Bet Big DC Header Large with Stamp and Metro Map

NFL

Contract Option or Not, RG3 Sets Out to Prove Himself in 2015

Robert Griffin III

In an interview with NFL.com’s Jeff Darlington, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III talked about his offseason preparations, the way of Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, and the looming deadline in which Washington will choose whether or not to pickup the fifth-year option of his rookie deal.

On if he’d be upset if the Redskins chose not to pickup his option; which would guarantee Griffin $16 million in 2016 regardless of injury:

I wouldn’t be bummed,” Griffin said. “Either way, we’re going out there to prove it this upcoming year — not next year. I just want to win. I want to win games and have fun doing it. The rest will take care of itself. They can pick up the option — or they can decide not to pick up the option. It’ll work out either way. I’m focused on this year.

Another good one from Griffin was after talking about Tom Brady and the efficient way in which the Patriots operate, he refers back to Brady and other great quarterbacks who he can study and learn from:

I’ll continue to watch tape on him and (Aaron) Rodgers and Peyton (Manning), and see how they go about the game. I’m not going to mimic their game — I just need to better my own. You can’t be somebody else. You need to accept who you are — and understand your style of play. Not everyone is going to play the game like I do. I’ve got to do it my way.

And that’s a bit ironic, considering former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was the guy (presumably) behind the idea that Griffin plays the game a different way and that the offense should cater to his talents (see: Griffin’s 2012 rookie season). But according to Mike Shanahan’s interview from a couple months ago, it was Griffin who demanded the offense be changed.

The draft needs to hurry up and be here now.

RG3 on Gruden: “Players are Going to Hold Him to His Commitment”

rg3 jay gruden

Nothing to see here. Just your typical plucking of frustrating/awkward comments from the latest sit-down with Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Most recently with Larry Michael [source].

When asked about his relationship with Redskins head coach Jay Gruden, Griffin said, “Jay came in here with the plan to help develop me as a quarterback, and help this team win. He wants me to go out there and be the quarterback he knows I can be, and I will be.”

He also added, “My job is not to characterize or judge him as a coach”.

And then (my favorite), “He’s going to hold me to my commitment to him, and the players are going to hold him to his commitment to us.”

We’re only in April.

Redskins Land S Dashon Goldson in Trade with Buccaneers

dashon goldson

General manager Scot McCloughan continued his mission to drastically improve the Redskins defense in 2015, trading for veteran safety Dashon Goldson on Friday.

Goldson is coming off a horrible 2014 season in Tampa Bay (Pro Football Focus rated him -14.5 for the year) and is already 30 years old. However, he’s a McCloughan guy, having been drafted in 2007 by the San Francisco 49ers, and the Redskins didn’t give up a ransom to land Goldson.

When it comes to money, Goldson isn’t exactly cheap (at least in terms of his recent production).

According to Pro Football Talk, “Goldson, who signed with the Buccaneers as a free agent in 2013, has a $7.5 million base salary for 2015. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there wasn’t much of a market for Goldson — and he would have been cut by the Buccaneers but for the emergence of a trade partner in Washington. Which likely means that Goldson may be restructuring his deal in Washington.”

The Redskins will be on the hook for $4 million ($3.5M + $500k workout bonus) this season in exchange for Goldson’s services.

This move from McCloughan is unlike his others this offseason, as Goldson is an older player, somewhat pricey, and underperforming the past couple seasons. But the secondary in Washington needed more than a couple upgrades, or at least shots at improvement.

Signing Goldson shouldn’t bring too much excitement; but no reason to hate it either.

NFL Free Agency: Redskins Sign Jeron Johnson

jeron johnson

Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan — who has rightfully earned the nickname The Ninja — continues to shape Washington’s defense this offseason, signing former Seattle Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson to a two-year, $4 million deal, according to reports.

It’s another point for the defense, as Johnson joins Ricky Jean Francois, Terrance Knighton, Stephen Paea, and Chris Culliver as the Redskins’ top additions since free agency began less than a week ago.

1. Stickin’ to the plan. It may sound like a broken record at this point, but it’s the result of Redskins fans not being accustomed to quality contracts, promising players, and long-term franchise goals. Since McCloughan discussed his plan during his introductory press conference as the team’s general manager earlier this year, he’s done exactly what he said he would.

2. The money. Like the other contracts we’ve seen dished out by the front office so far, this one for Johnson is a fair one. Clearly it’s inexpensive, but also perfect for a backup who may have some potential, but who needs to be given a chance in order to see if he’s deserving of a long-term starting spot and the contract to reflect it. Additionally, there’s very minimal risk. If Johnson doesn’t cut it at safety, he remains a proven asset on special teams.

3. The fit. He fits because the Redskins secondary was terrible last season. From notes and reports, Johnson sounds like a more of a strong safety than a free safety, but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at either position; McCloughan is likely a fan of safeties who can play both spots. Not to mention, Johnson has played about four games worth of snaps in his career; are we really going to call him one kind of safety or the other at this point? Let’s wait and see. And again, in addition to his potential at safety, Johnson is a solid contributor on special teams.

4. The player. Johnson has only one start under his belt since signing with the Seahawks after going undrafted in 2011 out of Boise State, but he’s built a reputation on special teams. His ties to McCloughan may have given Washington a leg up in negotiations (or maybe not). For a signing like this, we’re excited more so about potential and cost than we are about past performance — and that’s far from a bad thing.

NFL Free Agency: Redskins Sign CB Chris Culliver

chris culliver

The Washington Redskins continue to move through NFL free agency with competency, wisdom, and responsibility, signing cornerback Chris Culliver on Friday to a four-year deal worth $32 million.

While the signings of defensive linemen Stephen Paea and Terrance Knighton were/are well received, this Culliver deal may take the cake as most exciting.

1. Stickin’ to the plan. There’s been a noticeable pattern so far with the Redskins’ free agent signings — average age, 27. New general manager Scot McCloughan isn’t only addressing areas of need, but also doing so with young(er) talent, rather than spending on old heads who are past their prime, firmly stuck in their ways, or both.

2. The money. It seems a bit high at first, but assume Culliver the starter opposite Bashaud Breeland moving forward and it’s not so bad for a starting corner. Again, he’s young, so there’s no issue with contract length, and the structure of the deal works in Washington’s favor.

3. The fit. Remember how much we laughed at this defensive unit a season ago? Scot McCloughan is doing his best to correct that. While remaining patient with David Amerson wouldn’t necessarily be frowned upon, there shouldn’t be much question as to Culliver being the starter opposite Breeland. Culliver probably won’t offer much in the run game (I say that based off stats only), but he’s a good athlete with ball skills and solid coverage numbers to back it up.

4. The player. According to Pro Football Focus, Culliver finished last season with a rating of 8.2 in coverage, which was good for tenth amongst cornerbacks having played at least 60 percent of their teams’ snapsa. He finished with six pass deflections and four interceptions on the year, and quarterbacks posted a rating of just 66.5 when throwing into Culliver’s coverage, which was fourth-best behind the likes of Vontae Davis, Chris Harris Jr., and Richard Sherman; and ahead of guys like Aqib Talib and Darrelle Revis. That said, he does come with a decent share of off-the-field run-ins, all of which can be learned about here. From a talent/need/money/fit standpoint, this is another good deal for the Redskinsb.

  1. Culliver missed two games due to injury  (back)
  2. And yes, I agree — it feels extremely weird to continue to praise Redskins front office moves. But maybe we should get used to it…?  (back)

Redskins Sign Terrance “Pot Roast” Knighton

Terrance Knighton

Former Denver Broncos defensive lineman Terrance Knighton visited Washington on a Wednesday afternoon. By Thursday evening he became the newest member of the Redskins, inking a one-year deal worth a reported $4 million.

Similar to the Stephen Paea deal earlier in the week, the addition of Knighton won’t tip the scales or send Twitter into a tailspin; but it’s an encouraging deal for the Redskins.

1. Stickin’ to the plan. Not only is new general manager Scot McCloughan building from the inside out, but he’s also refusing to break the bank.

2. The money. One year, $4 million. It’s smart. It’s a bargain.

3. The fit, which means Paea is your end opposite Jason Hatcher, and Pot Roast gets the nod at nose tackle. Ironically enough, Chris Baker (who is a childhood friend of Knighton’s and who helped with the lineman’s recruitment) looks to be the team’s first rotational guy.

4. The player. At 6’3″, 335 pounds, Knighton is true to the nose tackle position, and it’ll be nice for the Redskins to have a large cog in the middle drawing double teams and helping to clog running lanes. There’s some concern/talk regarding his weight and fitness level, none of which really concerns me as a fan. Knighton isn’t a three-down player, the team didn’t sink a ship to sign him, and he’ll be playing with lots of motivation in Washington, including trying to outdo his best friend (Baker), as well as working to earn his next contract.

NFL Free Agency: Redskins Sign Stephen Paea

Stephen Paea

The Redskins kicked off NFL free agency with a redefined role under new general manager Scot McCloughan. Instead of chasing huge names or throwing money around, Washington’s first move of the period was a quiet one, signing defensive lineman Stephen Paea to a four-year deal, according to reports.

As Redskins fans, we like this deal for a few reasons.

1. Stickin’ to the plan, as in the plan Scot McCloughan described during introductory press conference after being hired by the Redskins. The gist of it was more reliance on drafting than free agency, and this sort of a deal is on the quieter side and fiscally responsible, which leads into the next point…

2. The money. It’s a solid deal for the Redskins because they address a need (defensive line) with a young player (26) by way of a reasonable contract (four years for a reported $21 million; $15 million guaranteed).

3. The fit, which sounds like it’ll be mostly at defensive end, and then inside on passing downs. The good news, too, is Paea’s intrigue and excitement about his own fit with his new team, saying, “Other teams were offering me a little bit more, but the way Washington would use me in their defense was the reason I chose Washington.”

4. The player. Because Stephen Paea is good. At 6’1″, 305 pounds, Paea is extremely strong, he’s disciplined, and he’s especially athletic (former rugby player). For a guy his size, he’s quick off the line and skilled enough to put all of his best traits together in order to disrupt the quarterback. As insider John Keim mentions, new defensive coordinator Joe Barry and the Redskins would like their ends to play more as one-gap defenders moving forward, which means Paea’s combined skills bode well for his new role in Washington.

Redskins Sign Niles Paul Ahead of NFL Free Agency

According to reports, Paul’s new deal could be worth up to $10 million (with incentives) over three years.

This is a solid move for the Redskins. With teams like Miami and Atlanta rumored to be interested in Paul, Washington gets to business early and brings back an improving pass-catching tight end, as well as a valuable special teams player. We all know how talented fellow tight end Jordan Reed is, and Paul can serve as a weapon on offense as well.

Eagles Trade McCoy to Bills, and its Impact on the Redskins

c/o of Nick Wass / AP

c/o of Nick Wass / AP

According to sources, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a trade that will send running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

The trade cannot be made official until the new league year begins next Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

A few thoughts as it pertains to the Washington Redskins moving forward:

— I have no idea if trading McCoy is more or less suggestive of a plan for Philadelphia to trade up come draft time in order to land Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. However, if I were a gambling man, my money would be on the “more suggestive” side. Reason being, the Eagles don’t necessarily need cap room to sign draft picks, but they do need cap room to sign free agents, and they would require those free agents if they were planning to trade a decent stack of their draft choices in order to move up.

— The only trouble with that idea, however, is that it would’ve made sense (I think?) to make McCoy a part of a package deal (along with draft picks) to serve as the ammo to move up prior to the draft.

— As an added byline, I know there are fears of a division foe landing a very good player and then torturing the others for years to come (see: Tom Brady and Pats ruling the AFC East forever and ever), but that fear doesn’t seem to hit me when we talk about Mariota reuniting with his former college coach Chip Kelly. And with that said, I would hope the Redskins are open to trading their No. 5-overall pick to the Eagles in order for Kelly to land his Mariota.

— While it does feel like the Eagles won in this trade with the Bills, it will be nice not having to face Shady twice a year. Alonso is an athletic linebacker who looked really good as a rookie two years ago, but he’s coming off ACL surgery and we’re unsure of his impact moving forward.a

  1. And that’s not to say I’m doubting Alonso in his return. The dude’s good and I like him, but when it comes to injuries, you never know until you know.  (back)

Redskins Sign Ricky Jean Francois, Cut Cofield and Bowen

Ricky Jean-Francois

As for the first act of Washington’s moves on Friday, the Redskins signed defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois to a three-year deal worth $9 million, according to Brian McNally of CBSDC.

Details and notes about the deal:

— Reports state the deal includes $4 million in guaranteed money, and could be worth as much as $11.25 million with factored incentives.

— Who is Jean Francois? A 28-year-old defensive lineman who can play both ends on the defensive line and serve primarily against the run. He was originally drafted in the seventh round in 2009 by the 49ers, whose front office was then run by current Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan.

And for the second act, the Redskins released defensive linemen Barry Cofield and Stephen Bowen.

Details and notes about the roster move(s):

— It was safe to assume Bowen was on his way out (that cap hit is utterly ridiculous), but Cofield is somewhat surprising. Although both names were popular on the list of potential cap relief, Cofield remained an effective piece of the line when healthy.

— Cofield’s release will save the Redskins $4 million in cap room.

— Bowen’s release will save the Redskins $8 million in cap room.

Be nice. Don't Plagiarize. Bet Big DC © 2014 Frontier Theme