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Allen on whether Redskins would change name for D.C. stadium


Allen on whether Redskins would change name for D.C. stadium

RICHMOND—Redskins president had a news conference just prior to the Redskins’ last practice here at the Bon Secours training center. He had a lot of long answers to a lot of questions but perhaps his shortest response was his most newsworthy.

The Redskins are in the early process of finding a site for a new stadium to replace FedEx Field. Allen confirmed that all three jurisdictions in the team’s market, the states of Maryland and Virginia and the District of Columbia, are possibilities as the home of the new facility.

However, Sally Jewell, the U. S. Secretary of the Interior, has said that the team will not be allowed to relocate to D. C. with its current, controversial name. That department would have to approve a move into Washington, which is partially under federal control.

Officials from Maryland have expressed some reservations about the name as well, although none have directly said that the team would be a barrier to a stadium deal. Although Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has said that he believes the team should be free to decide what it is going to call itself, there is the possibility that the political climate in the Commonwealth could change before a new stadium deal is finalized.

With that as a background, a reporter asked Allen if the team would consider a change to the name if it was an impediment to an otherwise favorable deal in one of the jurisdictions. Allen’s answer was direct and to the point.


Now this could be an opening negotiating position. Perhaps at some point the organization would consider it if it was an obstacle to an otherwise favorable stadium deal. But, for right now, any talk of a name change is off the table.

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

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Ryan Grant reportedly signing with Colts after failed physical with Ravens

It looks like Ryant Grant has found his new home, again.

After a failed physical with the Ravens, James Jones of NFL Network reports Grant plans to sign with the Colts.


Grant originally agreed to a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens, before the team pulled the offer citing an ankle injury that dated to the Redskins' final regular-season game, according to reports.

Baltimore eventually signed Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal, while Grant had visits with the Colts and Raiders.

His agent, Rocky Arceneaux, says Grant has been working out, running routes, and his ankle had been cleared by Dr. Robert Anderson in a second opinion.

In 2017 with the Redskins, he appeared in all 16 games, with 45 receptions for 573 yards and four touchdowns.


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Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source


Redskins bring in another defensive lineman for free agency visit, per source

The Redskins hosted Sylvester Williams for a free agency visit on Tuesday morning, per a source with knowledge of the situation. 

Williams played in 2017 with the Titans, logging 20 tackles in 11 starts. Tennessee released Williams this offseason, just one year into a three-year, $16 million deal. 

Drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 313 lbs. Williams' stat line has never really popped. That isn't uncommon for a nose tackle though, as the job is less about tackles than it is holding leverage against the interior of an offensive line. 


Should the Redskins sign 29-year-old Williams, it would represent the first true nose tackle free agency addition since Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton joined the team in 2015 from Denver. In an ironic twist, Williams took over at nose in Denver when Knighton left for Washington, and posted his best season as a Bronco. 

Washington restructured its deal with Terrell McClain, reported first by ESPN, which could allow more flexibility to add another defensive lineman. That could come in the draft, but the club has been very active talking with free agents to play on the defensive front. 

On Monday, Johnathan Hankins and Pernell McPhee visited with Redskins officials in Ashburn. Hankins would carry the heaviest price tag, but his past performance would also indicate the most promise. 

McPhee is an edge rusher with enough bulk to play against the run as well. Williams compares more with Hankins, and could be seen as the secondary option.

Among 79 nose tackles Pro Football Focus graded, Williams ranked 36th. For comparison, Bengals star Geno Atkins ranked No. 1, Dontari Poe ranked 26th, former Redskin Chris Baker ranked 65th and current Redskin Ziggy Hood ranked 79th. 

It's also worth noting that since the Titans released Williams, should the Redskins sign the nose tackle, his contract would not count towards the NFL compensatory pick formula. 

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