Tag:Washington Redskins
Posted on: September 4, 2010 8:55 am

Hot Routes 9.4.10 nobody getting cut in this post

Posted by Andy Benoit

How in the world does Ndamukong Suh get fined only a $7,500 for that assault on Jake Delhomme? If you haven’t seen the video yet, click here.

Along these lines, Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson has a brilliant idea: start fining players a percentage of their salary. $7,500 is chump change for Suh. But for an undrafted free agent (like, say, Erin Henderson?), it can be a blow.

Panthers right tackle Jeff Otah is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and won’t be ready for Week 1. In fact, Week 2 might be iffy at this point, as well.

Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini had a meeting beforehand to discuss how best to use Montario Hardesty in Cleveland’s preseason finale Thursday night. They decided that, because Hardesty had missed so much time, a heavy workload was best. Obviously, if they knew then what they know now, they wouldn’t have given Hardesty any workload that night.

Cardinals rookie quarterback Max Hall was the victim of a small prank in the team’s preseason finale Thursday night.

Jeff Ireland and Dez Bryant shook hands and made amends prior to the Dolphins-Cowboys game Thursday night.

The Washington Redskins apparently gave John Beck the Kellen Clemens treatment. Sounds like he took a pay cut.

Are we really supposed to believe that the Rams still haven’t made a decision about their Opening Day starting quarterback?

Josh Freeman appears to be on target for a Week 1 return.

Titans outside linebacker David Thornton will start the season on PUP. He’s lucky – a few months ago, speculation was he wouldn’t even make the team.

Eagles center Jamaal Jackson says there is a 99.9 percent chance he’ll play in the Season Opener. That’s remarkable. Jackson tore his ACL in Week 16 last year.

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Posted on: September 3, 2010 10:02 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 10:05 pm

A couple of suspicious trades...

Posted by Andy Benoit

A story about two rookie late-round picks getting traded for one another rarely creates a ripple. But when those rookie late-rounders get cut almost immediately after the trade, it’s worth noting. Why? Because when a team cuts a player the same year they drafted that player, that team is required to put 85 percent of the player’s salary into a rookie pool. The money from the pool goes back to rookies early next year based on the number of downs played in 2010.

But when a player is traded and then cut by his new team, no money goes into the pool. In other words, teams circumvent the rule.

This is why the NFLPA is closely examining two recent trades made by the Redskins and Rams. The Redskins sent sixth-round pick Dennis Morris to the Rams for a conditional, undisclosed draft pick. The Rams sent fifth-round pick Hall Davis to the Redskins for a conditional, undisclosed draft pick.

Shanahan said that Morris was traded because he wasn’t going to make the 53-man roster. But, apparently, neither was Davis. The Redskins cut Davis one day after acquiring him. If you don’t believe they were trying to avoid paying 85 percent to the rookie pool, then, by default, you believe that they traded  for a guy and, after just one practice, determined he wasn’t going to make their team.

Morris is still on the Rams roster, but that could change Saturday.

The Cardinals and Eagles also pulled off a similar trade. The Cardinals swapped sixth-round rookie Jorrick Calvin for Philly’s sixth-rounder, Charles Scott. Both are still on their new rosters…for now.

Again, the NFLPA is examining both situations. If it’s determined that these four teams are pulling a fast one (and, honestly, it appears fairly obvious that they are) then it will be interesting to see whether there will be any repercussions. It could just wind up leading to a few more paragraphs in the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 9:38 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2010 3:26 pm

No McNabb contract extension, but no worries

Posted by Andy Benoit

Some Redskins fans are raising their eyebrows about the fact that Donovan McNabb is yet to sign a contract extension in Washington. McNabb is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. D. McNabb

The whole reason the Eagles traded McNabb to Washington was because McNabb was willing to sign an extension there (he wasn’t willing to sign an extension in Oakland).

Some are speculating that McNabb’s up-and-down performance in Mike Shanahan’s complex offense has given the team pause about investing in the 12th-year pro. But Thursday, McNabb’s agent told Jason Reid of the Washington Post that there’s nothing to worry about.

"It is our desire to get a deal done in Washington ... that hasn't changed," Smith said Thursday afternoon in a phone interview. "Donovan made it clear, I think, that he likes it there and would like to end his career there."

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen also told Reid that McNabb’s preseason woes have had no impact on negotiations.

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 11:46 am

Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder filmed a Papa John's ad

Posted by Will Brinson

Jerry Jones and Dan Synder are two of the most recognizable names in NFL ownership -- they're also diametrically opposed when it comes to their team's interests on the field.

But they joined forces recently for a Papa John's commercial. This is the moment where I would link you to the hysterical video of me and Papa John at the Super Bowl in Miami last year but for some reason it's been pulled from YouTube.

Instead, via Papa John's Facebook page (via Dan Steinberg at D.C. Sports Bog ), I'll offer up some more photos of Jerrah, Danny and the Papa. By the by, the point of this little meet-up is that Jones and Snyder -- who both have sponsorships with the pizza chain at their respective stadiums -- are appearing in a commercial that'll air a week from Sunday when the Redskins and Cowboys face off.

Posted on: September 1, 2010 8:09 pm

Would Shanahan really sit Haynesworth?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

From the department of “How long will this grudge last?” and “How does this make any sense at all?” NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora writes that the Redskins could give DT Albert Haynesworth considerable playing time in the team’s final preseason game (something Haynesworth obviously believes would be unbecoming a veteran) and then could deactivate him for the season opener.

Even if Shanahan still is trying to make an example out of Haynesworth, making him inactive would be a strange decision. Consider: Haynesworth is still one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, and not playing him just to prove a point probably wouldn’t sit well with many in the Washington organization.

Frankly, it’d just be plain stupid. Which is why I don’t think it will happen.

Plus, I thought Haynesworth and Shanahan were buddy-buddy these days .

That’s not the only strange news to emerge out of Washington today.
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN , the Redskins and Rams might have bent a few rules when they made two separate trades this week of rookies.

If you like tedious and (slightly) confusing stories – because of the subject matter, not because of the writing – this is the article for you.

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 1:43 pm
Edited on: September 1, 2010 2:06 pm

Report: Willie Parker starting for Skins Thursday

Posted by Will Brinson

Willie Parker will start for the Washington Redskins on Thursday night during their final preseason game, according to multiple reports.

Both Mike Florio and Jason LaCanfora report that Parker will get the nod as the starting running back for Thursday's game -- although it may not necessarily be a good thing.

Parker will get starter reps in order to either a) win a late roster spot or b) audition for another team.

The latter seems more likely, and Parker will need a pretty strong performance in order to make sure there's someone else interested in him.

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 11:51 pm

Redskins alterior motive sending Kelly to IR?

Posted by Andy Benoit

Redskins third-year wideout Malcolm Kelly has been placed on Injured Reserve. The sad part is, this means the disappointing second-round pick could be in line for a career-year (it’s hard to run the wrong route or fail to get off a cornerback’s jam when you’re not even on the field).

The fact that it was a hamstring injury that prompted Washington to shelve Kelly for the season tells you everything the team thinks about the young receiver. Yes, Kelly has battled hamstring problems before. But if it’s not Ken Griffey Jr. we’re talking about, then how is a hamstring a season-ender?

Kelly’s hamstring was a problem all offseason (he injured it during one of Donovan McNabb’s “Hell Week” workouts in June). DeAngelo Hall said on ESPN 980 that the team misdiagnosed Kelly’s injury in the first place.

"They thought it was one thing, he ended up finally getting a second opinion three weeks later, and we find out it was something a heck of a lot worse than they ever thought it was," Hall told ESPN 980 earlier this month. "So we're here babying Malcolm, saying, 'He's a baby, he's a baby, get out there and play,' when he has a Grade 2 strain. And they're around here saying it's a Grade 1 and there ain't nothing wrong with him."

Kelly’s agent wouldn’t comment on Hall’s comments. Kelly had the hamstring re-examined August 19. But suppose what Hall is saying is true. That could explain why the Redskins put Kelly on IR rather than released him. If the Redskins were to release Kelly while he is recovering from an injury the team misdiagnosed, you can bet there’d either be a fairly expensive injury settlement.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:39 pm

Shanny doesn't know for sure on McNabb for Week 1

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb was ruled out on Sunday for the Redskins' final preseason game because of an ankle injury, according to Mike Shanahan. Washington's coach had a bit of even worse news for 'Skins fans though -- there's a chance McNabb might not play in the season opener .
Shanny pronounced McNabb "day-to-day" and said he doesn't "know for sure" whether McNabb will be ready for the game against the Cowboys on September 12.

That's obviously a date that's pretty far off (at least now): McNabb has two weeks to rehab the ankle and get it ready for the regular season.

Otherwise it's Rex Grossman time and panic-watch in Washington.

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