Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, March 10, two days before the start of the NFL league year and free agency.
That was the week that was
—We finally saw some free agent action on Saturday with the Redskins signing four of their own. Tight end Logan Paulsen was the first to sign on the line (3 years, $4.1 million, $1 million signing bonus) followed by fellow pending restricted free agents fullback Darrel Young (3 years, up to $6.2 million, $1 million signing bonus) and linebacker Rob Jackson (1 year, terms unknown). Then, last night, Kory Lichtensteiger, who was slated to be an unrestricted free agent, came to terms (5 years, terms unknown).
—In an interesting side note, Paulsen said that the team told him that they believe that they will re-sign Fred Davis to be the starting tight end. “They said they want to bring Fred back,” Paulsen said. “Their goal is to have him be the starter.” If Davis does sign elsewhere a rumored potential replacement is Brandon Myers of the Raiders.
—The Redskins formally announced that A. J. Smith has joined the organization as a “Senior Executive”. That seems to be a fancy but somewhat empty title. As long as the team utilizes his strength, which is evaluating talent, and doesn’t allow his issues in dealing with people to come to the forefront, they should have a good asset.
—As a general rule the Allen-Shanahan Redskins do not like to restructure contracts to push current-year cap dollars into future seasons. With their cap penalty situation, however, they may be forced to do it this year.
—DeAngelo Hall and others may be asked to take a pay cut, another tactic the Redskins generally don’t like to use.
—Over the last 48 hours, reports have emerged that Hall could be released. Are the reports legitimate or are the Redskins trying to pressure him into taking that pay cut?
—Mark Maske of the Post reported that the NFLPA is willing to join with the Redskins in legal action to reverse the $18 million salary cap penalty imposed by the league. Considering that the union signed off on the penalty that seems rather bizarre. The Redskins understandably declined the offer for assistance and barring a last-minute surprise it looks like they will just have to deal with the cap penalty.
—There were reports on Friday that the Redskins were pursuing veteran offensive tackle Tony Pashos but as of this morning no deal has been done.
Days until: Start of free agency 2; OTA’s start 99; Training camp 137
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Young, Paulsen, maybe Jackson and Lorenzo later today. This could be the #Redskins' big 2013 free agent splash, enjoy it while you can!— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) March 9, 2013