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London Fletcher is close to re-signing with the Washington Redskins according to a person close to the negotiations, the Washington Post reports. According to the source, a deal could be completed as soon as late Friday. Neither Fletcher nor representatives opted to comment.
The soon-to-be 37-year-old linebacker led the league with a career high 166 tackles last season. He is considered one of the Redskins' prime targets this offseason despite his advanced aged (in NFL years). Head coach Mike Shanahan said at the annual league meeting last month that the team was very intent on re-signing Fletcher.
The Washington Post did not disclose the potential terms of Fletcher's deal, or what might be holding up the contract from being inked this instant. The Redskins have also signed a trio of safeties to the defense--Brandon Meriweather, Madieu Williams and Tanard Jackson--to make up for loss of another veteran, LaRon Landry.
The Washington Redskins are gearing up for a big 2012 season. The 2012 NFL Draft is just two weeks away and the Redskins are expected to select Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III -- they've given up a bevy of picks to be able to secure the No. 2 overall selection. As for the rest of the offseason, Washington is working on shoring up the holes they need to fill by re-signing key players and hitting the open free agent market hard. The signed wide receiver Pierre Garcon and have locked up safeties Brandon Merriweather and Madieu Williams.
On Friday, the official Redskins Twitter feed sent out a picture of safety Tanard Jackson signing a contract with the team, making a trio of free agent safeties that the team has signed over the past month. It would appear they have their secondary well in order.
Jackson had been with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since being drafted in 2007. He has 239 tackles, 10 interceptions and one sack in his NFL career.
Williams, 30, joins Brandon Meriweather as the second free agent safety acquired by Washington this offseason. The Redskins are in need of help at the position after releasing both LaRon Landry and Oshiomogho Atogwe this spring.
The San Francisco 49ers let Williams go after signing him as a free agent prior to the 2011 season. He started just three games as a backup last season. Prior to that, Williams was a regular starter in his final two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. Williams was the Cincinnati Bengals' second-round pick in 2004; he spent four seasons there, before joining the Vikings.
Meriweather is a safety who was originally picked up by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2007 NFL draft. He spent his first four seasons in New England before the Patriots cut him prior to the 2011 season. He played for the Chicago Bears last season, appearing in 11 games.
The Redskins are likely losing S LaRon Landry in free agency, which opened a need at the position. Meriweather is probably a little overhyped as a player but a two-year, $6 million contract is a decent deal for both sides.
As expected, the big money was flowing early in free agency as Vincent Jackson signed a $55 million deal and the Bills hope to make Mario Williams the highest paid defensive player in the NFL. Here's a run down of day one in free agency.
The Washington Redskins' offseason hits just keep on coming.
On Tuesday, free agency opened and the team wasted no time in getting down to business, signing wide receiver Pierre Garcon and re-signing defensive lineman Adam Carriker. Now it appears the team is close to closing deals with two more free agents.
Grant Paulsen of 106.7 THE FAN in Washington, D.C. is reporting that the Redskins are close to signing a deal with free agent wide receiver Eddie Royal, formerly of the Denver Broncos.
With the acquisitions of Garcon, Royal and Morgan, it appears the team is putting together a fearsome cadre of wideouts to accomodate whichever quarterback they start in 2012. If the Redskins trading up to the overall No. 2 selection in the 2012 NFL draft is any indication, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will soon not be lacking for any targets.
The NFL free agent season has begun and already no other team has been half as aggressive as the Washington Redskins. Beginning with their move to trade up in order to secure the No. 2 spot in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Redskins have made it abundantly clear that they'll do everything in their power to contend next season.
Almost immediately after free agency opened, it was announced that the team had signed wide receiver Pierre Garcon to a five-year deal.
NFL.com reporter Jason La Canfora reported later on Tuesday that Washington has re-signed defensive lineman Adam Carriker to a four-year contract. The deal will be worth $20 million, with $7 million guaranteed.
That's two big pieces already in place for the Skins -- three if, like most observers, you assume they will use their No. 2 pick on Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III. It has already been a very productive offseason in Washington.
NFL free agency opened up on Tuesday and the Washington Redskins wasted absolutely no time in making a move. The Skins signed former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon to a deal, which he announced immediately via his personal Facebook page.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports provided some details on the deal a short time later on Tuesday afternoon. The contract is believed to be a five-year deal worth approximately $42.5 million. Garcon will be guaranteed around $21.5 million.
This is the second blockbuster deal the Redskins have made this offseason. In the first, Washington agreed to a trade with the St. Louis Rams that will net them the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft, a pick it is believed they will use to sign Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III. If they indeed do, Washington fans can be excited about Griffin-to-Garcon touchdowns for the next five seasons.
The Washington Redskins have been in free agency for less than an hour and already they've agreed to terms with a player. According to reports, free agent wide receiver Pierre Garcon is joining the Redskins.
Garcon made the disclosure on his Facebook page:
I wanted you all to hear it from me 1st before u saw it on the news... I will be signing with the Washington Redskins and I'm very excited about the opportunity in front of me.
I want to thank all Colts fans from the bottom of my heart for all the love and support you've shown me the past 4 years and I hope that at some level u will still follow my career, as I will continue to share my life with you on here...
Garcon is coming off a career-best season in which he caught 70 balls for 947 yards and scored six touchdowns.
The St. Louis Rams and Washington Redskins are among the teams in the mix for free agent receiver Pierre Garcon, according to reports. One report says he is talking contract with the Redskins so his free agency tour may be a quick one.
Garcon turned down a contract extension from the Indianapolis Colts this offseason so it's no surprise he made it to free agency.
Garcon is coming off the best season of his career catching 70 balls for 947 yards and six touchdowns last season. The Redskins reportedly plan to add a high-profile receiver in free agency but their free agent efforts have been hurt by the ruling that they are out $36 million in cap space over the next two seasons.
2012 free agency starts soon but that's not the exciting news in Washington DC. The team knows where they'll be getting their new franchise quarterback from. By trading up, the Redskins are expected to get Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback out of Baylor. However, since they gave up so many picks to move up, they'll have to do some work in free agency to compete in the NFC East.
The most important free agent for the Redskins to re-sign is probably linebacker London Fletcher, who led the league in tackles in 2011 despite the fact that he's 36 years old. According to team sources, the Redskins have talked with Fletcher and his agent, but no deal has been struck as of yet. Other players set to leave are safety LaRon Landry and running back Tim Hightower.
The team needs to re-sign Fletcher, but if they're unable to, signing a guy like Curtin Lofton or David Hawthorne could be effective replacements. It would also be wise to find some suitable wide receivers for RG3 to target in his rookie year and luckily for the Redskins, there's not shortage on free agent receivers. Vincent Jackson, Brandon Lloyd and Reggie Wayne could all be available and any of them could be a top target for a young quarterback.
For more free agency updates, go to SB Nation's Redskins blog, Hogs Haven.
The Washington Redskins have released safety O.J. Atogwe, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Atogwe was owed a base salary of $3.4 million next year and the Redskins are likely looking to shed some serious salary after reports surfaced that they and the Dallas Cowboys will be docked a significant chunk of salary cap space.
Cutting a player like Atogwe is probably just the tip of the iceberg. After signing before the 2011 season, Atogwe only played in 13 games and made just eight starts. He did make 60 tackles and three interceptions in somewhat limited time, though.
The 30-year-old was at his best from 2006-08 when he was with the St. Louis Rams. During that three-year stretch, he averaged nearly 80 tackles per season and made 16 interceptions. But he has never really replicated that level of success.
For more on the Redskins offseason, be sure to check out Hogs Haven.
Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry is currently slated to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. The Redskins would still like to bring Landry back, but according to a report by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, there will be multiple suitors for Landry's services.
Aside from the Jets, as report by ESPN's Rich Cimini, Chi and Philly appear interested in LaRon Landry. Wash wants him back.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeYahoo) March 12, 2012
Landry is a physical freak at the safety position, but how much money he will command in free agency still remains to be seen. Landry hasn't played a full season since 2008, his second season in the NFL, and has played just a combined 17 games in the past two seasons. Landry is coming off an Achilles injury that has limited him the past two seasons.
The Washington Redskins were widely expected to use the franchise tag on tight end Fred Davis and that's what they did on Friday. ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. reports the Redskins have indeed placed the franchise tag on Davis, a four year veteran.
It was reported weeks ago that Davis was likely to be tagged so this isn't a big surprise. It's a very affordable year to franchise tag a tight end at about $5 million. The final franchise tag numbers aren't yet out but the league is expected to have them ready soon.
Davis' 2011 season was cut short due to a suspension for a failed drug test. That's definitely a concern but on the field he was solid catching 59 balls for 796 yards. The Redskins didn't have many receiving options last season so it's a no-brainer to keep one of the guys that still has potential. Davis is young and will get better. The real question in Washington is who will be throwing him the ball.
When Jabar Gaffney is your leading receiver, it's probably time for a change. The Washington Redskins recognize the need to add a "high-profile wide receiver" and plan to do so on the free agency market, according to a report from Mark Maske of the Washington post.
This is a decent year for the receiver market in free agency but, as usual, that market will be diluted by the use of the franchise tag. The Chiefs' Dwayne Bowe, Patriots' Wes Welker and Eagles' DeSean Jackson are free agents but all are expected to be hit with the franchise tag.
Perhaps the top receiver on the market is Vincent Jackson, who appears set to at least test free agency. The Chargers do want him back and could franchise tag him but reports indicate they're unlikely to do so. The Redskins have the cap space to make a competitive offer.
And, of course, you have Peyton Manning. A report came out this week suggesting that Reggie Wayne, who is scheduled to be a free agent, wouldn't mind again joining forces with Manning, wherever the Colts QB lands. If it's in Washington, Wayne could be a free agent candidate, as well as his Indianapolis teammate, Pierre Garcon.
The Washington Post report says the Redskins plan to add a receiver in free agency, and not specifically the draft. However, if they can't land someone in free agency, they would be manned with the sixth overall pick, potentially a spot for Justin Blackmon. All of this depends on how the Redskins quarterback situation pans out, as that's their priority.
Tight end Fred Davis, inside linebacker London Fletcher and safety LaRon Landry are three key players on the Washington Redskins who are eligible for unrestricted free agency this off-season. All three have considerable warts for the front office to consider.
Fletcher has been a tackling machine for the Redskins and is coming off a Pro Bowl season, but turns 37 in May. Landry was playing at an All-Pro level and likely would have already signed a contract extension had he avoided the injuries that have limited him to just 17 games over the last two seasons. Davis had a breakout season in 2011, but that was cut short by a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Here's a full list of Redskins free agents, courtesy of Mac's Football Blog.
Exclusive Rights Free Agents (1)
K Graham Gano
Restricted Free Agents (2)
OL Kory Lichtensteiger
CB Bryan Westbrook
Unrestricted Free Agents (15)
QB Rex Grossmasn
RB Tim Hightower
WR David Anderson
WR Donte Stallworth
TE Fred Davis
OT Sean Locklear
OL Will Montgomery
DE Adam Carriker
DE Kedric Golston
DE Darrion Scott
LB London Fletcher
LB Keyaron Fox
LB Rocky McIntosh
CB Phillip Buchanon
S LaRon Landry
For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.
The Washington Redskins are focusing on their offseason moves. One of their decisions will be whether to apply the franchise tag to tight end Fred Davis.