFL history, players and fans alike can experience a decade of labor peace, the longest such agreement ever designed. Most players currently in the league will never experience another labor negotiation, and that’s just fine by them.
Center Casey Rabach was looking forward to an agreement in order to get back to work with his teammates.
“It’s been a long offseason–long process obviously–it’s been rough on everybody, no doubt,” he said. “Y’know, with players, coaches and everybody around, it’s great to be back. There was a good reception this morning. It was really just good to be back to concentrating on football.”
Outside linebacker Brian Orakpo noted how the camaraderie of the group helps them to overcome the struggles of training camp.
“It’s like a family back together when you haven’t seen them for an extended period of time,” he said about being back. “We’re excited about this year, we’re excited to be back. The lockout’s over with and guys can get back to football.”
Quarterback John Beck seemed really pleased with the atmosphere of the team and looks forward to working with his teammates. “Today, really it’s just been a lot of smiles, a lot of handshakes, saying ‘Hey, it’s good to be back, it’s good to be back in the building, let’s get to work.'”
Redskins will have to wait until Saturday to feast their eyes on the new squad, but this offseason has definitely made them a close-knit group.
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