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Tuesday, January 12: Rooting For … The Cowboys?

Posted by Matt Terl on January 12, 2010 – 11:21 am

An interesting item on ProFootballTalk this morning about the provisions put into the CBA to prevent an uncapped year from turning into the rich getting richer. I hadn’t been thinking about it much because it was so far from relevant to the extremely non-playoff 2009 Redskins, but it boils down to this: teams in the final eight will be faced with certain limitations in the upcoming 2010 free agency period.

Here are the four major restrictions as cited in PFT, with me attempting to do a lawyerese-to-English translation on each one. Read more »

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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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Monday, March 2: General Agreement On A Metaphor

Posted by Matt Terl on March 2, 2009 – 10:18 am

Hey, I need a catchy, topical hook for my article about how the football team based in Washington D.C. has signed a number of big ticket free agents in a short time span. Can you think of anything? I mean, has there been any financial news out of D.C. lately? Anything about spending, or offering large sums of cash? Anyone have any ideas along those lines?

Bleacher Report: Redskins stimulus package tops 150 million

Bareknucks.com: Redskins Economic Stimulus

Adam Schefter at NFL.com: Snyder’s stimulus plan

Mark Newgent, Washington Redskins Examiner: “How are Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato affording this spending spree? I can only surmise that some politician put an earmark for Pro Football Inc. (the Redskins holding corporation) into the stimulus bill.”

Jeffri Chadiha at ESPN.com: Haynesworth might be D.C.’s stimulus

Akhorus at HailRedskins.com: Cerrato’s stimulus package

Spence, at DC Pro Sports Report: “Finally, a memo to Jim Zorn: Your job is on the line, hombre. The owner just spent a fair chunk of the U.S. stimulus package to make your job easier.”

… Yeah, I’m not coming up with anything either. If only the economy was in the news more, I’m sure it’d be easier. Read more »

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Yes, Dockery Is Back

Posted by Matt Terl on February 27, 2009 – 10:39 pm

And this relaxing, low-key first full day of free agency ends with the Redskins agreeing to terms with free agent G Derrick Dockery. Dockery was not only a fan favorite during his first stint here, but a favorite of just about everyone he worked with, and they’re all excited to have him return.

The last twenty-four hours have brought Albert Haynesworth, DeAngelo Hall, and Derrick Dockery. Hopefully those three send just about any Redskins fan happily into the weekend. Read more »

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NFL Network and NFL.com Weigh In On The Signings

Posted by Matt Terl on February 27, 2009 – 3:14 pm


Every year I’m amazed by the round-the-clock coverage of the first night of NFL free agency — an awful lot of scrutiny is placed on, essentially, a bunch of job interviews. It felt like this year took it to new heights, especially when ProFootballTalk nearly killed the entire internet at the stroke of midnight.

I think this feeling came about partially because there are just more outlets covering the NFL than ever before, and partially because not that much really happened outside of the Haynesworth and Hall deals — so you had more people talking about fewer things, and thus covering them with even more thoroughness than usual.

As an example, the NFL Network. Above, NFL Network discusses the signing. Then there’s this article by Thomas George on NFL.com, which is possibly more supportive of the signing than even the most rabid Redskins fan:
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Some Redskins Comment on The Acquisitions; Then There's Rocky McIntosh

Posted by Matt Terl on February 27, 2009 – 12:23 pm

Even though the activity level in the building is much higher than it has been, and even though the media presence has increased enormously (from “zero” to “a whole lot”), there still aren’t that many players here. Still, it seemed worthwhile to see if any of them had anything interesting to say about last night’s two big signings.

Mostly, no.

Kedric Golston was excited about Albert Haynesworth, his new defensive linemate:


(That’s Intern Bridgette asking the question, by the way — I haven’t undergone a startling and unexpected voice change.)

Chris Samuels was also enthusiastic about Haynesworth, but you couldn’t hear him on the video with Golston shouting in the background. Read more »

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Friday, February 27: Redskins Agree To Terms With DeAngelo Hall

Posted by Matt Terl on February 27, 2009 – 12:26 am

DeAngelo Hall got his long term deal, agreeing to terms just at the start of free agency. So that’s that handled. Still waiting to see what else — if anything — is yet to come. At least now you know you didn’t stay awake on Free Agency Night for no reason. Read more »

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Thursday, February 26: ESPN Having Some Trouble Making Up Its Mind On Haynesworth

Posted by Matt Terl on February 26, 2009 – 9:10 am

Well, the rumors of the Redskins signing DT Albert Haynesworth are still going full blast. WUSA9′s Sara Walsh talked to him for an hour yesterday and reports that “he spent much of the conversation grilling me about life in Washington and what the Redskins are like.” (Walsh hosted a weekly radio show with Haynesworth during her time in Nashville.)

Since free agency officially kicks off just after midnight tonight, ESPN.com is getting ready for the flurry of action in those heady first few hours of wheeling and dealing, and their Insider section has Scouts Inc making list after list to analyze the guys who might change teams. So what do they have to say about this particular impact free agent?

Well, he headlines their list of Five Worth The Investment, so that’s good:

Albert Haynesworth, DT, Tennessee
A few years ago he would have fallen more into the buyer-beware category, but after coming back from an unfortunate incident of on-field violence he has turned his career around. The low motor and work-ethic issues of the past are gone. In Tennessee, Haynesworth was a dominant force at the point of attack and the Titans built their defense around him. Their goal was to bring outside pressure and funnel the ball back inside, where Haynesworth was taking on (and beating) double-team blocks and making plays around the line of scrimmage. He was the best unrestricted free agent coming into the process and probably will hit the open market.

Oh, that’s great news. Maybe all the negative reports about him are overblown. I mean, it’s not like he’s right on top of their list of Five Risky Free Agents or anything like that, right? Right? Well…. Read more »

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