Here’s what’s happening in Washington and beyond as the NFL’s player-movement season chugs along:
On Thursday, ILB Terence Garvin signed a one-year deal.
In the morning, Mike Jones broke down Washington’s free-agent moves so far, and what they mean.
Players from other teams signed
Chargers DL Kendall Reyes (career stats, contract terms), Broncos S David Bruton Jr. (career stats, contract terms) and Steelers ILB Terence Garvin (career stats, contract terms).
Projected 2016 salary-cap space remaining
$16.26 million in cap space, according to the most recent NFL Players Association salary-cap report, based on the team’s top 51 contracts, prior to the Garvin signing. (For more detail, try overthecap.com or spotrac.com)
On Wednesday, interior offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus agreed to terms on a deal that would bring him back to Washington.
On Tuesday, safety David Bruton Jr. signed a three-year deal.
Outside linebacker Junior Galette agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth as much as $4 million.
Redskins tackle and occasional tight end Tom Compton is reportedly headed to Atlanta.
On Monday, Will Blackmon agreed to a new two-year deal.
On Saturday, Redskins punter Tress Way got a five-year extension.
On Friday, Chargers DL Kendall Reyes signed.
We also learned that Terence Garvin, a linebacker with the Pittsburgh Steelers the past three seasons, will visit. Later in the day, we learned no signing was imminent and Garvin would take other visits. Also, Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen re-signed, and Master Tesfatsion compared Redskins free agency to the $5 movie bin at Walmart.
6:30 p.m.: Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson signs with the New York Giants.
5 p.m.: The Washington Redskins continued their measured approach to free agency, going a second day without signing any new players to their roster.
Team officials did line up visits with two unrestricted free agents on Thursday, while also making inquiries on a few others.
Former San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch both traveled to the area on Thursday for Friday visits with the Redskins. Meanwhile the team also has expressed interest in former Cincinnati Bengals safety Reggie Nelson.
Davis, an 11-year veteran who played for San Francisco during Scot McCloughan’s time there, finished last season with Denver but no longer is the impact player he once was. He would, however, provide a veteran presence on a young Redskins tight end unit led by fourth-year pro Jordan Reed.
Branch, entering his fifth season out of Clemson, has never started an entire season. He recorded four sacks in nine starts last year for Jacksonville, and had six in 2013. He has only played in a 4-3 system as an end, but at 6 feet 5, 268 pounds, he’s built more like a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Nelson is entering his 10th season but is coming off of an eight-interception year. He didn’t yet have a visit set up, as of Thursday afternoon.
Washington needs starters both at defensive end and at safety.
– Mike Jones
1:30 p.m.: Another visit; D-lineman Andre Branch, a Richmond native.
12:30: Tight end Vernon Davis is visiting!
10:30 a.m.: The second day of free agency has been largely as quiet as the first so far, but here’s a nugget worth sharing: Washington is interested in Bengals safety Reggie Nelson.
Earlier this morning, Master Tesfatsion wrote about Washington’s inactivity on Day 1 and how it might not be such a bad thing. A snippet:
“The goal remains for the Redskins to build through the draft, but they’ll need to add a few complementary pieces via free agency. They might not be common names like some of the players who have signed over the past 24 hours, and the Redskins won’t be viewed as a “winner” in any publication during free agency. But as history has shown time and time again, that really doesn’t mean much.”
The league year started at 4 p.m. Wednesday, but Washington only announced deals with its own free agents, and the news of all of them had been reported in the previous 24 hours.
Washington was not expected to be a big player on Day 1, anyway. From Master:
“General manager Scot McCloughan said during the Senior Bowl in January that he didn’t expect the Redskins to make a big splash in free agency. The statement lines up with his philosophy to build the team through the draft, as he avoided such big signings at the start of free agency last season. The Redskins have been quiet during the negotiation window over the past two days with some of the league’s top free agents, but they have been actively trying to re-sign some of their own free agents.”
As it turned out, on the first day, the Redskins played it cool and took care of a few of their own.
Redskins’ free agents
This list, first reported and compiled by Mike Jones, is updated with the latest news on Washington players with expiring contracts:
● QB Kirk Cousins – Retained with the franchise-player tag.
● QB Colt McCoy – Agreed to a three-year contract to remain with the team. Master reports that it’s worth $9 million, with $1.8 million guaranteed, and that the final year can be voided if McCoy takes 65 percent of the snaps in either of the first two years.
● RB Alfred Morris – Informed by team that he should test free agency, although a small possibility remains that he returns.
● RB Chris Thompson – Signed a one-year, exclusive-rights free agent tender.
● RB Pierre Thomas – Team has moderate interest in re-signing him, but they could wait to see how things play out with others in free agency.
● FB Darrel Young – Told by the team that they’re likely going in a different direction.
● TE Logan Paulsen – The team’s top blocking tight end missed the 2015 season with torn ligaments in his big toe. There’s some interest in re-signing him, but it’s unclear how strong.
● TE Alex Smith – He has interest in re-signing, but it’s unclear if the interest is mutual.
● C Josh LeRibeus – The 2012 third-round pick struggled as the starting center. He looked likely to be moving on, but he re-signed on March 16.
● T Tom Compton – A backup capable of playing tackle, guard and tight end, Compton was the only exclusive-rights free agent who had yet to receive his tender when free agency began. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
● NT Terrance Knighton – Informed by the team that he will not be re-signed.
● DL Kedric Golston – Agreed to a one-year deal to return for an 11th season.
● DE Frank Kearse – Cut multiple times last season and active for just four games, he signed with the New England Patriots.
● ILB Will Compton – Signed a one-year, exclusive-rights free agent tender.
● ILB Mason Foster – Has agreed to return on a two-year deal, worth $2.5 million.
● ILB Keenan Robinson – Inside linebacker agreed to terms with the New York Giants on March 10.
● OLB Junior Galette – Negotiations hit a snag when Galette fired his agent, and after testing the market, the pass rusher agreed to terms on a one-year deal worth as much as $4 million.
● CB Will Blackmon – On Monday, he agreed to a new two-year deal. Coaches like his versatility. Can play corner and nickel, and also could wind up playing safety in 2016.
● CB Cary Williams – There had been no contact as free agency got underway.
● S Duke Ihenacho – Received his one-year tender on Monday.
● P Tress Way – Signed a one-year, exclusive-rights free agent tender, and then agreed to a five-year extension.
Eric Weddle is pumped to join the Ravens
San Diego’s star safety is coming east.
Fancy Stats’ free agency winners and losers
Just because you made moves doesn’t mean they were good.
Mark Maske’s free agency and trade grades
Giants swipe Olivier Vernon from Miami, and other savvy and not-so-savvy moves.
Will Griffin, Kaepernick or Fitzpatrick land with Broncos?
The Super Bowl champion lost both of its main quarterbacks from last season, and now has to choose a replacement. So who will it be?
Free agency resources
Here are some ways to analyze the entire free agent picture:
● Mark Maske: The 25 most-important free agents
● Pro Football Focus: It’s a bad class; here are the best values.
● Master Tesfatsion: Top five free agents across the NFL at each position
● Mark Bullock: Free agent fits for Washington at safety, running back and more
This thread first posted at noon on Wednesday. It has since updated several times.