Washington Redskins Cut Phillip Daniels | Sports

(via BleacherReport)

The Washington Redskins had a busy day of cuts Thursday, releasing seven players to clear cap space and reshuffle the roster.

Among the cuts was 38-year-old defensive end Phillip Daniels who had become a fan favorite over his six seasons with the team.

Daniels spent his offseason strength conditioning and was reportedly stronger and more motivated than ever heading into his 2011 campaign after finishing last season on injured reserve.

The 15-year veteran was kind and humbled in a statement posted in Twitter after he received news of his release.

“Thank you to the Redskins organization for (seven) great years,” he wrote. “It’s tough to say goodbye when you have bled burgundy & gold for so many years. . . I want to keep playing football and proud of what I have accomplished as a Redskin.”

Also released Thursday was fellow defensive lineman Ma’ake Kemoeatu who wasn’t a true fit for Jim Haslett’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

Kemoeatu appeared in 14 games with 12 starts and recorded 29 tackles in his only season with the team.

The 32-year-old also posted comments on Twitter, albeit of a much shorter variety than Daniels.

“Thank you redskin nation you guys been Great,” he wrote.

DC Residents “Celebrate” Haynesworth Exit

ESPN.com —- Before defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth could get to training camp and take his conditioning test, the Washington Redskins traded him to the New England Patriots for a 2013 fifth-round draft pick, according to league sources.

Haynesworth still must pass his physical, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday morning that the trade was not yet completed.

“I talked to [Redskins coach] Mike Shanahan last night and we’re in the process of acquiring Haynesworth, but that’s not complete yet, so I can’t really comment on that at this point until it’s completed — if it does get completed,” Belichick said during a news conference. “So, we’ll see how that goes.”

Haynesworth clashed repeatedly with Shanahan and frequently skipped workouts. Shanahan suspended him for the final four games of last season for conduct detrimental to the team.

The 30-year-old Haynesworth was at his best when playing in the 4-3 scheme as a Tennessee Titan and seemed to prefer that over the Redskins’ 3-4 defense.

The Patriots, though, run plenty of multiple fronts, and Haynesworth lends needed help along their defensive line for a reduced price.

The former Pro Bowl player’s base salary for the coming season is $5 million. He is two years into a seven-year, $100 million contract that the Redskins signed him to in 2009, which included a then-NFL record $41 million in guaranteed money.

He played only 20 games with the Redskins, recording 6½ sacks.

Well, bye! Now you can go be some other team’s headache. All the assault charges, road rages, and quiting… arguments with Coach… not worth it, he costs to much to be such a major headache.

LaVar Arrington Speaks on Redskins Bringing Back Santana Moss | Sports

(via Washington Post)

Santana Moss received a three-year, $15 million contract extending his stay in Washington. It’s a good move on multiple levels for Moss and the Redskins.

Moss has been the team’s most reliable and productive wide receiver, not to mention a leader in the meeting room, locker room and on the field.

It makes sense to bring back Moss; without him, the Redskins would have had a big hole at wide receiver. So the team addressed a pressing need, and also brought back a player who is familiar with the team’s offensive playbook.

I expect the Redskins to try and further bolster the position and go after another wide receiver, but for this season Moss’s familiarity will be the wild card coming out of the work stoppage. Washington has a very talented draft pick in Leonard Hankerson, who happens to share a college (Miami) with Moss. I think that will also go a long way as I’m sure these two have already worked out together and are very familiar with each other, as it is tradition for former Miami players to go back and work out together once they’ve moved on to the NFL.

It’s a win-win if you ask me.

Next up: Barry Cofield, who was a rookie teammate of mine in New York, so I know him as a player. The Redskins reportedly have agreed to terms with the defensive lineman.

I will also talk about Donovan McNabb and how I may have underestimated Coach Mike Shanahan’s ability to deal a devalued player.

NFL Lockout Officially Over, Football’s Back! | Sports

WASHINGTON (AP) — The NFL Players Association executive board and 32 team reps have voted unanimously to approve the terms of a deal to the end the 4 1/2-month lockout.

Owners overwhelmingly approved a proposal last week, but some unresolved issues still needed to be reviewed to satisfy players; the owners do not need to vote again.

The sides worked through the weekend and wrapped up the details Monday morning on a final pact that is for 10 years, without an opt-out clause, a person familiar with the deal told the AP.

Owners decided in 2008 to opt out of the league’s old labor contract, which expired this March. That’s when the owners locked out the players, creating the NFL’s first work stoppage since 1987.

(via @WUSA9)



End of N.F.L. Lockout Imminent, if Elusive | Sports, News

(via NY Times)

With the executive committee of the N.F.L. Players Association preparing to gather in Washington, a late request by players to have an opt-out clause inserted into the new collective bargaining agreement was the last loose end to be settled before a vote could be taken that would lead to the end of the lockout.

The request by players to have the seven-year clause inserted into the proposed 10-year deal was made late in the negotiating process, which upset owners, said a person briefed on negotiations. Players association officials said the request was not a deal-breaker, but with lawyers writing up the last few changes to the deal on Sunday, a delay in a vote could move back the anticipated start of football by another day.

Executive committee members hope to take a vote on Monday to recommend ratification of the proposed settlement. Then the 32 team player representatives will vote by conference call — also hoped for on Monday, although the votes could slip to Tuesday — and they are also expected to approve the new agreement. With the 10 named plaintiffs in the players’ antitrust suit having already cleared the way for a settlement, those two votes are expected to set in motion the beginning of the season.

While the timeline remained fluid on Sunday afternoon, the doors to team facilities could open to players by midweek, allowing them to fill out paper union cards to re-form the union. Counting those ballots could take several days, but once there are enough to assure re-forming the union — half of the 1,900 players, plus one — the full union membership could vote to ratify the agreement. Only then would training camps open and player transactions be allowed, which will happen almost certainly no earlier than this weekend and perhaps not until the start of next week.

Check out this article via NFL.com

Playtime’s over … or about to begin

Redskins free agents: Which of their own players will Washington re-sign? | Sports

(via TheWashingtonPost)

We’ve looked at free agents that the Redskins could target, but first, they have decisions to make on their own players that will become free agents.

Whenever this labor dispute is completely resolved, it appears that teams will have an initial window to begin negotiating with their own unrestricted and restricted free agents. And then would come the full-blown free agency.

Here’s a look at the Redskins’ free agents and their chances of re-signin

Santana Moss – He’s the biggest name on this list, and was the Redskins’ leading wide receiver in each of the last six years. Although he is 32, Moss remains productive. Mike Shanahan has said he wants to re-sign Moss, and No. 89 himself is on record multiple times saying he wants to come back to Washington. It won’t be a surprise at all to see him back in a Redskins uniform.

Carlos Rogers – Despite his paltry interception totals (just eight in six seasons), Rogers is a good cover corner with good size. But he wants to get paid, and it doesn’t seem like the Redskins are all that in love with the idea of bringing him back. The Philadelphia Eagles have been mentioned as a team with interest in Rogers’ services.

Jammal Brown – He and the Redskins have expressed mutual interest in re-signing, but Brown has admitted that if he got an offer from a team wanting him to play left tackle – his original position – he would have a tough time deciding. The Redskins could instead go after Ryan Harris, whom Mike Shanahan drafted in Denver. Harris said in a recent radio interview that he would welcome a reunion with Shanahan.

See Complete list of players HERE

Redskins COO David Donovan Leaving Team | Sports, News

(via @WUSA9) 

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins chief operating officer David Donovan is leaving the team to return to his law firm.

The team announced Donovan’s departure Monday.

He worked for the Redskins for six years and says he’s leaving “for personal reasons.”

Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a statement that Donovan “will continue to consult with the Redskins as he did prior to joining the organization.”