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Former Redskins Tight End Fred Davis Is a Rapper

Fred Davis Rap

Once upon a time, former second-round draft pick Fred Davis was a productive tight end for the Redskins when he wasn’t busy oversleeping, throwing drinks on self-proclaimed celebrity brokers and representing himself in court by way of terrible vocabulary.

After failing multiple drug tests, however, Davis (who remains a free agent) faces a pretty hefty suspension from the league and has apparently decided to take on a new career path.

My least favorite part is Davis’ unstylish rapper name, which appears to be, just, Fred Davis. Clearly he’s not familiar with the Wu-Tang Rapper Name Generator, because Babyfaced the Baptist would’ve been way better than just plain ol’ Fred Davis.

Anyway, here’s the rap video you probably shouldn’t watch.

 

Redskins Sign OG Shawn Lauvao to $17 Million Deal

NFL: Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys

Continuing to upgrade their offense, the Redskins added former Browns guard Shawn Lauvao to help improve the interior offensive line.

According to multiple reports, the 26-year-old Lauvao signed a four-year deal worth $17 million.

After being drafted in the third round in 2010 out of Arizona State, the 6’3″, 315-pound Lauvao went on to play 53 games for the Browns at right guard.

Lauvao’s signing in Washington could play a role in the future of veteran guard Chris Chester, who not only plays on the right side, but is 31 years old and set to count more than $4 million against the cap in 2014.

What’s next for the offensive line? Well, upgrading right tackle would be nice. But perhaps more important would be moving left guard Kory Licthensteiger to his more natural center position to replace Will Montgomery and then finding someone to play left guard, whether it be through the draft or in free agency.

 

Redskins Agree to Terms with WR Andre Roberts

Courtesy of Rob Schumacher / AZ Republic

Courtesy of Rob Schumacher / AZ Republic

The Redskins entered this offseason looking to improve the talent surrounding quarterback Robert Griffin III.

On Tuesday, the Redskins took the first step in that direction, agreeing to terms with former Cardinals wide receiver Andre Roberts.

 
Roberts was a guy who I liked a lot and was hopeful he’d land on Washington’s radar.

From my previous post about under-the-radar prospects for the Redskins:

Need more weapons for Robert Griffin III? No problem. Andre Roberts is a capable slot receiver who’s likely on his way out ofArizona in search of more involvement in a team’s offense.

Outside of Pierre Garcon and Jordan Reed, the Redskins are lacking both receiving targets and playmakers. Roberts offers a little of both, racking up more than 100 catches and 1,200 yards over the past two seasons and possessing the necessary quickness to earn yards after the catch.

In terms of money, I think it’s fair for both sides. The Redskins land an experienced slot receiver who will be just 26 to start the season, and who helps add speed/quickness to a unit that’s clearly lacking.

Note, however, that a contract can’t be signed, sealed and delivered until 4 P.M. Tuesday afternoon.

 

Report: Redskins Re-Sign Perry Riley

Courtesy of Redskins.com

Courtesy of Redskins.com

 

Updated May 11 at 9:33 am

With a gaping hole in the middle of their defense, the Redskins had to make moves this offseason in an effort to shore up the inside linebacker position.

Late Monday, according to multiple reports, the Redskins got things started by re-signing Perry Riley.

Burgundy Blog was the first to break the news. Then Dianna Russini of NBC Washington.

Riley has spent the last four seasons in Washington after being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. Set to turn 26 in May, Riley is coming off arguably his best season as a pro, recording 115 tackles, three sacks and an interception in 2013.

While re-signing Riley is a solid move, the Redskins aren’t done. Other than Riley, the only other inside linebacker on the roster is the inexperienced Keenan Robinson. Keep an eye on guys like Arthur Moats and Joe Mays moving forward.

And the best part about Riley staying in Washington.

Redskins’ Short List of Low-Key Players in NFL Free Agency

Green Bay Packers v Cincinnati Bengals

Depending on how much football you consume, I can’t promise that title will ring true for every reader. But the aim of the following list is to discuss free agents — not named Eric Decker or Michael Vick — who could fill a void for the Redskins in Washington.

For the first time in years, the Redskins have some money to spend this offseason, even after slapping Brian Orakpo with the nearly $12 million franchise tag.

While discussing the big names in free agency are exciting, peeling back the Deckers, Vicks, Byrds and Talibs to find the lesser-known, more affordable talent can be just as fun.

** All posted ages are player’s ages at the start of the 2014 season **

Pass Catchers


Andre Roberts, WR, 26

The supporting cast surrounding Robert Griffin III is in need of a boost, and Andre Roberts is a name to consider at slot receiver.

With more than 100 catches and 1,200 yards over the past two seasons, Roberts has proved his route-running ability and the necessary quickness to earn yards after the catch.

Tiquan Underwood, WR, 27

At 6’1″, Tiquan Underwood provides some height, and his speed is enough to get past a secondary. He’s certainly not a starter, but a guy with some potential as a big-play wideout.

Nothing fancy. Not a necessity. But a decent receiver whose ability to stretch the field would seem more valuable than Joshua Morgan’s blocking.

Ed Dickson, TE, 27

Perhaps not the best of hands, but Ed Dickson is an athletic tight end with good size (6’4″, 255 lbs) and underrated blocking ability.

For whatever reason, I’m still holding on to his 2011 season, in which Dickson caught 54 balls for 528 yards and five touchdowns. Maybe there’s something there.

Kenny Britt, WR, 25

Perhaps a bigger name, but often forgotten. Kenny Britt is a former 2009 first-round pick turned flop, and the 6’3″, 223-pound receiver is looking for a new home this offseason.

Britt’s size and natural athleticism are clearly attractive assets — and really, that’s what’s keeping him alive as a football player. But the red flags regarding his attitude, work ethic and durability are enough to keep teams away.

Andrew Quarless, TE, 25

At 6’4″, 255 pounds, Andrew Quarless has the look of a Gruden-preferred tight end. When Packers starter Jermichael Finley went down with a vicious neck injury last season, Quarless stepped up to the tune of 32 catches, 312 yards and two scores.

Although Quarless was an unfamiliar name before last season, the market for his services will surprise some people. His age implies potential and he has three years experience in a potent offense.

Offensive Line


Evan Dietrich-Smith, C, 28

The interior of the Redskins offensive line last season was putrid. Evan Dietrich-Smith is a guy who Aaron Rodgers is currently vouching for and would like to have back in Green Bay.

Sign me up.

Brian De La Puente, C, 29

Another center possibility from a potent offense, Brian De La Puente isn’t likely to return to New Orleans next season. If the Redskins don’t like the idea of moving left guard Kory Lichtensteiger to his more natural center position, they can go out and pitch some cash to De La Puente.

Jon Asamoah, OG, 26

Between Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, it’s likely one of them is playing guard somewhere other than Kansas City next season. Although Schwartz isn’t out of the equation, he’s the one who played better down the stretch last year. If Asamoah hits the market, the 6’4″, 305-pounder has the athleticism, size and age to fit the assumed mold of what the Redskins are looking for.

Defensive Front-Seven


Arthur Jones, DE, 28

Extremely powerful and coming off four seasons with one of the more respected defenses in the league in Baltimore, Arthur Jones is one of this year’s top free agents, albeit at an unstylish position.

While I like Jones and know he’d fit in Washington, his price tag will likely rise as he shops himself. If it gets too high (it will), the Redskins can look elsewhere.

Matt Shaughnessy, OLB, 28

After playing his first four seasons in Oakland, Matt Shaughnessy changed from a defensive end to an edge-player after signing a one-year deal with Arizona last season.

Perhaps a possible Shaughnessy situation makes more sense without Brian Orakpo receiving the franchise tag, but since when can you have too many pass rushers?

Shaughnesy is a 6’5″, 260-pound force on the outside who can get after the passer and effectively set the edge against the run.

Taylor Mays, S/LB, 26

After spending his last three years in Cincinnati, Taylor Mays is a guy Jay Gruden should be familiar with.

Mays was originally drafted in the second round by the 49ers in 2010, not having ever lived up to his draft hype. However, during his time with the Bengals, Mays showed effort on special teams, saw time at his natural safety position and even played some nickel linebacker last season before missing the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury.

Even if it’s only on a project basis, Mays makes sense. The Redskins are thin at safety, they have no linebacker who can cover, their special teams were abysmal last season and Mays shouldn’t command much money given his production and injury concerns.

At the very least, the Redskins gain a willing contributor on teams.

Vance Walker, DE, 27

Vance Walker wouldn’t start in Washington, but he could serve as a key piece of the defensive line rotation. After playing his first four seasons in Atlanta, Walker joined the Raiders on a one-year deal and showed well against the run, while also racking four sacks in 2013.

There’s no question the Redskins front-seven needs help, and depth along the defensive line is no exception.

Antonio Smith, DE, 32

Don’t call him old. Not just yet. Despite turning 33 a quarter through the season, Antonio Smith still has some nasty in him to play the end spot and get after the quarterback.

Ideally, we’re talking Smith on a team-friendly deal for situational football.

Willie Young, OLB, 28

A 6’4″, 251-pound pass rusher, Willie Young is coming off a season in which he played 16 games, posting 47 tackles and three sacks.

Depending on what the Redskins do with Rob Jackson, Young is a low-cost alternative to add to the roster.

Secondary


Tarell Brown, CB, 29

After seven years in San Francisco, it appears the 49ers and Tarell Brown will go their separate ways this offseason.

Because of his age, Brown’s market price will be interesting to watch. If it’s reasonable, the Redskins shouldn’t waste anytime hitting the phones. Brown is a solid veteran corner who would address an area of need and hopefully bring a little attitude with him to Washington.

Mike Mitchell, S, 27

The Redskins safety position is weeeaaaak. While big names like Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward are fun to talk about, a guy like Mike Mitchell may carry for value in Washington.

Mitchell demonstrated his playmaking ability last season on a one-year deal in Carolina, racking up four sacks, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. Considering he’ll demand far less coin than either Byrd or Ward, the Redskins should strongly consider.

Captain Munnerlyn, CB, 26

To me, Captain Munnerlyn isn’t a no-name guy. But because the cornerback market is ruled by names like Aqib Talib and Alterraun Verner, Munnerlyn makes the list.

For what the Redskins lack at the cornerback position, Munnerlyn would fill the void perfectly. He’s a gritty, tough, undersized slot corner with speed and instincts. Let’s hope he’s somewhere near the top of the Redskins’ list.

 

Report: Orakpo Has No Plans of Signing Redskins Franchise Tag

Courtesy of Howard Smith / USA Today Sports

Courtesy of Howard Smith / USA Today Sports

“They did what they had to do,” said Brian Orakpo, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “I’m just kind of glad we can at least make a step moving forward instead of being at a stalemate with this whole situation.”

While it’s nice to have a guy like Orakpo back — good leader, hard worker, etc. — it’s hard to feel ecstatic about the signing. With the non-exclusive franchise tag paying Orakpo close to $11.5 million next season, there’s no doubt the Redskins are overpaying by giving an above-average linebacker elite pass-rusher money.

But overpaying isn’t the same as being ripped off. The Redskins weren’t ripped off. Orakpo is a favorite of team owner Dan Snyder and he wasn’t going to let the 27-year-old linebacker get away. He gets into the ear of general manager Bruce Allen — who also happens to be a Snyder favorite — and Allen makes it happen.

Helping to make things even more interesting…


So what’s in the pot?

  • “Sides disagreeing on value” implies at least a few coaches or executives who don’t believe Orakpo is worth $11.5 million a year. But there’s only a couple guys in Ashburn who can ignore the opinion of, say, a head coach or player personnel guy and give Orakpo a wheelbarrow of money anyway.
  • Prepare for a holdout. And Orakpo has leverage.
  • According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, “Although Orakpo has lined up at outside linebacker in Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defense, there’s reason to believe he will follow Terrell Suggs’ 2008 example and file a grievance seeking the $13.116 million defensive-end designation.”

 

Chris Baker Signs 3-year, $12 Million Deal with Redskins

Courtesy of the Washington Post

Courtesy of the Washington Post

The Redskins were able to check another name off their offseason priority list on Thursday, re-signing defensive lineman Chris Baker to a three-year deal worth a reported $12 million ($4 million guaranteed), according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Among the Redskins’ list of players to retain this offseason, it was rumored that Baker and veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall were names near the top. The Redskins re-signed Hall earlier last week.

The 6’2″, 330-pound Baker recorded 28 tackles last season, including one sack, while playing on a one-year tender. His combination of size and speed make the 26-year-old Baker a versatile piece along the Redskins defensive front.

Baker should be the team’s starting defensive end come Week 1.

 

NFL Combine 2014: Notes and Scribbles from Day 4

Courtesy of Bolt Beat

Courtesy of Bolt Beat

Sadly, the underwear olympics can’t go on forever.

Tuesday marked the final day of the NFL Combine with participation and drills from the defensive backs.

Here’s a few notes to go along with my farewell wave from Indy (by way of the NFL Network).

Defensive Backs

- Nebraska’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste has received tons of play leading up to this combine thanks to his size. People think Richard Sherman, they think big corner, they think Super Bowl. And while SJB’s height (6’3″), weight (218), length (32″ arms) and leaping ability (41.5″) are all standout numbers, the guy still has to play the position. But there’s question with Jean-Baptiste’s hips, as they looked a bit slow and tight during drills. And where’s the physicality? Mike Mayock talked about this specifically on Tuesday and Deion Sanders chimed in with a good question of: if the dude is 218 pounds, why in the world does anyone need to teach him to be physical?

- The more I watch of Louisville’s Calvin Pryor (scouting report), the more I like. But at the combine, Pryor appeared to be tense and over-thinking things — especially before and during his 4.58 40-yard dash. He rebounded though, showing good hips and balance during his drills. While I don’t think Pryor necessarily increased his stock on Tuesday, I also don’t believe he did anything to hurt it. He’s a first-round safety.

- Florida’s Marcus Roberson looked smooth running in drills, but he plays high in his back pedal, which leads to slow hips and turns. Additionally, Roberson’s track record for durability is far from a bright spot on his resume.

- Virginia Tech’s Antone Exum is an intriguing guy — and without injuries, that same intrigue probably feels more like assurance. He’s thickly-built at 6′, 213 pounds, with good speed (4.59) to compliment. Exum is an above-average tackler and he has the ability to come down and jam a guy on the line, having played both safety and nickel corner in college. But Exum’s durability concerns are glaring, including a torn right ACL early last year (in a game of pickup basketball) and a nagging ankle injury during the season. I think he’s worth a draft selection, maintaining hope that he can return to form.

- Utah’s Keith McGill was my favorite guy to watch on Tuesday. As one of the biggest defensive back invites in Indy, McGill pops off the screen at 6’3″, 211 pounds. He has long legs to go along with his 33.25″ arms and massive 10.25″ hands. His 4.56 40-yard dash looked natural and smooth, while his 39″ vertical and 129″ broad jump helped to demonstrate his explosiveness. McGill was fluid in his drills and moved with light feet, but was a bit slow in the hips when changing direction (something I’m lenient with when looking at massive corners). McGill does lack polish and hopefully he takes well to coaching at the next level. But physically, he’s one of top corners in the draft.

- Say what you want about his size, TCU’s Jason Verrett is the real deal. He’s extremely fast (4.38) and explosive (39″ vertical), with fluid hips and precise breaks on the ball. He’s not a guy that will overpower you physically, but he’s a pest and he doesn’t back down.

 

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