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.
If you’re ever fortunate enough to nab tickets to an NBA game where the seats are only TWO FRICKIN’ ROWS behind the bench, do yourself a favor and leave your mobile device in your pocket. Soak up the scene, listen to the trash talk; take it all in as one of the best live sporting experiences available.
If not, stuff like this happens.
On a scale from 1 to 10, what are we grading the effort made by husband, stage left, wearing the obvious orange shirt in a sea of blue and teal?
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.
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.
Count the dribbles it takes to get from one end of the floor to the other.
Russell Westbrook is more than likely not human.
Also, the mutant accounted for 40 percent of the Thunder’s points, 30 percent of their rebounds, and 53 percent of their assists in a 123-118 overtime victory against the Sixers on a wild Wednesday night in the NBA.
A sad story really.
In a tie game between the Clippers and Blazers with just under three seconds to go, Los Angeles stud muffin Chris Paul makes a great drive to the basket and shoots a shot that barely rims out. The giant of a man DeAndre Jordan comes down with a rebound, seemingly in perfect position to score the game-winning shot from about two inches away before the final buzzer.
In Jordan’s defense, there was a buzzer that sounded, but it was the shot clock (you silly goose!). The game would then go into overtime thanks to Jordan’s blunder, and the Clippers ultimately lost 98-93.
And CP3 was for real freakin’ out too. And that ref in the background — yeesh. It looked like he was witnessing a slow-motion car wreck.
Shake it off, DJ.
- When the ball was inbounded, there were 1.7 seconds on the shot clock, and 2.8 seconds left on the game clock. (back)
Just gonna leave this right here…
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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.
- 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)
Hey! Don’t look now, but the Wizards are melting!
They’ve lost 12 of their last 15 games and have slipped to fifth in the East, with Milwaukee nipping at their heels.
Also, in their 97-92 loss to the Bulls (who were without Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, AND Taj Gibson) on Tuesday, Otto Porter appeared to be growing roots as a result of severe wandering eye before eventually coming out of his mid-game trip and realizing he’s playing a basketball game.
The Wizards host Miami on Friday.
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.