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The Insider: March, 2012

Posted at 09:29 PM ET, 03/30/2012

NFL bounty scandal: League, players’ union appear to be at odds over investigation

By Mark Maske  |  09:29 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Sean Payton appeals suspension over bounty scandal

Saints Coach Sean Payton has appealed his suspension stemming from the bounty scandal.

By Mark Maske  |  03:57 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 03/30/2012

NFL Draft: Todd McShay sees third-round options at RT for Redskins

The Redskins figure to have good options at right tackle in the third round, according to Todd McShay.

By Mike Jones  |  01:49 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Donovan McNabb thinks Mike Shanahan is a bad fit for Robert Griffin III

Former Washington Redskins quarterback believes the Baylor star won’t succeed in Washington because of Mike and Kyle Shanahan’s egos.

By Mike Jones  |  11:36 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Roger Goodell will consult with players union this week on bounty sanctions against Saints players

NFL commissioner wants a recommendation on how to sanction Saints players involved in scheme that paid cash bonuses for injuring opponents

By Mark Maske  |  05:48 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Cap hit figuring in Redskins’ plans, Shanahan hints

Penalty may have been a factor in attempt to sign Peyton Manning and in ongoing talks with London Fletcher

By Mark Maske  |  02:57 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Franchise QBs “don’t fall off trees” Shanahan says

Coach says Redskins didn’t give up too much to move up to the second overall spot in this year’s NFL draft

By Mark Maske  |  01:52 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/28/2012

NFL bounty investigation has not affected Redskins, Coach Mike Shanahan says

Coach acknowledges that the Redskins could face some kind of penalty as a result of the ongoing probe, but says he is not worried

By Mark Maske  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Fred Davis, Trent Williams must prove themselves to teammates, Mike Shanahan says [updated]

Coach Mike Shanahan says the two starters, suspended last season for substance abuse, must show the organization and their teammates that they are reliable.

By Mark Maske  |  12:11 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/28/2012

NFL revamps overtime, turnover review rules

Regular season overtime rules are aligned with the playoff format. All turnovers will be subject to automatic instant replay review.

By Mark Maske  |  11:36 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Mike Shanahan says Redskins are trying to sign London Fletcher

Coach Mike Shanahan says the team wants its captain back and negotiations are ongoing.

By Mark Maske  |  10:47 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Redskins wanted Peyton Manning and top college QB

Coach Mike Shanahan said having the Indianapolis Colt superstar and a future franchise quarterback would have been a perfect situation for the Redskins.

By Mark Maske  |  09:45 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Redskins likely to hold training camp at Redskins Park

The Redskins are likely to hold training camp at Redskins Park, Coach Mike Shanahan says.

By Mark Maske  |  09:35 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Mike Shanahan says rookie QB could start season opener

Redskins Coach says, “You put him in there when you feel like he’s ready to go.”

By Mark Maske  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:11 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Mike Shanahan met with Peyton Manning after Redskins completed trade for No. 2 pick in draft

The Redskins coach met with the free agent QB for three hours, even though the team had traded with the Rams for the No. 2 pick in the draft.

By Mark Maske  |  06:11 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:22 PM ET, 03/27/2012

NFL 2012 season opener: Cowboys vs. Giants

NFL’s opening night to feature two NFC East rivals.

By Mark Maske  |  04:22 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 03/27/2012

NFL teams back decision to cut salary cap of Redskins, Cowboys [updated]

In a show of support for the league at the NFL owners meetings, 29 of the 32 clubs back decision to reduce salary cap of Washington and Dallas.

By Mark Maske  |  02:21 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Rex Ryan: Tim Tebow will learn Wildcat

Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano installed offensive scheme in Miami.

By Mark Maske  |  02:16 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Robert Griffin III to appear at Chantilly card show Saturday

Baylor quarterback is scheduled to make his first appearance in the area that he is expected to call home beginning this season.

By Mike Jones  |  11:08 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Redskins will have seven picks in 2012 NFL draft

The NFL has released the official order for April’s college draft, and the Washington Redskins will have seven picks.

By Mike Jones  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Peyton Manning, Broncos will seek to replicate Colts’ offensive success

Broncos Coach John Fox: ‘It would be silly if we didn’t utilize some of his strengths and his comfort zone.’

By Mark Maske  |  10:22 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Saints Coach Sean Payton says he is disappointed in himself for role in bounty scheme

Saints coach says no decisions have been made about an interim coach or whether he will appeal his season-long suspension.

By Mark Maske  |  08:25 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Roger Goodell says bounty investigation of Redskins is not over

Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league still is trying to determine whether the Redskins had a system that rewarded players for hits that injured opponents or took them off the field when Gregg Williams was defensive coordinator.

By Mark Maske  |  07:58 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Fifteen teams get 32 compensatory draft picks

Fifteen teams receive a total of 32 picks. Redskins do not receive any.

By Mark Maske  |  05:28 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 03/26/2012

NFL acknowledges salary cap challenge by Redskins, Cowboys

League says it will have no further comment on Redskins and Cowboys bid for for arbitration over penalty.

By Mark Maske  |  05:13 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Overtime rules may have enough support to pass

Chairman of the NFL’s competition committee says teams are more comfortable with the idea of expanding the postseason format to the regular season.

By Mark Maske  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:54 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Concussions on NFL kickoffs down 40%[updated]

Some coaches and players were upset by the increase in touchbacks after kickoffs were moved five yards closer to the opposite goal line. But the league is happy with the safety numbers.

By Mark Maske  |  03:54 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Wait a minute...

Colts owner Jim Irsay says team hasn’t decided whether it will take Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Robert Griffin III with the first pick of the NFL draft.

By Washington Post Sports  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Robert Kraft says owners support Roger Goodell’s bounty penalties against the Saints

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says NFL owners support harsh sanctions Commissioner Roger Goodell levied against the New Orleans Saints

By Mark Maske  |  02:17 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/26/2012

NFL meetings begin amid salary cap, bounty furor

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and General Manager Bruce Allen decline comment on the team’s $36 million salary cap hit.

By Mark Maske  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Report: Redskins beat out Browns on WRs Pierre Garcon, Josh Morgan, too

The two teams were competing for more than just the rights to QB Robert Griffin III.

By Mike Jones  |  10:52 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 03/25/2012

Domonique Foxworth elected president of NFL Players Association

Domonique Foxworth succeeds retired center Kevin Mawae.

By Mark Maske  |  03:15 PM ET, 03/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFLPA, NFL

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/25/2012

Redskins challenge salary cap penalty

The Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys have filed a case with an arbitrator challenging the salary cap reductions imposed on them by the NFL.

By Mark Maske  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/25/2012

NFL owners to meet amid furor of bounty suspensions, salary cap ruling

Team owners are gathering for their annual meeting amid the furor of the bounty scandal and the salary cap reductions assessed to the Redskins and Cowboys.

By Mark Maske  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Sean Payton says he takes ‘full responsibility’ for New Orleans Saints bounty scandal

The Saints coach issues a statement saying he takes “full responsibility” for his role in the bounty program, two days after the NFL announced his season-long suspension.

By Mark Maske  |  08:19 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Redskins have yet to sign a right tackle; Jammal Brown encouraged by rehab

The Redskins have yet to find an answer at right tackle but the incumbent, who is rehabilitating a hip injury, is optimistic he can prove to coaches that he remains the best option.

By Mike Jones  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:56 PM ET, 03/22/2012

QB Josh Johnson signs with San Francisco 49ers

A day after meeting with members of the Washington Redskins' staff, free agent quarterback Josh Johnson has signed with the San Francisco 49ers, the team announced Thursday night.

By Mike Jones  |  10:56 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Senate subcommittee to hold hearing on bounties

Officials of four major pro sports and the NCAA will be invited to testify on whether federal sports bribery law should be expanded to cover bounty schemes.

By Mark Maske  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Jury still out on impact of Saints’ suspensions

Opinion is mixed on how badly suspensions of coaches, GM will hurt the team

By Mark Maske  |  02:09 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Sean Taylor trial set to begin next month

Barring a delay at a final hearing April 12, the trial of four men in the 2007 slaying will finally begin.

By Amy Shipley  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/22/2012

DeMaurice Smith re-elected as executive director of NFLPA [updated]

The NFLPA executive director led the players through the difficult 2011 pro football lockout

By Mark Maske  |  12:14 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 03/22/2012

NFLPA lawyer Richard Berthelsen to retire

Attorney played a critical role in labor issues during a 40-year career with the players union

By Rick Maese  |  11:51 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 03/22/2012

NFL bounty scandal: Teams must certify in writing they have no bounty programs

The league will now require each of its 32 teams to certify in writing they do not operate bounty programs aimed at opposing players.

By Mark Maske  |  09:05 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:37 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Hall of Famer Willie Wood has D.C. block of his childhood named after him

The former Packers standout has a block he grew up on named after him.

By Washington Post sports editors  |  12:37 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 03/21/2012

NFL owners to consider overtime, instant replay changes

Overtime and rules may be changed at owners meeting in Florida next week.

By Mark Maske  |  05:32 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 03/21/2012

NFL bounties: League finds no evidence Redskins had system similar to Saints [updated]

The NFL has closed its investigation without finding evidence that the Redskins had a bounty system under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

By Mark Maske  |  04:06 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Robert Griffin III impresses again at Baylor pro day

Quarterback was as good as advertised during his workout Wednesday for NFL officials and scouts at Baylor’s pro day.

By Mike Jones  |  03:42 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2012

NFL bounty penalties: Sean Payton, Gregg Williams, Mickey Loomis suspended

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely, and Coach Sean Payton for one year.

By Mark Maske  |  12:59 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 03/21/2012

‘Priority’ of re-signing London Fletcher has yet to happen

The Redskins have yet to reach an agreement with leading tackler and team captain, London Fletcher.

By Mike Jones  |  11:59 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:22 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Free agent QB Josh Johnson says he will visit Redskins and 49ers [updated]

By Mike Jones  |  10:22 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Peyton Manning, Broncos get to work

With the sweepstakes over and the contract signed, star quarterback says he’s ready to get down to football.

By Mark Maske  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Redskins re-sign LG Kory Lichtensteiger

Left guard started strongly but tore knee ligaments in his fifth game last season.

By Mike Jones  |  04:59 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos reach deal on $96 million contract

Broncos schedule 3 p.m. news conference to introduce their newest Hall of Fame quarterback

By Mark Maske  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:31 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Cornerback Aaron Ross agrees with Jaguars after visiting Redskins

Free agent cornerback had visited the Redskins last week.

By Mark Maske  |  08:31 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:08 PM ET, 03/19/2012

LaRon Landry signs with New York Jets

Former Redskins strong safety, denied a long term extension because of injuries, hopes to regain form under head coach Rex Ryan

By Mike Jones  |  04:08 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Peyton Manning goes to Denver Broncos

Team lands fomer Indianapolis Colts star and may try to trade incumbent QB Tim Tebow.

By Mark Maske  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Redskins considering filing for arbitration in salary cap case [UPDATED]

One person with knowledge of the case says there have been discussions about taking the case to an arbitrator, as allowed by the league’s collective bargaining agreement, instead of to court.

By Mark Maske  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 03/18/2012

LaRon Landry meets with Patriots, Jets

The Redskins free agent strong safety this weekend had visits with New England and the New York Jets, and has a meeting with the Detroit Lions scheduled for the beginning of the week.

By Mike Jones  |  01:41 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:44 PM ET, 03/17/2012

Rex Grossman agrees to one-year deal with Redskins, says, ‘I wanted to be part of this team’ (updated)

Nine-year veteran quarterback Rex Grossman agrees to a one-year contract to return for a third season with the Redskins.

By Mike Jones  |  09:44 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 07:36 PM ET, 03/17/2012

Tackle Eric Winston signs with Chiefs as free agent

There had been speculation that the Redskins would be a suitor for the free agent tackle.

By Mark Maske  |  07:36 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 09:49 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Tackle Demetrius Bell visits Redskins

By Mike Jones  |  09:49 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Redskins restructure center Will Montgomery’s contract to gain cap space

Guaranteed money for center Will Montgomery gives the Redskins an additional $2 million in cap space.

By Mark Maske  |  05:46 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Fred Davis signs one-year contract with Redskins

Tight end signs his franchise-player tender, a one-year deal worth $5.446 million.

By Mark Maske  |  04:33 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Cedric Griffin, Redskins agree to one-year deal

Six-year veteran cornerback signs with Washington.

By Mike Jones  |  02:05 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Redskins look at Aaron Ross, Cedric Griffin for possible CB help

Looking for cornerback depth, Washington hosts Aaron Ross, left, and Cedric Griffin.

By Mike Jones  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Mike Holmgren: Browns’ offer to Rams for No. 2 draft pick matched Redskins’

Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren says his team had couldn’t overcome the longterm friendship between Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan and Rams Coach Jeff Fisher

By Mike Jones  |  10:15 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:37 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Eddie Royal agrees to deal with Chargers after courtship with Redskins

Free agent wide receiver Eddie Royal, who nearly signed with the Redskins on Tuesday, ends up landing in San Diego.

By Mark Maske  |  09:37 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Cowboys unlikely to challenge cap hit; Redskins would have to fight decision alone

Redskins would have to fight NFL ruling that takes away $36 million in salary cap space by themselves.

By Mark Maske  |  04:11 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Redskins agree to terms with safety Brandon Meriweather [UPDATED]

Washington is expected to let strong safety LaRon Landry depart via free agency and Meriweather is seen as his replacement.

By Mike Jones  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Mario Williams, Bills agree to record deal for defensive player

Mario Williams heads to Buffalo for the richest contract ever for a defensive player.

By Mark Maske  |  01:37 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Redskins OG target Ben Grubbs signs with Saints

The Washington Redskins missed out on one of their targets at left guard when former Baltimore Raven Ben Grubbs agreed to a five-year, $36 million contract with the New Orleans Saints.

By Mike Jones  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Garcon says Redskins “beat everyone to the punch”

The team’s free agent wide receiver says Washington got him because they “beat everyone to the punch”

By Mark Maske  |  06:24 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Redskins headed in the right direction on receivers, but not there yet, analysts say

But analysts are not sure they have acquired a No. 1 receiver in Garcon and Morgan

By Mark Maske  |  04:20 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Redskins pursuing Ravens’ left guard Ben Grubbs

Former Raven has been a consistent starter during a five-year career.

By Mike Jones  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Redskins to host cornerback Aaron Ross on Friday

Free agent has spent all five of his seasons in the NFL with the New York Giants.

By Mike Jones  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Kyle Orton signs with Dallas Cowboys

Quarterback is eliminated as a possible backup to Robert Griffin III, the rookie Redskins are expected to draft next month.

By Mark Maske  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Redskins-Rams trade is now official

Rams announce that the deal that gives the Redskins the second overall choice in next month’s draft has gone through.

By Mike Jones  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Safety Brandon Meriweather visiting Redskins Wednesday

With LaRon Landry apparently headed elsewhere, Washington’s need for a strong safety is pressing

By Mike Jones  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Redskins remain in pursuit of WR Eddie Royal (Updated)

Broncos receiver was drafted by Mike Shanahan in Denver

By Mike Jones  |  09:27 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Vincent Jackson signs with Buccaneers for five years

Top free agent wideout had drawn interest from the Redskins, who ultimately turned to deals with Pierre Garcon and Josh Morgan and pursuit of Eddie Royal.

By Mark Maske  |  09:24 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Adam Carriker re-signs with Redskins

Defensive end who flourished in 3-4 system gets a four-year deal

By Mike Jones  |  05:46 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Redskins sign 49ers WR Josh Morgan [updated]

DC native played four years with the San Francisco 49ers after Virginia Tech and H.D. Woodson High School

By Mark Maske and (Updated: 7:10 p.m.)  |  05:36 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:52 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Pierre Garcon announces deal with Redskins; team also in pursuit of Josh Morgan [UPDATED]

Washington meets one of its top needs in a deal to bring dynamic wide receiver to team.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  04:52 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:29 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Brandon Marshall traded to Bears, eliminating a Redskins competitor for top wide receivers

Move appears to eliminate a Redskins competitor for Chargers’ wideout Vincent Jackson

By Mike Jones  |  04:29 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 03/13/2012

And so it begins: Free agency 2012

Redskins, down $18 million in cap room due to NFL sanction, look to sign a wide receiver, right tackle, safety and a cornerback

By Mike Jones  |  04:06 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Marques Colston re-signs with Saints

Free agent wide receiver was a target of Redskins, whose top priority is an impact wideout.

By Mike Jones  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Redskins must absorb at least half of NFL-mandated salary cap cut this year [updated]

The Redskins must absorb at least half of the NFL-imposed salary cap reduction this year. It complicates the team’s free agency effort.

By Mark Maske  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/13/2012

NFL free agency: Two more options for Redskins at RT

Badly needing to address the right tackle position – and expected to do so in either free agency or the draft – the Washington Redskins may have gained two more options.

By Mike Jones  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:17 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Randy Moss agrees to deal with 49ers

Wide reciever Randy Moss comes out of retirement to join the 49ers, who reached the NFC title game last season.

By Mark Maske  |  10:17 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Redskins to lose $36 million in cap space over two years [updated]

Decision by NFL could complicate efforts to sign free agents when the market opens Tuesday.

By Mark Maske  |  05:30 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Redskins release free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe

Free safety, plagued by injuries, played a single season for Washington

By Mike Jones  |  03:41 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Redskins cut Mike Sellers

Backup fullback, the longest tenured player on the roster, had played for 12 seasons.

By Mike Jones  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Saints owner Tom Benson, coach Sean Payton meet with NFL officials

But no timetable has been set for penalties against the New Orleans Saints in the NFL’s bounty scandal.

By Mark Maske  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Free agency even more critical for Redskins with top two draft picks spent

After trading up with St. Louis, the Redskins are likely to step up efforts to land a wide receiver, right tackle, safety and cornerback when market opens Tuesday.

By Mike Jones  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Bruce Allen confident Redskins can build contender despite parting with high draft picks

General manager Bruce Allen believes the ability to meet a gaping need at quarterback was worth sending four high draft picks to the St. Louis Rams.

By Mike Jones  |  02:12 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Robert Griffin III

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/11/2012

Redskins still aiming for long-term deal with Fred Davis

Bruce Allen said that despite using the franchise tag on Fred Davis, the team still aims to work out a long-term deal with the fifth-year tight end.

By Mike Jones  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Redskins’ trade with Rams elicits memories of Giants’ draft day deal for Eli Manning

Washington’s trade with the Rams for the second overall choice in this year’s draft brings comparisons to the 2004 deal involving the Giants and Eli Manning.

By Mark Maske  |  02:45 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Redskins trade with the Rams: Reaction from around the NFL

Washington’s blockbuster trade with St. Louis late Friday night was stirring debate on Saturday.

By Mark Maske  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 03/10/2012

Redskins, Rams issue joint statement on trade

The teams officially announce the trade that gives Washington the second overall pick in this year’s draft.

By Mike Jones  |  01:04 PM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 AM ET, 03/10/2012

Redskins trade with Rams in bid for Robert Griffin III, was the price right?

Washington will send three first-round picks and a second-round selection for the chance to draft Robert Griffin III.

By Matt McFarland  |  02:29 AM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Washington Redskins acquire No. 2 pick in NFL Draft in trade with St. Louis Rams

In its quest to land a franchise quarterback, Washington agrees to send three No. 1 picks and a second-rounder to the Rams for the rights to the No. 2 overall pick, where it is expected the Redskins will draft Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III.

By Mike Jones  |  11:47 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Paul Tagliabue honored for promoting diversity

Former NFL commissioner helped enact rule requiring teams to interview at least one minority for each head coaching vacancy.

By Mark Maske  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Report: Peyton Manning to visit Denver, Miami, Arizona

No indication yet that Manning will visit the Redskins

By Mark Maske  |  01:58 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Mel Kiper: Redskins’ desperation, Browns’ needs could help Washington in pursuit of No. 2 pick

With the Washington Redskins facing significant obstacles to luring Peyton Manning to the team, they may have a better shot at trading up to the No. 2 spot in the NFL draft to take quarterback Robert Griffin III.

By Mike Jones  |  12:50 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Redskins face “significant” obstacles in pursuit of Peyton Manning

One person familiar with the discussions said Washington is still in the mix, but the obstacles remain formidable.

By Mark Maske  |  11:32 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Where will Peyton Manning land? Handicapping the QB’s suitors

Can’t keep your Manning suitors straight? Here’s your cheat sheet.

By Mike Jones  |  04:17 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:28 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Peyton Manning: The wooing begins

QB may want to reach a deal before free agency opens for the rest of the NFL Tuesday.

By Mark Maske  |  02:28 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:47 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Redskins pitch to Peyton Manning likely to include free agent help, organizational stability

The team has lots of room under the NFL salary cap and likely will tell the free agent quarterback it will be bringing in impact players.

By Mike Jones  |  04:47 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:26 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Redskins considering Richmond as training camp site

The Washington Redskins are exploring the possibility of holding training camp in Richmond.

By Mike Jones  |  04:26 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Peyton Manning: ‘I don’t want to retire’

Colts QB, who is leaving the team after 14 years, says he is making progress in regaining his throwing skills, but still has work to do.

By Mark Maske  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Peyton Manning: Redskins poised for a hard sell to superstar QB [updated]

Team is comfortable with the risk of signing aging superstar after series of neck injuries, according to those familiar with Washington’s plans.

By Mark Maske  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012

With release on the way, Peyton Manning will have plenty of options

The story of the NFL offseason could hit a higher pitch today as the Indianapolis Colts are expected to part ways with quarterback Peyton Manning — the face of the franchise for the last 14 years.

By Mike Jones  |  06:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Football Insider

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Saints’ Coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis acknowledge responsibility for bounty scandal

The Saints coach and general manager admit that the cash pay-for-performance system administered by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams occurred “under our watch.”

By Mark Maske  |  06:14 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/06/2012

LaVar Arrington on claims Gregg Williams ran a bounty system with the Redskins

Former Redskins linebacker says he was unaware of a bounty program

By Washington Post Sports  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Redskins opted for non-exclusive franchise tag on Fred Davis

When Washington placed the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis, the team elected to go with the “non-exclusive” tag.

By Mike Jones  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:52 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Vincent Jackson not given franchise tag by Chargers, opening door for Redskins to pursue

Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson can now be pursued on the unrestricted free agent market, which opens March 13.

By Mark Maske  |  10:52 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Blache: Joe Gibbs ‘had no idea’ of Redskins’ bounty system

Joe Gibbs was not aware of the bounty system operated during his second stint as the team’s head coach, according to longtime assistant Greg Blache.

By Jason Reid  |  07:59 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Gregg Williams meets with NFL on bounty accusations

League security officials were expected to question him about reports that he was involved in bounty programs with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills.

By Mark Maske  |  05:22 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Tom Boswell: Cash to injure a player is ‘the most despicable thing you can do in sports’

In his morning chat, columnist Tom Boswell predicts former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will be suspended for a year for offering players cash bonuses to knock opponents out of a game.

By Washington Post Sports  |  03:38 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Stevie Johnson’s new contract sheds light on potential Redskins spending for a wide receiver

The Buffalo Bills five year, $36.25 million deal with their star shows how much the Redskins might have to pay for an impact receiver.

By Mike Jones  |  01:19 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 03/04/2012

Severe, sweeping penalties under consideration in Saints bounty case

Gregg Williams, Sean Payton, GM Mickey Loomis and players who took part in the bounty program for the Saints could be facing suspensions of a half-season or longer from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

By Mark Maske  |  04:58 PM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/03/2012

NFL will investigate claims that Redskins had a bounty program for big hits under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams

League source says NFL will assess facts and determine whether rules were broken after five players and a coach told the Washington Post of pay-for-performance scheme.

By Mark Maske  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:58 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Joe Gibbs: “I would never ask a player to hurt another player’

Former coach says,: “I would never ask a player to hurt another player.’

By Jason Reid  |  07:58 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Washington Redskins, New Orleans Saints had bounty systems that paid for big hits [updated]

Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran the program for both teams.

By Mark Maske  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Redskins use franchise tag on TE Fred Davis [updated]

Tight end had breakout season before four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

By Mike Jones  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Mike Mayock, Todd McShay believe Ryan Tannehill could go in the first ten picks

Even though the Texas A&M QB has only 19 college starts at quarterback and couldn’t work out at the NFL Scouting Combine last week, NFL draft analysts Mike Mayock and Todd McShay both say RyanTannehill could be taken in the top 10 of April’s draft.

By Mike Jones  |  12:56 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Is Robert Griffin III the QB for the Redskins? Reid, Wise debate

Should the Redskins pony up for a chance to draft Robert Griffin III, no matter the price? Post columnists Jason Reid and Mike Wise debate.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Redskins may pursue free agents Vincent Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Marques Colston in the hunt for an impact WR

Chargers’ Vincent Jackson, Colts’ Pierre Garcon and Saints’ Marques Colston are high on their list should they avoid the franchise tag.

By Mark Maske  |  12:51 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 12/09/2011

Redskins pitch to Peyton Manning likely to include free agent help, organizational stability

View Photo Gallery: The Indianapolis Colts are set to part ways with Peyton Manning, who has been their quarterback since they drafted him in 1998.

By Mike Jones  |  10:31 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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