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  1. Need to Know: Five options for the Redskins at inside linebacker

    Mar 13, 2014, 5:16 AM EDT

    Keenan-Robinson-vs.-TB

    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 13, 25 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts. Nickel coverage All of the talk has been about the lack of a safety acquisition in free agency, and there hasn’t been much about another major need. Here are five options the Redskins have…

  2. Options remain at safety for the Redskins

    Mar 12, 2014, 8:18 AM EDT

    Chris-Clemons-dolphins

    There was a run on the safety position during the first hours of NFL free agency. Unfortunately the Redskins, who are in need of two starting caliber safeties, were not participants. They were interested in Jairus Byrd of the Bills but not for anything close to the $54 million over six years he got from…

  3. Need to Know: Five notes on the Redskins’ Tuesday signings

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:11 AM EDT

    Hayward-vs-Brees

    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 12, 26 days before the Redskins start their offseason workouts. Nickel coverage Here is a comment on each of the free agents the Redskins signed on Tuesday: LB Perry Riley—They got him for three years and $13 million when he was looking for $7…

  4. Press release: Redskins re-sign Perry Riley

    Mar 11, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

    Riley-vs.-Eagles

    LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The Washington Redskins announced today that they have re-signed linebacker Perry Riley. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Riley (6-0, 238) was originally selected by the Redskins in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. For his career, he has appeared in 56 regular season games with 40…

  5. Five things you need to know about NFL free agency

    Mar 11, 2014, 5:13 AM EDT

    Cash-bills

    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 11, the day NFL free agency starts. Nickel coverage Here are five things to watch for today as the free agent frenzy gets underway at 4 p.m. Eastern time. 1. “Interest” does not equal a “contract”—We have been hearing of Redskins “interest” in a…

  6. Redskins interested in Byrd but asking price may be prohibitive

    Mar 10, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

    Jairus-Byrd

    Bills safety Jairus Byrd is at or near the top of most fee agent rankings and after Buffalo decided not to give him the franchise tag, many have been wondering who would pursue him and how much money he would be looking for. We have a partial answer to the former question and the answer…

  7. Need to Know: Five free agents the Redskins should pursue

    Mar 10, 2014, 4:57 AM EDT

    Michael-Mitchell

    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 10, one day before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five free agents the Redskins should sign, at five different areas of need: S Mike Mitchell, Panthers—He has been the subject of some buzz this weekend with the Redskins being…

  8. Dollars likely to flow freely when free agency starts

    Mar 9, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    There are some indications that the dollars will flow freely during the free agency period that starts Tuesday at 4 p.m. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk quoted a league source who said as much on Saturday. “Deals will be higher across this year across the board. Teams will be spending this year.” One team…

  9. Need to Know: Five top articles of the week feature Orakpo, free agency

    Mar 9, 2014, 5:57 AM EDT

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    Orakpo's-back

    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 9, two days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was. 1. Five Redskins who could be cap casualties—The Redskins made some moves to clear up cap last week but there…

  10. Will the Redskins stand pat on the offensive line?

    Mar 8, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

    Josh-LeRibeus-vs.-SEA

    When free agency opens, many are expecting the Redskins to immediately start cleaning house along the offensive line, signing in larger linemen to match the big fellas that Jay Gruden had along his O-line in Cincinnati. Others don’t see that happening. John Keim of ESPN was asked how many starters would be returning on the…

  11. Need to Know: Five free agents the Redskins should avoid

    Mar 8, 2014, 5:10 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 8, three days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five free agents the Redskins should avoid signing: WR Hakeem Nicks, NYG—There is always reason to be suspicious of free agents who had career years in their contract season. But…

  12. Cap could hit $160 million in 2016, Redskins will need it

    Mar 7, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Cash-bills

    It was just over a week ago that we heard that the NFL salary cap would be $133 million this year, somewhere in the vicinity of $140 million next year and $150 million in 2016. Well, those future numbers could be growing already. Mike Florio of our corporate cousins at Pro Football Talk said that…

  13. Need to Know: Redskins top five 2015 free agents

    Mar 7, 2014, 4:53 AM EDT

    Kerrigan-vs-Lions

    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, March 7, four days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Yes, it’s only 2014 but the way the NFL salary cap works you have to look into the future when deciding who to sign and how much to pay them. You also…

  14. Another tag for Orakpo in 2015?

    Mar 6, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Orakpo-vs.-TEN

    At some point in the next several months it is likely that Brian Orakpo will sign his franchise tag tender. Given that he and the Redskins were not close to an agreement on a long-term contract prior to the team using the tag, the chances are that he plays out the 2014 for the $11.455…

  15. Need to Know: Five Redskins who could be cap casualties

    Mar 6, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

    Polumbus-stance

    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 6, five days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage The Redskins made some moves to clear some salary cap money on Tuesday. They may not be done. Here are five more players they could release to clear more salary cap space.…

  16. Report: Redskins, Riley still far apart in contract talks

    Mar 5, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT

    Riley-vs-Eagles

    It’s looking more and more like the Redskins are not going to be able to sign Perry Riley before they have some competition for his services. The Redskins and the player who has started for them at inside linebacker the past two and a half seasons “are not particularly close” in contract negotiations, according to…

  17. Need to Know: Five ripple effects of the Orakpo tag

    Mar 5, 2014, 4:43 AM EDT

    Orakpo-Kerrigan-line

    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, March 5, six days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Nothing happens in a vacuum in the salary-capped environment of the NFL. Here are five ripple effects from the decision to tag Brian Orakpo: 1. Ryan Kerrigan safe for now—As noted yesterday,…

  18. Redskins add $3.2 million in cap space with Tuesday’s moves

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT

    Sav_Rocca_Vs.Bears

    The Redskins released five players today and as a result they have about $3.3 million more in salary cap space than they did to start the day. There are cap savings totaling almost $4.8 million with the releases of Carriker (savings of $2.99 million), Rocca ($1.2 million) and Quinn ($570,000). The cap savings consist of…

  19. Franchise tag could complicate deal between Redskins and Orakpo

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Orakpo-vs.-Rams

    Now that the Redskins have tagged Brian Orakpo, the two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term contract. However, the very act of tagging the player and agreeing to pay him a guaranteed $11.45 million for the season may have thrown a significant monkey wrench into the negotiations. The issue is that by essentially giving…

  20. Five things you need to know about the Orakpo tag

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT

    Orakpo's-back

    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, March 4, seven days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five angles on the Redskins’ decision to put the franchise tag on Brian Orakpo. 1. Why did they do it?—In the end, they didn’t want to lose a home-grown, very…

  21. Orakpo tag puts a dent in Redskins’ cap space

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

    Bruce-Allen-press-club

    There are many advantages to the Redskins designating Brian Orakpo as their franchise player. At the top of the list, it gives them a very good player at the most important position on the defense. However, the price for retaining Orakpo’s services takes pretty substantial bite out of the team’s salary cap room. The franchise…

  22. Need to Know: Five rule changes the NFL should make

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, March 3, eight days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Packers CEO (and former Redskins safety) Mark Murphy revealed a list of rule changes that the competition committee will consider at the upcoming owners meetings. Here are five rule changes the NFL…

  23. Do the Redskins have any candidates for early contract extensions?

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Kerrigan-vs-Lions

    The Eagles have been quite busy the last few days signing players to new contracts. Two of those players, left tackle Jason Peters and center Jason Kelce, were not set to be free agents until next year. This is the way the Eagles and some other teams, notably the 49ers, have operated for a number…

  24. Need to Know: Redskins’ lines, mock draft dominate talk in week’s top five posts

    Mar 2, 2014, 6:06 AM EDT

    Geoff Schwartz

    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 2, 9 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was. 1. Two-round mock draft version 3.0—Ben Standig runs through his post-combine draft and has the Redskins going guard. I’d still rather…

  25. Need to Know: The Redskins’ all-time top five free agent signings

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:13 AM EDT

    Fletcher-INT-Ravens

    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, March 1, 10 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are the Redskins’ five best free agent acquisitions since free agency began in 1993 as determined by their Approximate Value. 1. LB London Fletcher (2007-2013), AV of 73—This will come as…

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