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

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:13 AM EDT

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    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…

  2. Press release: 2014 NFL salary cap set at $133 million, up $10 million from 2013

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

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    Here is the announcement of the 2014 salary cap plus some basic cap information from the NFLPA: What is the 2014 Salary Cap? The 2014 Salary Cap is set at $133 million per Club, a $10 million increase over the prior year. How does that number impact each team? The $133 million is the per…

  3. Orakpo talks remain stalled; what’s Plan B?

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

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    The Redskins’ contract talks with Brian Orakpo remain at a standstill. The team has yet to make their outside linebacker a firm contract offer, according to the Washington Post. The deadline for using the franchise player tag on Orakpo comes this Monday at 4 p.m. and there is no indication that the Redskins are going…

  4. Real numbers on Baker deal: 3 years, $9 million

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:12 AM EDT

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    After the Redskins announced that they had signed Chris Baker to a new contract, the numbers that came out seemed rather high for a role player who has the potential to develop into a solid starter. What we heard from various media reports was a three-year deal worth $12 million with $4 million guaranteed. Those…

  5. Need to Know: The Redskins five top linebackers of the past 20 years

    Feb 28, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 28, 11 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage With the Brian Orakpo and Perry Riley contract situations, we have been talking an awful lot about linebackers lately. Here are the Redskins’ five best linebackers of the past 20 years as…

  6. Press release: Redskins re-sign Chris Baker

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT

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    The Redskins announced that they have re-signed pending free agent defensive lineman Chris Baker. Baker played in 15 games for the Redskins last year, starting three. The 26-year-old out of Hampton recorded one sack and 16 tackles. Much of his value to the defense comes from his flexibility. He logged a substantial number of snaps…

  7. Will the Redskins have to overpay to keep Perry Riley?

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Jim Haslett listed four of the Redskins’ pending free agents that he would like to be back. One of them, DeAngelo Hall, is signed, sealed, and delivered. We discussed the very quiet state of the Brian Orakpo negotiations yesterday. And the chatter is that the Redskins and Chris Baker are going well and it would…

  8. Need to Know: The top five free agents the Redskins could sign

    Feb 27, 2014, 4:44 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 27, 12 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are the top five free agents from Evan Silva’s list of the top 150 free agents he recently published on Rotoworld who I think have a legitimate chance of signing with…

  9. Redskins, Orakpo negotiations quiet as deadlines approach

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT

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    With the clock ticking towards two deadlines, things remain very quiet in contract negotiations between the Redskins and linebacker Brian Orakpo. The closer of the two deadlines is next Monday at 4 p.m. That’s how long the Redskins have to put the franchise player tag on Orakpo. The tag would cost the Redskins a one-year…

  10. Need to Know: The five tallest receivers at the NFL Combine

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 26, 13 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage There is a strong possibility that the Redskins will take a wide receiver in the NFL draft. Since it’s well known that Jay Gruden employed taller receivers when he was with the…

  11. Will the Redskins’ O-Line get bigger?

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Jay Gruden has not been a head coach for very long but he seems to be as good as any of them when it comes to answering questions without giving out much information. Last week at the NFL Combine he was asked about the offensive line a couple of times. Here is what he said…

  12. Need to Know: The five best Redskins second-round draft picks

    Feb 25, 2014, 4:59 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 25, 14 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage The Redskins’ first pick in the 2014 draft will come in the second round. Since the NFL merger in 1970 the Redskins have picked 30 players in the second round. Here are…

  13. With a buyer’s market at WR, will the Redskins take advantage?

    Feb 24, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Two years ago the Redskins the Redskins went into free agency in need of two wide receivers. It was not a good year to need a wideout as the demand exceeded the supply. In the opening hours of free agency they landed Pierre Garçon for five years with a deal worth $42 million while Morgan…

  14. Need to Know: Alfred Morris’ top five performances

    Feb 24, 2014, 5:21 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Monday, February 24, 15 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are Alfred Morris’ five best career games in terms of yards gained rushing. 1. Week 17, 2012 vs. Cowboys—If Morris retired tomorrow he’d have a permanent place in the hearts of…

  15. Need to Know: Mock draft, D-Hall talk among Redskins top five stories of the week

    Feb 23, 2014, 5:17 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, February 23, 16 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are our five most popular posts from the week that was. 1. 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0—I don’t necessarily agree with Ben Standig’s choice for the Redskins with the 34th overall…

  16. Allen wants to find ‘mentally tough players’

    Feb 22, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    On the day that the Redskins announced that Mike Shanahan would be fired as the team’s head coach, Bruce Allen also announced that he would take over control in the personnel department. “We are going to redefine some of the characteristics that we’re looking for in players,” Allen said at the time. This week at…

  17. Need to Know: The last five players drafted with pick No. 34

    Feb 22, 2014, 5:09 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, February 22, 17 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage The Redskins have the 34th pick in the NFL draft, which starts May 8. Here are the last five players taken at No. 34 overall: WR Justin Hunter, TEN, 2013—The 6-4 receiver…

  18. Pressure is on Haslett as the handcuffs come off

    Feb 21, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    It’s been out for a while now that Mike Shanahan, who made his reputation as an offensive guru, was involved with Redskins’ defense. In a pre-mortem shortly before Shanahan was fired the Washington Post reported that he called the “Cover-0” blitz that ended up costing the Redskins a 2011 game in Dallas. Jim Haslett recently…

  19. Need to Know: The 5 top single seasons by a Redskin in last 20 years

    Feb 21, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 21, 18 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Last week we used the Approximate Value metric to look at which Redskins were the most valuable in 2013. There is a link to more details on AV in that post if…

  20. Some details of DeAngelo Hall’s contract emerge

    Feb 20, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    We have some details on DeAngelo Hall’s new contract and although we can’t figure out all of the important aspects of it we can see that it’s a reasonable deal for both sides. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that Hall’s deal is for four years and $17 million dollars. He got a $3.25…

  21. Need to Know: The five top rated QB’s the Redskins will face in 2014

    Feb 20, 2014, 5:00 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, February 20, 19 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Last year the Redskins played seven games against quarterbacks who were in the top 10 in passer rating. Here are the top five QB’s they will face in 2014, based on 2013…

  22. Hall’s return has ripple effects

    Feb 19, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    With the signing of DeAngelo Hall to a four-year contract, the Bruce Allen-Jay Gruden Redskins made their first major move in a game of three-dimensional chess that stretches out several years in the future. I wrote about the short-term implications yesterday. They are likely to start Hall and second-year player David Amerson at cornerback. An…

  23. Need to Know: Five who are more valuable to the Redskins than to another team

    Feb 19, 2014, 5:22 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, February 19, 20 days before the start of NFL free agency. Nickel coverage Here are five pending Redskins free agents (update: four plus one who just signed) who are more valuable to Washington than to any other team. ILB Perry Riley— Riley is worth a…

  24. Could Orakpo be an Eagles free agent target?

    Feb 18, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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    There are many Redskins fans who are willing to let Brian Orakpo walk in free agency. I wonder how they would like to see him in Eagles green. The Birds 24/7 Eagles blog asked Brian Baldinger of NFL Network and of various outlets around Philadelphia to name three free agents who would be a good…

  25. Need to Know: The five top performing Redskins of 2013

    Feb 18, 2014, 5:01 AM EDT

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    Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, February 18, one day before the start of the NFL Combine. Nickel coverage The five top performing Redskins of 2013 per Pro Football Focus (offense, defense; I believe this is premium content): 1. LT Trent Williams 38.3 overall rating—He was pretty consistent throughout the year,…

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