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Don't get too excited about idea of new free agent Karlos Williams to Redskins

Don't get too excited about idea of new free agent Karlos Williams to Redskins

The Bills released FB/RB Karlos Williams on Saturday after the second-year man out of Florida State had a rocky offseason. 

Despite facing a four-game suspension and reportedly in bad shape for offseason workouts, Williams' release still comes as a surprise. Mostly because as a rookie he produced at a high level. In 11 games last season, Williams scored nine touchdowns.

Now the situation gets interesting for the Redskins, as Washington had question marks at running back even before an injury to starter Matt Jones on Friday night. 

'Skins coach Jay Gruden said Jones suffered an AC joint sprain in his left shoulder but the severity remains unknown. Behind Jones and third-down back Chris Thompson, the Skins boast a collection of rookies at running back like Keith Marshall and Robert Kelley, players that it would be hard to imagine could play significant roles this fall. 


So would Scot McCloughan make a play for Williams? 

Probably not. Between the suspension and his offseason issues, there are reasons for pause in the Williams pursuit. Add in that if Washington was to bring in a running back, a second-year developmental project - even a good one like Williams - does not fit the mold of an experienced player that many expect. 

Last season, the Redskins brought in Pierre Thomas late in the year to help at running back. Thomas had been in the league for years, been a part of deep playoff runs and even won a Super Bowl in New Orleans. Williams resume brings nothing close to that. 

Lastly, Williams will now enter the league's waiver protocol. It's unlikely that all of the teams ahead of the Skins do not make a claim on the talented but troubled former Bills runner. That makes for long odds that McCloughan could pick up Williams even if the organization tried. 

Remember - surprise cuts happen all over the NFL this time of year. Williams release from Buffalo is likely just the beginning. McCloughan and his staff will continue to watch the wire and monitor who becomes available. 

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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Bashaud Breeland the latest former Redskin to fail a physical; won't be signing with Panthers

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.


If this sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.

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.

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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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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With Zach Brown back, a look at the Redskins' inside linebackers depth chart

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.


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.  

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.