Chris Baker contract talks; How free agency really works

Chris Baker

Chris Baker came on strong at the of the 2013 season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Here’s The Insider’s daily sampling of what folks outside The Post are writing about the team and the NFL:

●  Technically, NFL free agency negotiating begins March 8 and contracts can be signed March 11. Over at National Football Post, agent Jack Bechta writes about how free agency essentially starts much earlier, and there’s a lot of pressure on both sides to get it right.

Among his insights, are that the NFL Combine is when the action really begins to heat up:

“[It] is the unofficial start of free agency. This is where I/agents will have many closed-door meetings with teams who have an interest in our free agents. There are also meetings with teams trying to sign back their own free agents. The tricky part of this process for the team (trying to resign their own UFA) is not to set the floor price for the agent to go shop to other teams (which we will).”

●  CSN’s Tarik El-Bashir reports that negotiations with Redskins DL Chris Baker are underway, which makes sense given that defensive coordinator Jim Haslett has named him among the priority players to be re-signed, and negotiations have started with Brian Orakpo and Perry Riley Jr., according to our Mike Jones.

●  CSN’s Rich Tandler takes a stab at what the Redskins can afford to spend on the above-mentioned linebackers, and what kind of contracts they might command.

● At Hogs Haven, a detailed look at which positions (and which players) the Redskins should consider with the 34th pick.

●  Brian Tinsman of Redskins.com points out how Pierre Garcon and Robert Griffin III already have their offseason plans to workout together set up. The team also made its Season in Review — full stats, transaction logs, features and more — available online.

●  Eagles fans might be coveting Graham Gano, which is of interest to Redskins fans since the place kicker was cut here in 2012. Gano just before the Super Bowl tweeted that it was the best thing to happen to him and a few other kickers.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

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