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

    Mar 5, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 5, 2014, 4:43 AM EDT


    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,…

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

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:12 PM EDT


    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…

  4. Franchise tag could complicate deal between Redskins and Orakpo

    Mar 4, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 4, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 3, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 3, 2014, 4:50 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 2, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Mar 2, 2014, 6:06 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Mar 1, 2014, 5:13 AM EDT


    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…

  11. 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…

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

    Feb 28, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT


    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…

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

    Feb 28, 2014, 9:12 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Feb 28, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT


    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…

  15. Press release: Redskins re-sign Chris Baker

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:42 PM EDT


    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…

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

    Feb 27, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT


    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…

  17. 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…

  18. Redskins, Orakpo negotiations quiet as deadlines approach

    Feb 26, 2014, 9:32 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Feb 26, 2014, 4:55 AM EDT


    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…

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

    Feb 25, 2014, 11:25 AM EDT


    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… Archives

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