Redskins offseason tracker: Free agency scorecard, signings, key dates, draft rumors, latest updates and more

The Washington Redskins have been active so far in free agency, as Ron Rivera continues to build the roster to his liking. The Redskins have also released several veterans who have been with Washington for several years, but what other new players are the Redskins going to target in free agency? What players are they going to target in the draft? There is a lot of work to do whenever a new coaching staff takes over any NFL franchise, but getting off on the right foot is of the utmost importance for Rivera and Co. 

As we move through the offseason, this hub will serve as a go-to spot for everything related to the Redskins. We’ll have all the important dates, free agency scorecards, draft content, the latest rumors and news revolving around what’s going on in Washington. 

Key upcoming datesMid-April: The NFL will release the 2020 regular season schedule. 
April 23 through April 25: The NFL Draft takes place in Las Vegas. Washington’s first selection in the opening round is at No. 2 overall. May 1 through May 4: Teams can hold their one three-day post-draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday. Free Agent Scorecard 

Restricted free agents

DE Treyvon Hester (not tendered)
TE Jerome Cunningham
DE Caleb Brantley (Re-signed)
QB Josh Woodrum (ERFA)
DE Myles Humphrey (ERFA)

Brantley is the restricted free agent to keep an eye on. He appeared to be making strides as a reserve lineman heading into the 2019 season, but played in just one game before a foot injury forced him to injured reserve. Where exactly does he fit in with the Redskins’ defense now with Rivera at the helm?

Restricted free agents will have to be tendered by Washington in order for them to be on the roster in 2020. The Redskins can assign a number of different tenders on their restricted free agents (original round tender, second-round tender, first-round tender, etc). Each tender comes with a higher 2020 salary. Those numbers have not yet been determined by the NFL.

Unrestricted free agents

OG Brandon Scherff (franchise tagged)
RB Chris Thompson
QB Colt McCoy (Signed by Giants)
OT Donald Penn
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
C Tony Bergstrom
CB Aaron Colvin
FB Michael Burton
DE Nate Orchard (re-signed on a one-year deal)
S Kenny Ladler (waived, signed with BC Lions of the CFL, per Farhan Lalji)
RB Wendell Smallwood
DE Chris Odom (waived)

There may be some major changes that occur along the offensive line this offseason. While offensive tackle Trent Williams is not listed as a free agent, he might as well be. The seven-time Pro Bowler held out all last season due to the team’s handling of a recent medical situation. In short, Williams had a rare type of cancer when team doctors told him a growth on his head was nothing to worry about.

Now that the medical staff has been replaced and Rivera is the new head coach, it appears the stage has been set for Williams to return. He will want a new contract, however, which means the Redskins might be forced to trade him. Check out the latest news below, as this is a topic we will be writing about all offseason.

While Williams’ situation is up in the air, Scherff has been officially franchise tagged. The Redskins wanted to sign him to a long-term extension but nothing came to fruition. Flowers was picked up by the Miami Dolphins and given $10 million a year, so the Redskins will be down at least one starter along the line in 2020. Keeping with the offensive side of the ball, one has to wonder what Thompson’s future holds. He’s been a great receiver out of the backfield when healthy, and Rivera could use him in a similar way he did with Christian McCaffrey in Carolina. Thompson, of course, is not the player McCaffrey is, but he is effective as a pass catcher. 

As far as the defensive side of the ball goes, Bostic has already been re-signed. While he turns 29 this offseason, the journeyman linebacker proved to be a valuable addition for the Redskins in 2019. He recorded a career high 105 combined tackles from the inside linebacker spot, and stepped up for Reuben Foster, who went down with a season-ending injury last offseason.

Washington will have to make some decisions at cornerback. There’s no more Josh Norman and no more Quinton Dunbar’s, so cornerback will have to be a position the Redskins address this offseason. Rodgers-Cromartie’s return from retirement was uneventful, as he played in just two games before ending up on injured reserve. He turns 34 this offseason, so Rivera will have to decide if he wants to keep the speedy veteran. Additionally, what will happen with Colvin? The Redskins picked him up after he was released by the Houston Texans last season, and he recorded 10 combined tackles and one pass defensed in six games played. 

Unrestricted free agent signings from other teams 

CB Kendall Fuller (Chiefs) 
LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Bears)
S Sean Davis (Steelers)
OG Wes Schweitzer (Falcons)
RB J.D. McKissic (Lions)
OT Cornelius Lucas (Bears
TE Logan Thomas (Lions)
RB Peyton Barber (Buccaneers)

Free agent signings for players cut by other teams 

LB Thomas Davis (Chargers)

2020 draft picksRound 1: WashingtonRound 2: NoneRound 3: WashingtonRound 4: Washington (conditional) Round 5: WashingtonRound 6: NoneRound 7: Washington, Denver

The Redskins have seven total selections in the 2020 NFL Draft. Washington traded its 2020 second-round pick in order to move up last year and draft Montez Sweat in the first round. The team’s sixth-round pick was dealt in the trade to land Keenum.

Rumors, reports and updates

Redskins sign Peyton Barber

Tuesday March, 24:  According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the Redskins have signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber to a two-year deal. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the deal is worth $3 million and includes $600K guaranteed.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Trent Williams’ agent says Redskins should trade or release his client

Tuesday, March 24: In a statement first released to ESPN on Tuesday, Williams representative Vincent Taylor indicated it’s “in the best interest” of both parties if Washington either trades or releases his client. Taylor went on to confirm previous reports that Washington granted Williams permission to seek a trade, but he added that the team only did so after failing on its own to find a trading partner. Since then, Taylor continued, the Redskins have “shown no interest in negotiating in good faith, and, in fact, have given inconsistent demands” regarding the team’s desired compensation for Williams.

“Although Trent Williams will always love and respect (team owner) Dan Snyder, teammates and the Washington Redskins’ fans,” Taylor wrote, “he wants to be traded or released. It’s time for the organization to act in a manner that is in both Williams’ and the team’s best interest.”

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here

Redskins trade Quinton Dunbar to Seahawks

Monday, March 23: Quinton Dunbar, a veteran cornerback who spent his first five seasons with the Redskins, is being traded to the Seahawks in exchange for a fifth-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Washington used a fifth-round pick earlier in the day to acquire quarterback Kyle Allen from the Panthers. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Redskins release Montae Nicholson and four cornerbacks

Monday, March 23: New Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera has spent the past week revamping his roster, and on Monday he made the decision to release five defensive backs. Along with former starting safety Montae Nicholson, Washington also announced they had released cornerbacks Breon BordersDee DelaneyCoty Sensabaugh and Kayvon Webster.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Redskins trade for former Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen

Monday, March 23: Kyle Allen, who started 12 games under center for the Panthers last season, has been traded to the Redskins in exchange for a fifth-round pick, according NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The news comes shortly after the Panthers signed former XFL standout P.J. Walker. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here.

Redskins shopping Dunbar, per report

Saturday, March 21: Quinton Dunbar’s future with the Washington Redskins is up in the air, and Ron Rivera and Co. have reportedly finally made a decision on what to do with their top cornerback. According to Pro Football Talk, Washington is making Dunbar available in trade.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Redskins to sign former Steelers safety Sean Davis

Wednesday, March 18: The Washington Redskins entered this offseason with major questions in the secondary, and just minutes before the new league year, they agreed to terms with a versatile defensive back from the Washington, D.C. area. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis has agreed to terms with the Redskins on a one-year deal worth up to $5 million. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Redskins reportedly interested in Delanie Walker

Wednesday, March 18: Several teams are in the market for tight ends this offseason, and there are a couple of interesting veterans available, including Delanie Walker. According to ESPN’s John Keim, the Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts have expressed some level of interest in him so far.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Redskins jockeying to land Desmond Trufant

Wednesday, March 18: It’s being reported both the Cowboys and Redskins are in on trying to land Trufant, per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, but they aren’t the only two suitors. That means his price could be floating higher with each passing moment, and the 29-year-old is looking for a multi-year deal as well. 

Read more from Patrik Walker’s story, here.

Redskins sign linebackers Thomas Davis & Kevin Pierre-Louis

Tuesday, March 17: Davis announced on Instagram he is signing with the Redskins, days after he was released by the Los Angeles Chargers. At 36 years old, Davis had 112 tackles in his only season in Los Angeles, recording a sack and two passes defensed. Opposing quarterbacks completed 65.2% of their passes when targeting Davis in coverage, posting an 87.9 passer rating.

Washington also agreed to a deal with Kevin Pierre-Louis, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. He started three games with the Chicago Bears, recording 37 tackles and an interception in a reserve role. A fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, Pierre-Lewis has played with four different teams in six seasons. 

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story here.

Cooper shuns bigger offer from Redskins to remain with Cowboys

Tuesday, March 17: On the first day of legal tampering in the NFL, Amari Cooper agreed to terms on a five-year, $100 million deal with $60 million in guarantees — a source confirmed to CBS Sports — that keeps him in Dallas through the 2024 season. That matters more to the Redskins than simply having to defend him for the next half-decade. It turns out the Ron Rivera era in Redskins free agency began with an attempt to woo Cooper away from North Texas, per multiple reports, but ended with heartbreak when the four-time Pro Bowler turned down more money from owner Dan Snyder to make good on his promise of wanting to be with the Cowboys “for life.”

Read more from Patrik Walker’s story, here

Browns agree to three-year deal with Keenum

Monday, March 16: The Cleveland Browns are signing quarterback Case Keenum to a three-year deal worth $18 million, including $10 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Keenum’s interest from Cleveland has been well-documented since the beginning. Head coach Kevin Stefanski and Keenum worked together with the Minnesota Vikings in 2017.

Read more from Josh Edwards’ story, here

Redskins agree to re-sign Jon Bostic

Monday, March 16: According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Redskins have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $6.6 million for Bostic. 

Earlier this month, Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic reported that the Redskins and Bostic’s camp had begun preliminary conversations about re-signing the 28-year-old linebacker. Bostic was picked up by the Redskins in late May after Reuben Foster went down with a season-ending leg injury. They hoped Bostic would do enough just to fill the void at linebacker, but he did much more. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Ereck Flowers signs with Dolphins

Monday, March 16: The Ereck Flowers story will be one NFL coaches point to for years to come, as one of the biggest draft busts in recent memory has agreed to a lucrative contract on the first day teams can negotiate with impending free agents. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Flowers is signing a $30 million deal over three years with the Miami Dolphins. The deal also reportedly includes $19.95 million fully guaranteed.  

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Brandon Scherff receives franchise tag

Saturday, March 14: The latest recipient of the franchise tag for the 2020 season is Washington guard Brandon Scherff. The team originally announced that it had placed the exclusive tag on its star guard, but later clarified that Scherff has instead received the non-exclusive tag

Using the non-exclusive version of the tag means that Scherff is free to negotiate a contract with other teams. If and when he agrees to terms, Washington will have the right to match that contract or else receive draft-pick compensation in exchange in the form of two first-round picks.

Read more from Jared Dubin’s story, here.

Redskins asking for second-round pick in Williams trade talks

Friday, March 13: According to NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo, Washington has been asking for a second round pick in exchange for the long-time veteran. Garafolo says that it is his understanding that “at that asking price, it is not going to get done.”

Read more from Josh Edwards’ story, here.

Redskins seven-round mock draft

Wednesday, March 11:  CBS NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso released his seven-round 2020 NFL mock draft, and he has the Redskins taking some interesting players that should help this team immediately. Let’s take a look at what Trapasso envisions Washington doing next month

Redskins still interested in taking a QB at No. 2, per report

Monday, March 9: When Tua Tagovailoa, who was recently cleared to resume a full workout schedule, participates in Alabama’s pro day, rest assured that a large contingent of Redskins staff members will be there. 

On Monday, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer wrote that the Redskins, per sources, will “do all the work as if they are taking a quarterback” with the second overall pick. And while that certainly doesn’t mean that the Redskins will select a quarterback with the second pick, they will evaluate the top players at that position in the weeks leading up to the draft. 

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here.

Trent Williams seeking $20M per year on contract with new team

Monday, March 9: Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams reportedly demanded a new contract before getting permission to seek a trade elsewhere this offseason, but the Pro Bowl lineman seems set on breaking the bank regardless of where he plays in 2020.

The 31-year-old blocker remains under contract through this season, but as he prepares to negotiate a long-term contract with a new team, Williams is seeking an average annual salary of at least $20 million, according to ESPN’s John Keim.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here.

Redskins aiming to bring back both Ereck Flowers and Brandon Scherff

Sunday, March 8: While everyone is aware of the Trent Williams drama, both of Washington’s starting offensive guards are set to hit free agency as well. It wasn’t long ago that Ereck Flowers was considered one of the worst first-round draft busts in recent memory, but the Redskins now want to bring him back.

During a recent appearance on Redskins Nation, Rivera made it clear that Washington wants to bring back not only Brandon Scherff, but Flowers as well. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Cardinals, Jets, Texans among teams eyeing trade for Trent

Friday, March 6: A day after Washington reportedly granted Williams permission to seek a trade out of D.C., the Cleveland Browns have apparently already put the seven-time Pro Bowler on their radar. And now, according to multiple reports, the Arizona CardinalsHouston Texans and New York Jets are among other clubs in on the Williams sweepstakes, eyeing a potential trade for the lineman ahead of 2020 free agency.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here.

Redskins permit Trent Williams to seek trade

Thursday, March 5: The Washington Redskins are allowing star left tackle Trent Williams an opportunity to seek out a trade, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN. As long as a trade partner is found, this will spell the end for Williams in D.C. and what has been long and tumultuous saga. 

Read more from Tyler Sullivan’s story, here.

Redskins working to extend linebacker Jon Bostic

Tuesday, March 3: Ron Rivera’s first order of business as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins will be to shape the roster to his liking. He has already cut ties with several veterans, but also has to consider bringing back players who now have expired contracts. One of those players the Redskins are reportedly interested in bringing back is linebacker Jon Bostic. 

According to Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic, the Redskins and Bostic’s camp have begun preliminary conversations about re-signing the 28-year-old linebacker. Free agency starts on March 18, but teams are permitted to have conversations with their own players beforehand. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Redskins expected to franchise tag impending free agent Brandon Scherff

Monday, March 2: The former first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft has been one of the best offensive guards in the NFL when he’s been healthy, and he’s expected to be paid like one in the near future. Whether that comes in the form of a long-term extension or franchise tag, however, remains to be determined. On Monday, ESPN’s Jenna Laine reported that Ron Rivera and Co. are expected to franchise tag Scherff. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Trent Williams tells Redskins he wants a new contract or to be traded

Thursday, Feb. 27: New coach Ron Rivera is hopeful Trent Williams will remain with the Washington Redskins in 2020, and the team itself is apparently increasingly confident that will happen, but according to NFL Network, there’s still a lot of uncertainty about the left tackle’s future. Addressing Williams’ situation from the Scouting Combine on Thursday, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo echoed Rivera’s comments from earlier in the week, noting the coach has touched base with the seven-time Pro Bowler about a possible return. But that doesn’t mean, as he explained, that Williams is completely sold on suiting up in burgundy this season.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here.

Ron Rivera says Redskins will explore all options with No. 2 pick

Wednesday, Feb. 26: While many expect the Redskins to go in one direction at No. 2, they’re exploring every possibility that comes with such a valuable draft slot. When asked at the combine, head coach Ron Rivera made it clear the Redskins aren’t anywhere close to turning their card in on one specific player.

“We are looking at everything,” Rivera said at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis Wednesday. “Everything is possible. Everything is an option. What we do, we’re going to decide as a group and go forward from there.” 

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here.

Redskins will meet with Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow at the combine

Wednesday, Feb. 26: By bringing in Tagovaiola and Burrow to meet with Rivera and the team officials, Washington is doing one of two things: 1.) genuinely evaluating their options and leaving the door open to replace Haskins or 2.) posturing for a potential trade-down scenario. The franchise may be able to fetch a larger return if other teams believe they have a legitimate interest in adding a quarterback. 

Read more from Josh Edwards’ story, here.

Ron Rivera explains why he took Redskins job

Monday, Feb. 24: With three straight losing seasons, a roster in flux and an infamous owner, the Redskins’ head coaching job appeared to be a gig that would scare anyone who actually cared about finding success in their career — but not Rivera. In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, Rivera confirmed and clarified that he could have waited for another opportunity to surface if he wanted to, but he chose the Redskins’ job for the challenge.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Redskins believe Trent Williams is likely to play for the team in 2020

Friday, Feb. 21: Two weeks ago, Rivera indicated that he was still hoping Williams had a future in Washington. Now, according to a report from The Washington Post’s Les Carpenter and Mark Maske, we also know that the Redskins believe that there’s a “strong chance” Williams will play for the team in 2020.

Read more from Sean Wagner-McGough’s story, here.

Redskins release former Pro Bowl tight end Jordan Reed

Thursday, Feb. 20: Jordan Reed may be “100 percent” committed to playing in 2020, but it won’t be with the Washington Redskins. The Redskins have released the former Pro Bowl tight end roughly a month before the start of free agency, as announced via the team’s Twitter, clearing an estimated $8.5 million in salary cap space for the offseason.

The Washington Post previously reported that Reed was expected to be cut after clearing concussion protocol, which he did not do for the entirety of the 2019 season. Now, the former third-round draft pick has become the latest big-name Redskin to be axed by new coach Ron Rivera, who’s already cut ties with wide receiver Paul Richardson and cornerback Josh Norman.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here.

Redskins exercise club option on Adrian Peterson’s contract

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Adrian Peterson will be returning to the NFL for a 14th season. The Washington Redskins announced Wednesday the team picked up the club option on Peterson’s contract, a base salary of $2.25 million in 2020 (per Over The Cap), guaranteeing the 34-year old running back a shot at eclipsing the 15,000-yard mark this season.

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here.

NFL insider notes: Eight moves to fix messy Redskins

Monday, Feb. 17: With the scouting combine now just a week away, this franchise had better reach a collective understanding about who it really is at this transition and what it will take to ever get out of the two-decade-long death spiral it has been in under Snyder. There are no quick fixes, and, in fact, more of a purge is truly in order to finally try to build a team capable of competing. This group needs to arrive in Indianapolis with a cogent plan for which pieces are a part of the future and which are not, beginning with Williams.

Read more from Jason La Canfora’s story, here.

Ron Rivera explains the ‘big thing’ behind releasing former All-Pro Josh Norman

Sunday, Feb. 16: Ron Rivera, the new head coach of the Redskins, coached Norman in Carolina during the height of both of their professional careers. In 2015, their final season together with the Panthers, Carolina went 15-1 during the regular season en route to an appearance in Super Bowl 50. Norman earned All-Pro honors that season, while Rivera won his second Coach of the Year award in three years. On Saturday, Rivera explained the decision to release Norman, who made just eight starts during his final season with the Redskins.

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here.

Redskins release Josh Norman, former Pro Bowl cornerback reacts

Friday, Feb. 14: There will be no reunion with his former Carolina Panthers head coach, as the Redskins officially released him on Friday. The decision to let the aging cornerback walk saves the Redskins upwards of $12.5 million toward their salary cap, and his lack of production justifies the move.

Read more from Patrik Walker’s story, here

Redskins release receiver Paul Richardson

Friday, Feb. 14: The 27-year-old wideout was hampered by injuries in 2019 as well. He played in 10 games and caught 28 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns before he again found himself on injured reserve due to a nagging hamstring injury. According to Garafolo, Richardson earned about $16.9 million during his two seasons in Washington, and was due $6.5 million this year. Instead, he hits the open market. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Conflicting reports surface regarding the future of Quinton Dunbar

Wednesday, Feb. 12: The future of Washington Redskins cornerback Quinton Dunbar is reportedly up in the air. Earlier this week, NBC Sports Washington reported that Dunbar would not attend OTAs in order to maintain his health. Later that day, ESPN’s John Keim reported the veteran cornerback requested to be traded or released. Despite these reports, the narrative that Dunbar was looking to sever ties with the Redskins has reportedly cooled as the week has gone on. On Wednesday, former Redskins tight end and sports radio host Rick “Doc” Walker said that he had spoken with the cornerback and that he is not asking to be traded or released. Walker relayed the details of his phone call with Dunbar during “Doc and Galdi” on The Team 980, and said that Dunbar felt his comments on Monday were overblown. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Redskins make history by hiring Jennifer King as a full-year coaching intern

Monday, Feb. 10: According to their official website, the Redskins are hiring Jennifer King as a full-year coaching intern. She will be the NFL’s first African American female full-time assistant coach. 

Rivera and King had a preexisting relationship. Back during his time with the Carolina Panthers, Rivera had hired King as a wide receivers coaching intern for two summers according to ESPN. King worked one-on-one with rookies on playbook proficiencies and individual skill development along with analyzing drill efficiency and drill concepts. She worked extensively with star running back Christian McCaffrey.

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Doug Williams says new coaching staff ‘knows’ Dwayne Haskins is team’s starting QB

Sunday, Feb. 9: Doug Williams, the Redskins’ new senior vice president of player development, isn’t putting Haskins’ future in question. 

“The new staff knows that Dwayne Haskins is the starting quarterback here,” Williams said, via John Keim of ESPN. “The only thing that can happen is for Dwayne to give it back to them. It’s up to him to learn the playbook, wear the coaches out. He’s got to stay at the facility until they run him out of the building. …

“Dwayne has a long way to go. But like I told him, he was doing what we expected him to do. He was ascending. Hopefully the way he goes now, he keeps going up. All eyes are going to be on him. At the same time you’ve got a new coaching staff and they’re not married to him.”

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here.

Dwayne Haskins is ‘cool’ with quarterback competition

Friday, Feb. 7: The Washington Redskins appear to have finally found a franchise quarterback in Dwayne Haskins, but new head coach Ron Rivera is going to make him work this offseason to earn the starting role. In his introductory press conference, Rivera made it clear that he wants to see Haskins emerge as a leader for this team, and to continue developing as a passer. 

“That’s cool,” Haskins told reporters on Friday at a Redskins community event, via NBC Sports Washington. “I’m just going to have to work hard and eventually take it over. Just do your best to be accountable for what you have to do and be ready to go.”

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Terry McLaurin makes bold prediction on Chase Young

Thursday, Feb. 6: “I’ve seen them all,” McLaurin said, via the Redskins website. “In college, I felt like Chase was the most productive of the three, and he has a chance to possibly be the best. That doesn’t take anything away from (Joey and Nick). That just tells you how good he can be.”

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Derrius Guice wants to silence those labeling him as ‘soft’

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Until he can show an ability to stay healthy, not only does he have something to prove to the team, but also those he wants to silence — i.e., those painting him as being “soft”. 

“When it comes to constantly being injured — knowing how tough you are, but everybody else is looking at you as just soft who can’t stay on the field, it’s gonna frustrate you,” Guice said, before jabbing back at those who have him strapped with the label.

“You just have to realize where you are and realize where they are in a sense,” he said. “It’s always the people behind you talking the loudest. …I just gotta keep elevating and moving forward.”

Read more from Patrik Walker’s story, here

Ron Rivera addresses Trent Williams’ future with Redskins

Tuesday, Feb. 4: Despite the issues between Williams and the Redskins, new Washington head coach Ron Rivera plans to meet with Williams, who has one year remaining on his contract, and is optimistic about keeping his star tackle in town.

“What’s the health of Trent? We’re getting ready, we’re gonna go through our process on (Feb. 10). We’ll talk about it,” Rivera said, via NBC Sports. “We gotta get Trent in. We gotta sit him down, see where he is. See how he is health-wise, too. We have not really had the contact we need to have to know. 

“But he’s still our guy. These are pieces to the puzzle that we’ve got to put together.”

Read more from Bryan DeArdo’s story, here

Vernon Davis explains decision to retire 

Sunday, Feb. 2: Prior to the Kansas City Chiefs‘ 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, veteran NFL tight end Vernon Davis unofficially announced his retirement in a surprising way. On Fox’s pre-game show, Davis found a unique way to let NFL fans know he was planning to hang up his cleats. He picked an interesting way to do it, as he made his announcement during a filmed skit that featured former tight end Rob Gronkowski and linebacker James Harrison. While it almost seemed like a joke, ESPN’s John Keim confirmed that Davis was indeed retiring. 

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here.

Redskins’ Alex Smith says he’s ‘lucky to be alive’ 

Saturday, Feb. 1: “I had a pretty serious infection … they had a lot of complications with it,” Smith said. 

Smith then developed sepsis, which is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the body is fighting infection. He told Jeremy Schaap that his memories during those stages of uncertainty were limited since he was under heavy sedation, but he does remember making the decision to try to save his leg. 

“The next thing I remember is waking up several weeks later faced with the decision of amputation or limb salvage at that point.”

Read more from Jordan Dajani’s story, here

Daniel Snyder met with Maryland lawmakers to discuss allowing sports betting at new stadium

Wednesday, Jan. 22: Maryland could see significant revenue from the legalization of sports betting, as other states have seen. According to the Associated Press, state analysts estimate that sports betting would bring around $35 million annually in tax revenue.

With so many states already on the sports betting train, it sounds like Snyder wants to work with lawmakers to make sure Maryland gets in on the action. If it is legalized in the near future, perhaps fans will be able to place wagers at the new stadium if it is indeed located in Maryland.

Read more from Chris Bengel’s story, here.

Washington Redskins team needs, draft picks, prospects to track

Tuesday, Jan. 21: CBS NFL Draft writer Josh Edwards took a shot at identifying what the Redskins need to do in the 2020 NFL Draft. Check out his piece, here.

Redskins reassign Doug Williams in front office

Thursday, Jan. 9: A week after the team’s hire of Ron Rivera as the new head coach, Washington has announced the former Super Bowl-winning quarterback and personnel exec will return, albeit in a new role, reporting directly to Rivera.

Originally hired in 2014 to assist the personnel staff, the 64-year-old Williams spent three years in his initial role before earning a promotion to senior vice president of player personnel in 2017, essentially replacing fired general manager Scot McCloughan as the club’s top front-office voice next to Allen. Credited with expanding Washington’s scouting department, he also oversaw the talent evaluation staff.

Read more from Cody Benjamin’s story, here.

Ron Rivera won’t commit to Dwayne Haskins as Redskins starter

Tuesday, Jan. 7: “He’s going to have to step up and become a leader,” Ron Rivera said, via ESPN’s John Keim. “All the great ones have become leaders and they’ve become leaders whether they’re rookies or they’re 10-, 12-year vets.”

“We’re going to have an interesting set of circumstances that we’ll go through as we go through the OTAs and into minicamp and then training camp. But one thing that I will do … once we feel comfortable, is to go ahead and make that decision so we can go forward and give these guys the opportunity to develop.”

Read more from Jeff Kerr’s story, here

Ron Rivera agrees to five-year deal to become new head coach

Thursday, Jan. 2: “After several meetings with Coach Rivera, it was clear he is the right person to bring winning football back to Washington D.C.,” Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement. “He is widely respected around the league as a man of great integrity and has proven to be one of the finest coaches in the country.”

Snyder seemed to put on the full-court press to make sure he landed Rivera before other jobs became available throughout the league. This five-year commitment appears to be one signal that he was really pushing to envelop to get his top candidate. 

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