Hoursafter signing a one-year contract to play for the Redskins, Billy Cundiff saidsurprised to have been discarded by the Ravens but excited to get anotherchance so soon.Tohave the door shown to me a little bit earlier than I thought, but then to havea team come up right away and say they want my services, Cundiff said, thatsa big pat on the back, a confidence booster.Cundiff,who will wear No. 5 in Washington, practiced with the team Tuesday and will make his debutWednesday in the preseason finale against the Buccaneers at FedEx Field.The32-year-old Cundiff was released by the Ravens on Sunday after losing his jobto rookie Justin Tucker. Cundiff made Pro Bowl in 2010 but made only 28 of 37 field goal attempts last season, including just one of six kicks from 50 or more yards.Cundiffsaid he was disappointed in the Ravens' decision but never doubted himself.Iknew I was kicking extremely well, Cundiff said. If you look at my stats thepast two years in Baltimore, I was 90-percent inside of 50, 84 combinedtouchbacks and I had only missed one kick inside of 40 in two years.Thatmiss, though, was a big one. Cundiff yanked a 32-yard field goal attempt wideleft in the final minute of Baltimores 23-20 loss at New England last seasonsAFC championship game.Askedif that misfire ultimately led to his departure, Cundiff said he wasnt sure.Itcould be, he said. Thats what I asked them, and they said it wasnt. But tobe perfectly honest, it doesnt matter anymore.Pressedon the circumstances of the critical miss and whether he was rushed through his pre-kick routine, he said:After a couple of days, I was able to put it in proper perspective. There weresituations surrounding the kick that were different than any other fourthquarter kick that I had. The Baltimore Ravens know what happened. There wereabout seven things that all went wrong.Cundiffsaid he was approached by the Redskins as soon as he cleared waivers Monday. Heimmediately asked for assurances that he would be the teams only kicker, which presumably led to Graham Ganos release Tuesday morning.Thatwas one of the situations that was important as we looked at all the teamsthat were out there, Cundiff said. We wanted to know we were going to go somewherewhere we werent going to have the rug pulled out last minute. I feel like Iearned that.
The Redskins had to say good bye to several key players as the 2018 NFL free agency period began.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland was one of those players.
On Tuesday, Breeland reported agreed to a 3-year, $24 million deal with the Carolina Panthers.
But on Friday afternoon it was reported that Breeland failed a physical, which means he won't be signing with the Panthers, per Panthers reporter Bill Voth.
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Redskins wide receiver Ryan Grant intended on signing a four-year, $29 million deal with the Ravens. But a failed physical just a day before his introductory press conference meant a voided contract and back to the drawing board.
According to multiple reports, Breeland's failed physical was due to a recent non-football injury. Breeland and the Panthers could still come to an agreement, but the former Clemson star is now back to being a free agent and will have to pass a physical before officially signing with a new team.
According to ESPN's David Newton, Breeland injured his foot on vacation in the Dominican Republic and will need his skin grafted in order to repair the injury.
Cornerback Bashaud Breeland told me he cut the back of his left foot while in the Dominican Republic on March 4th. Said he will need to have skin grafted to repair the injury as he did when first injured in the fourth grade. He didn't believe the injury... https://t.co/OIwqz8cBx0— David Newton (@DNewtonespn) March 16, 2018
The Redskins were one of the NFL's most injured teams in 2017, and that trend appears to have extended to the offseason.
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The Redskins went into the offseason with their inside linebacker position very much up in the air. Starters Zach Brown and Mason Foster and top backup Will Compton were all heading into unrestricted free agency. They faced the prospect of needing to start all over.
Things started to look better in late January when Foster re-signed, agreeing to a two-year deal. “I had unfinished business here,” Foster said at the time.
As long as Brown remained unsigned, the Redskins also had unfinished business. They got it done yesterday as Brown inked what is reported to be a three-year deal worth $24 million. We will need to see some details to know just what the contract entails but it looks like a fair deal for both sides.
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Compton remains unsigned. With Brown and Foster back he will not be in line for a starting job. We will see how things shake out for him.
Looking at the players under contract, the Redskins have Zach Vigil, who played well as a starter late in the season after injuries struck, Martrell Spaight, and Josh Harvey-Clemons.
Vigil was released on the final roster cut and returned on November 15 after Compton went to injured reserve. He had 55 total tackles in seven games. If you project that out over a 16-game season that’s 126 tackles, which would have placed him in the top 10 in the NFL. He also plays special teams well. Vigil went from expendable last September to a very valued reserve at this point in time.
Spaight has been a spot starter when starters have been injured. This will be an important year for him as he goes into the final year of the contract he signed after the Redskins made him a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft.
The Redskins might have been happier if Harvey-Clemons, a 2017 seventh-round pick, didn’t have to play all last year but injuries forced him into a regular role. He was converting from college safety to NFL nickel linebacker and was very much considered to be a project. Harvey-Clemons still needs to add some weight and he has a lot to learn. Still, even if injuries don’t hit this year he should play considerably more than the 93 snaps he logged as a rookie.
The Redskins usually carry nine total linebackers, going with either five inside and four outside or vice versa. So they could be set or perhaps they will bring back Compton or sign another veteran to compete with Spaight for the last roster spot.